Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Nearly time

Hi All,

Just a quick post to tell you that it seems Jenni's time is nearly here. Just had a call from the palliative care unit from the nurse in charge. Jenni had a crisis this morning and although she has rallied a little for the moment, they think it is possibly only a day or two away (with the rider that it's so hard to know exactly). Jenni wanted to have a chat and I spoke to her briefly on the phone and she felt a little better. Just waiting to hear more news later in the day to work out the practicalities of taking Jack to say goodbye. We'll see how the day pans out.

Thanks for all your prayers and I will update everyone when I get the chance but please be patient with me.

Thank you for all you love and support for Jenni, Jack, Jamie, myself and Jenni's family and friends.




  1. Praying for you, David, and the boys as well as Jen. This woman has been a blessing to so many through her writing, and has touched us all around the world. I know her spirit will continue to watch over her family. May peace be with you in this time.

  2. Sending much love to your family, sweet Jenni...

    Cindy in Canada

  3. I'm so sorry, David.
    In my experience, when the time is near, she will become distant and withdrawn, as she mentally prepares to transition. If that happens, make sure the boys understand that she's not angry with them... and to not take it personally. Best to say everything now and reassure her that it's okay to let go when she needs to.
    This is the hardest part, but it is a gift to share this time with her.

    Wishig you love, grace, and peace.
    Suzanne in SC

  4. Sending Love from Nova Scotia.

  5. Sending love to all of you and wishes for peace.

  6. Peace to all of you over the next couple of days. Jenni you have earned your wings for certain. I will miss you dearly and would like to keep you hear instead but I know that God has bigger plans for you. Hoping that you are able to find peace saying goodbye to your boys. Hugs
    Your friend, Lisa L.

  7. Love to you. Love to Jenni. If she must leave, she leaves this world surrounded by the love of those who know her well, both you there with her and many of us around the world watching from afar.

    Wishing you peace.

  8. Sending love and prayers to you all. Wishing sweet peace for our dear Jenni, much love, Suzanne.

  9. Thinking of Jenni from Nova Scotia. She's always been such a beautiful soul. And now, too, I think of all the beautiful souls in her orbit...
    Love to all, and peace.

  10. Dear, dear Jenni—peace is coming. How we love you.
    How I will miss you but you will always be in our hearts forever. Your amazing sweet loving spirit is forever.

    David, thank you a million times over for letting us continue our journey with our beloved Jenni. You are a beautiful soul. We are with you too and send prayers and love to you all.

    Cat in Boston

  11. Godspeed Jenni...you will always be in the hearts of those whose lives you touched. Thank you David, Jack and Jamie for sharing this amazing journey with us all. You have all touched the hearts of so many...

  12. All of you are in my thoughts. Godspeed Jenni.

  13. David,

    We are with you and Jack and Jamie.

    We love you, Jenni.
    Peace and love surround you.

    With love,
    Emily from Colorado.

  14. I pray for a peaceful transition, fearless, painless, loving, accepted, surrounded by family and friends if that is what she wants, by herself if she desires that. It is a blessing to be able to even lend the minimal support that we can to you through this blog.

    Love to you all....if you get the chance, tell Jenni we are all thinking of, praying for, and sending her all the love that we can.

    Ruthie from California

  15. Love you Jen-girl. Will see you again my sweet friend. You're making a way for the rest of us to follow. Call out to Jesus when the time comes--He's waiting to take you into paradise where you will find perfect health, unimaginable happiness and everlasting life.

    David, Jamie and Jack...so truly sorry for your hurt and pain...we're in prayer for you. Call out to Jesus--He's there for you always.

    Hug and a Smootch

  16. Thinking of Jack, Jamie, Jenni, you and about the days and weeks ahead. Sending strength and promising patience. God speed.

  17. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Jenni, you have been an inspiration. You have touched so many people and you have made a difference in this world. May God bless you and be with you...

    2 Corinthians 4:16-15:8
    Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

  18. Thank you David for caring enough about Jenni to share this last part of her story with us. Warm hugs to all of Jenni's family especially her boys and yourself at this sad time.

