Saturday, August 02, 2008

sad facts

*Thanks to Kim Breen for writing the obituary that is appearing in today's paper*

Fact 1: There will be a memorial service at Bethel Lutheran Church in Dallas at 11am on Monday. Any real-life friends of ours are welcome to come.

Fact 2: Feel free to do flowers or nice emails or whatever is natural for you in times like this. You could also give, in Thomas's name, to Community Hospice of Texas, who gave us such profound support during these last months, or to Children's Medical Center of Dallas, whose empowering help moved us through the labyrinth of cancer.

Fact #3, slightly less sad: Also, I know that I have been very honest here about our financial situation, and some of you have already expressed concern about that. Recent fundraising by SWA and the AAFOC (Austin-Area Friends of Candace) did exactly what it was meant to do by providing us a worry-free way to take off work while Thomas was sick, and to spend time with family and each other now that Thomas is gone.

Besides that, the very kind and gentle people at Rolen-Wood Funeral Home have provided their services for almost-entirely free, and of course Bethel Lutehran isn't charging us. So that concern is gone as well.

Fact #4: Unbelievably kind gifts like these and yours, and your kind thoughts over the last however-long have made a path through the dark place for us. You will never know how much your help has meant to us, and we will never stop remembering.

Last fact: We are busy being sad. We are hearing your kind words, but I am probably not going to respond for a while.


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At 5:19 PM, Blogger Carol said...

Please, please, take care of yourselves. Even though I do not know you personally, I think of you and your family every day. I send prayers your way and ask my own special little angel to watch over you and give you strength.

At 12:13 AM, Blogger Ctelblog said...

We will be thinking of you all today.

At 5:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are all so sad for you and yours. May Jesus wrap his strong loving arms around you and comfort you in this time. Rest and drink in the beauty of Colorado. Our prayers continue with you.

At 5:44 AM, Blogger robinandamelia said...

I am very sorry to read of Thomas' passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. He was a fighter that's for sure, an inspiration to us all.

At 7:10 AM, Blogger Ryan Iltis said...

What do you say when you don't have the words. Honestly, I don't have any words except that I share in the sadness of your loss. Sarah and Scott you are in Kim and I's prayers.

Ryan and Kim Iltis


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