Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Missing John

How blessed I was! 

John 1944–2016


The good thing was that I knew that every. single. day. I loved him; he loved me; 'twas all that mattered. I know that I will miss him until the day I join him.


~love light in his eyes~or maybe a leave me alone~trying to get ready for church~


So we, my family and I, are finding our way through the grief of losing John. I have sometimes heard Christians huff that their loved ones are not "lost." While we know that John is safely home with The Lord, he is definitely lost to us here on earth. 

Sam and Jakob, my grandsons, have struggled a fair bit. John is their first loss; they have not even suffered the loss of a pet to prepare them for this thing — death. We met with John's pastor and the pastor's wife on the Sunday afternoon just after John passed and talked things through. When the pastor was readying to leave, he said that he would pray when Jakob interrupted asking if he could himself pray. The pastor said, "Sure, Jakob, would you like to pray first?"

Jakob's prayer:

Thank you, God,
 for John in our lives. We know that he is still with us in our hearts and that one day soon we will see him again. Well, in that day. 

Not a dry eye in the room...

Dear Ones, I want to thank you for the love and support, prayers, cards, calls, and emails, and for reading here at A Haven for Vee. A special thank you to Abby at Little Birdie Blessings for holding down the fort when I had to remind myself to even breathe. I do not know what the future holds for blogging because, as Sam says, "Everything was better with John." I do have some stories to tell, though, so perhaps I will find my way back one day.


This was John on a hot day in May holding a bookmark the Texas Quads made. He was so pleased to have it and called it a real "day brightener." He sure loved my little corner of Blogdom and all the dear folks in it. This was the last photo I took of him. 

Closing with a reminder from Lorrie who had been doing some reading in my archives. Precious reminder!

As we strode along the path through the cemetery just enjoying the close of day and being together, John leaned down a bit and whispered, "Every grave will open one day." That's a thought worth getting excited about! Then we passed a grave well over a hundred years old where the inscription read Meet Me There. I can't think of a much better message to those of us following after.

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105 comments:

  1. Dear Vee, Thank you for sharing these precious pictures of John. I am so touched by the prayer of young Jakob. Your blog family grieves your loss. You and your family will remain in our prayers and hearts.

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  2. I am so very, very sorry for your loss. And yes, we do know where they are but they are lost to us here on earth. Not only I, but my entire Bible study has been praying for you. We will continue to do so. I'm sending much love to you.

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  3. What a lovely, lovely man! And of course he married a wonderful woman!
    Strong prayer being lifted up for you and your family. xx

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  4. Love to you and your family, dear Vee. Your beloved John was a special man. I know this because I know you. xoxo ♥

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  5. Oh, Vee, you are a strong and courageous lady even to be able to pen this post right now. But thank you for your generosity in sharing with us these pictures of John. What a special man he was. Your blog friends are thinking of you and praying for you. I do hope as you are able that you will share here, but understand if not right now. My sincerest condolences, dear Vee. xo Deborah
    ps what a wonderful testimony that you both loved each other deeply and knew it. That's rare and precious.

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  6. Oh dearest Vee...you have been in my thoughts daily. Words just cannot express how shocked and sad I was when I learned of your dear husband John. If only reading about him through your lovely blog, we all felt we knew him well. Your words of him always described a long, devoted and comforting love. Please know my prayers are with you and your family. A lovely post to read this morning....big hugs...big hugs!

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  7. My sweet Vee, my heart aches for you. I know the pain is almost unbearable but just remember this... you had the utmost love from a man that you loved for such a long time. What a treasure that is. My love and prayers go out to you. God bless and keep you.

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  8. Vee, I'm so glad you have your precious grandsons through this. I feel their pain, because my maternal grandfather was my first loss, and I miss him and think of him to this day. We are all grieving with you and for you, indeed we loved the part that John played in your regular posts. What a wonderful person he obviously was.

