Five Far From Home
I originally created this blog in 2006 so that our family and friends could keep up with us as we lived abroad with the Air Force, now we will use it to keep you all updated on our journey forward. As we step out where the sidewalk ends after our dear father and husband's untimely death after a brief, but fierce battle with a rare form of cancer. You can read about his 10 month fight on his caring bridge page - http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/rob_murphy.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014
I would love to do his favorite thing and go for a run on the trail today, but my messed up ankle and knee are keeping me indoors.
We'll have a Mt. Dew, some dark chocolate, and perhaps try to grill out, though. Maybe watch some Star Wars or old Godzilla movies.
For Rob, go for a run, drink a Mt. Dew, grill some meat, spend time with your family, remember your faith, wear something purple, and break out your converse. These simple things were all Rob needed, and he was at his happiest in his recliner, with his dog on his lap, and a beer in his hand. He never needed the grand gesture and wasn't big on making them, but we KNEW how very much he loved us. I thank God every day that my kids, that I, know how well loved we were.
How I wish I could hear your voice, smell your skin. I close my eyes and I can picture you - young, skinny, long-haired - coming to pick me up from work when we were 19. When I am out on the trail I can hear your footfalls beside me - healthy, fit - training for your next run. And I can't help but remember your frail, ravaged body struggling in the hospital bed.
For me, it's every day.
How very, very loved you are.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
Before catching the bus this morning Micah was feeling a little under the weather, just a slight stuffiness and tired feeling. He wanted to go to school so badly because today was the Valentine’s Day party. I sent him on his way with instructions to call me if he started feeling any worse. Since I didn’t hear anything from him, I assumed all was well.
He is the last one to get home in the afternoons, and so when he arrived at 4 PM the other three of us were already involved in separate tasks all over the house. Micah walked in the door and I shouted up, “HI!” to which he replied, “I’m sick” in a defeated voice. I exclaimed, “Oh, No!” and ran up to the door to start fussing over him, instantly feeling his hot forehead. Sarah followed close behind and began to help Micah off with all his snow gear and express concern. Hearing the commotion Noah came running and seeing Micah he said, “Are you ok? Did you throw up?” Micah then melted into a puddle of tears, and after I got him into pajamas and onto the couch he was able to try and tell me why he was crying.
“It was just so good to be home,” was all he could explain.
On this Valentine’s Day, I know exactly how you feel sweet boy. We’ve been wrestling with some issues of the heart in our home lately and have not been looking forward to this holiday. But, at the end of the day – when all is said and done – God has given us each other, these 4 people and a furry little friend – to uplift, care for, and watch out for each other. Home.
It was nice that a couple of our sweet friends from far away remembered us with flowers. Sarah and I went out to lunch together. We are all home for the evening and my sweet kids are sitting with me through a Jane Austen movie (for the thousandth time!!)
Things will be ok.
Broken hearts will mend, with time.
Bodies will heal.
We will lean on each other
We will remember our faith.
We know not what the future holds, but we know the One who holds the future.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
That's been the hardest part - the feeling like I am moving on, and slowly accepting that I'm okay.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Sunday, December 29, 2013
"On a winter Sunday I go
To clear away the snow
and green the ground below.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Monday, December 23, 2013
Sunday, December 22, 2013
We traveled to Waukesha to celebrate Christmas with Ann & Lee (Rob's Mom and step-Dad) and were treated to 6" of snow! The kids had never seen so much snow and enjoyed a little time outside being goofy, throwing snowballs, and figuring out what it tastes like (Evan!)
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Bob is Rob's Dad, Elaine is his wife and Jaime is her daughter.