Monday, March 8, 2010

Michael Labrador
Sweetest Husband
Beloved Son
Dear Friend
December 10, 1955 - March 7, 2010

132 comments:

Shelley said...

My deepest sympathy, Joannah ...to you and your family and friends.

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

beautiful post to a lovely, lovely, man.

You dear sweet friend Joannah. My heart bleeds for you.

xo

Lost in Space said...

I am so sorry. Holding your family in thought and prayer...

Penny Malley said...

Oh, Joannah, words can't express. Praise Jesus he's in Heaven this morning, but my heart grieves for you and his loved ones he leaves behind. Ted and I are praying for you as you travel this road; you are never alone.

Michelle said...

My heart is heavy for you and the family and friends that Michael left behind. My heart is rejoicing that he is entering the gates of Heaven and being greeted by God.

Prayers and hugs

~Kristen said...

There are no words to express the depth of my sympathy to you, dear friend. Through tears, I send my continued prayers and love...

Alyson and Ford said...

We are so sorry, Joannah. All our love and sympathy to you and the family.
peace
fm

AprilMay said...

I wish I could have met him in person...but thank you for sharing him with us, your readers. You had a short marriage, but one that taught me so many things. You are both an example of true Christian love. My heart aches for you, dear friend.

Dave and Elaine said...

Hugs & Prayers. Praise God that Michael came to know Jesus...May God's peace surround you now.

RC said...

Joannah, I don't personally know you or Michael. I came across your blog a couple of months ago. I am sorry for your loss. I pray that Michael has the peace you have been looking for. :(

Anne Marie said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Joannah, and I so wish I had better words than that. Wishing much peace to you and your families today and always.

wzgirl said...

Oh Joannah. Please know that you are really being sent a lot of love right now. I love what AprilMay wrote above & I totally agree - yours and Michael's love has been and continues to be a true inspiration for me.

xo

Donna said...

Saw the news on FB and thought about you all night long. Couldn't sleep. You have endured so much, Joannah, and I marvel at your strength. But this is such a tremendous loss. It's so freakin' unfair! I'm so very sorry. I wish there was something I could say that would take away some of your pain but I just can't find the words.

I know there will be happiness again and I hope you'll continue to share those stories with me. I wish we lived closer.

Lots of love,

Donna
Our Blog: Double Happiness!

Christie said...

Just tears...so, so sorry

We do not grieve as those without hope

RamblingMother said...

So sorry for your loss. There are no words....

3D said...

I can not express enough how sad we are and how sorry we are for your tremendous loss.

Our deepest sympathies.

Kayce said...

Joannah you are in our thoughts and constant prayers. Thank you so much for letting all of us be a part of your life with Michael. The love you share has come across to us all and will always be remembered. Hold tight to the dreams you and Michael made together and relive the moments you shared forever. Much love to you my friend.


My soul is weary with sorrow: strengthen me according to your word. - Psalms 119:28

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Oh, Joannah...I'm so very, very sorry...Love you with all my heart...weeping with you...Wish I were there...Janine XOXOXOXO

Michele said...

Oh, I am so, so, so sorry for your loss. My heart hurts for you today. Rest in peace, Michael.

MomMom said...

My prayers are with you and your family. May God grant you a peace that can only come from Him. Linda

Stephe said...

My deepest sympathy. May you hold on to the great memories you have shared...FOREVER.

Two Kayaks said...

You are so deeply in my thoughts and heart today. Wishing you and the rest of Michael's dear family the strength and peace needed to get through this difficult, difficult time.

Ro, Ro, sa, ta, and so said...

So very, very sorry for the loss of your sweet Michael. I've been inspired by your words and your strength. Just wanting you to know that so very many people are sharing your pain and praying for your strength and peace. May God wrap His arms around you. Sleep well, Michael.

Rochelle

Kate said...

I am so so sorry for your immense loss. My prayers are with you...

Kate

Amy said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and praying for you and your family

Sara said...

