Is it harder knowing that your days are numbered vs a sudden death? I mean when you know that you just have a few months left it gives you time... time to say what you might not have gotten the chance to, time to say I Love You a million times, time to hug, time to celebrate memories and time to create new ones...knowing gives you time to process and grieve slowly...time to find Salvation...

Time is a funny thing, sometimes it is easily wasted as it drags on and other times it flies by.

As I have tried to process the past 5 days time has given me so many emotions, like a roller coaster with it's ups and downs,highs and lows, Hope depleted but replaced with Faith...

I have debated writing about this but if I don't get it out I feel like I am going to explode...

A lot of you have followed my daddy and his story through this blog, then there came a time when I couldn't blog about him and what was going on with the cancer, it was to hard to face, the knowing what was coming and now that daddy is facing the end of his life it doesn't make it any easier to blog about BUT I have this sudden urge to tell you about the Greatest man in my life...

Like if I document it, it will make it go away, time will stop,stand still...I know that time does not work that way...

My daddy is one of a kind, he makes an impact on everyone he meets, daddy doesn't know a stranger...anyone that has ever had the pleasure of meeting him is a better person because of it...

My daddy is George Shirley, I am named after him, I am so PROUD of that fact...
My daddy is a fighter...
My daddy is kind...
My daddy is fair...
My daddy would do anything for you...


Daddy gets to go home from the hospital today, hospice is being called in and in the coming weeks our entire family will be there rallying around him...reminding him how much we love him and that he is the Greatest Man in our lives

So I am going to take some time off...I'd like to take this time and ask for your Prayers

I want to leave you with a song that daddy requested every Sunday in church when he was a child...

Church in the Wildwood

There's a church in the valley by the wildwood
No lovelier place in the dale
No spot is so dear to my childhood
As the little brown church in the vale

Oh, come to the church by the wildwood
Come to the church in the dale
No place is so dear to my childhood
As the little brown church in the vale

Additional Verses:
How sweet on a clear Sabbath morning
To list to the clear ringing bell
It's tones so sweetly are calling
Oh, come to the church in the vale

There, close by the church in the valley
Lies one that I love so well
She sleeps, sweetly sleeps, neath the willow
Disturb not her rest in the vale

There, close by the side of that loved one
Neath the tree where the wild flowers bloom
When the farewell hymn shall be chanted
I shall rest by her side in the tomb

My confession for today: Time is not always on your side...so make the most of it everyday...


  1. Aw sweetie... you know how much I love you. You will all be in my thoughts and in my heart. If you need me, you know how to get me.


  2. Awww, what a sweet post! You and your daddy and your family will be in my prayers!

  3. Hey chica. You and me have shared a few things here and through emails. I encourage you to waste not a minute with your father. To spend every minute of every day being there with him. Letting him know what an honor you had having him in your life.....and knowing that though he may eventually go, he will ALWAYS be there with you. There isn't a day that doesn't go by that I don't think about my father or talk about him in some form or fashion. He was my best friend and he loved me like only a father could. I don't know if God hears my prayers these days, but you can bet I'll be praying for him. And for you too. Remember the good times. Atleast God gave them to us for a moment. We can atleast be thankful for that.

  4. Georgie, what a wonderful and sweet post! If there is anything I can do for you other than prayer, please let me know.

  5. This is such a wonderful post, my thoughts are with you

    SE x

  6. Oh Georgie, reading this brings tears to my eyes but also prayers from my heart to you and your family.

  7. I'm so sorry. I think you are doing him a great service by documenting him and his life and his worth to you.

  8. Georgie, I know how much you LOVE your DADDY! Enjoy your time with him, we will always be here. Your DADDY is a special man and you are JUST like him!

    You are a fighter...
    You are kind...
    You are fair...
    You would do anything for anyone!

    Hang in there girl! My phone is open if you need anything!

  9. my heart goes out to you in this time... I cant imagine.. i'm a daddy's girl myself so it just makes me ache thinking about that kind of hurt you must be feeling...

    Take in every moment you have with your father now.. enjoy it - savor it...

  10. Those are wonderful things that you blogged about your daddy! You have been blessed to be raised by such a man! I will keep you and your family in my prayers!

  11. Peace be with you and yours this day and on those to come.

  12. Much Love and Hugs to you. You are in my thoughts. Be strong. It is not easy losing ones Daddy. Take all the time you need, we'll always be right here for you.

  13. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Know you can always call or email.
    Enjoy this time. Life is but a vapor for all of us, so we need to take every chance we have with the ones we love.

    {{Big Hugs}}

  14. I'm so sorry for this loss; your Daddy sounds like an incredible man. I hope you can cherish these last weeks with him and that you will be able to find the strength to get through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  15. (((((Georgie)))))

    You and your family are in my prayers...

    In my thoughts...

    In my heart.

  16. I'm sorry, Georgie.

    I've been there. Prayers for you and your family. I'll be thinking of you.

    What a beautiful post about your dad.

  17. Oh Georgie, there's not much one can say to ease your pain. Know that your family is in my prayers.

  18. Georgie, I am so sorry. I hope that you are able to soak up every moment with your dad while you can. My prayers are with you.

  19. Peace be with you my dear. Still in my thoughts.

  20. Hang in there Georgie. You know I've been through this stuff. It is very hard but know that your family and "friends" are there for you. Our prayers are definitely there for you and your Daddy.

