Thursday, December 8, 2011

1924 - 2011

My adored father-in-law died yesterday.  He was a wise, gentle, and kind soul  We miss him already.

For any family and friends or anyone who feels moved to do so, the family is requesting that donations be made in the memory of John V. Raines to the local animal rescue foundation: For Paws Rescue.  This is a wonderful group of volunteers who have found homes for over 500 homeless pets. 

Thanks so much for your warm support.


  1. Sorry for your loss. He looks like he enjoyed life and was loved.

  2. Kim, I'm so sorry. I'm sure you and your husband will miss him very much. There's another angel in heaven to watch over you guys. My thoughts are with you.

  3. OMG Kim, I certainly didn't expect to hear that news. You sure have gone through so much lately. I am so sorry for your loss..

  4. Oh I'm so very sorry to read this. I hope your family can find comfort in memories of the good times. {{{Hugs}}}

  5. So very sorry to hear of the passing of your sweet father-in-law! Sending you prayers and many cyber hugs!

  6. How sad for you and your family. With thoughts of peace and courage for you.

  7. I'm so sorry to hear this, but how wonderful to have had someone so loved in your life.

  8. Oh Kim. I'm wishing a big, fluffy blanket of comfort for you two these days.

  9. Dear Kim and Mr. Kimbopolo, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear father. I hope the happy memories you created and shared will provide you with solace.

    If I should ever leave you,
    Whom I love
    To go along the silent way. . .
    Grieve not.
    Nor speak of me with tears.
    But laugh and talk of me
    As if I were beside you there.

    (I'd come. . .I'd come,
    Could I but find a way!
    But would not tears and
    And grief be barriers?)

    And when you hear a song
    Or see a bird I loved,
    Please do not let the thought of me
    Be sad. . .for I am loving you
    Just as I always have. . .

    You were so good to me!
    There are so many things
    I wanted still to do. . .
    So many things I wanted to say
    to you. . . Remember that
    I did not fear. . . It was
    Just leaving you
    That was so hard to face.

    We cannot see beyond. . .
    But this I know:
    I loved you so. . .
    'twas heaven here with you

    ~ Isla Paschal Richardson

  10. Kim and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
    He looks like a happy man and he must have been because of all the love given to him. Remember him for the love.

  11. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  12. Kim, so very sorry for your loss. He looks like he was a sweetheart.

    Hope to hear from you soon. I miss you. :)

  13. Kim...I haven't been reading blogs lately so I'm getting caught up...again. I'm so sorry for the loss of your father-in-law and the damage done to your house. What challenges have been thrown your way.

    Just an FYI...I have a 2010 Winnebago View 24A for sale, if you're interested.

  14. Kim, I wanted to suggest that maybe you could get a very inexpensive used RV and still take your trip. It doesn't have to be a forever camper. Just one to take your sabbatical in. You could always upgrade to what you really want later.

    I wanted a new Casita, but couldn't afford one, so I bought used. And I am thrilled with mine now.

  15. Kim, So sorry for your loss. Your father in law sounds like he was a wonderful man and that he will be greatly missed. I hope that your Christmas and New Years will be regenerative in some way for you and your family. Take care and stay safe.

  16. 12-29 Hi Kim - Just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I hope you and your family are doing okay. Thinking about you... :)

  17. Miss you, Kim. I hope you are okay. I wrote a comment to express condolences but it didn't show up.

    Take the time you need and then come back to our cyberworld!

  18. Hey Kim,

    Wondering how you're feeling these days.


  19. Hi Kim,
    Really miss hearing from you. I know you have been through more than your share, lately. Hopefully, things are improving as time goes by.

  20. Kim, I really miss hearing from you. Wish you'd post and let us know how you are doing.


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