    Much love to you, my friend,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  9. ....and sweet friend...not a dry eye here as well...you are in my prayers sweet friend. We (us 3 here at home) were sadden to get the news...even though we have never met, you and John have been a constant staple in our lives for many years. Blessings friend.

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  10. I'm not currently blogging, but do get on now and again. So very sorry and shocked with the news of John's passing! My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time! God's blessings to you and your family!

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  11. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care.

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  12. OH Vee my heart has just hurts so for you. You have been in my thoughts every day and I've prayed for your comfort and peace. It is soo good to know he waits for you there and you will join him eventually for ALL eternity. And in the meantime you will miss him for sure of course, and remember and cherish your time you had together here and know how blessed you were. Your grandson's prayer had me weeping. But weeping tears of you joy because this is what he left behind. Children and grandchildren who KNOW the Lord and have been taught what's important in the world. A real legacy. I will pray for you dear friend as you go slowly through this season of grief. MUCH love and hugs to you!

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  13. Oh, Vee... weren't we lucky to have our men in our lives??!!! How lucky we were! Wishing you well and only good things. I'll be thinking of you.

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  14. Dearest Vee, I wasn't online much when my family was here and then I had a miserable cold. I was shocked to read about John when I caught up with blogs two days ago. You have been in my prayers! I feel like I've temporarily lost someone I knew. But we have the promise of seeing him again. Much affection my friend.

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  15. I'm so sorry for your sudden loss. You have been in my prayers. May God give you peace and comfort and guidance in every decision. Blessings, Sharon D.

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  16. Such a wonderful post, Vee. Thank you so very much for sharing this with all of your readers and friends, helping us to know even better the kind of man John was, and how you and your family are doing. It took strength and courage that can only be God-given.

    I had especially been praying for Sam and Jakob, as they are about the ages of some of my own grandsons. I felt, as you confirmed, that this was probably their first experience of the death of someone they dearly loved. It was so good of you to share how they are doing.

    I do hope that in time you will be able to find your way back to blogging. You are loved by so many! In the meantime, thank you for sharing this meaningful post, and know that you are daily being held up in prayer.

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  17. A lovely post Vee. I wish I could give you a gentle hug in person. I too hope that you will find your way back to blogging. I would miss you so.
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  18. Oh Vee...it is so good to hear from you. I am struggling to see the keyboard through the tears as I am trying here to type this comment. You have been on my heart and in my prayers ever since I heard the news about your John. I so agree with Deborah...the strength it must have taken for you to write this post is truly undeniable. And what a precious prayer your Jakob prayed...oh my goodness. God bless you, my friend...prayers are continuing for you and your family.

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  19. Not a dry eye here this morning either. What a wonderful tribute to your dear John. My heart goes out to you and your family at this time, Vee. The last photo you took of John is so special and, I think, sums up the man I have come to know through your blog... hardworking, down to earth, helpful and kind. I know that I will never look at the "weep holes" in my bricks without being reminded of the kindness of you both taking the time to look into that little dilemma for me.
    You have been in my thoughts daily these last few weeks. My prayers will be with you and your family as you travel this new road. Much love to you, dear Vee.

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  20. May God Bless you Vee and may he give you the strength to move forward. My heart aches for you and your family. You will be remembered in my prayers.

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  21. Dear Vee:
    I am so sorry for your loss. I have thought about you and prayed for strength since reading on another blog about John. May the strength of the Lord be upon you during this grieving time and in the ongoing days - that is my prayer for you Vee and the boys.

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  22. Sending you love and positivity. He will be around you more than you know! Watching over you and the family. xo

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  23. My Dear Vee, I am so sorry to read that John has passed away! I sincerely hope the wonderful memories of your time together helps get you through this loss. My sincere and deepest condolences to you and your family. God bless.

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  24. Thinking of you, Vee. May eternal light shine on your beloved husband.