Holding you and your family in my heart today. Sweet Joannah, you have been the very picture of grace, love and true devotion.

Andrea said...

Dear precious Joannah, I am so very sorry for your loss of your dear Michael. I am praying for you, sweet friend. May the grace and peace of Jesus Christ be with you during this time.

Much love and many hugs,

Andrea

Jeff said...

I'm having a hard time believing this has really happened. I feel very lucky to have been one of his many friends. He was, and is loved by many. My heart goes out to you and his family.

Jennifer said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. You are so strong, you were his rock until he went to heaven. Praying for you and your family, Jennifer

Jboo said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Janet

Sandra said...

I have a heavy heart today. I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

Eileen said...

I am so sorry Joannah.

Michelle said...

Please know that we are thinking of you and are deeply sorry for your loss.

Daniella said...

My heart is so heavy for you and your family. My deepest of sympathy to you.

Alice said...

Found your blog through another. I'm praying for your peace and comfort during this unfathomable time of grief and loss.

Rhonda said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Holding you and your family up in prayer.

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Oh Joannah, my heart is breaking for you.
I will continue to hold you in my prayers. Praise God he is with the Savior but I know you will miss him dearly. You have been so very brave...may the Holy Spirit comfort you dear one.
Love, Angela

Kathy said...

So sorry for the loss of your husband. Prayers for you and your family during this difficult time.

Mary said...

My heart aches for you! I am so sad for you. I celebrate that Michael is healed and in Heaven but I am so sad for you and your family. My God grant you peace in the days to come.

Mary

dawn said...

We extend our deepest sympathies to you and all of Michaels family at this most difficult and heartbreaking time.

Sandy said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you as you charter these unknown waters. You truly have been a special saint to love and care so for your dear husband throughout his illness. My prayers are with you.

elainaann said...

Oh Joannah, I am so sorry. Praying for God's comfort.

Cheryl said...

All my to love to you. I've been in tears for you all morning. Just know you are loved and being lifted in prayer.

Lisa and Tate said...

I am so sorry for you loss! Hope there will be comfort that he is a peace and you will be with him again in the hereafter.

Huge Hugs
Lisa

kim_brough said...

Hugging you as much as a computer will let me. God promised that the mourners will be comforted; I hope yours come soon.

Sunny said...

I'm so very sorry Joannah.

Jenny said...

I am so sorry Joannah. Praying for and with you during this time.

Christina hearts said...

I am so truly deeply sorry. I am praying for you and your family during this very difficult time.

t~ said...

Our deepest sympathy Joannah, I am so sorry for your loss.

Catherine said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. I am praying for God to heal your broken heart and to bless you with much, much happier times in the months and years to come.

Kim said...

Joannah,
You don't know me but I went to school with Mike. I had stopped in to check on you guys from time to time but kept you in my prayers always. I rejoiced with you when I read that Mike had accepted Jesus as his Lord and savior, it gave me such peace knowing that if something happened he would go home to be with the Lord and you would be with him again someday.

Today I am sad for you and his family but as a Christian myself I know he is in a better place free from the constraints of Cancer. I will continue to pray for you, I am so grateful you were in his life, God used you to draw him to His son, how awesome is that!! May the peace that transcends all understanding fall on you and his family as you walk through this together. In His Care, Kim Lauri

Loretta said...

What a joy that God blessed you with a heart full of love and a wonderful person to share it with. I hope when I go, that I will be with the people I most love on earth and am received by the one who loves me most. Michael was blessed to be able to share his last days filled with such love. You are blessed to have been left "wanting more" which is a testament to your love. Prayers for you for the peace that passeth all understanding.

Jenna said...

I am so sorry.... so very sorry... I was praying for healing until I have heard the news, now my prayers will just turn to you and your family in this very difficult time.

Lisa~~ said...

My deepest sympathy, so sorry for your loss.

Shelly said...

I'm So very sorry for your loss. I know that the Angels in heaven are welcoming him with Open arms. Please know that i'm praying for you during this incredibly hard time.

