Meeting God in the Empty Place – Turning Loneliness to Solitude

Libby and I used to talk nearly every night.  Often for a couple of hours. The topics varied greatly: basic logistical issues, smoothing over relational friction, concerns weighing on our hearts, big ideas, silly dreams.  Honestly the topics almost didn’t matter, it was having someone … “Meeting God in the Empty Place – Turning Loneliness to Solitude”

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Minimalism & Simplicity

I have been reflecting a bit about minimalism in the material world. ┬áDoing less, consuming less, owning less to focus on things that are more important. ┬áLiving in the “developed” world, its easy to get caught up with our culture which produces an almost unlimited … “Minimalism & Simplicity”

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The Value and Cost of Variety

I like variety.  This shows up in  in the food I eat, the music I listen to, the books I read.  I enjoy when my world expands, to have new and different experiences. I believe there is a lot of good in this, and yet, … “The Value and Cost of Variety”

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Amplifiers

I think the very best amplifiers are like wire with gain. That is, they add or take away nothing from the sound quality. They just boast the signal enough to drive the speakers. An amplifier that does this requires the source and speakers to be … “Amplifiers”

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Sykes Hot Springs

Sykes Hot Springs is one of my favorite places to take first time backpackers who are reasonably fit. The destination has some nice hot springs and a trout filled stream. The hike is pretty. The trip is long enough that people have a sense they … “Sykes Hot Springs”

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Libby home with the Lord now

Early this morning Libby went home to be with the Lord.  As in life, she was tenacious in her passing.  It was peaceful, but she fought to stay with us as long as she could.  We already miss her terribly, but are so glad that … “Libby home with the Lord now”

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Last hours for Libby?

Gaye, our primary hospice nurse stopped by today, even though it’s her day off. She believes based my Libby’s breathing patterns and several other indicators that Libby is likely on her last hours. We have been jumping between being unspeakable sad, in a numb disbelief, … “Last hours for Libby?”

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quiet and peaceful

Libby’s strength is waning.  This is very hard, but we are so grateful that Libby is comfortable and at peace. This is a vast improvement from confusion and restlessness of Tuesday.  We can’t begin to than you for your prayers. Libby’s body seems to be … “quiet and peaceful”

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a brief respite

Today Libby had a good morning and early afternoon.  She had a sense of peace and wasn’t confused.  We really appreciate your prayers. Yesterday was a heartbreaking day.  Libby didn’t want to drink anything.  Her breathing was very slow. She was confused and unable to … “a brief respite”

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goodbyes coming fast

Last night we thought Libby had a couple of weeks.  Things seem to be progressing way faster than we expected.  We believe that we are counting the time remaining in a small number of days.  The hospice nurse observed that they often see with their … “goodbyes coming fast”

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