Monday, February 18, 2008

TO ALL OF DEBBIE'S FRIENDS, FROM MARK

We all unfortunately know that life is hard and unfair. We all have difficulties and sorrows. And we all hope that someone is there for us during these times. Those of you who comment here are that support system for Debbie and now more than ever she needs you. I wish you all lived near at this time. The last post of Debbie's showed her two beautiful nieces along with our girls.

This past Sunday, their father and Debbie's only sibling, Robert, died of a massive heart attack. He was 41, in relatively good health and this was totally unexpected. For most of his life he had genetically high blood pressure, high cholesterol and was under the watchful care of a cardiologist. He ate well, exercised 4 times a week and was not overweight. He knew the hand God had dealt him and did what he could to offset it. He had no warning signs.

Please say a prayer for our nieces, their mom and Debbie. Please hug someone dear to you.

29 comments:

Catherine Holman said...

Debbie, I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm praying for you and your family during this very difficult time. May God's comforting arms embrace you. God Bless, Cathie

Ness said...

Mark, thank you so much for sharing this with Debbie's blog family. My prayers are going up for the family. I have come to love Debbie like the sister I never had. Please give her gentle hugs for me and let her know she's in my thoughts. May the family find their peace. Thank God the nieces have Debbie. I was a young child whose mother died suddenly and it is a lot to handle. May God hold your family in the palm of His hand as you travel this road together.

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Words fail to express how sorry I am for your loss. Please know that we will keep yout entire family in our prayers and hold you near in our hearts. Debbie has been such a pillar of strength for us all. I hope she can lean on us now in her time of need and use our strenght to carry her through.

Mark, thank you for sharing. Please give her a hug from all her sisters in blogland.

Hallie

kim-d said...

Mark~

Although I am a fairly new commenter, I have been reading Debbie's blog for a while. I feel so fortunate to have found Debbie, and I am so, so sorry about the death of her brother. I wish so badly I could give her a gentle hug in person, but trust you will pass my condolences and thoughts along to her. There are just no words to adequately express my sympathy...

Dottie said...

Deb & Mark-truly you are people who are Angels on Earth-my heart is heavy and I know God is holding you all in His hands. Luv-mom/Dot

Alison said...

Mark and Deb...thank you so much for letting us know about this tragedy Mark. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family right now. This happened to one of my dear friends 3 years....same situation, girls almost the same age. This is a very difficult time right and I pray that you find strength from each other.
Debbie..please remember to take care of yourself also.
Big hugs to you..
Love,
Alison

Kenny & Jen said...

Praying for you and your family during this time!

God Bless!

-Jen

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Thank you Mark, for letting us know. Debbie is one of my best blogging friends and I am so sorry to have heard this news. She must be devastated, it is a terrible tragedy. Please give Debbie a big hug for me. I will pray for those darling children and the family.

Melissa

Anonymous said...

Debbie, I just recently found your blog and must say that I have been touched and inspired by your words.

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. I know you will be there for your nieces and their mother.

I am praying for you all. God bless you now and always.

Hazel

Scarlett Wanna Be said...

Oh Deb,
What can I say? I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I could be there for you. I know that you are blessed with a wonderful family and amazing faith that will help you during this time, but I do wish I could be there, just to give you a hand squeeze whenever you need it. I will be doing something even better, though. I will be lifting you around your family up to the Righteous One who gives peace that surpasses all understanding. Dear friend, you will have peace and the hurt will lessen, but until that time comes, I will be praying that God will speed it along.

peach said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss you are all in our prayers!
Hugs Laura

Irene Latham said...

Deb, my heart is with you and your family during this tough tough time. Nothing can prepare you for things like this. It becomes a matter of just putting the head down and pushing through. Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love to all of you.

Dayna said...

Debbie - I actually do live close enough - if there is something, anything I can do, please do not hesitate to send me an email. I have to leave Friday for a week long business trip - but even if you just need someone to have lunch with anad cry with, please let me know.

I am so sorry for the loss of your brother - we've spent the last 15 months helping our good friend and her daughter through the loss of her father - what a horrible devistating time. I will add your family, and esecially his girls to my prayer list.

Mark, thank you for sharing. It's times like these when we need to know prayers and support are ours.

kim-d said...

Debbie (and Mark, Angel Daughters, Angel Nieces, SIL)~~

Just wanted to stop in quick today to let you know that you continue to be on my mind and in my heart. Today, and in the days to come.

Take good care of each other, and know we're here for you.

Grammie Hoffman in WA said...

My dear Deb Dub,
So sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to your family.
Time will take the edge off your grief...
your brother will always be with you, in your mind, in your heart.
Gentle hugs to all.

tj said...

...Oh dear Debbie, Mark and family, I am so sorry to hear of this. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers today and always. And Mark, please give Debbie a hug for me, and thank you for letting us all know.

...Sending lots o' love and hugs to you Debbie...

...God bless you...

ClaireBoe said...

Praying for all of you, especially those little girls.

kim-d said...

Just wanted to drop by and say hi, Debbie! And to let you know you're on my mind...take care, all.

KellyJean said...

Oh Debra! My heart is just breaking for all of you!!! I will be praying for your family!

Scarlett Wanna Be said...

Hey Deb,
I wanted to let you know that I miss you and I am still praying for you. God bless you my friend.

Alison said...

Hi Deb,

I just wanted to let you know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers all week.

Love,
Alison

Ness said...

Deb, still holding you close to my heart and keeping your family in my prayers.

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Deb,

I was so happy to see your comment pop up on my blog tonight. I've been thinking about you a lot and wondering how you are doing.

I can not imagine what you are dealing with but I do have only one sibling, my brother David, and would be lost without him.

I have been sending you all the positive thoughts I can and offering up cyber hugs through this blogging world.

Strange that perfect strangers can become such crucial parts of our "family." If you need anything at all, just ask. And if you ever want to chat, let me know and I'll give you my number.

I'd tell you to stay strong but something tells me that you are doing that anyway. I truly believe your brother will always be close in your heart and will help you help his children get through this time.

Hallie

Scarlett Wanna Be said...

Deb
It was so nice to hear from you. I know it has been a tough week. You have been in my prayers girl. Take your time, we'll still be here. I look forward to being able to chit-chat with you again. Take care friend.

Dayna said...

Still thinking of you and your sweet family. My heartbreaks for your nieces. We've been helping Molly deal with the loss of her Daddy for a year now, and it does get easier, then worse, then easier again. There are some wonderful grief support groups in So Cal - I'd be happy to pass them along for your nieces if they live in the area.

tj said...

...Hello dear Debra, I hope you are doing well. I think of you and you are in my prayers daily...

...Peace & blessings...

NeereAnDear said...

Debbie... I just found you too.. My heart goes out to you... your family and especially your nieces over the loss of their father and your brother

I pray that God will open His arms wide and hold you until the pain of this loss subsides...

God bless you all

HUGS

JO

kim-d said...

Hi Debbie~Just needed to drop in and let you know that I continue to hold you in my thoughts, and hope that things are going as well as can be expected. Take care, Deb!

Dottie said...

Hi Deb,

I always have fun and get great insight when I read your website-just luv it! I especially like March 19th's entry-really got to my inner spirit. God bless- Luv-Dottie
p.s. the pictures are great!

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