EllieNat said...

So sorry to hear of your loss.

Diana said...

I am so sorry. My prayers and thoughts are with you. I wish there was more to say or do..

Noelle said...

I am so sorry. I pray that Jesus is comforting you during this time. I will be praying for your healing.

anno said...

Oh, Joannah, I am so sorry to see this post this morning. It seems so unfair and I don't understand why this has happened. But, I worshop and serve the One who does. May the peace that passes all understanding be with you and your family through this awful time
Anne

Dori's Mommy (Diana) said...

I am very sorry for your loss!

Kim said...

BIG HUGS ...
MY thoughts and prayers are with you Joannah..
Love ya girly..
Sooo sorry...

Kim said...

I am so sorry for your the loss of your precious Michael. My prayers are with you.

Ted said...

Dera Joannah,
I am sorry for your loss, Michael is in a much better place now. Free from pain and discomfort.
Stay strong and know that he is with our Lord playing beautiful music by his side. best regards. Jude "ted" Silva.

Abby's Mom said...

I am so sorry to read this news today. Praying for you and your family during this terrible time. Also wishing I had the right words to post and make you feel better.
(((HUGS)))

Swampgirl said...

You are in my prayers today. I am so sorry!

Alecia Zimmerman said...

So very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

Calico Sky said...

Oh Joannah, I am so very very sorry. You've been on my mind all day today and now I see why.

Love and prayers!

Shauna and MacLean said...

so very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Susan said...

Joannah,

I only recently started to follow your blog and I just wanted you to know that I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and Michael's family continuosly.

-- Susan

hearts2home said...

Joannah,
I am so, so very sorry for your loss of your best friend, lover, husband and soulmate. My heart aches for you. I do rejoice that Michael found the Savior and that today he is in Heaven. You have such a truly special angel whose love knows no boundaries. The love you had will forever transcend time and space and be with you. If you ever want to converse with someone who has walked a similar journey I offer my listening ear. For now I send my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I pray for God to comfort you all. ~Sarah

Teresa said...

I'm so sorry, Johanna.

I've lost both parents to cancer.

Cancer sucks.

Homemaker Ang said...

I am so sorry and I pray for you and grieve with you and I lift you up to the throne of grace as well as Michael's family.

Alyson and Ford said...

We are grieving with you, so sorry that Michael has left our earth. May you find joy in his journey.
Prayers for you and your sad heart.

Alyzabeth's Mommy

M3 said...

Joannah, I am so very sorry. I've been thinking about you guys so much and am holding you in my heart.

Elizabeth said...

Dear Joannah -- I came this way via mekate and am de-lurking to say I am so very sorry for your loss and that I'm holding you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

My husband is also sick at home with a progressive, and terminal, illness (CF-related lung failure). The strength and grace you evidence in your posts has been both a wake up call (we're not that close yet, I hope) and an inspiration to me. With love,

Elizabeth

fuzzandfuzzlet said...

I am crying for you. I don`t even know what to say.

Michele said...

Oh my god, Johannah, I am so sorry. I new how sick he was, but somehow thought that the miracle that we were all praying for would happen!

I am praying for you and your entire family for I know that Michael is now at Peace...

Sherry Mc said...

Blessings for you and your families. Remember that while Michael in in God's arms now, those arms are also around all of you and yours. He will guide you thru this. Sherry McCormick

Keri said...

I am just so sorry. I wish I had words to make it all better, but I hope knowing you will see him again helps a bit. He knew he was loved on earth and now he is surrounded by perfect love.

Keri

Jacquie said...

My heart is breaking for you Joannah...I'm so sorry.

Aisha said...

So sorry for your loss. thinking of you during this most difficult time.

LFCA

Roxanne said...

Joannah......I am so sorry for your loss.

...I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.
Joshua 1:5 (NIV)

Roxanne

Wanda, Geoff and Lexi said...

Joannah my heart aches for you but can still rejoice for Michael as I know he is with our precious Lord Jesus. I know you will overcome and find peace in the fact that your journey together brought Michael to Christ. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.

