Sunday, January 31, 2016


I was not going to post for a while
but God had other plans in mind for today.

My blogging friend, Gert,
lost her precious husband, Tom, yesterday.
He has left earth for his
This is the picture Gert posted
on her blog last night.
The name of her blog is
Rusty is their dog
who doesn't understand that 
Dad is gone.
Late last fall Tom, 
got ill and was hospitalized.
He has always been such a strong man~
Everyone thought he would have surgery
and then be okay.
Gert, as many of you know,
has MS and Tom was such a great,
 loving husband, friend,
and earthly caretaker.

Theirs was a marriage of love and devotion
that made others envious.
Sadly, Tom's big, generous heart
quit beating yesterday.
He got so tired 
that the Lord took him home.
While he is beyond all 
pain and suffering now,
Gert and Rusty are left on their own
to cope with this heartbreaking loss.

Gert in prayer today
and in the upcoming days.
You can pop by
and leave her a message.
It may help ease her pain just a bit
to know how much she is loved.
Rest In Peace, Tom.
We will see you

Thank you all so much.

Tomorrow is the fast for John's health
you can read about that here and here.
Please attach Gert's name to that fast.

Love you Gert!
Love all of YOU blogging friends, too!
your photo name


Jackie said...

I will add Gert's name to my prayer list.
My sincerest sympathies on the loss of her precious husband, Tom.
May he rest comfortably in the arms of our Lord.
Until we meet again....

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Liftin you and John in prayer for tomorrow's tests. I will add Gert to my list. Have a blessed Sunday.

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Seems God answered Gert's prayers when he gave her Tom. The picture of him at the door both inspired me and broke my heart. One can't help but be a better person after reading her loving post. No better memorial can be said than "He was loved".

living from glory to glory said...

We are always so sad when our loved ones go before us to their heavenly home! What an amazing photo that she shared! I believe I will recognize him when I get there myself! I will be praying for her!
Praying mostly all the time now days...
Much love, Roxy

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I didn't know her, but it is so sad. Sending prayers. xoxo Su

Boopnut said...

Thank you for posting this. If you have her address, pop me an email.

Launna said...

Diana, I will add Gert to my church prayer list... it's sad when we lose someone we live but I agree we will see them again.

I wish your John much strength to endure all that he has to in the upcoming weeks. I pray you and your family will have peace and calmness... My heart and thoughts will be with you xox ♡♡♡

Shelia said...

I'm so sorry to hear this and my heart goes out to her and her family! I will keep her in my prayers.
Still praying for your dear hubby and you, sweet friend.
Shelia ;)

Nancy's Notes said...

I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. Will lift them both up in prayer.
Take care, dear friend.

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

Sending prayers......

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

So sorry to hear this, Diana...sending prayers...

Susie said...

Diana, When I saw Gert's post...I cried till I got a headache. I love those two. I wanted Tom to get better and come home to Gert . I pray Gert's family will be helping her. As you said Tom was her care giver, sweet husband. I know when they went anywhere, Tom would pull over or even go back around the block so Gert could get some pretty pictures . I can't believe he's gone. I do know he's in heaven with loved ones who have gone on before him. I know the Lord is with him today. I hold Gert in my prayers. Bless you Diana, xoxo,Susie

BECKY said...

So sad. My deepest sympathy to Gert. Praying that God will bathe her in His peace.

Mindy said...

This makes me so sad. I always especially feel sorrow for the four-legged kids who don't understand.

Amy said...

I am sorry for the loss of Tom. I will be praying for Gert. May God wrap his presence around her and comfort her...

I will be adding her to my prayer list.
Hugs, Amy

Simply LKJ said...

I am so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. Will be lifting sweet Gert up in prayer today and in the coming days. And, I know sweet Rusty is confused but so needed by his momma right now. And that picture Gert posted holds so much meaning!

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

I am so sorry to hear that. I will be saying a prayer for him and his family.

My Kentucky Living said...

This makes me cry, thinking of Gert and Rusty without their Tom. I do not know them...but the loss of one's mate seems so hard to deal with. My prayers for them. Sheila

Art and Sand said...

I don't know Gert, but my heart goes out to her and poor Rusty. Dogs know something is wrong, but we can't explain it to them.

Hope your Sunday is good!

Tammy said...

There has been so much loss in January. Very thoughtful of you to ask for prayer for Gert when your family is in the midst of its own battle. Sending healing wishes to John.

Nellie said...

I am so very sad for Gert and Rusty. Thoughts and prayers from here. -xo Nellie

Kim said...

Thoughts and prayers to sad.

Cozy Little House said...

Oh, how terribly sad!

Donna said...

I am so sorry to hear that, Diana. I will ask the Lord for extra comfort for your friend Gert.
hugs to you.

louise said...

I guess I am back to not being able to comment again. So sad about Gert and husband. Tuff times ahead for everyone.

Missy George said...

So sad..That picture just tugs at my heart strings..

JennyD said...

