Little Dad

It’s 2am in Boston. I am sitting in the room with my Brother-in-law, Brad.  It has been a long hard day.  Today we had to “share” my dad with others as they came and saw him and said their I love yous.  I realize tonight that He is my dad and I am His son, but he really belongs to all of us.  More importantly he belongs to God.  I do not know if I am prepared to be the man he was or have the impact that he did on this beautiful world.  I do not know if any of you can do it either, but my wife said words tonight that echo in my heart.  We are not called to live his life we are called to live ours.  Deep within us all is the faith and hope that God could step in at any minute and save my dad, but at the same time we must praise him even if he does not.  Tonight I reflect not on the past, but on what he taught me;  How to be a dad, how to love my wife and kids, how to be a man, how to see the world through others eyes and how to truly savor the most out of life.  I think we all would agree, God for a moment of our lives whether it be directly or indirectly gave us a glimpse of what it is to truly live life to its fullest. My dad made it a rule to put others first…in everything. He is a man whose mission in life was to learn more, and share with others his discoveries.  He is a man who will push through the pain and look for the joy.  He is a man who lived out what he once told me “it is what you do that defines who you are.” 

There was a mixup with the test they ran yesterday so we did not hear the results, but as a family we know deep down what the results will be.  Short of a God-sized miracle, Mid-morning tomorrow we will meet one last time with the surgeon, and then we will proceed with saying our I love yous to not just a good man, but to a great man.  Again I think we all believe God could save him, but we will praise Him even if he does not.

This has been one of the hardest things I have ever been through, and I know the steps from here will only get harder.  He is my dad, he is your friend, and he is an inspiration to us all.  Please pray for my family in the next few days, as we “share” our dad with all of you.

One last thought…when my sisters where in college the entire hallway of the dorm use to call him “little dad”  because he was everyones dad.  On visits he would waddle from dorm room to dorm room spreading joy and laughter where he went.  He was more than just a parent he a was a “little dad”  I sit here in awe as read the kind words from hundreds of you outloud to my dad.  I realize even if it is vicariously through one of us, he is all our little dad.  And he will always be my little dad.  I can only hope to be the father to my kids that he is to the world…

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48 responses to Little Dad

  1. Bert Greene

    Mark:

    Although my heart is heavy as I’ve followed your family’s ordeal from afar, I’m comforted by the memories of the encounters I’ve had with Dr. Mark. As so many have shared in these comments to your blog posts, he is a man that no one forgets having met. His deep love for both his family and life itself have always been so apparent to me when I’ve been around him, and it’s obvious to anyone that meets any of his kids that he has passed those qualities on to all of you. Should the Father choose to call him home sooner than any of us would like, please take comfort in knowing that none of us will be able to forget him, because he lives on in the five of you.

  2. Becky Fudge

    “Little Dad” didn’t stop when the girls left college. As I got to know your family in Kari’s living room years ago, I was welcomed in like a family member. Your father always asked how we were doing, how were the kids and then he’d ask a very thought provoking question that a dad might ask his child. I would come up with an answer but in the back of my head would think, “I need to go study that subject some more.” I love your family and hold you all close to my heart. Philip and I lived this 10 years ago with Philip’s mom. We are praying for you daily, the kids are praying for Gigi and Nana and Denton and Zach and the twins. May God keep you in His peace.

  3. Lynda Dodd

    Mark, the kiddos and I are praying for you and the family. Daelon is sad he can’t see you or bring comfort to you physically, but he knows the best comfort now will be through our prayers. Thank you for sharing such intimate moments with the rest of the world concerning your dad. What an awesome legacy this great “whale” has planted in the lives of his family. I love to hear the stories Mark, you always have a way with words that challenges one to think and THANK. Daelon, Jada and I love you Mark, and send our deepest love to you.

  4. Lindle Grigsby

    Mark has had an even larger “outside” family. Mark has always been “little dad” to all the students who came through the Science and Math division, and with the staff and faculty who served those students. His presence, his smile, his caring concern for everyone is already missed.

