Friday, December 27, 2013

~TIME TO SAY GOODBYE~

Early this morning my beloved Mr. AGPMan's Father, Raymond E. Nelson, passed away.  I would sooo greatly appreciate your prayers as we say goodbye to our loving Father, Husband, Grandpa and friend.  He will be greatly missed by all of us...especially by Steve's mother.  They were married for over sixty years and I'm sure she will have some challenging days ahead.

You can read more about Steve's father HERE.
  My hubby's father honorably served in the US Army and was awarded a Purple Heart for Bravery after being severely wounded during the Korean Conflict/War.  He was blinded in one eye and suffered a traumatic head injury and yet lived to be almost 85 years old.

God is good.
Raymond was a dearly loved husband to Doris and loving Father to my husband, Steven Kent...

Adoring Grandfather to Brandon Kent...
And to Adrienne Rachelle....
 We hold many precious memories inside our hearts of him...
 Seems like yesterday he was a giddy Grampa to our two beautiful (and young!) children.
He helped us celebrate in the best of times...
 And loved me from day one.
He left us far too soon...

Today was his first day in heaven!
We rejoice in his home-going!

Thank you for your prayers during these tough times.

Blessings to you for a wonderful New Year.  This was a truly challenging year for us and we are looking forward to a fresh beginning.

Love to you all...

42 comments:

Maryellen said...

Sending prayers - what a wonderful legacy he has left behind.
Wonderful example of courage, being a husband and fatherhood.

This world needs more men like him.

lynn cockrell said...

Rebecca, I have already said a prayer for your family. My heart goes out to you all. My sweet in-laws were both still in their fifties when they passed away, about 18 yrs. apart. Even though it has been some 42 years, it still saddens me when I think of it. They treated me as if I were their own child and I(we) all loved them very much. You are right that you have been blessed to have them to see your beautiful children grow up and that your children were able to know and love him and their grandmother.

May God be with you and your family at this sad and trying time.

White Lace and Promises said...

Just love that sweet photo of him with the BIG smile. He looked so full of life! I know he is going to be missed. Having traveled this road, it is not easy. There will be times of memories shared and laughter and intense times of loneliness and emptiness. You will hurt more at times for mom than for your own grief.

Oh, sweet Rebecca, I know you wonder how much more. Prayers for you all.

Bonnie

Shirley said...

Prayers and hugs are coming from your Missouri friend. It is hard to lose someone at the holiday season, but just remember all the beautiful memories that you have and be there for Doris. Many hugs and prayers from your Missouri Friend.

Jan Tanis said...

Oh Rebecca, I'm so sorry for your loss. Of course we will include you, your hubby and his mom and all family and friends in our prayers at this time. Hugs to you all! ♥

Debby Ray said...

Rebecca, my sympathies to your families. It is always hard to lose a loved one but it seems to be more difficult around the holidays. Praying the Lord's comfort on all of you during this time.

A Romantic Porch said...

I am so sorry.
Love,Rachel

Gert said...

Oh, I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Blessings for a New Year!
Gert

Mari said...

Oh sweetie I'm soo sorry for your lost, sending prayers to you and your dear family...

Blessings~
Mari

Pondside said...

As heaven opens up to him, and he celebrates his first day there, it must be so hard for your husband and his mother, and everyone left behind missing your father-in-law. He sounds like a lovely grandpa, father and father-in-law - the smile says so much. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Michal Woodruff said...

I'm so sorry. :( I know it's hard. God bless you all.

Beth Niquette said...

God bless you, my dear. My heart and prayers are yours as you walk through the grief of losing this wonderful man. I lost my Dad last year and though we all knew it was coming, it was one of the most difficult things I've ever gone through. ((hugs)) Rejoicing in the good memories...and it's okay to cry.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

So glad to see a post from you, but so sad it was with the news of your loss. How proud you must all be of his service to our country! A great loss to your whole family.

Carol

Teresa said...

Sending prayers. It sounds like he had a full and wonderful life. Made the most of it. I am so sorry for your loss.

ga447 said...

Such a great tribute, I love the part he loved you the moment you came into their lives. God Bless you and your family.

Di said...

