Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Being Happy in the Sadness

My Dad is dying. His heart is giving out after serving him well for 78 years. He has gone from approx. 215 pounds to under 140. He is on oxygen at home and he cannot speak easily because of fluid on his lungs. He never smoked but his docs think he might have lung cancer. They don't want to do a biopsy or drain the fluid because of his frail condition and the invasive techniques that are required.

Dad is at peace about his death ~ he knows the Lord is waiting for him with open arms. Last night I spoke with Mom and had to apologize for snapping at her (I had a tension headache, nausea and a bad backache). About 10 minutes later Mom called back, said Dad wanted to pray with me and put me on speaker. It was beautiful listening to my Dad, who loves me so much, pray with complete assurance that even with his halting speach his prayer would be heard and answered. I cried.

All of the funeral arrangements have been made except for the date. Three of Dad's pastor friends were at his house last night ~ discussing the service and praying with him. They were able to have a short communion service with Dad and Mom, which they all appreciated.

I'm very glad that I was able to attend the last Sunday morning service (in July '09) that Dad was able to lead. He's been my pastor since I was 7 or 8 years old and I still compare every preacher I hear to Dad. 

There are many reasons I'm blessed to have had this man as my Dad. I'm crying again thinking about him being gone but I know he doesn't want us to be sad. He'll be waiting for us with open arms when we go Home.

I spent 3 weeks with my parents last summer and I am, Lord willing, going to see them again this Friday ~ it will be much harder this time.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

My wonderful husband had a yummy corned beef and cabbage dinner ready when I got home from work tonight! All I had to do was wash up, sit down and nom out. He also had made a mint chocolate chip cheesecake that we will enjoy a little later this evening.

I'm making a shepherds pie for a pot luck at the office tomorrow. It's a good time to be Irish!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Operation Ribeye

The weather was beautiful last Saturday, but even if the rain hadn't held off we would've had our ribeyes and jalapeño poppers. The poppers were beautiful ~ short, plump jalapeños; soft cream cheese; thick-cut smoked bacon ~ and I didn't even have to prepare them! My darling husband did it all {happy sigh}.

They were grilled to almost done, then moved to the top rack when the ribeyes were started.

The man is a genius ~ both poppers and steaks were perfectly grilled. His steak was rare and mine was medium rare and everything was ready at the same time.

A blue cheese dip for the poppers and a spicy chipotle sauce for the steaks completed the meal. Operation Ribeye was a complete success.

For lots of good suggestions about poppers and ribeyes and cheese check out the comments at From A Submariner's Perspective.