    Dear Jenni so many prayers, so much love, so many blessings go with you on this next stage of your journey.."and He will raise you up on eagle's wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of His hand" God bless and hugs from Peggy x

  19. Thanks, David.

    Jenni - Your voice and sparkling personality will be greatly missed, my Dear. Please rest easy with peace in your heart. You have been an incredible inspiration. I will see you one day and look forward to the meeting!

  20. Thank you for your poignant words and your willingness to open yourself up and share your life, in all its beauty and its pain.

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you continue on this journey, and I thank all of you, especially Jenni for sharing it with us.

  21. From the moment I "met" Jenni through blogging I've felt a connection...maybe it's because I'm a breast cancer survivor. I think it was more than just that though. I loved her honesty. I loved the way she expressed herself...her fear, her joys, her desires, and especially her love for her children. It breaks my heart to know that it's her time, but I also feel joy that she will soon be pain free and in the presence of our Lord.

    Thank you David for keeping us all updated. I hope you will continue to blog so that we can follow along and know that Jack and Jamie and you are okay. I'll be praying for you all.


  22. Dear Jenni,

    I will think of you always and I hope you are filled with the peace you so dearly deserve.

    David thank you so very much for letting us know. My heart has been heavy thinking of Jack and Jamie.

    Anna Katherine in WA

  23. Jenni, you are already an angel. Peace to you as you embark on your next great adventure that will be filled with comfort and love.

    David, you are an amazing and strong man. Blessings to you.


  24. Dear Jenni: May peace and blessings galore by yours, dear one. I send you love. Remember, we carry you when the burden feels too heavy.

    David: Peace to you, the boys, and everyone. Thank you for keeping us close to Jenni through this time.

  25. My heart,love and prayers with all of you..Godspeed Jenny.
    We love you.

  26. Thanks David, for keeping us updated and bless you as those are difficult words to type... all the while handling the sadness of losing such an important person. Bless you!

    Jenni, sending you peace, love, prayers and kind thoughts. You are so loved!
    Bless you and big hugs across the miles,
    Cate in California

  27. May peace and love be with you in this most difficult time.
    Love you dear sweet Jen-you are an amazing woman!!
    Dear David - be strong for Jack & Jamie
    Love you all
    Nicky from Canada

  28. Jenni...my friend, I love you always. Godspeed.
    David...thank you. Many, many prayers. I don't have a lot of words right now...just sending much love to all of you. Update when you can, and take care of yourself and the boys. You...are amazing.

  29. Jenni-
    sending you so much love. you have toruched my life in so many ways. thank you dear one.

  30. Love, love, love you Jenni girl.

    Thanks David. You've given us a gift, updating when you didn't have to. Love to you and boys.


  31. Thank you, Jenni, for.... everything. May these last few days be merciful. Thank you David for updating us, and like so many others I am sending love and prayers your way.

  32. Blessings to you all. I am so grateful to Jenni for her wisdom and courage and for sharing her story with us. xxx Linda (Barefoot in the Park).

  33. Oh, my. With tears and heavy heart, with love and prayers, I write to say thank you, Jenni, and a peaceful journey, and I will miss you, and I am grateful for you. Thinking of you all, sending light and peace, Megan

  34. David.. I wish you love and peace. I hope the transition is peaceful for you all.
    Jen my very special friend.
    thankyou for being a part of my life, thankyou for being my friend. I wish you peace and know that soon there will be no more pain and sadness for you... only love.
    Even though I am incredibly heavy of heart, I am happy for you Jen, Happy because there will be no more pain or stress, just peace and harmony.
    Love you more than words can say.

    Carmel James

  35. Hi David,
    Thank you so much for posting at what must be such a difficult time for you.
    I'm thinking so much of you and sending your whole family my love. Wishing also for a peaceful time for Jen. And feeling honoured to have been allowed to have come on this journey with her through her willingness to share on this blog.
    Much love
    Wendy Treseder (ex from Paper Doll Scrapbook Shop in Frankston)

  36. Hi, I don't know you and this is the first time I have been on this blog. I haven't read any of the archives just saw that Ms. Jennifer is passing away. She may have done this already in her life but, if not will you David ask her if she wants to repeat this wonderful prayer. If she prays this and means it with all of her heart when she passes she will be in the arms of Jesus. God bless you and her. We are praying for you all.

    Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness.

    I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin.

    You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved.

    Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved.

    Thank you Jesus for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. I thank you Jesus that your grace never leads to license, but rather it always leads to repentance. Therefore Lord Jesus transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to you alone and not to myself.

    Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life.

  37. Wishing you peace, and release. All of you. Love lives on in our hearts for all time, and they never truly leave us, we just need to be more in tune to feel them.

    Love from NZ xo

  38. Thank you David for managing to update Jen's blog while going through this toughest of tough times. Sending you all lots of love and wishing for a peaceful journey for Jen. We'll be thinking of you and her boys (and no-one expects you to be updating the blog until you feel ready).

  39. Dear Jen ~ thanks for sharing your story w/ us. You will of won the fight ~ you'll have the ultimate glory of being with The Lord.

    David ~ thanks again - so very much, for keeping us in the loop. Prayers to all of Jen's family & friends there.

    Nancy in Illinois

  40. David, I have been following Jenni's blog for about a year now and have never left a message but I feel that I just need to drop you a line at this time. Jenni is an amazing woman and her love for her boys is so endless. You are all truly blessed to have had such a beautiful soul in your life. You have been so wonderful to Jenni and you are amazing to have kept this blog updated the way you have. I lost my own dear Mother to cancer 6 months ago so I know that there are no words that can make this time easier for any of you. Just know that there are a lot of people out here thinking of you all, sending our love and wishing you all peace.

    Big hugs to you all xx

  41. Jack and Jaimie, and David, (to all 3 men), Boy's your Mum is amazing, and oh how loved she is, a friend too many, and many a friend. Keep talking to your Mum/Jen, tell her you are there, say your name... Hi Mum it Jaimie or Jack, reminis, tell her she looks good, brush her hair to neaten it, straighten her sheets,tell her you will look after each other, even thank her for everything.
    I just lost my father to cancer so its all still new for me too. The above is what I experienced my family doing for my Father in Law, and I look back on that time as a time when my Father in Law knew without a doubt he was loved and cared for right up to the absolute end.

    David, you have not only stepped up to the plate, you have so many plates in the air. Please feel free to post anytime and say two lines -- I'm not good --, because the lovely people here will reach out, and they will reach out with words or comfort and understanding and those will be the words that help get you through your darkest moments. Also Jack and Jaimie too.
    Your all doing your best and thats all that anyone would ever ask of you.
    Well done, its hard, its tiring, the pain at times is my god so painful but really I am very proud of you.

    Jen, lovely lady, you have two gorgous son's that are going to grow up just as wonderful as you. Thank you for being you. Jen your doing good.

    And I will say it again Jen "Your Simply Amazing" - Your Simply A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

    Much Love
    Mum of 5
    New Zealand

    x x x x x x

  42. I can only wish for peace now dearest Jen, you have fought so courageously and with such dignity, it is time to rest. You have done the best for your boys, and they will always remember your love for them. You are a beautiful person.
    David, this time of transition is difficult, but it can also be a time for the family to spend time together talking and remembering the good times. Jen will know that she is surrounded by love even if she cannot tell you. We will be here to support you if and when you need us.
    love and prayers

  43. With love to you all. Dearest Jen, what a source of grace and light you have been in so many people's lives.

  44. Thank you so much David! All my thoughts go to you, Jack, Jamie! All my prayers accompany Jenni to the end of her journey! She has brightened our lives, we have grown to loving her very much and more and more through each post she wrote! She is an outstanding lady, who has taught us patience and love.

  45. Thanks for the update David, I appreciate it.

    Sending much love to your family, Jenni... You are a true inspration to many.

    Love from Toronto Canada

  46. Lots of prayers for Jenni and your family <3

  47. Jenni- May the transition to the next phase be gentle and may you be held in deep love. David and family may the space between heaven and earth feel small. God's peace through this transition.
    Thanks for sharing your journey.

    love and peace- Lisa in Texas

  48. Heartbreaking. My thoughts to you and your little boy, and to all of Jen's family...