Thursday, October 6, 2011

Duffy and Smiles

Today I think back to one year ago.This brings tears,but also thankfulness for what was and what is today.

This is a picture I hesitated to show,but I show it only to share how I feel.
Here is Jake one month before his home going.The puppy is Duffy,and belongs to Jake's brother and his family.
Duffy became quite special to us,as he was the only one who could bring this much of a smile to Jake's face.I am thankful that we were able to have Duffy visit us on many occasions. That smile is worth much to me.


You will notice the variety of pillows. I pulled out anything I could which would help to make Jake feel more comfortable.

Thanks Duffy,for giving Jake a smile.

Although we all miss Jake more than words can tell,I am thankful that God has brought each of us thus far.I don't think a day goes by that I don't talk of Jake and of course miss him,but I know that with God's help I can carry on.

40 comments:

Andrea said...

I come here not so very often so i missed that episode. I am sorry Ruth, but of course we all go there, it is just one at a time. It's good you are okay now, am sure Jake is now very happy just knowing you are fine. My father left us 8 yrs ago and my mother is now 81. I was in the hospital not leaving for a month until he went on! God bless Ruth. And have a happy weekend.

Debbie said...

some people never find it ruth, true love. you are very lucky to have had such a sweetie!! xo

Debbie said...

such a wonderful photo!!

Arija said...

What a lovely smile little Duffy brought to Jakes's face. Truly something to be grateful for. Pets can so often help people in dire straits.
Ruth dear, you have come a long way since that day and I am sure Jake still watches over you.

TexWisGirl said...

God bless you, Ruth.

grammie g said...

HI Ruth..A very special post that you have shared with us,and I do hope it helps you to know that we care about you!!
God be with you;
Grace

Montanagirl said...

Such a nice post! It's so hard to lose someone special. There's just no replacing them.

Ferree Bowman Hardy said...

You two made each other very happy. Thanks for sharing this special picture, its like you're sharing your heart. A true treasure.

Connie said...

Duffy is so perky! You can tell that Duffy held a special place in both of your hearts. So glad you can share, as that helps you heal. So glad that God is holding you close.

Journeyin' Lady... said...

A wonderful and loving post today in memory of your Jake. Duffy was sure a comfort to him.

Ginny Hartzler said...

I know that Jake was so blessed to have a full life with you, and at the end to have you and be assured of your love for him. Thanks for sharing thiis photo, I know it must be painful at times to see.

forgetmenot said...

Ruth, Such a lovely post. Duffy is so precious--it is amazing the joy a pet can bring to us at times. I know you have a lifetime of wonderful memories with Jake--such a wonderful love you two had. Have a peaceful weekend. Mickie :)

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Bless your heart Ruth. I can only imagine how hard it would be to lose your long time spouse, the love of your life. May you feel God's love, peace and strength surrounding you not only at this time, but each and every day. He is taking care of you and you will be reunited with Jake one day.

Hugs ~ FlowerLady

Dorothy said...

Ruth, as always, you are in my heart and on my mind as you have been going through your grief. I'm so glad to see that you have made as good of an adjustment as possible. God is so good!

Sandra said...

a beautiful memory of Jake's smile, and I pray now that God will ease your pain as the anniversary of your loss comes near. photo's keep our memories alive of our loved ones. thanks for sharing your memory with us. hugs from Florida

Christine said...

That's a beautiful photo Ruth; thanks for sharing it with us! Hugs!

EG CameraGirl said...

Animals are incredible, aren't they? Duffy is so cute and I'm so glad Duffy was able to visit you so often.

Diane said...

Thanks for sharing this anniversary with us today Ruth. Jake will be special to me also as your precious husband and the artist of so many of the beautiful shots you post. Duffy is just so cute. How could he fail to bring on a smile. I'm thankful for your friendship, Ruth. Hugs, Diane

Janice K said...

That is a precious picture...Thank you for sharing with all of us.

S. Etole said...

What a beautiful memory. That little puppy looks like a toy!

warriormom said...

