Saturday, January 16, 2010

Dedicated to Jack

I wrote this blog last June. This past Wed., Jan 13th it was 5 years since Jack died. I think of him more as time goes on.

It's been over 4 years since my husband died of leukemia. It wasn't an easy time as he went through a lot of procedures, radiation and chemo at the Cleveland Clinic. He had the best doctors but nothing seemed to work. The one good thing is that he accepted Christ into his life just 17 days before he died. This is dedicated to him. We had our ups and downs like every married couple but he was the love of my life and he will be my last.
We met years before when my children were only 6 and 10. They grew up with him as a father figure. He was a police officer and retired at 48. He still worked part time for the city. We met through me being a nurse in the ER at the hospital in the city were he worked. I was a divorced, single Mom and he was the strong type of personality that could take care of any problem. We fell deeply in love and that was that. My son especially grew close to him as they had the same interests; golfing and fishing. His death was extremely hard on my son Carl. They have named their son after Jack. His parents who had passed had a home on Anna Maria Is, FL. There is an album on my other website.
Click on "Remembering Anna Maria" and it has a lot of photos.
My father had died a few years before and then my Mom just a year before. Jack's death didn't affect me hard for awhile and then it slowly crept in. I was alone, even though I have children and a wonderful sister and brother-in-law. In the house in the evening, I'm still very much alone.

I have linked this post on Sunday Favorites at:


  1. I think losing a loved one gets harder as time goes on.

  2. Oh Shirley, I am so grateful to hear that you had that one "great Love" but, also sadden that you lost him. I can't imagine the heartache of losing your husband. Even though it has been some years,I am sure it is still so difficult.

  3. Shirley,
    Thanks so much for visiting my new blog! I'm so excited to meet new people. I went through yours and let me say, I LOVE LOVE your home. It is gorgeous! Can't wait to try your brown sugar coffee cake. :)
    I am so sorry to hear about your husband but I am so happy that you found true love in your life. xoxo Sarah

  4. Oh you're not really alone. Thank you for sharing such a special person in your life. We're all aroung you.

    - The Tablescaper

  5. Bless your heart.

    I don't like "alone" either and I've often said if my hubby died, I'd put a sign in the front yard that said: "Husband wanted, taking applications." Of COURSE that was only a joke - - - sorta.

  6. Gentle hugs, my Dear...

    Thank you so much for commenting on my new blog... Gals With Grandmother Faces. It's you, who comment your ideas, which make this blog. Thank you!

  7. And thank you so much, for not making us do Word Verification, in order to comment here! I will add you to my growing list of those lovely blogs which do NOT make us do Word Verification.

    Repeat, thank you.

    And your blog is so lovely looking also. A peaceful lovely look to it.

  8. Happy to send you a hello from the Sunday Favs. group :)
    May today be a blessing for you and your family.
    The Muse

    How poignant! I echo others sentiments...glad you found him and sorry you are without him (but for a time).

  9. A very touching post -- Praying for blessings upon your day and joyful memories of your very special love.

  10. I pray that our God may comfort you during this difficult season in your life. I am so sorry for the loss of your dear husband.

  11. Hi Shirley...

    My friend, what an endearing post and sweet tribute to your beloved! What a blessing to have known and experienced that "once in a lifetime love"! I'm so sorry for your loss, my heart truly breaks for you! But at the same time, I rejoice in the fact that your Jack accepted the Lord as his Savior before his you have that great promise that you both shall meet again!!! I really don't know how people make it through these losses without the Lord and His strength...and it just helps so much to know that the seperation is just temporary!!! Thank you, Shirley...for sharing this very sweet part of your life with us today for Sunday Favorites! Darlin', I will hold you before the Lord in my prayers...that He will somehow...someway...fill your lonliness!

    I hope that you have a wonderful week, my friend! And thank you again for joining in with Sunday Favorites this week!

    Chari @Happy To Design

  12. Sorry I'm late - yesterday was a longer day than I had planned and didn't get to anyone's posts until now.
    It makes me sad to read that you lost the 'love of your life' but hopefully the wonderful memories you have will keep you going.
    We lost my Dad to Leukemia this last September. Him and Mom were together 62 years.
    I'm so glad I did a tribute to him so I can go look at all the old pictures.
    Hold all of the wonderful memories close so you can revisit them whenever you feel like it.


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