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  25. Thank you for sharing these precious words with us through your grieving soul. You have allowed us to look inside the beautiful person that you are. I hope the words you shared bring you as much comfort as they have brought to those of us who are holding you up to the throne of grace. Through this post you have shown the strength and hope that only God can give you. Prayers for Vee will continue. Sharing a quote hand written in one of my grandfather's devotional books. 'Sadness must always be for the living. When a ship sets sail it is the eyes of those who watch from shore that are blinded." Joy comes in the morning.

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  26. Vee thank you for sharing and for allowing comments on this post. I so wanted to express my condolences to you and family. I have been blessed by "knowing" you and John. Blessings to you

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  27. Vee, you and your family has been in my prayers. My heart was broke for you when I read the post by your guest blogger about your John. Please know that prayers are being lifted up on your behalf and I am so very sorry for your precious loss. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  28. These eyes aren't dry either. Wow! Such a wonderful prayer from Jakob! You have been on my mind....so much! This post is such a gift because we have also grown to love your special man. It is really sweet to see these photos and read your words. I look forward to more thoughts and words of wisdom from you in the days, weeks and years to come. Hugs from Me.

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  29. Dear Vee, This is the first time I have commented. My sister Mildred led me to your blog. I felt that my post might bless you this morning...just a Bible verse and song, if you are up to it. I hope that you will share the stories about John when you are ready. It will bless so many people. I am praying for you and your family. From Karen

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  30. Oh Vee…how like you to think to share with your blog friends. You've been so much in my heart, on my mind and in my prayers since I heard about John. I'm sure God is giving you glimpses of His grace, love and peace throughout your days, such as the prayer of your grandson. Oh my, the wonderful faith of a child. We will miss John. Love and continued prayers as you find your way.

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  31. My heart is broken for you dear Vee. I've been away from blogging for a while and had no idea. I'll keep you and your sweet family in my prayers and know that John is smiling down on you.

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  32. Home to Heaven where he will be
    Happy for eternity
    Up there he's having a party
    And whole new worlds to see.

    But down here on the low
    Visibility is slow
    We tumble to and fro
    Weeping loss down to hope.

    Death is final it is said
    A Christian should never dread
    Going where the Savior lead
    Yet we miss the hand of our friends,

    When they're gone... for just a little while.

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  33. Thank you for sharing this my dear Vee. You are surrounded by prayers and love from every corner of this country and some outside this country. I think of "your" people as a patchwork quilt, each of us representing a small square of the many lives you and your John have touched. You are loved and appreciated. ~ Abby

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  34. God bless you, sweetie, as you steady yourself in the days ahead and begin the task of a new chapter in your life. I pray that you feel the love and comfort of those who hold you dear. Yes, you were indeed blessed to have John in your life and by your side. I stand ready to help you in whatever way I can. I'm only a phone call away...

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  35. My heart aches for you and family, God will give you peace
    We have lost two sons. A day does not go by that we do not
    think of them.
    Hugs

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  36. My heart hurts for you my friend. Praying for you and your family to find comfort.

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  37. My heart hurts for you my friend. Praying for you and your family to find comfort.

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  38. Vee I hope that you know from my e-mail and perhaps my card has reached you by now, but I have been and am thinking of you. It is my belief that you will see each other again, but as you said, it is still a loss and that is very hard. Take all the time you need and want and know that those who love you in blogland will be there with you and waiting if you take a long or short time. Hugs and all of the very best thoughts to you. xx

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  39. Dear Vee, I want you to know that you mean so much to so many! We are so sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you! Please know that losing a mate has to be the greatest pain ever and you have experienced it before many of us. But I will be praying for you and the other family often. May the sunshine of all the sweet memories hold you and may the Lord cover you in HIS love and comfort and strength!
    Love In Christ, Roxy And Danny

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  40. Dear Vee, there's not a day goes by when I don't think of you and your 'loss' of John. It was good to see your post today and I pray you will find strength and comfort in family, friends, and, most of all, in our Lord. What wonderful photos of John. Precious keepsakes of a lovely man. You were indeed blessed. Sending love and hugs and praying for you my friend.
    Pam