Wanda

I cannot believe this but as I typed in the "word verification" to send this message, the word I was to type was "aches".... I feel this is a sign of something. I hope it brings you some peace.

rebecca said...

So sorry for your loss, praying for you & your family during this painful time.

Special K said...

I've spoken your name many times today to friends and family. I'm so incredibly sorry for your loss. May you find some comfort in knowing he is at peace now.

mekate said...

you have taught me the meaning of devotion in every step of this journey, Joannah.

I am so sad for you I do not even know what to do with myself, flap my arms, wail, lie down and watch the sky and let tears fall.

And yet, I am also filled with gratitude-I have been honored to witness your love, even from so far away. And I am so glad you and Michael found each other.

Oh sweetie, please know I am holding you in my heart. Gently, gently.

with love,
Kate

stillthinkingagain said...

Johannah, my heart is so very heavy for you & your family tonight. Hugs, prayers, & tears are coming to you from South Carolina. I'm just so incredibly sorry.
Sarah

tireegal68 said...

Hi, I'm her from LFCA.
I'm so sorry that you and your amazing husband did not get to grow old together. I just started reading your blog a few weeks ago and have been so heartened by how you have protected your family and your space and Michael's precious time and energy.
I pray for strength and healing for you.

Jan said...

Oh Joanna, we are so very sorry for your loss. Our hearts ache for you. May your dear sweet Michael rest in peace.
All our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are with you.

Tori said...

My friend
What horrible news! I can only imagine how devastated you are. Just know that I am thinking of you and you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Let me know if you need anything. What a tragic thing to happen to such a creative and wonderful man...

KHM said...

Words fail me.
I was so very sorry to read this.
I will offer prayers for you and your families.

Leigh said...

There really are no words! What a beautiful post for a man who was so dearly loved by you. Although I've not had the good fortune of meeting either one of you in person, I have witnessed your love for Michael and your strength and your commitment. Through your post, I feel as if I personally have lost a dear friend. I can't even begin to imagine how you feel or how you're dealing with your loss. Just know that your are truly loved and very special. May peace and joy be yours again! Sending you lots of love and hugs and prayers!

Kristy said...

I am truly sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers. God bless you.

Love and blessings, Kristy

In Due Time said...

You are in my prayers. I am in tears for your loss.

((((Hugs)))))

Eliza2006 said...

So sorry for your loss. Wishing peace for you and your family.

Jaclyn said...

I am so sorry for your loss, and I hope your friends and community are there to help ease your loss.

thegalwho said...

I am so sorry...there are no other words cept that he will always be with you and forgotten never.

xx

Rachel said...

What a beautiful smile! My deepest condolences to you.

In Christ, there are no goodbyes...

theclam said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

xxx

Julia said...

You are both in my thoughts and prayers Johannah, I am so sorry for your loss.

potandkettle said...

I'm saddened by your loss and I pray for strength and guidance for you.

loribeth said...

Here from LFCA. I am so very sorry for your loss. :(

Mark said...

There really are no words..so sorry for your loss. He is out of pain and dancing with the angels today. I am praying for your peace and your family's.

Amy said...

Here from LFCA. I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved Michael. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

areyoukiddingme said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your wonderful husband. I wish you both peace...

Here from LFCA

Leda said...

Sending many thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Sunny said...

Visiting from LFCA. I am so terribly sorry to read of your loss. My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Leah said...

My prayers are with you and I am sorry for your loss.

Deb said...

Very sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort for you during this difficult days.

babyinterrupted said...

Many, many prayers for you. I'm so very sorry for your loss. (LFCA)

Sophia's Mama and Baba said...

I am inspired by the strength of you and your family and saddened by your loss. With deepest sympathy we will hold your family up and pray with you for Michael.

God Bless
The Rizzo Family

Chickenpig said...

Thank you for sharing your love, and your loss, with us. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

From LFCA, with sympathy

Kudo said...

