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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sweet Mercies in the Night.

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I got the call this morning that my sweet father-in-law, Carl Hunter passed away in his sleep. 

It was a mercy and a blessing we had been praying for.

It’s been a very tough road for everyone involved, but mostly for Carl who was so active all of his life, loving his hobbies of fishing and bowling, having done both on a regular and often basis every week (more than once a week!) up until the past couple of months.

The truth is, we are never ready for someone to leave us, even when it is the best for them and they are ready to go.

Shown in this photo from left to right: Eldest son Bruce, Middle son Myron, Dad, The Hubster Dave, and Bruce’s Grandson Mason. 3 generations of Hunter men and a whole mess of fish.

This reminds me of the video of old photos we went through in Minnesota in August, where all of the men were standing in front of their vehicles holding a mess of fish.  Funny.

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Bruce and Dad with more fish.

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Myron and dad with even MORE fish.

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I love this sweet man with all of my heart.

We are going to miss him so much.

Needless to say, I am having to postpone Quilt-Cam from today until another time – to be determined.  I can’t do it today.

Arrangements for travel are in progress.  I’ll be flying out to Idaho as soon as the memorial service is arranged.

Thank you for your understanding, your support and your many words of encouragement during this time.  You have been such a help to me.

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Quiltville Quote of the Day.

You have extended your hands to me in so many ways and I am so very grateful.

Thank you.


128 comments:

Becky said...

I’m happy for him that he is entered his rest, but oh so sad for all of you who loved him dearly. Hugs to you as you get ready to travel. Its hard to lose a parent no matter how old you are. Life changing really. 💕😢

Mary Ellen said...

My condolences to you and your family. We all know how distressful this has been for you. It is apparent that this man was loved and cherished and that is a great testament to a life well lived. Hugs.

Linda said...

So sorry for your loss. I share this day with you. Lost my dear father 8 years ago this day. He too loved the quest for fish on his line while on any body of water! Such memories. Hugs.

kathy dahn said...

You're rignt - it's never easy. Safe travels.

Diana said...

I think showing off fish is a man thing. Have many photos of dad/uncles doing the same..so sorry for your loss, losing a parent is tough no matter your age. Travel safely. Prayers headed to the entire family.

Ellie said...

My condolences on your loss. The last goodbye is never easy but when the one leaving has lived a long and happy life we can let them go and hold on to them through many happy memories. Safe travels for all who will gather to celebrate a wonderful life.

mascanlon said...

So glad for a peaceful quiet end surrounded by those he loved and loved him. And much sympathy for those who loved him dearly.

Julierose said...

My condolences for your and your family's loss. I hope that the good memories of his lifeand times will help to warm your heart, sincerely Julierose

TXMOM said...

Extreme sadness, relief that the suffering is over, and sweet memories to share. Thoughts and prayers with you and your family.

Robin Peters said...

My condolences to you and your family. Sounds like your father-in-law lived a life full of love and happiness. May he rest in peace.

Ruby Davis said...

Bonnie I am so deeply sorry for your loss. It is never easy, but the family will meet again in heaven. I pray for you and your family that God will comfort you during this difficult time. Take care and God BLess.

Jennifer Nilson said...

Sweet thoughts and prayers to your family. Hugs to Dave.

Carole Y. said...

Prayers and hugs to you and your family.
Carole

Cathy Means said...

Thoughts,prayers, and sympathies go with you all. You will always have him with you as he will live on in your heart the rest of your days in all your good memories.Be safe

Sarah Aldrich said...

Blessings on you and your family. I know you are thankful for your wonderful family. You are lucky to have them. Not everyone is so lucky. Take all the time you need for yourself and your loved ones. NOTHING is more important right now. We are all out here sending our love and prayers.

Tosty's Quilting Tidbits said...

Thinking of you and yours at this time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs. Mary in Tacoma.

Barbara Mead said...

Prayers for all the family members. God gained another angel. Remember there is no time limit on grief. It is a daily thing. Take the time to be with family.

