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Sunday 1 November 2020

2020 You brought trials

 This year will not be soon forgotten for many reasons.  The world has faced, and still faces many trials because of  Covid 19, fire, earthquake and war.

My family has faced a loss that changes the face of everything we do in the future.

My dear lovely husband of 53years went to be with Jesus on 2nd of September, after a brave fight with cancer. It has taken me two months to be able to write that down. 

My husband was a fresh healthy 80years old, who had never been in hospital his whole life. This illness took us by surprise.  

In January he started tests on a lump on his ankle.  This proved to be an agressive sarcoma. He chose to forgo invasive treatment, and had 9 months with us before he died.  I'm just realising it was 9 months exactly, as his appointment with orthopedics was 2nd January.

Life has taken on a new look completely.  There are many things to be thankful for.  My Rufus (a pet name for him) was able to be nursed at home by our lovely family. Supported by a magnificent district nursing team and the help of Macmillen and Marie Curie nurses. We were with him when he passed from this life into eternal life in the prescence of God.  I am thankful for our son and 3 daughters, and our two grandchildren who spent time with him in those last months, and now support me so well.

I am thankful for the many friends who supported us in prayer and with kind caring deeds at a time when covid 19 meant they couldn't physically come to our home.

I am thankful for my Saviour Jesus Christ who has been my strength and stay throughout.

I am also thankful for all the online stitching friends I have made over the years.  I am sorry if I was silent about this, but it was very difficult to put it into words.

I have now joined the ranks of many women and men who go forward without their life partner.

There are also many who are travelling the same journey of illness, and I hope to be someone who gives the kind of support we have had.

Keep safe good friends. 

Here we are at our 50th anniversary.


  1. I am so sorry, Barb, to read this sad news. It has been a year filled with trials, but more so for some. I’m really glad to read of the tremendous support you have had to help you through the difficult year.

  2. I was sad to read about your dear husband! I'm so sorry and I can only imagine how you must feel. Although you know that he's now in a better place, it's still hard to be left behind, especially after so many years together. Sending you a big hug and "God Bless". xx

  3. I am very sorry to hear this sad news. May God be a great comfort to you and give you days of hope ahead.

  4. Thank you ladies. Your support is much appreciated. We are moving forward one day at a time. God Bless You.

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