  5. Joey White

    Our very own Mark Presley,

    You are well on your way to being the dad your father molded you to be, and with God’s help you will reach your goal. How? Because that’s exactly how your dad did it… he simply loved you the way God loved him. That is a God-sized task. Stay the course my friend. Your boys will praise the name of God, as well as your own, in the years to come because of this week. I love you like a brother.

  6. My prayers are with each of you and all of you. As you look to God for guidance, He looks on you with love. He not only has your father in His arms, but also each of you.

  7. Juliet Kauffman

    To All Who Have Been Touched by Dr. Mark W. Presley:

    As a pebble drops into a lake the ripples continue long after the pebble hits bottom. And what an amazing pebble Mark is!

    Each is called to live his/her own life. The Book of Life knows our deeds, our heart, our covenant with Our Heavenly Father. We all belong to God who created us. He gives us Peace and Acceptance.

    It is so challenging to let go, surrender, and move forward. Yet our Trust, our Faith will give us the strength we need.

    Again, thank you Mark Jr, for giving us a connection to what is going on in your lives. Your father is so proud of you. Your wisdom to share such a private experience with a community of caring and loving people is a blessing.

    I talked with Mary yesterday who said there are two waiting rooms full of Presleys, and others connected to your father, at Beth Israel Hospital. There are so many more who can only be with all of you in spirit.

    One cannot imagine the Will of Our Creator, and that is for the Good. Your hearts are breaking, but God will help the healing.

    Love,

    Juliet
    (who has a “little mom” along with your grandma, Ione, and your grandfather, Oran, and so many others, now in heaven, ready to welcome your father when God calls him home — what joy — what sorrow)

  8. Melissa Ewing

    Mark and family,
    You continue to be in our prayers. I know today will be a long hard day. I will be praying. You have been in my thoughts night and day. Your father was a truly amazing person. It is wonderful to see the amazing legacy that he leaves. His footprints are in the lives of so many people. It is quite evident just in reading your blog that you will also be the kind of father he has been. Your boys’ lives will be filled with adventure and faith because of the father you have had. I am praying that God will send you His peace that passes all understanding. I am also still praying that God will speak a “God sized” miracle into your father’s ear and tell him to “Watup, Gigi!”

    Praise be to God for his unending love and mercy! May you know that we here love you and are praying for you and your whole family. I will make sure and be with your sweet wife today for you.

    In His love,
    Melissa and Howard

  9. charlie new

    Mark, thank you so much for sharing this burden with us. I know that it must take a toll on you emotionally. Because we cannot be there as a church family, your first hand account helps us to pray more specifically and helps us, in a very small way, to “Bear one another’s burdens..” Gal. 6:2. Ever since we came to McKinney in 1987, we have been in awe of the way your parents raised the five of you. I can only hope that we have made such an impact on our children. Your dad would always ask me about Andy and took a personal interest in his welfare. Of course, we will always remember that your mom was the first one to call us when he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Only eternity will reveal all the ways your parents have touched lives here on earth. We love the entire Presley family. Yours in Him, Valerie New

  10. Richard McGowan

    Anne,

    Your family’s love is a tribute to your husband and the beautiful family that you have raised. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all through this difficult time.

    The McGowans

  11. Wes and Ashley Housman

    Ashley and I just wanted to let you all know that we are praying for you all. Yes, God can and does still do miracles. Ashley and I both have remarked over and over how much of a blessing it is that we have gotten to spend time with Dr. Mark. He is truly and inspiration to us all. From the very first time I met him, his love for his family, life, and God was evident even to a young teenager.

    Just know that if he does go to be with our Father, he will be rejoicing and watching over every single day of your lives and ours. And know that he has passed on the best part of his life to all that he has touched.