Material Girl said...

Deepest sympathies to you and all your family on your loss, it is so hard to loose a parent, I have gone through those hard times losing both my Dad and Mom, even though they are not well and not enjoying life it is still hard to say those final goodbyes and we miss them dearly for as long as we live.
Hugs to you all.

GwenH

Diann Crask said...

Prayerfully thinking of you and your family. Group hug all around! My sweet Momma always said that when she was no longer around, to think of her and give someone else a hug‼️��

Linda said...

Good wishes to your husband, you and all of your family. Always sad to see a parent die but you have the comfort of knowing he was ready, had had a good long life and was surrounded by a loving family. Not many can say that.

Joyce Frazier said...

This brought tears to my eyes. I feel for all of you! Safe travels and when the hurt heals, remember the good times.

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Mary said...

Grateful for a Life well lived. Pray you'll have safety flying out to be with your Family as you gather. Let peace be in your hearts.

Rita said...

My deepest sympathies to you and your family as you mourn your father in law's passing. Safe travels. Blessings today and in the days to follow.

Berit said...

Condolances to you and your family - this is so hard.
I know ,I lost my dear Dad 14 days ago - he struggeled so hard and wanted to go....but we miss him dearly .....

Carole said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. May happy memories warm your hearts.

Quilter Kathy said...

So heartbreaking to be separated from those we love. Big hugs to you all as you grieve this enormous loss.

Jayne Jacobson said...

May the Lord bless you and yours at this time. As was said, the feeling of loss never goes away, but does get easier to bear. Safe travels.
Jayne in Utah

Hope said...

Dear Bonnie, I am so very sorry for your loss. May the Lord comfort you all. Travel mercies to you and your family as you travel to the memorial service. We love you all so much.

Elsa Toerien said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I loved my father-in-law perhaps more than anyone else. Warm hugs from South Africa.

Nan Fry said...

Sending love to you and your family Bonnie. I wish the next weeks are full of beautiful memories and reminiscences.xxx

pdudgeon said...

prayers going up for you and your extended family today.

Julie Vernon said...

Please accept my sympathy for your loss. As you said, it is never easy. But The Lord has His timing ... both to heal and to take someone home. He also has mercy on those still here... knowing the ache in yuor hearts.
Remember those good family times...this is a poigiant time of year to be without someone we love.
Hugs and prayer for you and yours
JulieinTN

Gale said...

Sweet thoughts, love, and prayers for you and all of your family, Bonnie. Your FIL looks like such a sweet man and he will be missed. I hope you can find comfort and peace in each other and in knowing he is at rest and peace now. Please take time for yourself now. You do so much for us and we are so grateful.

Mego said...

Hugs and prayers to your whole family at this sad time.

FabricDiva54 said...

Much love to you and your family, Bonnie. Thank you for sharing this journey with us. I️ learn so much from you - often unrelated to quilts. So sorry for your loss.

Frieda said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers and thoughts for you and your family. Hope you can take some time for yourself. XOXO Frieda

Linda H said...

My heart goes out to you and Dave and the rest of your family. Even though we know it is coming, we are never ready for the moment is actually happens. It sounds as though your FIL have long, happy and busy life doing his favourite hobbies until not too long ago. No doubt he will continue in his journey of peace. My love to you all.
Linda

fwJIquilter said...

My condolences to you and your family. Have a safe trip. Take care of yourself.

Caryn

Anne said...

Dear Bonnie and family.
Thinking of you all at this time.
Take care.

Kathy MacKie said...

Our deepest condolences to Dave, you and your family at this most difficult time, know that others are keeping you close to their heart while you travel this journey.

barbara woods said...

prayer for all your family

Mandy Laseter said...

My heartfelt condolences for you, Dave and family. It appears that you all have many happy memories to comfort you.

Mel N said...

Prayers of comfort for your whole family

Elizabeth Rogers said...

Bonnie, safe travels and happy memories to you, Dave and the family.Liz

Marianne Jeremenko said...

