It is with a heavy heart and a peace beyond understanding that I write this post. The final test was negative. Dr. Mark, whale, Little dad, Pop or as I called him my Dad is in a deep coma, with no clinical way of waking up. The test confirmed the stroke is in the “wake up” portion of his brain stem, and tears filled the room as we realized the choice before us. We are not sure how many hours or days he has left, but we do know his legacy will live on in each of us. Please keep us in your prayers as we celebrate the life of man who lived life better than anyone I know.
We can use your help. First please pray for all of us, but specifically for my mother, Anne. The road before us has been walked by many of you, yet we all as individuals must walk it ourself hand in hand with God. The Second request begins with a confession. This blog was started as a joke to tell my dad I love him as the quirky man he was, but over the past few days it has transformed as voice for me to share the family pain and sorrow with all of you. For 1 year he was my only reader, besides one of my siblings looking at it randomly or a random 5th grader doing a research paper on whales. Yesterday my blogged received over 5,000 hits. This is a statement to the impact my dad had on the world around him. Each night we have read your comments and prayers to him, and we would like to do that today and tonight. Please take moment and leave a comment for us to celebrate my dad.
My dad told me a story once of how our family was a pyramid. Each person played a part in keeping the family unit together, but my father was at the very tip of the pyramid. One day on a walk he realized that if he was gone the pyramid would collapse. It was the fork in the road to begin preparing each of us for this day. Over the few years past year he has told and showed us he loved us all, he has made preparations none of realized, and he let all of you know how special you are in God’s eyes. 48 hours before his death he visited with each of his kids and grandkids in person and told them he loved them. He even spent a quiet moment at 3am with Eli (my son) the newest minnow to the family. He made sure that pyramid would always remain even if his earthly body does not. My father is the greatest man I know.
God may still save him, but as a family we are united in saying we will praise God even if he does not.