    We love you all and we are praying for you all,
    Wes, Ashley, and Ethan

  12. Ami Stovall

    Dr. Presley gave me a huge opportunity when he chose me to step in and work for (with) him at Eastfield College in the chemistry labs. During the three years I worked for (with) him, he wasn’t only my supervisor, but he was also a mentor, teacher, an advisor, and counselor to me. He gave me complete academic freedom and liberty to setup and run the chemistry lab area the way that I saw fit, even when I was just coming in as the young, new, and inexperienced kid on the block. He would always come in to see how things were going, and if there was anything he could do to help me out with in my area. In addition, he would also put in words of encouragement to help further motivate me during the challenges I initially faced working in the chemistry labs…. He never made me feel anything less than an equal to him and his area on campus at Eastfield. He was kind, gentle, funny, polite, respectful, and always cheerful to everyone (even in the midst of personal and/or professional tough times that he faced daily). There were times when I would go into his office at work (often frustrated) to just vent and/or problem-solve with him on something and I would just burst into creating a dialogue with Dr. Presley (as his head was face down into his paperwork with his glasses on). Dr. Presley would stop what he was doing, let me say what I wanted and/or needed to say (me being very passionate about whatever the problem [if you will] was that day), then he would sit straight back in his chair, raise his glass to rest on top of his head, put his hands clasped together resting on the back of his head, and he would burst into laughter, which initially frustrated me even further. Then I would ask him what was so funny, and his reply was, “I love handling your problems, because they are always matters of principle!” Immediately, I calmed down, just knowing that he was actually paying me a compliment in my time of struggle.
    When I reflect back on the many private meetings Dr. Presley and I had during those three years at Eastfield (some professional and some personal), there are so many things that Dr. Presley shared with me, some took on meaning and applied at those times, and some I’ve carry with me now in my promotion (reluctantly with his sincere blessing and well wishes) within the Dallas County Community College District. It has been almost one year since I’ve moved on to Richland College and in that year, Dr. Presley has emailed me words encouragement in my new job, he has thanked me again for my contributions with him and his area at Eastfield College, and he has even made several trips to Richland to personally say hello and check on me and how I’m doing at a neighboring DCCCD campus.
    Words truly cannot express the sadness I feel regarding this trial in Dr. Presley’s life right now as equally, if not more trying on you his family, and the challenges you all face right now. I have heard wonderful things about each of you. He and I also spoke often about his family. He was proud of each and every one of you and he would just glow every time he would mention each of you, and especially his grandchildren. Of note, his twin grand-daughters — I too am a twin (identical), so Dr. Presley would often ask me about my twin sister and me and how things were growing up, and he would share with me about twin grand-daughters and their similarities and differences…. I could go on with the many wonderful times that he and I share together, but this blog probably would not hold it all. Please know that Dr. Presley loved you all and was so proud of you, each of you unique and with your own endeavors and contributions in life that he was always glowing and eager to share with me about. Please know that you all will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. I know that if in fact God is ready to take Dr. Presley home, God will greet him and say, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” [Matthew 25:21]
    Thank you for graciously sharing Dr. Presley’s progress with everyone whom cares about him greatly during this extremely trying time for you all. We appreciate it. God be with you all!

  13. Lynn Gross

    My prayer for you today contained this verse and I share it with you. “May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

  14. Randy Davis

    Mark,

    Please know your frineds in Paducah are praying daily for you and your family. What a strong witness you have been to our Lord and Savior Jesus
    Christ through your journal over the past few days.
    We are praying for miracles, strength, comfort, and
    that others may come to know Him through this difficult situation.