So sad for all of you. Please take some comfort in his life well lived, and that he passed peacefully in his sleep. And that your little girl now has her grandpa to play with her. Prayers and hugs your way.

Pam Schilling said...

Sending prayers for strength and comfort at this sad time. May your wonderful family, friends, and loving memories carry you.

Sandra Hein said...

Prayers for the family as you say goodbye. Nice to see the happy times and many memories. God bless

sewfast1 said...

Sending prayers for you and your family.

Kerry said...

My sincere condolences to you and the family.
What lovely photos you shared too, thank you. Sad times now but the good times were definitely to be had. He's now sitting round a huge lake in the sky casting his rod. When it rains he's pulled the plug out and some angels will have to take off their wings and dive in to put it back in.
xxxx

Holly Burch said...

May you and your family find peace and comfort in many memories of wonderful times spent together. You are all in our continued thoughts and prayers.

Kathy in FL said...

With deepest sympathy.

HelenMarie said...

sending love and hugs to you and your family.
hang on to the memories

Caroline M said...

I am so sorry for your loss. You are right though, as you said in an earlier post, there is solace in doing the small familiar things that your hands know so well. I hope those things see you through this difficult time.

Lee Mortenson said...

So sorry for your loss. My condolences to your entire family.

hekeseme said...

Hi Bonnie,
I was so sorry to read of your loss....it is always tough to lose a parent even when it is a blessing for them. Will be thinking of you and your hubby. Sending love,
Kari

Daisy Christopherson said...

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family Bonnie.

Lenore said...

Deepest sympathy to all your family. X

Joanie s said...

Bonnie, you are so right, about never being ready for our loved ones to leave us. He went in his sleep. I think is a better way to go meet our maker. I'm sending you hugs and prayer. And may all of your family find peace. Remember all the good things he did. And all the memories you all shared with him.

Shari Z said...

Bonnie my heart and prayers are with you, Dave, and your family. Like many have said, It's never easy." Let the sweet memories envelop you as he lives on in your heart.
Hugs,
Shari

The Joyful Quilter said...

Hugs to you and yours, as you mourn the loss of your loved one. We'll be here waiting when you are ready to get back to the business of quilting.

Helen T. said...

Hugs, love, prayers and sympathies to you and your family.

Agneta quilts said...

Dear Bonnie,
so sorry to hear about your loss, although it was the expected outcome, if I understood things right. I'm sure your love for him made the last days easy on him. May he rest in peace.

Regards,
Agneta in Sweden

Linda W said...

Dear Bonnie,

Sending my sincere condolences to you and your family. Safe travels.

LadyBugBetty said...

Prayers for you and your family sweet lady! Seeing the pictures of your daily with his fish reminded me of my own dad! He was a hunter and fisherman extrodinaire! Peace for you and your family!

Hugs,
Betty Edwards

Anne Hayward said...

You have my deepest sympathies and love and prayers for you and your family.
With so many fond memories an picture reminders this wonderful man will always be near to you all.
Love and quilty hugs
Anne xx❤️❤️❤️🌹

rosemary said...

So very sorry for your loss Bonnie.
It is devastating to lose the ones we love.
My heart goes out to you and your family.
Love and prayers,
rosemary, in south central pa

Nel said...

Sorry sorry for your loss. Even though all has been said, it is the closure of a chapter in your life, a happy one, that you have such great pain in feeling. Praying for you and family. Be glad you will be with family - so much better than trying to endure without them. God bless. Barby - MH

J Britton said...

RIP Dad Carl Hunter. You will be missed by your loving family. Prayers for calm and healing for all those missing you in their lives. Jonnie in SC

Feathers in my Nest said...

My Prayers & Hugs are with you & your Family.

Marilyn said...

So sorry Bonnie on the loss of your father in law, my thoughts are with you and your family. Xx

Cathy said...

Sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and the family. Safe travels.

Alice said...

Prayers for you and your families. Even though he is at peace, I know it can't be easy.

