Sunday, May 31, 2015

Riding Off Into the Sunset

handsome man
beach selfie
drinking coffee in the woods
giant pizza
My friends, I have sad news to share. On the morning of May 22, my husband Alan passed away in peace at home. Never one to leave you without a visual, he called it "riding off into the sunset." Writing about it now brings a giant lump to my throat and tears to my eyes. We are so touched by the many people who have reached out and cared for us during this difficult time. We had people praying for us every day, people driving around town to pick up Alan's favorite foods and personally delivering it to our doorstep, friends from near and far coming to visit and cook for us, bosses that allowed for flexible work schedules, our favorite restaurant whipping up complimentary, off-menu items catered to Alan's tastes, friends and family helping us at home and in the hospital in whatever way we needed. We are so blessed. I cry every time I receive a card or an arrangement of flowers. Some are from people I've never even met. Please know that I've read every note (and I'm sorry if I haven't responded) and have been encouraged by your words. You are all so, so sweet.

Alan once told me, "It's easier to be brave when you have someone to be brave for. I try to be brave for you. Maybe it would help you to be brave for someone." I didn't really understand what he meant at the time, but when he was gone, I knew. I would be brave for Alan. I would live the beautiful life he'd made me promise I would.

One day I will share more about his last moments. I feel honored that he chose to share the end of his story (at least the one here in this world) with me. Until then, I'll continue to blog about delightful things to eat, see and wear and live my best life possible. Because that's what Alan wanted.

17 comments:

Sue said...

<3

Denise said...

Love both of you guys so much!

Han said...

Praying much peace for you! Will always see the sunset as a beautiful reminder of the sweet love you shared!

katie said...

Sobrina,

I have followed your blog for quite some time now and a part of me knew the silence around here lately must have been because your husband was near the last moments of his life here on Earth. I have kept you in my thoughts every day since.

I so sincerely pray for peace for you (both).

-Katie

Briel said...

I'm so sorry to hear this Sobrina. My thoughts are with you.

Anonymous said...

I've never read your blog until now, but I am now moved to tears by your story. Keep writing and making Alan proud. I'm rooting for you.

AfterGirl said...

I am crying sweet tears for your loss. God bless all of you.

Mary said...

Dear Sobrina
So sorry to hear your news about Alan. I have been thinking a lot about both of you since your last blog post.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your respective families at this time.
- Mary

Lyndsay W said...

So very sorry Sobrina. I hope Alan sends you some amazing sunsets to bring a smile to your face.

Kelsey said...

Sobrina, I am so sorry. Praying for you.

Enjoy grace! said...

I am so sorry Sobrina. You are truly blessed. May God comfort you and carry you through this process. He has incredible plans for you❤️

Kheng said...

Hi. I have been reading your blog for years and I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. Sending you virtual hugs.

Claire said...

Dear Sobrina,
I'm so sorry to hear this news. I send you much love from Seattle, knowing how lucky a man Alan was to have had your constant love and support in his life.

Alyssa said...

Dear Sobrina,

Sorry to hear about the news. Thinking of you and pray for you!

alyssa

Tonia said...

I'm so sorry. There really isn't anything else to say except that I have been so moved reading your blog, and the love you two shared was a great shining thread throughout.
Tonia x

Stacy said...

This post fills my eyes with tears and my heart with inspiration. You are SO brave! Alan was always and will always be proud of you. <3

Lyndsay W said...

Thinking of you Sobrina and hoping you find your way back to the blog.

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