Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I will remember this forever...

In the wee hours of the morning this morning, my dad went to be with the Lord. It is so weird to think that right now he is in heaven with Jesus Christ.
Today was a snow day anyway, so we are just hanging out, so it's nice to be "home"
I loved my daddy. I still do. It is going to be so weird without him, but I know that my Heavenly Father is looking out for me!
The Visitation is going to be on Friday night, and the Funeral is going to be on Saturday.
Romans 5:1 was a verse that my dad had, and so this morning as I was reading my Bible, I turned over there. And I read a little farther than verse one, but read this:
"We have been made right with God because of our faith. Now we have peace with him because of our Lord Jesus Christ. Through faith in Jesus we have received God's grace. In that grace we stand. We are full of joy because we expect to share in God's glory. And that's not all. We are full of joy even when we suffer. We know that our suffering gives us the strength to go on. The strength to go on produces character. Character produces hope. And hope will never let us down. God poured his love into our hearts. He did it through the Holy Spirit, whom he has given to us." Romans 5:1-5
"We are full of joy when we suffer..." That describes my dad! He had joy in the journey.
I will always love and miss my dad, but with Jesus Christ, family, and friends- I know that I can go on, especially because of Christ.


  1. Wow your Dad did a great job in both raising and preparing you the best he could; I know there is no easy way to go through this process but your family is truly one of a kind!
    May you stay strong and feel the love!!

    In God We Trust-

  2. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. It is wonderful to know that your Dad is now HEALED! He is perfect!!! Our God is so amazing. WE will be praying for comfort through this time. THank you for sharing the verses from Romans. May God continually bless you and your family.

  3. what a beautiful ray of sunshine you are to your family, friends and to your Heavenly Father. Romans 5:1-5 is just another reminder of where our faith takes us when we fully depend on the Lord Jesus Christ. By God's grace He will allow you to go through the grieving process only to strengthen you even more in your daily walk with Him. through all of this I have seen how much you have grown in the Lord. The Lord has great things planned for your life. you have been such a blessing to so many people. I had prayed this morning at 6am that your dad would be taken home soon, only to find out a couple hours later he was already in Heaven. MAY GOD BE THE GLORY.
    Let your mom know I love her very much and I praise God for the strength and endurance He has given her. what an awesome and godly mom you have been blessed with. Well I think I have filled my keyboard with enough tears that it might float away. I love you Alli.
    Mrs. Vitelli Romans 8:28

  4. Words seem so inadequate. Your family has been an inspiration to everyone who has taken the time to read you blogs. Even as such a young person you have touched so many lives with your testimony. Both your fathers (heavenly Jesus and earthly Daddy)are very proud of you.
    It is sad to lose someone you cherish as mush as you do your dad, but you KNOW he IS with the Lord and can take comfort from that and the knowing you WILL see him again someday in Heaven. My family continues to pray for yours.

  5. Dear Allie,
    Isn't God wonderful, how he knew to send the snow to cancel school so you could be home with your family after you dad had left this earth. :) How we can all be thankful for the testimony he was to all of us. The faith that he had knowing that God was watching over him and will continue to watch over you, your brothers and your mother.
    We have an awesome God!!! He knows what we need and provides it when we need it!!!
    Please know that there are many of us keeping your family in prayer through these difficult days and God will continue to be with you all.

    Love In Christ,
    Shirley Kille

  6. Alli,
    It is a special gift to be able to watch you grow into such an amazing young woman for God. You, who we are all desirous of comforting, are the one being a comfort and blessing to us!! How good is the grace of God!!! Love you, girl! I'm right here if you or yours need anything.
    Miss S

  7. i love you so much. you are so strong in God and that amazes me! Your dad is in a much better place! i mean think about it, he's probably talking with God now..and how awesome is that?! i'll always be here for you little sis.

  8. These days ahead will be hard but you are a strong family and your love for Jesus will see you through. I imagine you are going to be an amazing woman of God one day because you already have more maturity and understanding than most grown-ups. It was always so apparent that your dad was crazy about you. You were his beautiful pride and joy. I have cried throughout the day as I have thought about you, your family and your dad. My boys all got quiet today when I told them Pastor Jim was in heaven. Know people all around the country, probably the world, are lifting you all up and most importantly the Lord is there for you. I know you will miss your dad but his legacy and love for you and Jesus will live on. I am in no way trying to sound like I am stealing your tears but just want you to know YOUR father touched my family's life profoundly.

    With you in spirit and love,

    Mrs. MyAwesomeOliveShoots lady who cares and cries along with you.

  9. Our God is an Awesome God!! He is able to do such great things. He is using a very special, young lady to continue her Dad's "blog" legacy. You bless my heart & inspire me,a 49 year old lady! Our Lord's leading is so evident in your heart-felt writing. We will continue to pray for you & your amazing family in all the days ahead. Your Dad was an incredible teacher! He was so much fun to be with at our class functions! We will cherish the great memories & look forward to seeing him again in heaven! I can picture him having long talks with the disciples!!!
    Mrs. Schreck

  10. Ali,
    My mom called me as I was getting ready for work this morning. I will be there this weekend. My husband and I are flying in with my parents and bringing our children with us. I cant wait to see everyone. I am just so sorry that it has to be under these circumstances.

    I love you all
    Cassi, Tony, Emily, and Baby Landon

  11. I agree with Shirley and thought the same thing about the snow. I also have no doubt that your Dad was also planning all along, right up to the end, knowing that Thanksgiving would be a good time for him to pass, with his children home from school and many family members already planning to be there for the holiday. Our God is an awesome God and your Dad is an awesome Dad. Your family is in my prayers. Love to all.

  12. Alli

    We will miss your dad so much but it is wonderful to know that he is with Jesus and totally healed! We love you and your family!
    Mrs Bluhm

  13. Alli,

    You are beaming light for the Lord. You and your family have touched my heart so deeply words can't even begin to express!Through all of this you will grow even closer to the Lord. Your strength in this tough time has been such an encouragment to me! You truley are an amazing girl!!!
    Katie Swingle

  14. Allie, I just wanted to let you know that I love you so much, and I can't stop thinking about you all and your dad. What a wonderful person! Thank God for the hope we as Christians have. Love-delia

  15. My Best Friend told me this quote.... I hope she remembers it :) -True Strength is keeping it together when even one expects you to fall apart.-
    Love you,

  16. Hey Kathy! I love you so much! It is such a blessing to know that your dad is in the presence of Jesus ! I hope you know that I am here for you and love ya so much! you mean a WHOLE LOT to me!
    Manda ( Fatty ):]

  17. Hey Allie,
    I hope you have a great holiday, knowing that your Dad is with Jesus. You will see him again someday and he will not be in pain.
    You are a good friend and daughter.
    Keep shining for your family!
    Alli Wittenbrader

  18. AL, i love you so much! i am so happy your my best friend! i'm so glad that your so strong through this! i love you girl! -bigsis.