Our loss

Grandpa, Elmo, and Arie over Christmas 2012.
Thankful my sister-in-law got this shot of them playing so sweetly together.
I've been absent from my blog for longer than normal and will continue to be for the next week or so. My heart is heavy with the reason: last night my dear father-in-law passed away.  He battled cancer with courageous determination for the past two years and I am so very glad he did because it meant he was able to meet his first precious grandchild, just three weeks before he died. It seems so cruel and unbelievable that our son will know him only through our stories. Our hearts are so heavy right now, but we grieve as those with hope for we know we share in a common future with the Lord, forever. I covet your prayers for my husband's family as we grapple with the terrible aching emptiness we are left with on this earth.



  1. I am so sorry, Jillian. I know you were so happy that Grandpa and Arie met, so your loss must be extra deep now. Prayers for peace and comfort being sent to all of your family as you grieve the loss of your FIL.

  2. Praying for your family.
    Thankful for you that you have this sweet picture.
    And even more thankful that your father-in-law is with his heavenly father.

  3. Hugs and prayers to your family.
    Eternal Peace May He Grant Unto Thee.

  4. I am so sorry for your family's loss. Sending so many prayers your way.

  5. I am so sorry for your family's loss! Praise God for His gift of salvation and His promise that you will see your father-in-law again! But it is still so hard to lose him and miss him so much in the meantime! God bless & I will continue to pray for you guys!

  6. I'm so sorry for your loss. What a sweet picture. Glad he was able to meet Arie beforehand and I'm glad for the hope you have in Jesus. Nothing like it! *hug*

  7. Hugs and prayers for peace and calm in this trying time. I know what you mean about the loss. My mom died of cancer before we even started our adoption journey. I often think of how sweet it would be to see her excitement of her grandson that came "ALL THE WAY FROM RUSSIA". I'm pretty sure everyone in her tiny little town would have known that. Just because she would have been that dang proud.

    Sorry it stinks right now.

  8. I am so sorry for you loss. I'm so glad your son got to meet his grandfather and I am sure that you will do a wonderful job of telling him what a great man his grandfather was.

  9. I am so sorry, Jillian. I know this is an unbelievably difficult time. It is so wonderful though, that your father in law got to meet his grandson. I know that thrilled his heart. Unfortunately, I understand far too well what you are going through. My husband's mother died at the age of 54 in 2011 when she was tragically killed by a falling tree. We felt so much sorrow knowing that I was pregnant with our first child, and she would never get to meet him. We miss her so much. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

    Amanda @ Newlywedhares.blogspot.com

  10. Anonymous1/12/2013

    I am so very sorry for your loss.

  11. I'm so sorry for your family's loss.

  12. Anonymous1/14/2013

    Jillian, I'm so incredibly sorry for your family's loss. No words can lessen the pain you are feeling. While the knowledge of his eternal salvation and reward is a comfort, it is hard to offset the worldly desire to have a child know their Grandfather, to have that relationship, and to be able to call them and share those stories.

    Know that in pain the time will ease.

    God bless

  13. Anonymous1/14/2013

    Hi Jill,
    We went to HDCH together a few years back. I came across your blog via facebook and have been following your story, and also sharing it with friends who are going through similar journey's. I can't imagine the pain of your loss, but I am glad with you that Arie was able to meet his Grandpa. Praying for God's strength and peace.
    Laura deRuiter

  14. Anonymous1/14/2013

    I'm so sorry to hear it. You are all in my prayers.


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