Monday, September 27, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Ray Vitkus went to be with the Lord peacefully on Saturday September 25, 2010 at 5:45pm. Mom, Mary and I were all there with him as he passed.
Dad slept all day today and was never conscience. Last night before bed he said he loved us, kissed mom goodnight and wanted his picture taken with a big smile on his face.
Throughout this whole process he has been the example of what it means to faithfully chase after God. Even today we had nurses coming in wanting to talk about dad's faith. Amazing!
Mary and I are spending the night with mom at mom's house tonight. Tomorrow we will start to get things together and organized. Monday we will finalize the funeral and burial arrangements. I will let you all know the plans once we have them set.
We continue to appreciate your prayers as this will be a long process for us all. We are happy for dad but sad for us.
Friday, September 24, 2010
God has also been present this week in everything. We have had several God moments where it was clear He is in control and using dad for His glory.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
This has been a roller coaster of emotions. At the beginning of the week we thought that it was over. So we all came to the hospital, said our good byes and tried to prepare ourselves. But God isn't done with dad yet.
We have really been blessed with this opportunity to be together as a family. Mom, Dad, Mary and I haven't been just the four of us since 1999.
Dying is a very difficult thing, but dad is doing it with style.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Mom, Mary and I have all been here since Monday afternoon. It has been really good family bonding time. We have watched movies, laughed, and reminisced about family adventures. Our wonderful husbands have been taking over full time kid care so we can be here with Mom and Dad. They have brought the kids to visit each day.
This whole process has been hard, wonderful, and a blessing. Each day is a gift. Dad has been sharing his faith with everyone. It is clear that God is using dad even now.
Thank you all for your continued prayers and support. They really do make a difference. It is so amazing to know we have friends all over the world who love us and who have been impacted by dad.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
A short summary is that my dad was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2004. He had surgery and did chemo. In 2008 the cancer came back and they did more chemo. He had a very big operation in early 2009 that took out most of his small and large intestines and some other organs. Dad had a bad infection from the surgery and it has taken over a year to heal. The cancer is growing and has attached to a number of organs. He has been doing well and has had good energy until recently.
My father is a Christ follower who loves the Lord. He is a glass "half full" kind of guy. Even cancer can't get him down!
|Grandpa and Cali watching cartoons together 2 weeks ago|
We have a Facebook Group page for dad if you want to join.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Nick took Cali for a Playdate with my sister and nephew. They met at the mall to play in the indoor toddler playground. After playtime they had lunch and walked around. The kids look so big here. Nick said they had fun and the kids did great together.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Saturday we had my side over for a birthday cook out! Here is the birthday boy.
The 3 cousins had a blast playing together. I think Mary's kids loved having different toys to play with.
The kids eventually pulled out ALL of the toys in the playroom. It was awesome! They had a blast!
Happy Birthday my love!