Such a precious photo. ((hugs))

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

It's such a sweet photo, Ruth; but one that you most likely view with mixed emotions. You've made it through this first year and all its "firsts" without Jake. Hopefully, the "seconds" will be a little easier. Your faith is an inspiration. May God bless you mightily.

George said...

Thank you for sharing this picture of Jake and Duffy. I know this has been a difficult year for you, but I hope you know you are being lifted in prayer by many people.

Anita Johnson said...

Thank you for sharing this, Ruth. Your love for Jake always is evident.
Philippians 4:13
I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me

Anonymous said...

Don was similar...he smiled at Baron our dachshund (every now and then Baron would lay in the hospital bed with him). It will be two years the 22nd of this month that Don has been gone...it still does not seem possible to me that he won't be here in this lifetime with me again. But that's selfish because I know he's with Jesus and he has no more pain! Sending you a hug!

MedaM said...

Dear Ruth, I am so sorry for your loss. I can understand your feelings. This has been a difficult time for you but as the time goes by the pain gets easy and one learns how to live with it and with memories. Our loved ones are alive until we love them and keep them in our memories. Hug

Elaine said...

It's hard not to smile at such a sweet little dog. God's blessings to you as you continue to heal.

Pat said...

Your love for Jake is exquisitely beautiful. Not many couples have this depth of love for each other. I'm so glad Duffy brought Jake smiles in his painful final days on earth. (((Hugs))) - Pat

Betty Manousos said...

dear ruth, so sweet picture!

thanks for sharing this precious photo with us.
that is a powerful tribute to your husband dearest and
i know that it has been a hard year for you...i pray that God will ease your pain of your loss.

sending a big hug to you!
God bless you.

betty

Hilary said...

It's a lovley and tender photo, Ruth - one I'm sure you cherish. Hugs and wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving to you.

Patty said...

So happy for you that you have such special and happy memories. Thanks for your visit.

My name is Riet said...

What a beautiful post Ruth and so wonderful that Duffy could bring a smile to your husbands face.
Yoy are a very brave woman and it must have been a hard year for you but you know you can carry on with God;s help\ That is wonderful Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us today.

Rick said...

The memory of Jake will never fade Ruth - you have him in your heart while Jesus has him in heaven. May you be led beside still waters and lie in green pastures till you too dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Thanks for sharing this, even though it also brings back pain.

[I've missed a few posts recently but did love your flowers from the English Gardens - gorgeous !]

Mary said...

I'm glad you have these last smiles captured to look at. Duffy was what God ordered to make things easier for all of you at the time. I can't imagine what you are feeling, but am glad that God has given you a strong heart and strong faith to bear your pain with grace. You and Jake are greatly blessed and will meet again in heaven. My heartfelt prayers and hugs are with you today and always.

LV said...

Liofe moves on, but memories never leace us. I like you new photo.

Shug said...

Hello pretty lady...

Thank you for sharing this special part of your life with us...Isn't it amazing how our little friends know when we need special attention. I am so glad that Duffy was there for Jake...
You are a special lady and God has already done so much in your life this past year. Can't wait to see what all HE has in store for you..
Blessings Ruth,
Shug
and...I really do like your new profile picture...You are a doll!

Cicero Sings said...

Animals can add such a special touch to those that are hurting. So glad these two had such a bonding time and that you have the picture to prove it. Memories. They can bring a smile or they can bring a tear or both at once!

Lisa said...

Ruth thank you for sharing this. You have so much God given wisdom and strength. He gave you the tools you needed to get this far.
I too am in a state of remembering my brother who I lost last Nov. almost a year ago. Reliving it all is so hard.
I love what Anita wrote her.
Bless you my friend. xoxo

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

So sorry Ruth. I know you were very happy together. Praying the sweet memories make you smile and make you push ahead. God bless.

Becky said...

It is amazing the comfort a small soul can give. How thankful you must have felt, and once again, I'm sure Jake is smiling down from above to all his family and friends.
Take care.
Becky