Dad’s 79th birthday

Last week was Dad’s birthday and we celebrated twice! 

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On Thursday, his actual birthday, Mom and I brought in balloons and a sheet cake so Dad could celebrate with the other residents in the dining room at lunch time.

 dad's 79th bday

dad's 79th bday

dad's 79th bday

dad's 79th bday

Some of the staff came in and joined in singing “happy birthday” to him.

dad's 79th bday 

It was good to see such a smile on this day, his day!

dad's 79th bday

On Saturday, we invited a few friends to come have lunch with Dad. We were able to use a nice private dining room and brought in a variety of salads and desserts, of course!

dad's 79th bday

Thank you Lucy, Mark, Mike & Veronica, Harry, Ron & Jackie,

dad's 79th bday

and Stan & Anita for coming and celebrating with us.

dad's 79th bday

dad's 79th bday

dad's 79th bday

I want to share something with you… Jackie took the photo below and emailed it to me with the following comment and I just had to share it with you…

“…the one with V looking at her grandpa was very touching to me, as i had been watching her tender watch care of him for quite a few minutes…what a precious
one … that daughter of yours… she displays such gentle… unhurried love and attention… talks to him… listens to him… and guides him when he needs guiding… she has pushed through that place of FEAR that she was placed in when this began… has that beautiful face of hers always been such a lovely picture of peace ?”

dad's 79th bday

I could not agree with her more!

Now I would now like to introduce you to a few people…

Alisha, Dad’s first daytime aide, who took very good care of him and made our first 3 months there a little easier. She is now working on a different hall, but from time to time comes and talks with Dad.

dad's 79th bday

Eva, replaced Alisha and is getting to know Dad and us and how to best care for him.

dad's 79th bday

Richard, is Dad’s roommate, who looks out for him and as he told me “thinks the world of him”.

dad's 79th bday

I put up a happy birthday poster outside of Dad’s door, with the idea of having friends and family write a little note when they came by for a visit.  I was surprised when I came back the next day and found it filled up… mostly with notes from his caregivers.  I hope you can read some of them. They touched my heart.

dad's 79th bday

dad's 79th bday

dad's 79th bday

One last thing… sharing a photo of my dear friend Kim, who has been the hands and feet of Jesus to us, especially during Dad’s hospital stay back in July.  She represents all of you have loved us not just in words but in action… whether by visits, cards, phone calls, emails, or hugs. You know who you are and to you we say thank you!

dad's 79th bday

Thank you for all the birthday cards. We read them to him from time to time and are hanging them up on his wall. Pretty soon we won’t be able to see the wall!

May God bless you abundantly!

7 thoughts on “Dad’s 79th birthday

  1. thanks for sharing, happy birthday uncle art, blessings to you and all you come in contact with. you have been a blessing to me and my entire family.

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  2. oh my.. would you believe that this is the first moment that i’ve
    gotten to sit and take in your birthday blog post..
    thank you for reminding me of this precious time..

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  3. it was so good to hear from you and see Arts BD party.
    You are all so loved. Ruthie your a DEAR!!!! God Bless you for the love and care you give your sweet parents,
    I know how much they love and appreciate you.
    WE LOVE You all and Thank God everytime we think of you. Phillipians 1:4

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  4. Ruthi,
    Thanks so much for this blog updating us on your family. I am the secretary and Children’s Ministry Director at Grace Community Church in Angier, NC. Our church has supported your parents as missionaries for years. I have met them years ago. It is wonderful to get their mailed updates, but especially for me to see your blog. You TRULY have the most AMAZING gift with photography I have seen! The pictures are magnificent and beautifully capture moments. I have been blessed as I search here every quarter to get detailed updates so that we may pray for your parents in our worship time. We will be praying for them specifically on Sunday, Dec. 27. Merry Christmas!
    Love in Christ,
    keisha Culbreth
    Grace Community Church

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  5. I just read about your difficulty, Art and Evy, and thoughts of Trinity down by the water in Clearwater came swarming in. I remember you and am praying for you. You both are dear saints of God.

    In Christ,

    Bill and Sue Rogers

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