Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Appendix III : Grandma Sharon's Birthday

Max, Mark, and Megan,

Today would have been Grandma Sharon's 69th Birthday. She loved us all very much, and today we can remember all the fun we had together.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Appendix II : When Your Dad was Your Age....

Max and Mark,

I thought you might like to see some pictures of your dad when he was your age. I sent you some in the mail today, but thought I would post some as well.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Appendix I : Christmas Clips

Thanks to all who have checked back regularly for more video clips. Here are a few:

This one is from Christmas 2008. Mom had just gotten out of the hospital for her first surgery. This was both Deron and Mom's last Christmas:

Christmas Day 2007.
This was Deron's last Christmas, possibly last day, at Mom's house.

Christmas Eve Tag 2007.
For all of you who didn't think Sharon could be wild and crazy....

Christmas Cookies 2007

Monday, December 21, 2009

All Good Things....

I wish the blog could keep going. I wish Deron were here to write it. But it was his ideas and passion and experiences that made it interesting. No one else can duplicate that.

Thank you to all you readers out there who joined Deron from a distance. I've heard many of you say that you felt like you knew Deron through the blog even though you never met him. It was so neat to see someone so private about his disease his whole life, open up in cyberspace. He would never have had the chance to make so many friends or impact so many people as he did without it.

Deron's and Mom's funeral services and slide shows are posted, so those of you who couldn't make it in person can see or hear what they were like. They were both so good, so appropriate to each person.

I may occasionally post more old videos of Deron with the kids as I come across them. I have more.

It hurts to think that people aren't going to be reading his blog any more. One thing I do when I really miss Deron is to go back in his blog to today's date, a year ago, and see what was on his mind. Sometimes I can imagine his voice reading post, and it makes me smile.

One of the pastors at Deron's funeral reminded us that God isn't finished with Deron. And I'm so glad. But Deron has no more need of this blog. It remains for his boys, for Jan, for me, and for you to read if we wish.

The End.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sharon's Funeral

We did not video Mom's funeral, but we did make an audio recording. My movie making skills are extremely limited, so I put the audio file with one picture that was on the service brochure. The picture lasts about five seconds, and then you see a blank screen, but you hear the entire service.

It is posted on YouTube in several parts. You will hear three Johnny Cash songs in the middle of the service. Those were played during a slide show. The complete slide show is shown here:

Thanks to our friend Adam Molstad for putting it together.

Here is the service:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7

One more thing...the service was underway when they began recording. You miss part of the scripture reading. It is listed below:

"The things we see are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can't see now will last forever. For instance, we know that when these bodies of ours are taken down like tents and folded away, they will be replaced by resurrection bodies in heaven - God made, not handmade - and we'll never have to relocate our "tents" again. Sometimes we can hardly wait to move - and so we cry out in frustration. Compared to what's coming, living conditions around here seem like a stopover in an unfurnished shack, and we're tired of it! We've been given a glimpse of the real thing, our true home, our resurrection bodies! The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what's ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we'll never settle for less.

"That's why we live with such good cheer. You won't see us drooping our heads or dragging our feet! Cramped conditions here don't get us down. They only remind us of the spacious living conditions ahead. It's what we trust in but don't yet see that keeps us going. Do you suppose a few ruts in the road or rocks in the path are going to stop us? When the time comes, we'll be plenty ready to exchange exile for homecoming.

"But neither exile or homecoming is the main thing. Cheerfully pleasing God is the main thing, and that's what we aim to do, regardless of our conditions. Sooner or later we'll all have to face God, regardless of our conditions. We will appear before Christ and take what's coming to us as a result of our actions, either good or bad."

2 Corinthians 5:1-10.

Deron's Funeral

Thank you to all for checking back to see if Deron's funeral service has been posted. It was more of a battle than I was expecting. Thank you to my friend Sally's husband Todd for helping me out.

The service is posted on YouTube in 11 parts:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10
Part 11

I still miss him so much.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sharon's Funeral

Sharon's funeral will be in Brookings, SD at the Wesleyan Church on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 11:00 am. Visitation will be at the church from 9:00 am until the time of the service.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Sharon is in Heaven

Dawn called just a little while ago. She asked me to put it on the blog. She said that Sharon went peacefully.
Sharon is now running a fever of 102 degrees. The doctor has said that this is common with brain tumors as there is swelling in the brain, and, among other things, the brain has difficulty regulating temperature. Also, her blood pressure is low.

Dawn says that Sharon continues to appear comfortable, and that they will keep her in the Hospice House until the end. The doctors continue to have difficulty giving a time frame as to when that would be. We pray that God will take her quickly so that she will not suffer.

Thanks again for your prayers, and we will do our best to keep you updated.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Update on Sharon

Over the past two days, Sharon's condition has continued to decline fairly rapidly. On Tuesday, Sharon was talking about things that didn't really make sense, but Dawn could understand the words. Yesterday, Sharon began mumbling her words, and Dawn could not understand them. Now, Dawn tells me, that Sharon has not really woken up in the last 24 hours.

She is sleeping comfortably, and does not appear to be in pain. They are giving her continuous IV morphine, and this appears to be keeping the pain under control very well. They are not giving her any other medications at this time. They do not feel they are necessary.

Her breathing is heavy, but it is at a regular rate at this time. Dawn states that everyone she talks to at the Hospice House gives her a different estimate as to how long until Sharon would join Gene and Deron in heaven so no one really knows (except God). We take comfort in the fact that Sharon is not in pain.

This is about all I know for now. Dawn is remaining strong in her faith and she is dealing with all this as well as anyone could expect. We want to thank you again for all the prayers for our family. We will keep everyone updated the best we can.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

One to Two Weeks

Mom is declining rapidly. She is currently in the Hospice House, which is beautiful. They thought she would be transferred to a local nursing home, but now they think she will most likely need to be at the Hospice House. They believe she is showing signs of being about 1-2 weeks from passing away.

She had a rough day today with confusion and agitation and possibly some pain, but I think they found the right mix of drugs for her now. When I left today, she gave me a big smile and said, "We had a lot of fun, didn't we!"

Friday, November 20, 2009

No More

Mom saw an oncologist at the University of Iowa today. Due to her weakened condition, he will not give her any more chemo. Her radiologist says they have done what they can do with radiation. Hopefully, she will retain her vision, which was the goal.

The oncologist said that her high calcium level, which was the reason she was in the hospital, was a direct result of the cancer.

He suggested contacting hospice, which we are doing.

And I just talked with the doctor, and we have to go back in to a hospital here. More details to follow.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Lifting Weights

Some of you may not know that Deron was quite a weight lifter. Of course, his workouts were more strenuous in his younger years, but here he is a little over a year before transplant lifting weights with Mark.