Posted by: christinelaennec | November 3, 2014

500th blog post: Not As Planned

James Galway climbing rose

James Galway climbing rose

Dear Friends,

Amazingly, this is my 500th blog post.  As I mentioned at the end of my previous post, I had planned to have a giveaway in celebration, and I will do that as soon as I can.  However, this weekend I received a phone call – the kind that you try to prepare yourself for, but never can completely.  My Dad died peacefully in his sleep in Portland, Oregon.  So I am heading back tomorrow morning.

My Dad and I managed to build a good relationship in the last few years of his life, and there was nothing left unsaid or unresolved.  I have a feeling of freedom now, when I think of him.  My main concern is Michael and the Dafter, but although it won’t be easy I know they will manage for 10 days without me.  They have both urged me to go, to have this experience of closure and farewell.

You have all been such amazing supporters through our trials with ME/CFS, our move to a new city, and just the normal things that life throws at all of us, and I thank you most sincerely.

I am using an old photo of James Galway climbing rose from our garden in Aberdeen, because just this morning my new James Galway rose has bloomed here in Glasgow.  All is ultimately well.



  1. I’m so sorry to hear this. I hope your trip goes smoothly and that it is a comfort to be with other family members. I’ll be thinking of you and praying for you as well as Michael and the Dafter that all will be well at home. What a beautiful rose!

  2. All the best. Thinking of you. Judy.

  3. So sorry to hear your sad news, but how good to be able to say, “there was nothing left unsaid or unresolved”. Very best wishes to you all.

  4. huggs and haste ye back

  5. Sorry to hear this Christine. I am glad that you have found your readers to be supportive. You also provide us with support through your blogging in ways that you probably don’t realise. Take care. Sandra

  6. Love and prayers for you and your family. xx

  7. So sorry to hear this, Christine. As i finished reading your post I paused to pray and was reminded, for some reason, of Psalm 91:4. I hope that you might know the comfort and peace that comes from being tightly nestled “under the cover of His wings” in this season. Take care xo

  8. Thoughts are with you and yours.

  9. So sorry Christine, sending love and prayers, xxx

  10. So sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers for your safe travel and time with family.

  11. So sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers your way.

  12. I’m so sorry to hear about your dad, but I’m glad you feel at peace with him. I had intended to email you over the weekend but as usual, life got in the way, we have a funeral to attend this week too, my dad’s best friend died suddenly on Saturday. I wish you a safe journey there and back and I hope all is well on your return to Glasgow! With love. xx

  13. I reckon the death of just about anyone you know has a greater impact on you than you anticipate, regardless of whether there was any unfinished business. And in the case of a father, it’s not just your relationship with him that’s changed, but the whole dynamic of family relationships. I’ll be thinking of you dealing with these changes, especially as you face them head on at the funeral and family gathering around that time.

  14. So sorry for your loss, hope all goes well with your trip.

  15. Sorry to hear about your Dad, my thoughts are with you. Have a safe journey and take care.\
    Erna x

  16. You have my sympathy.

  17. Love from us all here.

  18. peace and comfort to you, my friend.

  19. Christine, so sorry for your loss, but so glad that you had a good relationship with your dad and had resolved any differences. That is a blessing.

    Wendy in NH

  20. Love, condolences and prayers xxx

  21. So very sorry, Christine. Sending thoughts and prayers of love and consolation to you and your family.

  22. So sorry for your loss. Have a safe trip.

  23. I’m very sorry for your loss and will keep you and your family in my prayers. Sweet hugs to you, Diane

  24. Dear Christine, I saw your link at Beatrice Euphemie’s blog and I just came by to tell you how sorry I was to hear about your Dad. My thoughts are with you.

  25. This is a difficult journey–I was living in Wyoming when my parents died 2 years apart in Vermont. It was hard to deal patiently with the delays and upsets of traveling at such times. I hope that the long trip will go smoothly for you, with rest and comfort for both body and spirit.

  26. Prayers for safe travels and peace for your family while you are away. May your dad rest in peace.

  27. So very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. That was the most difficult time in my life!!! I am happy to hear you are able to come home. Praying for your family both in Scotland and in Portland.

  28. Hello dear Christine, I came over from Beatrice Euphemie’s blog and want to let you know, how sorry I was to hear about your Dad. You are in my prayers and my thaughts…
    With my deepest sympathie ….
    Will come back soon, I like your blog !

  29. I’m so sorry. Wish you all the best and I’m thinking about you.

  30. Christine, I am sending caring thoughts to you and yours as you process this special time in your lives. May God comfort and encourage you as you sort through the practical details and may He bring those alongside who can best support you in this. I am here to be helpful if I can be. Love, Gracie xx

  31. Very sorry to read this, thinking of you and your family x

  32. I’m so sorry to hear your news; it’s been the anniversary of my father’s death this weekend, and I’ve been remembering the phone-call that told me about it. You are right to go to Portland. Good wishes to all of you.

  33. So sorry Christine, glad you have made peace with your dad, it will be a difficult journey for you. Please look after yourself, you can only do your best and I am sure your dad knows this xx

  34. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss, Christine. You and your family are in my prayers. Love, Deborah xxxxx

  35. So sorry to read this 😦 It seems very timely to me that you have made short trips away from home recently – almost trial runs for when you had to go further afield and for longer. I hope it is a ‘good’ trip for you – in as far as it can be xx

    • Helen I meant to reply to this earlier – yes, I often reflected how my little jaunts of the past nearly-a-year had really prepared me for this trip. Until 10 months before, I hadn’t travelled away from my (Scottish) family overnight for nearly ten years!

  36. Oh, friend. I am sorry. So sorry. Nothing quite prepares you for such a loss, I know. I pray the Prince of Peace will bring you peace. I also pray that He will bless and keep you three until you are back together again.

  37. Sorry to hear of your loss Christine. Wishing you peace and safety as you travel. xx

  38. Thank you very, very much, everyone.

  39. Hi, Christine…I’m in Montana now and just now read this sad news. I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember when I lost my Dad. I’m glad you were able to return to Portland to say goodbye. Love to you, dear friend. Dianne

  40. I am so sorry to hear about your Father Christine, sending my condolences to you and your family, I am thinking of you all.
    Lottie x

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