Maryse said...

Our dear Bonnie,
I know your heart is heavy,but God knows what's best!I'm praying for you aND your family May you remember the sweet memories of his life.

claudia said...

I am so sorry for your loss. It is a blessing though that he went easily and in his sleep, and that he is now at peace and no longer in any pain.
Of course, you need to take your time and spend some good hours with your family and rejoice in your father in law's life.
May peace be with you all.

Beth Brown said...

He looks like the kind of guy with lots of stories! I hope that soon those stories can give you comfort and peace. Praying for you and your family, Bonnie.

Valerie said...

This has certainly been the week to lose fathers. I went to two memorials for the fathers of close friends this week. I am so sorry for your loss and pray for peace for all of you as you endure the adjustment to living without your sweet father-in-law. Hugs and prayers for DH, too.

Scrappy/Cindy said...

So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Laurielyn said...

My prayers and thoughts are with you. Safe travels for you.

Miss Jean said...

God bless you and your family

mkhquilts said...

God bless you and your family. So sorry for your loss!

JanetMy08 said...

Rest in Peace Sir. Condolences to the Hunter family.

Rivah Rats Quilting said...

Thinking of you and thoughts and prayers to your family😘 Julia

Nikki Moshier said...

Blessings to you and your family during this time of mourning. May happy memories fill your hearts soon.

Lynn Czar said...

I’m so sorry for your loss. May your F-I-L Rest In Peace..God bless you all in your time of grief. You’re all in my prayers.

GooglingMom said...

Prayers for God's comfort for you and your family. May His love surround you all and bring you peace.

Deborah Siddall said...

May God give you peace and strength in this hard time. My prayers are with you and your family. Thank you so much for sharing your life with us.

Donna McGraw said...

My condolences go out to your whole family.It is very hard to loose family members. Rejoice in the loving memories.

Sandy said...

Always hard to lose family members, even though we know it has to happen. Always know that we out here in cyberspace are holding you in our hearts and we will be here patiently waiting, for however long we need to. Take care of yourself and our love and hugs to you and your loved ones.

Anne McKenzie said...

Mixed blessing. Hard to let him go, but relief his suffering is over. Prayers to you & your family during this difficult time. I still miss my dad & it has been 18 years now. Bless you all I

ShirlR said...

Our hearts ache when we bid goodbye to our loved ones, and I am so very sorry for your loss. We know they are Home with those loved ones who have gone on before, happy and looking down on us, free from pain and young again, but we miss them and grieve their leaving. I pray God's arms filled with love will surround you and bring you and your family comfort during this very difficult time.

Lisa said...

So sorry for your loss. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding someone's death we go through very similar emotions and feelings in the grieving process. I lost my husband four years ago this month. And my step-dad of over 39 years passed away in August of this year. And a friend's brother passed away last week. But our lives go on. We depend on each other. We focus on the positive. May you find peace and comfort in the memorial and God bless you and your family.

Donna Hill said...

Sending hugs to you and your family
XOXO

Leah said...

So sorry for you and your family's loss. Keeping you in my thoughts.

Bella Harriger said...

Praying for you and all of your family as you gather to remember the kindness of your loved one.

Kristi said...

Sending you love and hugs in this challenging time. Quilting is very much about relationships. When we quilt together we share our thoughts and hearts. We will be there for Quilt-Cam when it's time and with you in prayer and blessing now.

Shannon - QuiltyKS said...

May your many wonderful memories bring you and your family comfort. Sending you many hugs and prayers from Kansas --- Shannon

Mary Howland said...

What a sweet email - your father-in-law must have been a wonderful person. I know you and your family will miss him greatly.

Farm Quilter said...

Prayers for the whole Hunter family. It is obvious how loved your father-in-law is - thanks for sharing the pictures of him in happy times. May you all have safe travels to Idaho and home again. God bless you.

shoshu said...

sometimes no words work, or are even necessary. but to send none would be a crime. so sending prayers and thoughts of comfort your way. these kind of loses don't ever really heal, it's like a huge hole in the middle of a room that with time we learn to walk around and not fall in, but never to forget.thinking of you

Karen W said...