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  41. I love you dear Vee.....and think of you so often and pray.....
    Love, Mona

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  42. I am so sorry for your loss, Vee. May your memories bring you comfort and smiles. God bless you.
    Beth

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  43. Oh how I love that comment that John made in the cemetery. My heart and prayers are with you and those dear boys. What a sweet prayer. I'm spending a few days with my newly widowed sister. (October of last year) Praying God will give you the comfort your heart and mind needs and the help from loved ones around you.

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  44. Dear Vee,

    My heart goes out to you! If you were closer I would give you a hug, a cyber hug will have to do for now. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers!

    Love,
    Nadine

    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
    - 1 Peter 1:3-5

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  45. Jakob's prayer! Perfect! I know what you mean by loss, and I agree with you. John was as beloved in blogland as you are, and we will all miss him.

    Continuing to pray, for you all.

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  46. Yes, dear Vee, you were blessed and so was John, to have you in his life. Jakob's prayer brought tears to my eyes, too. We in blogland, our a close knit group, and we are all affected by each other's joy and sorrow. Love to you, Vee, and God bless you through this journey.

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  47. I am so sorry for your time without John - temporary, but painful to be sure. I hope to see you post again, if not regularly, at least from time to time as there is always beauty and hope and goodness here. Prayers for you and yours.

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  48. What a brave, dear woman you are, Vee. Thank you for sharing your grief with us. You will miss John terribly, and we will miss the glimpses of him we had through your blog. Jakob's prayer - lovely childlike faith.
    You are in my daily thoughts and prayers.

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  49. You already know you are in my prayers, Vee, every time I think of you. This was such a fitting tribute to John, he would have loved it! It gave eachh of us a chance to see John through the eyes of those who knew him best and loved him most. Precious!!!

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  50. So very sorry for your loss! Thank you for sharing the sweet pictures with us! Wonderful tribute! Praying for you and your family! ~Rhonda

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  51. My thoughts and prayers are with you... hugs.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Jill

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  52. I am soo sorry for your and families loss . He will always be in your heart and memories , our thoughts and prayers are with you all .

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  53. Vee, I've been back to read this four times today. It's such a special tribute to John. I even showed it to Keith. Through you, many of us loved John, too. I loved reading his poems, hearing about his love for God, seeing the pictures of the home improvements and the list goes on. I hope you can continue sharing special memories of John. What a blessing it has been to "know", through you, such a Godly man. I will continue praying for you and your family. There is no distance in prayer.

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  54. I'm so very, very sorry to learn of your loss dear Vee. I knew from all you shared here over the past years that your dear John was a special man. Your sad loss of him, all too soon, makes each one of us pause and wonder if we too will have such a day somewhere down the road.
    Please know that you, and your loving family, are in my thoughts and prayers each day.

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  55. Oh Vee.....I'm so sorry. I logged onto the blogs again and read this. So sad. From what you wrote many times, I knew you had a very good marriage and husband. I wrote a new blog post bringing up whoever reads it the past year. My former husband died and I thought that I would never care, but I found out that that was not the case. It was a terrible death for him and I felt bad for both he and my children. Know that I am feeling what you are going through and that you are in my prayers.

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  56. Dear sweet Vee, I am so very sorry to learn of John's passing. I've been thinking of you each day and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I'm sure you have many wonderful memories which will help you through the sad days ahead. Sincerest condolences and kindest thoughts to you and your family, Vee. Sending you warm caring hugs.

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  57. Vee, you could not possibly know how many times I have thought of you and prayed for you since I first learned of John's illness. As much of a blow that this has been to all of us, I can't imagine how excruciating this is for you. John was such a wonderful gift to you...as you were to him.