Diana, I saw your post on her page right before I hit enter on my own. YOU are the dearest friend to her and your own heart glows throughout that post and every post you make. I, too, broke into tears this morning when I heard the news about Tom. It's always the saddest of news to hear a loved one has passed on. In the beginning of all the grief, it doesn't even seem to matter that it's just a temporary separation and so is ever harder still. Time helps, but we always have to wait for time. I feel buckets for Gert and yet there is nothing anyone can do to make her feel good at this moment. Hopefully she'll continue to blog and then everyone can continue to support her. Whew, what a day. Thank goodness for you.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Diana, it is so like you to think of others. I didn't know Gert but feel so sad that her Tom was taken away from her and her little dog. That picture is such a tribute to her husband. It sounds like he was a wonderful partner and I will go over to talk to her..Take care my friend..Judy

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

So sorry to hear of the loss of Tom! Praying for Gert and Rusty!

Vee said...

Although I do not know Gert, I remember praying when her Beloved became ill. I am sorry for her loss and will be praying for her comfort and peace. It is never easy to say goodbye.

Debbie Harris said...

Thank you for introducing Gert, I had never "met" her before now. Such a precious looking couple.
My thoughts and prayers will certainly be with Gert.

Thank you also for sharing your friends post on fasting for your "Hero" tomorrow.
I'm going to e mail you a massage Diana, please watch for it. :-)
Continuing to hold you all up in prayer.

Much love~~ Debbie

Carla from The River said...

Sending prayers!
xx oo

Curtains in My Tree said...

I was just telling my daughter who is 40 years old that life is harder the older you get because of our loved ones dying.
This is the part of life we all hate when we realize this.
All we can do to ease the pain is have faith in God and know this life is not the end

Red Rose Alley said...

Diana, I do remember Gert. I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of her husband. I will be a saying a prayer for her. I know she was a good friend to you, and I'm sending you comfort and love. Aahh, that sweet dog, Rusty. What will he do without dad?

love, ~Sheri

Rose L said...

Loss is not the only thing she has to deal with; planning for the now and future is something she must face when she is not beyond the grief. I pray God will be there to guide her and hold her hand.

Nonnie said...

I remember seeing that sweet couple here. I am going to visit Gert now. Thanks for the word.

Chatty Crone said...

I am so very , very , very sorry for your friend Gert. It will not be easy and I will say a prayer for her. Love, sandie

Mimi said...

I am so sorry to hear about Tom. However, that picture of him in the doorway says it all. This is not the end--it's farewell for now. I will remember Gert in prayer tonight and during the special day of prayer tomorrow. God bless you all.

Laurie said...

This is so sad! I'm sorry for your friend and I'll add her to my prayers.

Terri Steffes said...

Adding your friend to my prayers. It's those with the biggest hearts whom we lose first. Hugs.

Cecilia Bramhall said...

Oh Diana! Poor sweet Gert. I popped over and left her a comment. I am fasting tomorrow for y'all and now Gert also. Love you!

tammy j said...

no words at the moment.
but will go and offer love to gert and rusty.
and yes. definitely the fast tomorrow. ♥ xoxo

Gypsy Heart said...

That beautiful picture of him made my eyes leak. My heart goes out to Gert and Rusty...such a sad situation. Rusty won't understand where Tom is. Will definitely hold them in prayer and include them tomorrow.

Much love,

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

So very sorry to hear about Gert's husband, Tom.

Kimberley Seasideave said...

Oh Diana, this breaks my heart...I have struggled with trying to understand why these things happen my whole can be so hard sometimes!
I have added Gert to my prayers also and will pop over to her blog too!
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers too Diana!
Hugs, Kimberley

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

Life is filled with such heartbreaks. Heaven's sounding sweeter every day. May God bless Gert and Rusty and may the coming days be softened by the comforting hands of God.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Awl, this is just too sad. I am so sorry, and am going to give condolenses to Gert now, poor thing.

Thanks for letting us know. Hugs. ♥

joanne said...

God Bless and comfort them well dear Tom.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Awww, I feel for Gert, your lovely friend. I will certainly add Gert to my prayer list. May she be strong and be blessed as she journeys through Life without her loving husband Tom. It makes me sad and brings tears to my eyes. xo

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. I said many a prayer for them all. Sending them virtual hugs and prayers. xoxo

Alex said...

My heart goes out to Gert and Rusty, may healing love surround them. It sounded like a wonderful partnership they had.
The separation is so hard to bear, thank goodness for our hope in Jesus.
Diana I could not fast yesterday because of chronic migraine (~ it triggers the migraines) but I am still praying, still thinking, still sending healing vibes.

Cranberry Morning said...

I will pray for Gert. I can't even imagine.

Cranberry Morning said...

I will pray for Gert. I can't even imagine.

Holly @ Down to Earth Style said...

I want to cry. Poor Gert. We will all have to endure loss at some point in our lives but I still don't want to. Many prayers for you and your friends. xoxo

SpicingUpIdaho said...

Oh my, I am so sad for dear Gert... and rejoicing for Tom... whenever a dear one departs for glory, I am filled with joy for the one who left, and sadness for the one left behind. I will be holding her up in my prayers! Thank you for sharing this with us Diana.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

It makes me sad to read all this bad news but we know that with God nothing is impossible. So hard to be the ones left behind. Nancy