    2 Corinthians 4:16-18 16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

    Friends of Kari & Kijsa’s families,
    Randy and Stacey Davis

  15. Again, I just want to reiterate my sorrow for you and your family. You are a wonderful family and I am so amazed by the strength you have at this time. I praise the Lord for the great testimony you are living right now by just trusting God to be God. You are putting it all in His hands and without even knowing it are being a huge witness for God. I pray that God will provide a miraculous miracle for your family in whatever form that may be.
    Bless you all and God be with you,
    Trixi

  16. Cathy Kelley

    Mark Jr. and the entire Presley family,
    I continue to pray for you all. One of our instructors sent me an email and I would like to forward it to you, I just don’t know if it is okay to do it here. I hope you have my email address. I will gladly send it to you if you request it. Mark “little dad” was like a second father to me. I miss his presence here yet the memories of him are strong. I can see him zipping in and out of here always going somewhere. He would move so fast that I didn’t even realize he was gone. Know that God is with you now and will always be with you. If you need anything please don’t hesitate to call.
    Love to you all,
    Cathy

  17. Rebecca Byrd Terry

    Thank you so much for sharing your dad with us through your blog! Your candor has invited me to reflect on my interactions with him growing up with you and your siblings. In my work as a chaplain, I have worked similar cases to this one, and I see so many who go through expereinces like dad has been experiencing with just a few people or sometimes no one by their side. What a testimony to your entire family and the rich communities that your dad was a part of. 1 John 2:17 says, “The world and it’s desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God will live forever.” Most people read that with heaven in mind, and that’s true, but I also think that this verse means that the works of our life that are caught up in the kingdom/will of God are what live on beyond us. They are what last…what live forever. And when I read of the impact your dad has made on so many, I think of this verse. These people and stories are his legacy because he was about living into God’s kingdom.

    You’ll continue to be in my thoughts and prayers!

    Becca Byrd Terry

  18. Jason Hill

    The last time I saw Mr. Pressley, I was taking out the trash at a local McKinney restaurant where I worked to put myself through school. I had been doing the dishes…and smelled like it. Needless to say, I was trying to avoid the general public for fear of ruining their appetite.

    Well… Dr. Pressley was sitting across the room,and he just kept looking at me… and he wouldn’t stop…. and finally he jumped up, “I KNEW I knew your from somewhere!” It was a really cool thing.

    This is a man who saw me “grow up” all the way through middle school and high school. He was my Sunday school teacher at least three times. I remember him saying once long ago: “You have to have a sense of humor to teach 7th grade boys”. He definitely had that, and the kind heart to match it.

    I read what he said about managing the crazies in your life…. Well, I am one crazy who he managed with exceptional kindness and grace.

  19. I have been following this blog after coming from Kari and Kisja’s site. I don’t know your Dad or any of the family personally but I can say that your Dad was a wonderful parent which is evidenced by his kids. This is another great tribute to him. I’ll be keeping you all in my prayers.

  20. Allatia Harris Dickerson

    I have found much joy in knowing Mark Presley. I know Mark from Eastfield and DCCCD. I heard him read a wonderful piece in the African American Read-In a couple of years ago, and I continue to be amazed at what a Renaissance Man he is. He is a scholar who loves his students and who loves science and all learning. He is a mentor to many. But as everyone who knows Mark knows, he loves his Lord and his family above all.

    I love Mark’s laugh and his astute assessment of situations. I appreciated his honesty and candor when I worked with him. I recently left Dallas to move to Houston, and Mark took time on a Sunday afternoon to drive to the southern part of Dallas to wish me well. He spent time visiting with my husband – and touched yet another heart. My husband’s and my prayers are with you.

    Allatia

  21. Harry and Cid Southworth

    Thank you Presleys for your clear communication at a time when everythig is so hard. Our prayers and love are with Mark and with each of you, with special love to Ann.
    May you find comfort in one anothers’ love.

    Harry and Cid July 25, 2008

  22. The girls at Smithland Drugs

    We just wanted you guys to know we are all thinking about you and praying for you and your Dad. We are keeping positive thoughts, but God has the ultimate plan in our lives, and only he knows best. Don’t worry about Denny…we are trying to keep him going and as upbeat as possible. We love you guys.

