Wednesday, November 29, 2006
It was a chilly, dreary November day, and our family is grateful to Kenneth Knight for braving the elements to make the tribute drive. The distinctive sound of the big two cylinder diesel engine was as beautiful as any symphony as the procession made the four mile trip. When Richard began farming, he bought a used John Deere G, and he always had a fondness for the "Johnny Poppers".
Friday, November 17, 2006
My father, Richard Fourez passed away November 14, 2006 at 8pm. His passing was peaceful, he just slipped away.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Tonight I am waiting for my father to die.
There is no hope, the congestive heart failure, decreasing kidney function, and diabetes have taken him to the threshold of that door we must all pass through some day. What is beyond that door? No one can know, some say there is an afterlife, and speak of heavenly rewards, or hellish punishments. Some say when we pass through that door, we just cease to be, all our hopes and dreams evaporate into nothingness, others say there is a persistence of spirit, that we may return to existence again some day. Whatever lies beyond, we cannot know until we ourselves pass through. He is in no discomfort, and is not aware of his surrounding, his passing should be peaceful.
I feel very selfish about the impending loss, he will never meet Miaya, likely the last of his grandchildren, my first and maybe only child. He was very excited about her, he knew how long and difficult a path we had traveled to reach this point, but was scared he would not live long enough to see us come home with her. Alas, his fears are about to be realized. He treasured the time he spent in
Richard Fourez was a farmer, raised six children through some lean years on the farm, served over 20 years as a high school board member, and gave all his children the opportunity to gain the education they desired. He served his country in the Air Force, achieving the rank of Staff Seargent, proud of being assigned to the Strategic Air Command. A doting grandparent, he was proud of all his grandchildren. He was never overly fond of of cats and dogs until late this spring when their house cat surprised them with a single kitten. He became focused on little Oreo, even allowing the kitten to curl up with him in bed. Unconditional love from that small cat surely helped ease his stress and calm his worries as he lay there in the dark.
I sit near the bed in the hospital room, listening to each breath, comparing it to the previous one, wondering if only silence will follow it. Though he struggled with his health the past few years, he was able to travel some, visit his children and friends, and remain as active as his condition would allow. The final decline has been mercifully swift, and I fear the end will not be far away. I find myself considering the possibility that Miaya will be born soon, and that their souls might pass in some celestial hallway, hers on the way to life, and his on it's way to what lies beyond. So, in a way, perhaps they will meet after all.
Friday, November 03, 2006
The CCAA has finished the review of the adoption application documents registered with our office before January 31, 2006.
The CCAA has finished the placement of children for the families whose adoption application documents were registered with our office before August 25, 2005.
With our LID of 1/12/06 that means we have cleared the review process, and should soon be listed as "Pending Referral" which means we are now waiting to be matched up with the little girl who will become our Miaya! Gonna break out the good stuff tonight, finally something to celebrate.
Yeah, we've got several months to wait, but she seems just a little closer. We've not been asked for anymore information or clarifications, and that surely means that everything should be going well.