So sorry for your loss. Words are inadequate at a time like this. Just know that you and your family are in the thoughts and prayers of so many people at this sad time.

Terry Angell said...

My heart goes out to you for the loss of your dear one.

vincenzo126 said...

May you rest in peace, Carl Hunter. Blessings to all of you who loved him dearly. Safe travels, Bonnie. -Jean

Pam Patches said...

Love & light & Angel Blessings to you Bonnie & all the Hunter family.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Dena T said...

I agree Bonnie, even when you know the time is near it's just hard to let go. I'm so sorry for you and your family's loss. Hang onto those memories, they will always be there.

Carolyn Dell said...

My deepest Sympathies in your loss.

Helen Sekits said...

How beautiful that that he was surrounded by love in presence and in phone calls up until his passing.
My sympathies go with you and your family.
Helen

Monica Gause said...

My sympathies to you and your family.

Debbie P said...

My deep sympathy to you and your family. May happy memories help you all through this difficult time.

Aktibbs said...

Bonnie so sorry for your loss. Even though we know its coming, it is never easy. So glad your husband was able to spend his Dad’s last days with him and his family. Thanks for sharing the pictures. He looked like he liked to keep active with his hobbies. Glad he was able to enjoy those activities close to the end of his life. No one can ask more. Prayers for you and the family.

Lori Nicholas said...

Peace and safe travels be with you and your family at this difficult time.

Oma Judy said...

My heart aches for you and your family, but know he is at peace at last. Judy in Newport News VA

Marsha Kestner said...

Prayers for you andyour family. Travel safe friend.

Janet O. said...

Prayers for peace for the family, Bonnie, and also safe travels to all, like yourself, who are gathering.
My Dad passed almost a year ago now. Although he was so ready to go, and we wanted that for him, it is never easy.

jasmineshuman said...

Thank you for sharing this personal time with us. May your family find peace in knowing that he no longer suffers and remember all the happiness knowing him has brought to you. Hugs from Oregon

J James said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your father-in-law. {{{hugs}}}

Kelly Beck said...

So sorry to read this Bonnie but knowing your sweet father in law is at peace and not suffering will, I hope, ease some of the sorrow! Looks like he had a wonderful long life and his family at his side! Many blessings for the time ahead where you all gather to remember his life and love!

Susan said...

My deepest sympathy and prayers for you and your family.

Mark Price said...

God bless you and your family during this difficult time.

Ann Kroll said...

Hugs Angels & Prayers flying to you and yours.

Grammy said...

I'm so sorry for your loss but happy for all the good memories you have of your father in law and family. You and yours are in my prayers.

Kay Dungavell said...

Dear Bonnie, It is so sad when someone so loved passes; But it gets better. By now you are probably already laughing and remembering many happy times, fun times. It is great when families of someone so loved can get together to rejoice and remember.

Darlene Fel....... said...

My sympathy to you and your family. A father/grandfather is a great loss. Hold tight to the great memories until you meet up with him again. Hugs to you.

Nancy Chappelle said...

sending love and prayers your way.

Debbie Kelly said...

Sorry for you n your husbands loss ...sounds like he was a great guy....thanks for your new mystery n all u give us your just a great gal n enjoy quilt cam n all your sewing machines....i collect these old gals as well. I love them...Hope you have a nice Thanksgiving even though youll be missing one person...God bless your family

Jean said...

Condolences to you and your family. As you said, it's a mercy... but it's bitter sweet.
My father passed two weeks ago. We too have felt it a blessing, but of course it is hard when you love them.
Prayers for you and your family.

liz said...

Glad he is at peace & had family with him. Sorry for your & your husbands family loss.

robin wood said...

My sincere condolences to all your family. I pray the Lord will wrap each of you in His precious arms and give you comfort. Hugs & Blessings