    Loretta, Dixie, Penny, Susan, Stephenie, Whitney, and Laken

  23. Janet (Maxwell) Cole

    Dr. Mark was indeed the ultimate “Little Dad!”; so kind and patient by nature, unlike any other father I had ever seen…the image I always conjure when I think of Dr. Mark is of him standing in the driveway, affectionately petting the bunny (Thumper, was it?) while Kari and I drove up in the Draggin’ Wagon (probably late/after curfew).

    He has always had a smile and a hug for anyone that needed it. Miracles DO happen, but if God decides to bring him home, it must be because he needs a Little Dad in heaven to welcome others with that brilliant Presley smile and the love that has always radiated from Dr. Mark, our Little Dad.

    Love, love, love to all of you,
    Jan

  24. Drew Gibbs

    Mark,

    I would “go jump in a lake” if it would help, but in the meantime, I am praying for you, your dad, and your famliy.

    Peace,

    Drew

  25. Darien

    Mark,
    Thank you for taking the time to update your blog. What an incredible tool to be used at a time like this. Many of us feel that we are right there with you all. You have obviously inherited the gift of writing from your dad! I’m sure the Presley family has become very well known around that hospital ~ celebrity status, I’m sure! I can only imagine the impact you all have made around there ~ the example of Christ, family, love and support. Keeping you all close to my heart….
    Love in Him,

  26. Jeremy Gabrysch

    Mark,
    Know that my prayers are with you brother. Your dad is a great man. I laughed when I read Drew’s comment about “jumping in a lake.” I can remember him coming to the sandlot, and how the joy of Christ always beamed through him. He was one of the few parents that called me ‘Gabrysch,’ and the way he said it used to crack me up. I wept as I read your blog. It sounds like your Dad has touched many people and he walks closely with God. I love you brother. I know we haven’t talked much lately, but know that this friend is lifting up you and your entire family right now.
    Gabrysch

  27. Leann McCown

    To Dr. Mark’s family,
    Dr. Mark was and continues to be the best Sunday School (BFG) teacher that my husband and I have ever had. Just last week after class, I asked my husband, Randy, if we were going to continue with the same BFG class because our son is starting high school and we might want to switch times with worship and our BFG. Randy quickly responded, “No way, I like Dr. Mark too much.” So, with that comment, our decision was made. This would have been our 3rd year to “learn” from Dr. Mark. We love him so much. He really filled the shoes of my very own dad whom I lost to a heart attack when he was just 53 years old. My heart is crying out but I am happy when I think of Dr. Mark’s sweet smile or think of him reciting one of his insightful and clever poems. He never liked to take credit for his poems so he would type the author’s name as “Yelserp Kram.” I’ll never forget the first time he did this and we just sat there – not getting it. Then he looked up at us, put his glasses on his little bald head and just grinned. And, slowly he began to blush and giggle with his shoulders moving up and down. We finally got it! “Oh, it’s “Mark Presley” spelled backwards!” Daaaa.

    Anyway, thank you Anne, for sharing your sweet, dear, husband with so many people. Thank you Mark, Stephen, Kari, Kijsa, and Whitney. Mark, Jr., you asked that we pray that God would be glorified through the Presley family. It is clear that you each love and respect your “little” Dad, the Whale, and the devoted husband. But, it is also clear that you each love our Almighty God, our Father in Heaven, first and foremost. You have and continue glorify Him. Dr. Mark would be so very proud of his legacy. I know each of you, including the grandchildren, will continue to be good and faithful servants.

    I will continue to pray along with so many others for all the Presleys.

    Much love to you all,
    Leann and Randy

  28. Matt Pulley

    Mark,

    Hey Bro! Just read the news about your dad and I am deeply saddened!!! So many of my awesome college experiences were laughing with your dad as we listened to some of his GREAT stories (the steal pier – atlantic city)!!!!

