Friday, February 15, 2008

Some Very Sad News!

I received word this morning from my dear writer friend, Anne Watkins, that her beloved Dad has passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, on Wednesday. As you can imagine, Anne is heart-broken over this, and I am heart-broken for her. She said of her Dad:

"I'm going to miss him so much. We always talked about birds and
deer and fox, all the wildlife around here, as well as
our flowers and fruit trees. He totally knew
everything about trees, plants, flowers, fish, birds,
wildlife, dogs--anything that lived or breathed."

Please remember Anne and her family in your prayers.
Thank you, friends.

I love you, Anne, and pray that God comforts you and brings you His peace at this very sorrowful time in your life.

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."

(From a Headstone in Ireland)


Hope said...

Renie, so sorry to hear about your friend's dad. I will keep her and that family in my prayers.


ancient one said...

Renie, that is sad news. I will pray for Anne and her family.

Thanks for coming over and commenting on my yellow in my yard... yes that first picture is a weed... dandelion, you got that right! I think they are pretty!!

jennifer said...

That is so sad. I will keep her in my prayers. Jennifer

Karen H. said...

Good Evening Ms. Renie,
I'm so sorry about your friend, Anne's Dad passing away. I will keep her in my prayers and pray that GOD gives her a comfort that she can feel. I will also say a prayer for you because I know you are grieving for your friend in her time of loss. Like you said:
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." That is so true. My DH finally made it home around 7:45a.m. this morning. Our daughter's fever broke this morning and she is starting to get back to her normal self, so I didn't have to take her to the doctor. The GREAT PHYSICIAN healed her little body. The POWER OF PRAYER does work. Take care my friend and May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

deborah wilson said...


Give my condolences to your friend...I never know what to say. The headstone from Ireland is so right - every word.

Michele said...

I agree, the headstone from Ireland is perfect for you to share. I feel terrible for Anne. I can't imagine her pain...

Blessings and prayers for Anne...


Merle said...

Dear Renie ~~ My sympathy to your friend Anne, and I hope she will be comforted knowing how much you care.
Loved the Irish headstone lines.
I am so glad you enjoyed the jokes etc. I really like the California one
The English ended up being almost German (or Austrian) Take care of yourself, dear friend, My thoughts and prayers are with you and Anne.
Love, Merle.

Renie Burghardt said...

Thank you, friends.

The funeral is this morning, and he will be laid to rest next to Anne's mom.

Your prayers are much appreciated.


Glo said...

So sorry to hear about your dear friend's Dad.We will pray for Anne and her dear family.We pray for her healing. May God give her comfort.

GardenGoose said...

so very very sorry to hear about your friends loss. hugs to your friend.

Susie said...

Dear Renie,
I'm very sorry to hear of the loss of your friend's Dad. My prayers are with her and her family.
He sounds like he was a wonderful father and a huge part of her life.

Mary said...


I knew Ann when we wrote at Suite101, but had lost track of her. Please let her know that I send my sincere condolences in the passing of her father and will keep her and her family in my prayers.

Blessings to both of you.

Karen H. said...

Good Morning Ms. Renie,
I'm just dropping by to check on you. I hope you are doing okay. We have gotten quite a bit of rain overnight and it's actually warmed up. It's currently 53 degrees and windy outside as well. We are under a Wind Advisory for today. And it's suppose to be cold again tomorrow. Take care my friend and know that I'm thinking of you. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Nonna said...

So sorry to hear about your dear friend's father. I will remember her and her family in my prayers.

Congrats on your new awards!

Have a blessed weekend!

Mississippi Songbird said...

Renie, I am so sorry. My prayers are with your friend,Anne and her family during this sad time..I know that God will comfort them...
God bless you too...

Jmkdreak said...

So sad about your friends father.


audrey` said...

Dearest Renie

This is so tragic.
May our Lord comfort Anne.


Karen H. said...

Good Morning Ms. Renie,
I'm here for our morning coffee. I'm sorry that you have been down, and I understand why tho. I pray that GOD will soon lift you back out of it and you will be back to your normal self. It was a nice day yesterday temperature wise. It made it up to 55 degrees but the winds shifted out of the North late yesterday afternoon and it got colder. It is 35 degrees right now. It's dropped a couple of degrees since I posted earlier. Take care my friend and have a great day. "THANK YOU" for the coffee and May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Tina Coruth said...


I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of Ann's father. The Irish saying for the headstone is beautiful. It expresses so much in so few words.


Mary said...


Michelle is doing much better and she conned the doctor into letting her come home. The boys are happy she's there and Brandon gets after her about being up. LOL I told her not to just lie around and she's been resting but getting up each hour to walk a little. She had a nap and is rejuvenated.

Thanks for your prayers. They are greatly appreciated, my friend. Hope you are doing well.

Love and blessings,

Renie Burghardt said...


I am so glad that Michelle is home. I'm sure the boys are happy about that. And that's good advice about getting up and walking around a little regularly. She would have to do that in the hospital. Anway, thank the Lord she is doing so well. And thank you for letting me know. I will continue my prayers for Michelle,
the boys,and you!

We've had sleet and freezing rain here all day, but the ice build up hasn't been too bad, and things will warm up by the weekend.

Take care, my friend.

Love and Hugs,