    "Meet me there" is a powerful, beautiful thought! And Jakob's prayer is also deep and thoughtful...precious! I know that John's legacy to the boys is rich.

    I continue to pray that God's grace will surround you and that He will meet your every need.

    With much love to you...

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  58. I am staying in prayer for you and your precious family. I think of you and say a little prayer for your strength to hold to help you survive this sudden loss. I can't begin to imagine how it is with him gone...I so admire your courage to even get a post together....love to you, Vee.

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  59. You and John are so loved......
    I admit I am in tears as I write this.....
    Please know I pray for you every single day and I love you like a sister....
    I know...Your anchor holds.....but my heart grieves with you....

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  60. What a lovely and moving tribute to your dear John! How precious...the prayer of your grandson. What hope...to know that John will meet you 'there'! Praying for you often, my friend.

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  61. Dear Vee,
    I'm so very sorry for your loss. I literally don't know how to express my grief.
    With tears and prayers
    Sarah

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  62. Missing John...that sums it up. I've kept your post open on my computer since yesterday and prayed for the right words to say. It's so hard for me to put into words how I feel. I felt John and I had a special friendship. After all...how many blog friends write a poem just for you? I'll never forget this kind and thoughtful man. And so close in age to my husband and I...makes us stop and think and pray some more. I had been keeping you both in my prayers when I read the post Lorrie did when he went to the hospital. I'm keeping you and your family in my prayers now. That's the kind of friend I am...a praying friend. If there's anything else you need, please let me know. With love, Diane

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  63. Dear Vee, I was very saddened to learn of the passing of your beloved husband, John. My heart and prayers go out to you and your famiIy. I wish there was something I could say or do to ease your pain but all I can really do is offer my condolences. Please know that I am thinking about you and I will be keeping you close in my prayers in the coming months.

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  64. Vee,

    I know we have not been in touch lately but I have never once forgotten your precious friendship. This morning I felt a very strong urge to visit you here on your blog only to find that your dear beloved John had passed. My heart truly hurts for you and your family sweet friend. I am holding you tight in my prayers. You know where I am if you need anything at all!

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  65. Thinking of you daily Vee and you are on the prayer list of my ladies afternoon Bible Study group. I know you can feel the love and comfort pouring in across blogland and I hope when the time feels right, you'll continue to bless us with your stories on this blog.

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  66. Dear Vee ~ I just came here from Gold Country Cottage. I am so sorry for your loss of your dear sweet John.

    My heart goes out to you at this time. Being a widow is rough. Yes, we know our dear husbands are with Jesus, but such a void has been left in our lives.

    I lost my dear husband in Dec. 2012. I miss him daily. We were married for 43 years.

    God has been and is my strength each and every single day. I could not make it without Him sustaining me. He will be your strength too.

    Love, hugs & prayers ~ FlowerLady

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  67. Oh, my dear! I am so sorry for your loss in the here and now, but am so inspired by your faith for the future! What a wonderful man to have in your life for so long and what a wonderful tribute you've shared ... I will remember you in my prayers in the months to come. God bless you and yours.

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  68. Dear Vee, sending love and prayers to you all, especially your sweet boys. I loved your blog posts and if it feels right for you, I hope there will be many more.

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  69. So sorry, Vee. I've been away from reading blogs for a while and came across your sad news just now. Praying for God to bring you comfort, strength, and most of all, peace.

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  70. What a wonderful tribute to the love of your life! Vee, you and your family are in my prayers as you do the hard work of grieving. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  71. Dear Vee - you are in my prayers. Not a dry eye over here as I read your heart felt tribute and oh that beautiful prayer by Jakob! Think of you so often .... as you sort things out and learn to live without your love.

