Last Mother’s Day with My Dan?

May 11, 2009 at 5:41 am 1 comment

My heart is too full of sadness to write much tonight.  The first half of this day, Mother’s Day,  Dan felt very weak, in pain, making me very aware that going to be with Jesus will be a welcome relief for Dan.  We had a sweet afternoon as he gained just enough energy to go with us to a lovely Italian restaurant where he hosted Mother’s Day Dinner for our daughter in law and me.  After we came home, he slept, read awhile…in his special recliner with his swollen feet and legs propped up high.

 Will this be the last Mother’s Day that I can celebrate with the father of our children, the boy who proposed to me when we were teenagers, the young man who asked me to go to the Mission Field with him, the middle aged man who dreamed of returning to the Mission Field when we “retired?”                                                     

CJ, a friend we with whom we attended Abilene Christian College, gave me permission to share what he wrote.  Perhaps it will help you. —  “Just a note, as we have gotten the last communication from you through our friend, Dwain.  You can only now look back with no regrets.  It sounds through all we know about, that you and Dan have done every thing possible to change his health conditions.  And even when we go to the limit, there are times we cannot change those conditions as we would like. 

 Even with prayers from sincere and loving hearts to a Father who DOES hear, conditions may not change as we would have them.  He has a ‘time line’ that we cannot know; therefore we do not know what beauty He can make of our ‘struggles and heartaches’; but we do know He loves us, has plans for us (Jer. 29:11) and our ‘time’ is in His glorious handiwork.   

May your coming days, together, be rich, full of sharing your love and remembering days past that have been, not only beneficial to you, but to those you were around.  God bless you and your family; knowing that friends you don’t even know well, are before the Throne on your behalf…. don’t forget: ‘just when you think He is all you have; you find He is really ALL you need.’  Texas prayer partners….cj”   YES, He is ALL we need.  — Anne and Dan

Danny, 4 years old, Leadville, CO, 1938

Danny, 4 years old


Dan & Anne, 2003, 50th Anniversary








                                                                                                                                           Dan and Anne, 50th anniversary, 2003


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  • 1. Wanda Shantz  |  May 11, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Anne, such sweet thoughts and pictures. You can see the same smile from childhood into adulthood. My heart goes out to you as you continue this journey. Feel the presence of the prayers being daily lifted for you. You are both such an example of living this life (and yes that includes the ending of this earthly life) through the guidance of the Lord and answering His call. We all see the victory in which ever way the Lord chooses it’s completion. Such a sweet inspiration to us all.


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