Happy Father's Day! We are especially celebratory on this Father's Day since Mark has been granted more time and remains with us. We almost lost him this winter so won't let this day, or any other day for that matter, slip by without soaking up our life in his presence. I've heard stories from many people who've engaged with me or intersected my path on this journey who have already crossed over to the grief and loss side of a similar fight. I come away from these conversations more determined than ever to make the most of our time, whatever it looks like, amidst great challenges. This is an especially glorious Father's Day! Despite Mark's battle to survive congestive heart failure, endure life with an LVAD and hopefully receive a new heart eventually, we are grateful that he's still here with us and will make it count.
If this isn't too personal, I would ask for the wisdom, insight and guidance from those who have suffered the loss of their dad....what would you do today if your dad was still here? How would you celebrate and mark the day? Help us make more of this day, and everyday, as we contemplate the alternative, knowing each interaction is an opportunity to be present and savor time that is fleeting with these loved ones. Teach us to treat everyday as Father's Day - we would do so in honor of the one you lost. Thank you all for your continued prayers, friendship, and encouragement; for being on this long road with us!