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  72. I read this with tears in my eyes, Vee. I am still so shocked at John's sudden passing, so I can't imagine how much pain and loss you and your family feel right now. I have been keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. You and John's love for each other truly touched my heart through these past years, and although John was with you for such a short time, I know his love filled your life so dearly, and you made his last years happy ones. Although there are never enough days to share with those we love, here on earth, we know one day we will spend eternity with them--it is our Lord's promise to us! From the mouth of your sweet grandson Jacob's prayer, John will always be in your hearts until you are together again. Sending you love and ((((hugs)))) and prayers.

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  73. Vee, I pray for you and your family as I am sure that John's passing has been a struggle every day. God has a reason in all that he does and he had a reason to call John home. Please know that although I have never met you, this post had me in tears. I am thankful that you knew he loved you, as many women do not know that. I pray that you find your blog to be a place of peace and a place where you can share your thoughts and stories in the future as you have in the past.

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  74. See, we've been out of town. Just now catching up with my blog reading. Beautiful post. You're touching my heart as I read and view your pictures. Still keeping you and yours in my prayers.

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  75. Dear Vee, I am so saddened to hear of the loss of your kind and loving husband, John. As I read your blog over the years I could read between the lines that your relationship was extra special. You delighted in creating a charming home and yard where you both felt cozy and lived in peaceful companionship. I think the picture I have of the two of you though, is the way you would drive to destinations and have a picnic together. That seemed to be a favourite activity and I hope that you and your family will continue to have those days where a picnic in the outdoors lifts everybody's spirits. He would want you to be happy and delight in the little things that have always made you smile! Sheila

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  76. Vee, I was so surprised at the news when I came to catch up on your blog today. I pray for the blessings of peace and comfort on you as you grieve and start to move forward again. The certain hope of the resurrection is a strong and beautiful comfort. Katie

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  77. Dear Vee, I've been praying for you and your family ever since your first mention of John's illness and even more after Little Birdie Blessings' post to us. Monday I left for the cottage and have had no computer/internet access until just now when I returned home. As a widow of nine years, I understand how you must grieve and how everyone is missing John in this world. He was such a special man. Thank you for the wonderful pictures of him. And telling us of your grandson's prayer. I always thought your post in July of 2008 was one of the most romantic things I've ever read. What a blessing that you had these years together and I'm very sure will have eternity together in the fullness of time. I will keep praying for comfort and peace and the knowledge of the love with which you are surrounded for you and your family! Hugs from Ohio.

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  78. Awe, sweet Jakob. You had something special with John, hold onto those memories. Continuing to pray for you and your loved ones.

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  79. Dear Vee, I'm so very saddened to hear of John's passing. Please accept my deepest condolences on your great loss. I pray in time that your happy memories help your heart smile again. xo

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  80. Oh Vee, I am so very sorry. Wish I could give you a hug.
    My step-dad died very suddenly too last week so I too am dealing with a loss.
    I've been praying for you daily.

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  81. Dear Vee,
    I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved husband. Such a sad time for you--I wish there was something I could say to make it easier on you and your family. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I hope in time you will make your way back to us. xo
    Linda

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  82. Words can never express the feeling of loss of your beloved husband. May you and your dear family find peace with your memories. Love, Susan

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  83. My deepest condolences for your loss.

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  84. Dear Vee, I was away last week and so I'm late coming here. I'm so thankful that you and John loved each other so well. I so appreciated John's input on what you blogged about and it was so fun knowing he was weighing in on what the rest of us blogged about. I'll miss that. I'm so sorry for your loss. with love and prayers...

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  85. Vee, just thinking about you today. I could not manage to email you for some reason so wanted to jump back to this post in hopes you would see my message. I've had you on my heart and in my prayers. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  86. Vee, I have drifted away from blogging this year and just popped in to see your blog to see this sad news. I am so sorry for your loss. John's kindness shines through in these photos. Even though we grieve, it is not without the certain hope of future reunion. My prayers are with you. Stick Horse V

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  87. ...back to say I woke up thinking of you this morning...you and John pass my mind several times a day...and I always ask God for comfort for you and your family.