  21. Just the thought of what you are going through brings tears to my eyes. There is only one daddy in your life and having to saying good bye has got to be horrible.

    I am praying that there will be laughter, special memories and things shared as a family that you will all hold close to you during this time of saying goodbye.

    I'm thinking of you and your family. Give your dad hugs. He is a wonderful guy who's raised a wonderful daughter.

  22. Im so sorry. I will be thinking of you and your family.

    Stay with your Dad as much as possible...you are a wonderful daughter.

  23. Oh Georgie my heart goes out to you. I am glad that you and your family are all going to be able to gather around for him. I will keep you and your daddy and all your family in my prayers.

  24. Oh goodness--
    Take heart and know that Hospice care is THE BEST care possible. I'm sooo sorry to hear this !
    Being with your family will be the best thing for you--prayers are coming to you and your family.
    Love you, stay in touch when you can and
    peace and blessings for you Daddy!


  25. So sorry to hear this. My prayers are with your family.

  26. I've always been a daddy's girl!

    Love that you were named after him!!

  27. I didn't get a chance to read the post until this morning I was totally exhausted when I got home last nite. You have made me cry I can see why daddy likes that song. We have so many things that we want to do in such a short amount of time. He still keeps a smile on his face through all this devastating news. Amazing that he is still smiling and carryin on like he does and I just love to see it. Laura

  28. Many prayers and hugs to you and your daddy. May the Lord give you both strength and comfort during this difficult time. You'll be missed, but use this time to build many memories together.

  29. Oh Georgie. I'm sorry I'm just reading this. I've been where you are, when I lost my Dad, and I can tell you that having time to say goodbye is far more valuable than you know. It makes every moment precious, every mundane task important, every conversation worth remembering.

    Go love on your Daddy, tell him everything you ever wanted to say, and just know that you will be okay. There is beauty in letting go....

    Love you honey, and I'm here if you need me.

  30. DADDIES SHOULD LIVE FOREVER!!! Oh hon, I'm so sorry. So, so so sorry! When it's my daddy's time, I hope I will be able to write such a great tribute to him as you have done. Bless you. I'm thinking about you!!!! xoxo

  31. So so so hard. Hospice is a wonderful gift, though. Our family was blessed by it. And be sure to participate in the grief support they offer. This is a difficult time. I lift you and your family in prayer. Gather as many stories from him as you can. Write things down. Peace be with you.

  32. They say God only loans us the great ones for a short time. And it is never long enough. May your memories keep you company long after he's left the earth.

  33. You will be in my prayers. Love ya

  34. Thinking & praying for you & your family. May your time together be absolutely full of wonderful moments & peace.

    ~ Christel

  35. Oh sweet lady, this is just too hard. I'm sorry. I have a very close relationship with my Dad, and I just can't imagine. Prayers for peace are being said from my heart to yours.


  36. May it help you bear the pain knowing there are others that understand and have been through many losses. It never gets easy. May you find the strength to get through the days ahead. Time is the best healer of all. Blessings to you and family.

  37. I am thinking about you! That is my favorite song too, when I was in high school, my boyfriends church sang that song all the time. It is most special to me too! I am praying for your sweet daddy!

  38. I am thinking of you and praying for your family. Hugs to you, sweetie. I wish I could do more.

  39. {{{{{{{{{{{Georgie}}}}}}}}}}} I am so sorry that you're having to go through this. I am so sorry that I took so long to read this post so that I could add your family to my prayers. I know that nothing I say can take any of your pain away. I just hope that you and the rest of your family can find some kind of peace in these coming weeks.

    Love you,


  40. (((HUGS))) and (((PRAYERS)))
    for your sweet Daddy, and for you.

  41. my post today was about an eagle I saw yesterday flying west, maybe it was for you and your dad. My prayers are with you.

  42. Georgie, I am so sorry I am just now reading this post. I wish I could do more than just say, I'm sorry, or that it will be alright, or you guys are in my prayers. I know how difficult this time is and it is something you never completely get over.

    I still see someone or read something, and think, I need to tell Daddy or tell Mom.....Daddy passed away in 97, Mom 2003. You'd think by now, I would have adjusted.

    Psalm 90:12 says, "Teach us to number our days, that we might apply our hearts to wisdom."

    In the days you have before you, may you love with your whole heart, may you rejoice in the moment, and may each memory be sweeter than the one before. Cry, laugh, but most of all, just be.

    Love you and I am praying for you and your precious family. May you experience comfort that can only come from our Heavenly Father.

  43. I'm so sorry I'm so late getting over here to read this. I'm in tears for you and for your family.

    I'm so glad you have this time to spend with him. That really is a blessing that some never get.

    Love you and I'm praying for all of you.

  44. Georgie, This post was so precious!! It really reminded me of a friend of mine. Her name is Loren and at the end of last year she lost her daddy to cancer. You should check out her blog at themagoosnews.blogspot.com She's my real life friend and a bloggyland friend as well.

    I'll be praying for your family!

  45. When they diagnosed my dad's leukemia, they gave him six weeks. He was gone five days later, but it was enough time to say all that needed to be said, thank God. I hope that you are well now and that you have lots of days to hold your daddy's hand and tell him you love him.