Sunday, October 23, 2016

Following the Road

We all have a road to follow. 


Sometimes we don't know where that road will take us. 


Through peaceful places. 



Up hill...


And down dale...



Sometimes, it's hard to see what lies ahead...



And sometimes, we must walk this last part of the road alone, without our partners. 

My dear husband Keith died on Monday, October 17.  He and I spent his final weekend, last weekend, here at the house alone, with just Lilly and Jester. 

I prayed for weeks that he would pass away in peace, 
and God, in Whom he had great belief, 
granted our wish. 

So, my road is now only my own. 

With family and good friends, I start my new life alone. 

I feel him with me here, though, still. 
It's a good feeling. 


One of my favorite pictures... and one of Keith's too.  



33 comments:

  1. Mary Ann, I am so sorry to read this. I have felt from some of the things you have written that this was coming. Being a widow is not easy but so many things in life are not. I am glad you have your fur babies to keep you company.

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  2. Please accept my deepest condolences. Like you, I've prayed that the Lord would save people's lives, only to later pray that He would take them gently. Anymore, I try to view it as one more loved one waiting for me on the other side. Naturally, Keith is beyond the need of prayers now, but rest assured that I'll be praying for you.

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  3. I'm so sorry for your loss. May peace be with you.

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  4. Hari OM
    Sending ether hugs and lots of the capital 'ell' Love... YAM xx

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  5. We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathies

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  6. We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathies

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  7. Tears in my eyes and an ache in my heart for you, Mary Ann, even as I offer praise for your answered prayers. I so wish I was close enough to come over to walk with you – and you could come over to visit the horses, sheep and chickens! Bear-hugs from Oregon, dear.

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  8. I found myself thinking of you this afternoon and then I come in and read this. I am so very, very sorry for your loss. I am glad that you and Keith were able to spend his final time together, at home. My thoughts are with you.

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  9. Hugs, thinking of you. I hope the lovely memories give you peace.

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  10. Hugs, thinking of you. I hope the lovely memories give you peace.

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  11. You said it "right " Mary Ann,
    We never know what path we will be going down next.
    One thing I do know is that your prayers were answered,,, and if it was necessary for Keith to pass on,, He did it peacefully,, just as you asked. You knew the time would come,, and it did,
    We are so sorry,,, And we send prayers of healing for you
    love tweedles
    and moms

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  12. God listens. Thinking of you and praying for your road to be kind.

    C

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  13. God listens. Thinking of you and praying for your road to be kind.

    C

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  14. I'm sorry for your loss, and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  15. I am so terribly sorry. I wish I had the words to take away your pain. Sending you love and hugs

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  16. Sending you lots of luffs and hugs, you are very much in our thoughts
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  17. So very sorry to hear of your loss. You have my deepest sympathies. It's not easy traveling the road alone,but family and friends do help make it easier for sure. (((Hugs to you))) May your dear Keith rest in eternal peace and may perpetual light shine upon him.

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  18. Mary Ann, so sorry to hear about Keith. Remember, take one step at a time and remember to breathe.

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  19. So sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  20. I can't say enough how sorry I am Mary Ann. You know my prayers and thoughts are with you.

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  21. The path on which you walk is well-trod. Lean hard on the Lord.

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  22. You know you are never alone. This was beautiful written. Deb

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  23. I'm so sorry for your loss. What a beautifully written message of love and strength.

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  24. A very nice tribute to Keith, Mary Ann.
    Mr. Ken and I are here if you need us, please do not hesitate
    contacting us.

    M : )

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  25. I love that beautiful road in which i like to travel. It is a long and beautiful road...

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  26. So sorry for your loss. Loved ones are always in our hearts, often in our thoughts, and near when we need them. Keith will never be far. Sending healing thoughts and prayers.

    Dee

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  27. oh mary ann...i am so sorry. i just saw this now. i am so so sorry to hear about keith dying. big hugs to you!

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  28. Oh Mary Ann, my dear friend, I'm so sorry. I'll be thinking about you and praying for the road ahead for you. The picture of Keith is a good one, and it reminds me so much of the blog years since 2012 when I met you and Keith and the love you both had for all the critters in your care. And I remember the one of him on the sofa with the dear pugs and that great smile of his.

    Take care of yourself, my dear,
    Dewena

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  29. Very sorry to hear this I have read your blog on and off for years.I am glad your hubbys passing was peaceful and at home.I wish you both a good journey.

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  30. Loved your post, so sorry for the ending. Glad Keith is still with you in spirit, love his picture with the goat! So sweet.

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  31. Oh no, I am so sorry, am a faithful follower of you blog and was away for a couple of weeks. thoughts are with you and the critters.........some solace in that he passed in peace.

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