“Where have you been?!”

Actually, I know you have been here this whole time … but me?

I took an unexpected 2 week trip to San Francisco, CA. It started with a phone call in the middle of my work day and my heart dropped with the news … My father was being taken to the hospital in an ambulance and he was having trouble breathing. I instantly called Mr Man to book me a one way ticket into San Francisco as they were air lifting my dad to California Pacific Medical Center. It turns out he had had a stroke. He was on life support but the doctors all seemed to think that he would improve. He had a trach placed and was being fed through a peg tube directly into his stomach. I stayed there and before returning home I made sure that mom was back home and that dad would be transferred closer to her when he could travel.

I was home for a short time when I got the call that not only was my mom in the hospital with symptoms of a heart attack but my fathers trach was failing. I flew out to California again and stayed with my dad around the clock. I was with him when he passed into heaven on September 25, 2012. It was the hardest thing that I have ever had to see but I am so blessed to have been the one there, holding his hand. This past week after the funeral, I stayed to help mom get things in order and to see the cardiologist. She was given a stress test and passed it, although the cardiologist is keeping an eye on her and I will be forever grateful that he is!

I say all this … to let you know why I have not been blogging and to ask your patience as I try to find my way back into blogging. I am going to try to get back into the routine of things as my heart heals from my loss.

He will forever be in my heart.

This sweet little girl was Dad’s 11th grandchild, born September 28th, (just 3 days after) in a car on the way to the hospital. He would have loved that story!

Hugs and Blessings,
 
  
  

19 Responses to "“Where have you been?!”"

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  1. Debbiedoo's

    October 8, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Awww…what a touching story. I bet your Dad does know the story, he probably had something to do with it:) We missed you and glad you are back.

  2. JOY 2 JOURNEY

    October 8, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Thank you Debbie. It is strange being home again after being gone for 5 weeks. Fall is here and Winter is just around the corner! I worked outside all day getting up leaves and bringing things in before the snow falls :) Hugs, Missed all you too!!!! Bj

  3. Shasta Farrar

    October 8, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad, BJ. I followed your posts on FB so I knew what was going on. Thanks for sharing such wonderful pictures of him with us. I’m glad you’re back….take your time getting your blogging routine going again. “Blogland” will always be here ;)

    Shasta @InTheOldRoad

  4. Elena

    October 8, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Oh BJ, again, I am so sorry for your loss. I’m sure your dad was up there somewhere watching while grandchild #11 made her unique entrance into the world…
    –Elena

  5. JOY 2 JOURNEY

    October 8, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Shasta, How I missed you all … I am reading posts of others and trying to get caught up. I have missed your parties :)
    Hugs,
    Bj

  6. JOY 2 JOURNEY

    October 8, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Elena, Thank you for your kind words. They are so appreciated!
    Hugs,
    Bj

  7. Joy@aVintageGreen

    October 8, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Dear BJ; so very sorry to hear that your Dad passed away, and I can imagine how he would look down and delight in the new babe born on the way to the hospital. A blessing that you could be with your Dad and then be there to look after your Mom too. Take care of you too.
    Joy

  8. bahar006

    October 9, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    I’m so sorry to hear bad news. Your Dad is now in heaven and maybe smiling to you and new member of the family.Thank you for these special photos, loves from Ankara…

  9. Teresa R

    October 9, 2012 at 4:52 AM

    I share your sorrow as I lost my mom in August. Enjoyed seeing the pictures of you and your dad. One life returns to his Creator and one life is sent from Heaven. Don’t rush back. Take time to remember.

  10. isthisloadbearing.com

    October 9, 2012 at 6:00 AM

    Oh, BJ, I’m so sorry to hear this. I’m sure your dad was looking down and smiling on the new arrival. I hope your Mom continues to get stronger every day.

  11. Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

    October 9, 2012 at 6:24 AM

    BJ – I love seeing these great family photos. I know this is a difficult time, I am sorry for your loss and so thankful that you were able to be together. No need to rush back to the blog, we will all be here when you find your way back.

    And that Elsie is precious!
    xo

  12. Bliss

    October 9, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    You know it’s a chapter from my book too. Thinking about you.

    Bliss

  13. Mary K.

    October 9, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    BJ, I am truly sorry for your loss! I have missed your updates and now I know why. :( Losing someone you love is so hard. I’m glad you were able to be with your dad (and your mom) over the last few weeks. My husband and I went through this last year with both of our moms, so I kind of know how you feel. Take care and know that we’re thinking of you and praying for your family now.

  14. JOY 2 JOURNEY

    October 9, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    A hard chapter to get through. Thank you for understanding.
    Hugs, Bj

  15. JOY 2 JOURNEY

    October 9, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Thank you Karah … One day at a time is all I am thinking about getting through and You are so very right … Elsie is adorable! Thank you for understanding the journey back.
    Hugs,
    Bj

  16. JOY 2 JOURNEY

    October 9, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Thank you and that is what I am praying for … my Mother getting stronger daily!
    Hugs,
    Bj

  17. JOY 2 JOURNEY

    October 9, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Thank you Joy, what kind words and yes I will remember to take care of me too.
    Hugs,
    Bj

  18. JOY 2 JOURNEY

    October 9, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Thank you for your kindness. It helps to share!
    Hugs,
    Bj

  19. JOY 2 JOURNEY

    October 9, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Teresa,
    I an sorry that you know the sorrow I feel. Thank you for understanding.
    Hugs,
    Bj

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