    I also, so often, saw his incredible compassion and love for us, young college guys and for you! His desire and commitment to just come down and visit you and your roommates and spend time talking with us about life and spiritual things, I will not forget!!! What an amazing father and man!!

    I am so encouraged for your perspective on this. I mean, your faith and your maturity is incredibly encouraging to me. Just know, Elizabeth and I are praying for him. I am certainly praying for God to heal him and will continue to!! I am going to lunch with my accountability partner in a few minutes and we will pray for your dad and for you guys!! I don’t have words to say, but just know we are praying and thinking about you guys – our hearts are heavy!

    Love you, brother!!

    Matt

  29. Alan Johnson

    Mark,

    I am praying for you and your family. I love you man. You are one my favorite people in the world and the best free cell player i know. I have always admired your dad, and he has definitely passed on his greatness to you. The relationship that you guys have is a model for me & reid. I wish I could be there with you.

    Alan

  30. Kelly Stern

    Stephen,

    I remember so well standing by my dad’s hospital bed when he was in a coma and being so sad about not being able to communicate with him. I didn’t know if he knew I was holding his hand or could me tell him how much I loved him. In my despair the Holy Spirit reminded me that He was still communicating with my dad. I can’t tell you the peace and relief I felt when I realized that my dad wasn’t “alone” by any means. The Holy Spirit was still whispering words of comfort to him even though our family couldn’t get through. Your sweet dad is listening to words of comfort and joy right now. It’s so hard living in the not yet but the already is enough (more than enough) to bring us home. To God be the glory.
    All of us in the Book Center are praying for you. We love you.
    Kelly

  31. Cait Kauffman

    Presleys,

    We are thinking about you guys!

    Love,
    Cait (Juliet’s daughter)

  32. Matt and Shannon Bolinger

    Anne and the Presley family,

    Shannon and I are both extremely sad to hear about Dr. Mark. As everyone knows, there is no family like the Presley family; this is due to Dr. Mark’s leadership and devotion to his family and faith. After talking with Dr. Mark, I would always walk away with a smile…his quirky nature and cleaver insights are golden. The only time I ever looked forward to a church skit was when he was in it…he is brilliant and histerical. We love you and are praying for you.

  33. Coach and Linda Dyer

    Mark,
    Steve and continue to pray for the whole family…I have actually been where you are today many years agao with my Dad. It is not a fond memory, but one that stays with you forever, but then ther are those GREAT memories that you will treasure for life. Just continue to think about the wonderful times as a family that you have experienced.
    We know that our God will sustain you thur the next several weeks and beyond. His mercy and grace will be enough of each moment. We continue to love and pray for your family.
    We, as a family will be leaving for the beach on Sunday, but we will continue to check the blog and remeber all of you in our prayers. We each remember in different ways what a GREAT DAD you have.
    Coach and Linda
    The entire family far and wide are praying for you!

  34. Keith & Amanda Downey

    Kari, Mark & Family,

    Please know that you are in our prayers. I have been reading your updates daily and my heart breaks for your family. We have not walked in the same shoes you are walking in but we have been in a hospital room praying for nothing less than a miracle when our precious little Kate was born.

    I know we serve an AWESOME GOD who has a plan for each of us. Only he knows the plan for Whale. He is the only one that sees the big picture. Just as Psalm 139:16 says “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

    Whatever plan God has for Whale he will guide each of you along the way. A scripture that someone shared with me after losing Kate was Isaiah 42:16. Isaiah 42:16 says “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them”.

    May God’s love and peace surrond all of you during this time.

    Amanda

  35. Blake and Rachel Phillips

    Mark and Family,

    The Presley family is in our thoughts and our prayers. We pray that God will sustain each of you and grow you even more in faith and in family unity. Dr. Mark embodies the “readiness of the gospel” that Paul wrote about. He and Mrs. Presley are living examples of faith accompanied by action. The impact they have made for the kingdom globally is only equalled by the influence they have had on countless students at church and school.

    We pray alongside you for a miracle of healing and comfort for you and yours.