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  88. Dear Vee ... I am so, so very sorry to hear this. May God bless you and your family. You and your family will be remembered in my thoughts and prayers. Warmest Hugs ☻ Teri

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  89. I will try to write through the tears, as I continue to pray for you and your family. Thanks for sharing life with us....all of life, I am encouraged. God has kept you on my heart and I know He will continue to do that, so I can join with others in lifting you and your family before His throne. HUGS!, from this Texas girl.

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  91. camp and cottage living has left a new comment on your post "Missing John":

    I've been on vacation all week, Vee, and didn't see this.
    Leave it to dear Jakob to have the prayer to comfort. I only knew John from your blog but I could easily tell what a wonderful man he was. It was plain to see how much you both love and appreciated one another. You had a blessed life together. We'll keep in touch-Kim



    Posted by camp and cottage living to A Haven for Vee at June 18, 2016 at 6:37 PM

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  92. My heart aches for you, Vee. A hug.
    Amalia
    xo

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  93. Dearest Vee
    Such wonderful memories for you in these special photos of John.
    I always thought it was lovely that he was so much a part of your blog.
    John passed on the same day as my friend's husband Gerald.
    You and your family are in my prayers every morning and night. How proud you must be of Jakob, he is blessed to have a good faith.
    Take care dear Vee and know That you have friends on the other side of the world joining hands in prayer to comfort you at this very sad time.
    Love to you all
    Shane xox

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  94. Dear Vee, Just stopped by to catch up with you and read the sad news about John's passing. Let me express my sorrow for that. He seemed to be a 'one in a million' man and husband and I know this is a painful time. Please know I'm praying for you and your family along with hundreds of others you've influenced over the years through your blog. Thanks for sharing John with us as the two of you built your haven together as the example of what God wants a marriage to be. God bless you and comfort you in the coming days.

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  95. I continue to pray for you and your family every day. Take time for your grief.How special John was!

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  96. Remember they say not to decide to do anything about changing where you live for at least six months to a year. Dear Vee, be as well as you can be. Praying for you.

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  97. Oh Vee... I am not sure where to begin. While away from blogging I missed so much and to find out you lost your dear husband broke my heart. I am so, so, so sorry, dear friend. I know you deeply loved this precious man and he deeply loved you - it was obvious in your posts. That love is a gift from the good Lord above and it's always been a joy to read about what the two of you were up to.

    I rejoice to know that your John is in heaven sitting at the feet of Jesus soaking up His every word, but I know your pain runs deep as it is never easy losing a loved one. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers and if there is anything, ANYTHING at all, that I can do please let me know. Sending you lots of LOVE and HUGS your way!

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  98. (((Vee)))
    I am so terribly sorry to hear that your precious John has passed away. I am just so so sorry. How I wish I knew what to say to comfort. I know you will miss him every single day of the rest of your life. I pray in time, your heart will be able to smile again and that you will be able to breathe for him and feel his heavenly presence with you here on earth. Please know how much I care and love you. You are always so kind and giving to others. How I wish you weren't living this. I am just so so sorry. I love you always.

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  99. VEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

    oh my gosh

    oh Vee, oh my gosh i don't even know what to SAY

    honey, oh my i am so sorry

    I'm bawling my eyes out

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  100. My dear Vee,

    I checked back on you a few times and wondered IF and HOW you would lay your fingers onto the keyboard and pull all of us under your sheltering wings.

    Please know that you were in my thoughts and prayers and continue to be. I love my Jeff so much and I appreciate him. Like you, I tell him that first thing every morning and the last moments at night.

    I send love and prayers,

    S

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  101. My condolences, Vee. Seeing the pictures of your dear husband makes me miss mine a little more right now. I do love that reminder he gave you, for the future, "All the graves will be opened!" Christ has trampled down death... but it really hurts to lose that big a part of yourself. You won't get used to his absence anytime soon. I think it's good that you want to chat about him on your blog. God bless you.

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