There they are. In the glory days at Isabelle's 3rd or 4th birthday way back 3 or 4 years ago. Before cancer. When diabetes was Don's only problem and he walked laps around all the malls in the area all winter making friends as he went. Front pockets of his shirt full as always, the full beard and mustache I had never seen him without, glasses on...teeth in. Standing proudly with his arm around his Patty. His love, the woman that has stood by him and with him through more than we could even begin to enumerate. The woman he was still flirting with less than a week ago as his mind came and went. They did a lifetime together. They were passionate about each other.
Tuesday he began a new life, a new chapter, one without his Patty, without his children or his friends, save One. He went to be with his Lord, his friend, his love. Someday we will all join with him in the joyful praise and worship of the Lord, the life he is now living. Until then we celebrate who he was and the blessings we all received from knowing him and being part of his life and his stories.