Monday, June 23, 2008

In Good Company

Having sustained severe injuries due to a fall on Friday, my mother passed on to God yesterday afternoon at 3:20. As we talked with our girls, we cried and rejoiced that “grammy” was not only reveling in the love and delight of God, but that she could see all of the angels and meet Moses, David, Rahab, Samson and Paul, as well as her own mother. She's in good company, and she has only just begun.

Emma said, “You know how I see Grammy? I see her in a sparkling silver dress that’s too short, and she’s dancing with Jesus. And He has on platform shoes.”

We prayed for my dad, who has health issues of his own. He is to receive a pace-maker today, which we hope will add vigor to his days.

I will travel today to Los Angeles, and Sarah and the girls will follow on Thursday. The service for my mother will be on Friday.

We appreciate your love and welcome your prayers.



  1. Anonymous11:17 AM


    I am so sorry. Your mother meant so much to me growing up, what a kind,
    wonderful woman. She always made me feel so welcome and special. You are
    blessed, as you know, to have such amazing parents.


  2. Anonymous11:18 AM

    Please accept my most heartfelt condolences on the sudden home-going of your mother this weekend.
    Both of my parents are in their mid-80's (Mom is 87 and Dad is 86) and while they are both in good health and mobility for their age, and while I know both will be in heaven, it still does not make their leaving any easier to deal with.

    I will certainly make it a point to include you and your family in my prayers these next couple of weeks as you work your way through this time.


  3. Anonymous11:19 AM

    I am so sorry. Our prayers are with you all. We stand ready to do whatever you need. We love you too. The O's

  4. Anonymous11:54 AM

    Dear Ralph,

    I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I will be praying for you. I didn't know your mom very well, but the few times I met both your parents, I really liked them and could see why they had such great sons. What a huge gain for her but what a great loss for you and your family, my dear brother. I will be praying for you and the family. May God's great grace, peace, and love sustain you and keep you as you move through grief.

    I love you, Ralphy!

  5. Anonymous4:26 PM

    Will be praying for you & yours.

  6. I am so very sorry on the sudden departure of your mom. Bob and I will be praying for you all. Love you! Teri

  7. Anonymous9:20 AM

    Ralph, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. You all are in my prayers.



  8. Anonymous9:21 AM

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Your response is an inspiration to us all. God bless you during this time. I know he will lift you up and through you continue to inspire others. What more could make a mom happier?


  9. Anonymous9:22 AM

    Thank God for the hope we have!

    Steve & Carol

  10. Anonymous12:00 PM

    God bless you Ralph. Thank you for letting us know and allowing us to pray for you and yours.
    You know, for what its worth - I am sure your Mom and Jesus are looking on you - and are very proud of you. Big smiles.

  11. Anonymous12:01 PM

    We love you all so much. And we are praying for all of you and your families.
    In Christ, ryan & jenn

  12. Anonymous12:23 PM


    You and the family are in my prayers. Mom is with Him!

    Love you,

  13. Anonymous2:08 PM

    Veronica and I love you, Sarah and the girls. We pray that God continues to comfort you all. It is great to know that these good-bye only last for a season. One day we will be in a place where no death exists.


  14. Anonymous2:08 PM

    Bro I'm so sorry for your loss. Am praying for you and your family.

    Kevin Reems

  15. My deepest thanks to you all.


  16. Carla5:31 AM

    Dear Ralph and family, my heartfelt sorry for your loss. I hope you got to say 'see you at Home' to your mom. It was so sudden.
    Isn't it good to know in the midst of loss and grief that you will see her again and that she is in the presence of our Lord now.
    Blessings and comfort to you and to your dad and the rest of your family.

    Carla (Holland)