Friday, November 28, 2014

The Feasting

Besides the fact that I still think Thanksgiving has more food than anyone really needs, I had a great time and there is no substitute for family time. Tyler had the camera this time. Forgive some blurry pictures. I left them in because they are still of great people.

I'm not sure how to share this next information. It is much easier to relay good news than bad. Barry (Tyler's Dad) was diagnosed a week ago with pancreatic cancer. It is not operable, and Barry does not want to do chemotherapy. (The result would be the same regardless, chemotherapy would only delay the end by a few months possibly.) He doesn't have a lot of time left. Most probably less than a year.

It has been a difficult holiday with many tears knowing our time with Barry is limited. He is such an amazing man with a strong testimony of the gospel. He has always been an example to me and I treasure his advice and wisdom. He is currently serving as the Branch President of the Singles Ward in Idaho Falls. However just a day after his diagnosis, a general authority came to extend to him the calling of Stake President. The call never came as news of his imminent death was shared. But I think Barry can feel confident that he is worthy of great responsibility from the Lord.

I will miss him terribly when he is gone. (Everyone will.) He always has a way of cheering those around him. I hope that we can do the same for him during the time we have left. When it is his time to return home, I'd like to think that he will be watching over us still.

1 comment:

meganmushrat said...

Stake President!!!! Wow - I feel honored to have met him (even if he didn't actually get called to that position). I don't know Barry nearly as well as you guys do, but I'm going to miss him too. I've always enjoyed his sense of humor. Great pictures. (I slept through Thanksgiving)