Wednesday, September 25, 2013
After Mom's home-going, we stayed in Tyler with Dad helping him continue to unpack, hang things on the walls, get rid of things, and go through Mom's things as well. We had such a sweet time together. It was extremely hard to leave...it doesn't get easier! We also shared several special moments with Eric's parents who made three trips down from Arkansas to be with us and help however they could. My brother and sister (in-love) and their three children were also able to be at Dad's house many of the weekends and we all had a great time together.
We have several pictures to share of things we've done since our return. Enjoy!
|Eric sits in-between Sofia and Lucia and Elias helps on the other side of Lucia|
Friday, September 20, 2013
Dearest Friends and Family,
We wish Karen would be writing this herself, but she's enjoying her NEW LIFE with her Lord Jesus to whom she gave her life October 1959 in Coronado, California.
The last couple of days she was surrounded by family and her Grammy Bears (grandchildren). Any time any of them went in to her room to see her, she would open her eyes and smile. She kept commenting on the joy of hearing them laugh as they played in the nearby room and backyard. We rejoice that we had this precious time together as a family and thank you for your faithful prayers.
Last night (9/2) as she was nearing the end of her life here on earth, she said: "Take me home Jesus, take me home." Within a couple of minutes He took her home. As you know, the void is great but we celebrate her life. In all of this, as you well remember, her greatest desire was that God receive all the glory
The memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 7th, at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, TX. It would be our family’s joy to see you at the service where, together, we will celebrate Karen’s homegoing.
Thank you for your continued prayers!
Eric & Kristi (De Leon) Stanton - on behalf of the De Leon and family.
Sunday, September 1, 2013
her room), we (Eric and Kristi Stanton, Micah and Jennifer De Leon, and
Richard De Leon) realize that there is NO WAY all five of us could write the
kind of update Mom would write!
Due to the results from the latest liver sonogram, blood work (showing
lowering platelets even after having received platelets), as well as several
other physical symptoms, the doctor has said that her liver is very
compromised and may begin to shut down. Other than giving her pain
medication, there is not much more they can do to help. Even though she is
spending more time resting, she still has her bright smile and cheerful
countenance. Her humor is still there. Just this evening, as she was being
visited by several sisters from one of the Spanish churches in Tyler, she
was encouraging them and admonishing them to keep on serving the Lord with
There has been such an outpour of love and support for my parents (and the
rest of us) by many friends and loved ones . Mom and Dad have repeatedly
said that they don’t know how they could make it without this extensive
spiritual family. THANK YOU!!!!!
We would love to write the kind of update Mom would but none of us have her
gift. However, we decided that one of Mom’s best attributes is her
determination to focus on the blessings of the Lord. She says it isn’t a
gift – it is a choice to focus on the blessing. So, join us in praying for
Mom. We still believe that God can heal her if He chooses to do so for His
glory. Pray for her comfort and for no complications that would force her
to go to the hospital. Her desire is to be here at home surrounded by the
sounds of her Grammy bears and family.
We are rejoicing in the Lord for this beautiful time together. We praise
the Lord for a family who loves Jesus and has the peace and JOY that comes
from knowing Him. We rejoice in friends that are coming by and remembering
the fun and special times shared. We…(wait, Dad said that Mom asked that we
wait and let her PLEASE dictate what to write…) :o) Only Mom! Rejoice that
we don’t have to finish this update ourselves.
Mom wanted us to change the “update” to: The latest sonogram revealed that
the current hairball population has increased to such an extent disallowing
“normal” liver function…which means that the cat invited help and has gone
wild (Micah says, ‘it’s having a party.” Eric says, “it’s having a feline
frenzy.”) As a result, hairballs don’t fit well into the kidneys and they
stifle the production of platelets. Because we know the Bible says that our
bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made, we also know that only God can
correct the hairball situation…whether in this world or through our eternity
with Him to come. We still need for God’s honor and glory to be manifest
above and beyond all of our circumstances. We anticipate that very thing
either by a second miracle (the first already having been made at the cross
of Calvary), or by His taking me home. At present time, under Hospice
in-home care, we are discovering the joys of family reunion as our children
have come in from West TX and South America. We have received an OVERDOSE
of God’s peace and the sense of His presence and the utter delight of
knowing that our families will again be reunited with our Savior Healer in
His Kingdom. We continue praising God for your faithful prayer support.
Under HIS Mercies,
Karen, Richard and family