My love, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You are such an amazing woman that has been though so much. May God heal your pain and dry your tears and help you see his gift for you in the days and years to come.

Please let me know if I can do anything for you. My paryers will continue to fly as my heart is very heavey as I dry my eyes. Be at peace knowing Michael is in the arms of our Loard and you will see him again.

imafishey said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers.
LFCA

Kate said...

I'm so so sorry for your loss. Thanks for posting such a great photo of him - he looks like a very beautiful man, outside and in.
I hope you'll have lots of support from family and friends, and many people to share all your wonderful memories of Michael with.
May your strong faith sustain you, and comfort you with the thought that Michael is no longer suffering and is in a better place waiting for you.

JoAnn in NJ said...

So sorry for your loss Joannah.

I will pray for you both.
God bless you and Michael.

Jennifer said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

Paula said...

I'm so sorry and sad to hear this news. But, he's out of his pain and with our Lord. He has graduated and we are all still in line.

Maredsous said...

Joannah,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts.

Catherine said...

Joannah,

I am so very sorry. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Michele said...

from LFCA... Remembering your family in prayer.

K said...

I'm so sorry that your time with Michael was so short. I will pray that you find comfort any where you can during this time of loss.

You've been through so much in the past few years. I hope you can take all the time you need to take care of yourself as you begin to find the new "normal," whatever that may be.

Even though we've only met once, you are always welcome to come stay if you want a change of scene or just to get away or have a place to "launch" from if you have things you want to do in this neck of the woods. I live just outside San Francisco.

Shazz said...

Sending thoughts and prayers your way. I am so sorry for the loss of your husband.

Kris said...

i am shedding tears as i sit here, gazing at his vibrant photo. my heart breaks for you joannah. i cannot imagine the pain.

you are in my constant prayers. i'm so sorry it's taken me this long to get around to posting here.

i am praying that you find lasting peace in your best memories of him.

so much love to you.

Tulukaghogamiut said...

My prayer is for Michael to be free of pain and playing sweet music with the angels in heaven. My prayer is that the enormous whole in your heart will slowly fill in and become less painful. He will never be forgotten, but I know the extreme pain you are suffering will lessen with time's passage. As a single adoptive mother to a girl from China, I have been following your life journey for several years.

Kelly and Todd said...

I am so very sorry to hear of Michael's passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

-- kelly

Donna and Joe said...

Oh, Joannah, my heart is breaking for you. I may not comment often, but I've always been here behind the scenes praying for you and Michael.

I'm now praying that you will find the strength to get through your loss. I know you have the faith to endure through this difficult time and the grace to inspire others, as you always do.

Take care and know that you are loved by many.

Donna

Debra said...

I've been following for a while, and have read through the joy of a new marriage, the hope and heartbreak of infertility, and the devastation of Michael's cancer, and it's hard to believe this happened so quickly.

I cannot express to you how truly sorry I am that your beloved is gone. You're in my thoughts and my heart is heavy for you.

Stay strong,
Deb

Johnny said...

I'm sorry for your loss.

Ethel said...

Dear Joannah, we feel so very sorry for you, for Michael, for the two of you. Words cannot express.

My page has turned
a chapter's closed
a brand new page
for me unfolds

and my new page
will never turn
nor for the old page
will I yearn

for my new page
is Heaven, you see
I'm home with Jesus
for eternity.

We will be thinking of you tomorrow, every second of the day.
Hugs, Ethel, Tim, Blossom, Yi Kong and Jing

OziMum said...

Oh Sweetheart. I can't even begin to imagine your grief. I'm crying, and I never knew your sweet husband.

Please know I'm praying for you, sweet Joannah.

Lee-Anne
Australia

Kim said...

I haven't checked in for a while and I feel terrible for not coming sooner. By now I am sure some dust has settled and I hope that each day God provides you with a little more strength to get through such a heartbreaking loss. My heart weeps for you. I will keep praying for Him to ease your pain and loss. Love, Kim