What a wonderful tribute to him, he sounds like a gem. Sending my thoughts and prayers to you and family. Di@Cottage-Wishes

Marilyn Stevens said...

Sending prayers to you & your family.
Do not feel sorrow for it is you who have lost. Just think of all your wonderful family member has gained.
Love to you all....

Simple Pleasure said...

Rebecca
I will pray that you and yours find peace in fond memories…so sorry for your loss.
Warmest regards
Patricia

Gloria Westerman said...

Words don't ease the pain of your loss...but our prayers do....sending love and peace to you and your family...

The Quintessential Magpie said...

This has been such a hard, hard year, and my prayers go out to you. We lost loved ones this year, too, and the thought of the rejoicing in Heaven makes their loss more bearable.

Will be thinking of you...

XO,

Sheila

The Quintessential Magpie said...

P.S. How could they not love you? Just look at their faces on your wedding day. You can see it in their expressions. They (your MIL, too) are smart folks! xoxoxo

Melissa Bishop said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm glad you all have so many great memories of him. I am praying for you.
Melissa from The High Altitude Tea Duchess.

Beverly said...

I will hold you and your family close in my heart and prayers.♥

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Dearest Rebecca,

My sincere condolences to you and your family. I'm glad you have so many wonderful memories of him to remember what a wonderful person he was.

Love to you!

Debbie

Jeannie B. said...

I am very sorry for your loss of a loving and loved man. How lucky you all are to have so many wonderful times with him!

jeanniemc said...

What great memories you will have of this wonderful & brave man..Sending many more prayers your way...Hugs...

Roselle said...

A sad day indeed. I'm sorry for your family, Rebecca. I will pray for all of you. I too am looking forward to a better 2014. Stay strong sweet lady.
Roselle

Laura Rhodes said...

I pray the Lord comfort you and your family at this time and may you rejoice that he can be in the presence of Jesus

Theresa said...

I am SO sorry and will be praying for all of you! LOVE and Prayers coming your way! Heaven is sweeter today with this wonderful Man in it! HUGS!

Marilyn said...

May our loving Savior wrap you all in HIS arms and grant you peace. Because we BELIEVE we have HOPE.♥♫

ShirleyC said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I'll be praying for your family.
One of our good friends lost his dad right before Christmas, and some other good friends lost their son. So much sadness this time of year.

Savannah Granny said...

So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for your loving family. Our Lord will give comfort and peace.
prayerfully, Ginger

Amy Jo said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for your family.

Blessings,
Amy Jo

Glamour Girls said...

May God comfort you and your family during these trying times.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Prayers and Sympathy to all of your family. So hard to lose a dad.

Deanna said...

Rebecca,
Praying that God comforts you all.
My sympathies.
d

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your father-in-law! He sounds like a very special man.
I lost my Mother soon after Christmas a few years ago, and although I was so sad to lose her I knew she would have been happy to know she returned to heaven during such a happy time on earth.

Christy Buchanan said...

My prayers to you and your family Rebecca, especially your mother-in-law. God's comfort and peace, strength and grace. Only He knows how to truly use those words. He loves us so! And yes, I agree with you that this coming new year will bring not just renewal but brand new beginnings and new doors to open! Love and blessings, Christy

Jen said...

Sending prayers your way. I truly hope 2014 is a kinder year for you and your family.

Take care
Jeannette

Blessings from Cindy said...

Rebecca~
Your father in law sounds like a wonderful man. Prayers to your family at this time... I am so glad I checked my blog for updates from my list of favorites & found your post. So sorry for your loss. My father is very ill at this time & since he lives 3 1/2 hrs away, it is challenging to not be able to be there continuously. But God has taken this time to bless our relationship with healing love. May your memories give you comfort & the knowledge that your FIL is in Jesus's Loving Arms. What would we do without Him?
Blessings,
Cindy

La Petite Gallery said...

Rebecca, This is a beautiful post, he is watching from above. I feel
so bad for his wife. It took me almost 8 month's to start to function after my Husband passed.
Then My Mother went, then I had Cancer. Staying alive is a big job.
I wish you a better 2014. yvonne

Trisha said...

I can almost hear the angels rejoice at his homecoming. God Bless you all, Trisha

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