Nearer, My God to Thee


Daddy is now failing rapidly. It is difficult to see. He goes from having hallucinations and being completely unaware of his surroundings, to deep, deep sleep, to calling for me or Jeanne by name to do this or that for him.

Last night was the most difficult for me thus far.  Up until yesterday, when Daddy was hallucinating he knew it, or at least knew the difference between the real and the unreal.  As the day wore on yesterday he moved deeper into the dream world and didn’t even know we were in the room.  He was so agitated, almost angry at times, which is so unlike Daddy.  I have seen him angry before, but because he HATES confrontation, he is most often the Peacemaker, not the Strifemaker! 

Nathanael and Emily made remarkable time getting here, and Daddy was able to talk to Bo and Em a bit, and make a fuss over the babies.  I am so grateful for that.  Nathanael has been an amazing help to Jeanne and me since his arrival, since Daddy is now bed-bound.  I had been afraid Bo would withdraw the moment he saw how bad Daddy is, but he has truly been “all here” for us.  Pamela and Will are arriving tonight, but I’m afraid Daddy won’t know it.  My poor Tater will be heartbroken, but she is being so brave. 

The nurse indicated Dad’s homegoing is very near. She will be in later to check on us.

Please pray for us.  Pray that we will endure this loss with greater faith than we’ve ever experienced.  Pray for my older sisters as they can’t be right here every moment – I know their hearts are breaking and they often feel alone being so far away.  Thank you all so much, my Xanga family.

God bless your day!

 

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About Petty Bunch

The Petty Bunch is what we have called our family since Bill and I (Janina) began our family back in the early 1980s. We have gone down many roads together - homeschooling our kiddoes, enjoying the freedom of entrepreneurship many years, working at "real jobs" other years. Through it all, we have been loved with God's everlasting love, and have found that underneath are His everlasting arms! We are blessed to have been married for over 36 years, and have 3 incredible adult children, a wonderful daughter-in-law, an amazing son-in-law, and SEVEN grandchildren: four precious granddaughters, three handsome grandsons - so far. We are empty nesters, still enjoy the life of an entrepreneur and the freedom it gives us to continue enjoying our kids and now, their kids!
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11 Responses to Nearer, My God to Thee

  1. I was out of town most of the week, but checking every day via my phone, to see how things are going there.  Oh, my – I know exactly what you are going through.  My mother was failing in just the same ways.  I am praying for you and your family, dear friend.  I pray too, that for you, as it was for me, the end of your father’s life here will be so clearly seen as an end to suffering and clearly the beginning of his eternal life with Christ in Heaven!  What a blessing that you can know for sure that your father’s faith will be made sight!  

  2. Abbiegirl says:

    Dear Mrs. Petty. I’m SO sorry for what your going through… I can’t imagine, although I have been through one of my G’mpa’s dying, he was able to talk, and recognize, my other has Alzheimer’s, and is getting worse, doesn’t call anyone by there names, and doesn’t really know who we are… I’m thinking his time is coming within the next year or two.. only God knows.     I pray for you and your family, through this hard time, that you will have peace, and understanding, and know that your father is going to a batter place, with no pain, where he will finally see his savior. I am so grateful Em, Nate, Roo, and Ty made good time, and are a sweet distraction in this time of hardship for your family.      I love you All, Prayers from the bottom of my heart!

  3. KatieWatt says:

    Love you all. Praying. 

  4. Erin Roland says:

    I’m praying for you and your family Mrs. Petty. ~Erin

  5. My heart goes out to y’all during this time. ❤ I know it’s not easy. Prayers and hugs are coming your way.

  6. Randy7777 says:

    I’m sorry to hear that – must be difficult.

  7. Mommy2Drew says:

    Praying strength to take this journey step by step!

  8. redladybug18 says:

    So sorry for what you’re having to go through.  May God give you peace and rest.

  9. Mottsngbury says:

    My sweet sister…….I feel like I’m there w/you. You’ve been so sweet to include me on all the updates a/b Daddy.  I guess I’ll be seeing you in a few days……love you & Jeanne & Dave so much…….Motts

  10. TerrisCorner says:

    Praying for you and Bill and all the kids. We’re here for whatever you need my friend.Terri

  11. Abbiegirl says:

        I’m so sorry about your dad’s passing last night. We’re here and are praying for you! we think you you guys daily. ❤ you!

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