  36. The Bourland Family

    Presley Family,

    Please know that all of you are, and will continue to be, in our thoughts and prayers.

    As difficult as it may be, your friends and church family appreciate you keeping us posted on your Dad’s condition.

    May God grant each of you the sense of peace and love that goes beyond understanding.
    Brenda

  37. Barbara Schneider

    Dear Sweet Loved Ones,

    Back here at home in McKinney tears are flowing on your behalf. Tears of love and tears with prayers attached for each and everyone of of you.

    It is often difficult to wrap our minds around the fact that we love someone so much and that God loves them even more than we do. How deep can that possibly be….beyond our wildest imagination. “Little Dad” is so loved by so many because of the love he KNOWS that was extended to him by Christ and a love he EMBRACES with his whole entire being. This love has been passed on to each and every member of the Presley family and the extended Presley families. It is evident in all you do and all you convey. Little Dad showed us ALL how to love and accept love in a unique and special way. Because he has always given of himself, with the sparkle the Holy Spirit, so many people will never be the same. Because of him so many people have had their lives and their families lives enhanced and blessed beyond measure. Our family can be the first to tesitify to that. How we adore and love you all.

    I must admit, I only wish we could be there physically to go and get you that “diet coke” or that snack food you love or just give you that hug and smile that friends do when they are “holding each other up”. It is difficult not to be there with you to love you through this in person.

    I am not sure why God had this timed the way He did or why He chose to use “Little Dad” in this way to glorify His name; but I do know that in all “Little Dad” did he allowed Christ to shine through him.

    The sermon last Sunday delivered by Brian on “weakness” Brian said: “What is HE using in your life that doesn’t make sense?”. As a family, all of you have shown a clear dependance on our Savior in the celebration times and in the challenging times. He has already begun to show us and others how in our weakness HE is made strong! What an incredible testimony is pouring forth even as I type this to so many. Your family is a shining example of love, servanthood, graciousness, kindness, generosity and humilty. Our family counts ourselves so blessed to know and love you all. Christ is made strong through all of this. This is so evident. He is being glorified even as you walk through this at this very moment.

    You all have truly allowed our family to see what it is like to allow God to do extrordinary things through you. “Little Dad” is loved by so many and because of his love for his immediate family the ripples will extend out further than we can ever grasp. Only God can do that! What an amazing legacy footprint is being created by your precious family through Christ. Thank you for allowing God to use you and for being willing to give of yourselves so fully in His Name.

    As I dry my tears I feel reminded of that scripture that says “My grace is sufficient for thee.” May His grace and His peace continue to guide you and lift you through all of this; this will continue to be my prayer for you all.

    With So Much Love and Thankfulness,
    Your friends,
    Barbara and Mark
    Shelby and Elle Schneider

  38. I wipe away tears as I type this. My heart is so heavy for your family and yet, at the same time, filled with joy for how you have been so richly blessed to have such a wonderful, moral, and devoted dad. I feel as if I know him by reading your familes’ posts. I wish I could comfort you all in some way. I know that you are not alone. I know that you all have each other to lean on and I know that our heavenly Father is with you. I know he will comfort you as only He can. I trust that. You all are in my heart and prayers. God be with you.

  39. Barbara Schneider

    One more thing: (Kari, Melissa, Anne….et all)
    Please call when the time is right. We would like to open our home to any family who might need a place to stay, a ride to and from the airport, childcare,or in any other way that might be helpful etc. We want to be able to “Love” you with the same love you have extended to us. Barb

  40. May God hold you all close at this trying time in your lives. What a most difficult time for all of you, but how fortunate that you have each other to lean on. I will continue to pray for your father and all of you.

  41. Joe & Mary Ann Dowell

    Throughout this week, many thoughts come to mind, one being the wonderful times you have spent together, the precious moments Dr. Mark got to spend with each of you and with his grandchildren, even the newest of the clan, Eli and Isla.

    I have always thought how special it was that Dr. Mark made you a gift if you were going to be home for Christmas – those gifts are now more priceless than before.

    We continue to pray for each of you as you have this special time together and for each step you take from this point on. We ask for God’s peace, comfort and strength. May the doctors, nurses, and patients desire to know our God before you leave that place as they witness the light that shines thru you.

  42. Joanne Eaton

    It is amazing how many people proudly consider Dr. Mark “Little Dad”. I thought I was the only one! I think that is what is so incredible about him – he has made such an impact on so many lives, and at the same time he made each of us feel like we were just as precious to him as he is to us. My heart aches. I am praying for wisdom, unity in decisions, comfort and peace for the entire family. Like so many others, I wish I could be there. I believe the Lord knew this was something that the Presley family could and should go through with peace and privacy. You know any Dallas area hospital wouldn’t be able to hold all of us!!! I praise God today for Dr. Mark. For the difference he has made in my life-and the lives of so many others. I know miracles happen. I am asking God for one today.

    Thank you Mark Jr for this blog. It means so much to have the information.

    We are praying for all of you continually. May each of you know how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.

    Joanne Eaton

  43. Brian, Leslie and the boys

    Mark,
    Having just seen your dad at the hospital, I am at a great loss for words. We are deeply saddened for what has happened to your dad. I will always remember him sitting on the floor at the hospital, “erasing all the junk” on his cell phone while we visited, with him in his black knee high socks and shorts! Though neither Brian nor I knew him well, we know what a dear, dear treasure you have in your dad.

    All praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the source of every mercy and the God who comforts us. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.

    2Corinthians 1:3-4

  44. Sharon Cook

    What a wonderful tribute to “Whale”…a great husband, father, grandfather and colleague to us at Eastfield College. His “Pyramid” was spoken of daily and how proud he was of all of the family accomplishments. Whale and I shared a love for sports (especially Baylor U sports)…he affectionately shared the BU “bear claw” every time we saw each other. Thanks for sharing him with us!

  45. Presley Family,

    We want you to know we are praying for you. We were so sorry and surprised to hear about your dad. He has just always been such a busy little man (usually busy doing God’s work) that we were in disbelief that this could happen to him. We know that God is in control of us all. We know you will find comfort in that thought even though we do not understand why this happened. You are right, your dad is a special man and leader of his family along with your mom right by his side. We are sending special prayers for her, too as well as the whole family. Please contact us if we can do anything for you here in McKinney.
    Love and prayers, Keith & Cathy Post and family

  46. Pam Howeth

    Dear Anne—My prayers are with you and your whole family during this time. I am sorry that I never got to meet your wonderful husband, but by reading the comments made on your son’s blog I feel that I have gotten to know him and that he has been a real blessing to everyone he comes in contact with. You are a very special wife and mother so I know that God would only have given you a spouse who would deserve such a special lady–as you. I will continue to pray for you as will our church family (Fairview Baptist–Sherman). May God give you and your family the strength to see you through the days ahead and the peace to know that even if your loving husband is not to be with you in body he will always be with you in spirit—guiding you each day. Pam Howeth

  47. I have come over from Kari and Kijsa’s blog and have been keeping up on what is going on. I wanted you ALL to know that I am praying for you in this most difficult time. I have enjoyed reading the stories of who was undoubtedly a wonderful wonderful man, father, husband and friend. Your family is in my prayers!

  48. Sue

    I have just come from Kari and Kijsa’s blog and want you all to know that you are in many prayers and many hearts. You are obviously a loving family and very close…what a tribute to your amazing father!
    I lost my father to a stroke 6 years ago. Hold your memories tightly, they will sustain you.
    God bless you all…I know that your Father is with our God now and smiling at what a blessing of a son you are! Your dad had such glorious blessings in his family and he continues to live on in all of you.
    May God be with you all and help sustain you.
    Sue Combs

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