Saturday, June 07, 2008


Milton, here for Kristy:

Kristy rested well all Friday. She sleeps more than she is awake now, but there is still amazing love and care that flows out of her. It is easy yet hard for me to describe. There a small tears of love that flow down her face. If there are more than one or two in her room, she has weakly, very weakly, gestured words to get more chairs for them to have a place to sit. Kristy has always had a loving, deeply passionate desire to bless and help others. But there is so much more that is happening there that is deep, spiritual, and very personal.

Kristy asked me to journal on her blog for her when she couldn't back when she first had the surgery. I have faithfully posted daily when she couldn't write. This has been a very practical and quick way to keep family and friends updated. It is a story that has pushed out my fingers on this keyboard. Regardless of what happens this will be an incredible remembrance for my children, grandchildren, and me. I pray it has been a blessing and encouragement to all who read it.

Claudia and Lorenzo were sitting behind me in our office as I typed this and all of a sudden they said, "Papa, take a picture of us." I did and Kristy would love it.

I have printed out this story as it is posted since November. It already fills a book and there is so much more to write about Kristy. Her blog began a couple years before her brain surgery and is filled with life and love. Her files bulge with her writings, fiction and nonfiction, and all this came from a woman who was busy, so busy, doing, living, and serving beyond her writings in ways that most could not comprehend.

My mind is running with memories, memories, memories.

Sweet memories, servant memories, secret memories.

I will write more as I am able.

Thanks for walking this journey with us. Thanks for caring and praying. Thanks for being there even at a distance. We feel your love and prayers.


At 9:12 AM, Anonymous MiMi said...

Hi ,Pastor Dykes & Family, This blog and the pic of grankids really touched my heart this morning. Pastor you are a very strong man to take care of her and your girls, and grandkids to hold them up and go on. i do not know you all personally , but i have grown to love you all you thru this blog. i have a servants heart , and love to help people like Krsity does. I am really enjoying her books . God Bless You all ,,

In Christ Love.

At 9:23 AM, Blogger Robin Bayne said...

Very cute pic of the kiddies!

At 9:34 AM, Blogger Sharon Barfield said...

I awake each morning in anticipation of your blog. The Dykes family has become a daily inspiration to me. Please know that you all are in my prayers.

Sharon Barfield

At 9:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Kristy is a very special woman buy it is clear thst God gave her a very special man.

Still praying in Alabama,

At 10:55 AM, Blogger Kathy Collard Miller said...

Thank YOU, Milton, for including us in such a personal and deep journey. I think we all feel honored and also a part of God's work as we pray for you all.

At 11:29 AM, Blogger Kay said...

I am still here with you. Still praying. Still reading.
I don't think either of you have any idea what a wonderful testimony you are living in these difficult moments. You are indeed "doing all for the glory of God!"
I used to work in hospice and home health. I've never seen anyone face this kind of situation with the grace and peace that Kristy, you, and your family have. That demonstrates a lifestyle of godliness.

At 11:29 AM, Blogger Kay said...

Tell Kristy she's still shining! You both are!

At 11:31 AM, Blogger Pam Meyers said...

I love the picture of the kids. I'm sure they bring levity and love to a difficult situation.

Is it too late to send a joke? I think a joke is called for everyday. My boyfriend sent this to me yesterday and I immediately thought about sharing it with you. I know Kristy would like it:

While waiting for my first appointment in the reception room of a new dentist, I noticed his certificate, which bore his full name.
Suddenly, I remembered that a tall, handsome boy with the same name had been in my high school class some 30 years ago. Upon seeing him, however, I quickly discarded any such thought. This balding, grey-haired man with the deeply lined face was way too old to have been my classmate.
After he had examined my teeth, I asked him if he had attended the local high school.
"Yes," he replied.
When did you graduate?" I asked.
He answered, "In 1971. Why?"
"You were in my class!" I exclaimed.
He looked at me closely and then asked, "What did you teach?"

At 12:07 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Those kids are too precious! I know they fill Kristy with joy. How I wish I could be there physically and hug Kristy. Please tell her I'm praying for her, but also tell her how much faith her testimony infuses into me.

At 1:19 PM, Blogger Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

We love you guys. I believe the Lord has used this blog to reach out to us concerning Kristy. She wrote me a few emails about a pastor we both know. I went to church with him in Indpls years ago when I was a teen. Kristy took the time to tell me how he's doing and she was so kind to me. I pray for her every day and night. God is so faithful!

At 1:51 PM, Blogger Eileen said...

Praying and hugs from San Antonio.

At 2:03 PM, Blogger DayleShockley said...

What an adorable pair of grandchildren! You can't look at those two and not smile. :)

Milton, you've been a brave soldier during Kristy's sickness, and I know it has been difficult to detail parts of her struggle, and your family's struggle, but please know that it has done more for Kristy's readers than they could ever hope to do for you all. Miles of road separate us from her, but our prayers have not ceased.

Seeing Kristy face death with such courage and acceptance and peace has shown me that it is possible to simply rest in the arms of Jesus during the storms of life. And seeing how you've cared for her so lovingly, and yet maintained your sense of presence and calm by keeping the blog going is such an inspiration.

I know we don't see behind the scenes--the tough times when there are no words to describe--but having a glimpse into this part of what we all must face, sooner or later, has been something that I will take with me for the rest of my life.

I'm a firm believe that people should chronicle their lives. Reading old journals helps me see how God brought me from Point A to Point B, and journaling, as you say, is an excellent source of history for those who will come after us.

Bless you, Milton. I apologize for the lengthy ramble.

All my love to Kristy. Prayers going up for all of you.

At 2:21 PM, Anonymous Kay from Outer Banks said...

We are with you...even though we are in NC.
David's mother passed away from alzheimers 1 1/2 years ago; there seems to be some similarites with that & brain cancer (memory loss, confusion, doesn't recognize family, etc) we can relate with you just a little.
Milton, you are doing & being just what Kristy & God would want you to do and be. Both of them are pleased with you!
Give Kristy a hug from us; she is one of the cutest , petitest, green-eyed gals that we know. She's a true GRITS (Girl Raised in the South).
May you both continue to draw strength from God's supernatural presence.
Our love, David & Kay Daniels

At 5:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We all have our struggles in life. Reading your blog gives me hope that we can make it and we will if we don't give in and keep pressing towards the prize set before us. To fight the good fight. It's obvious that you and Kristy put your hope, trust and lives into his hands.
Love you both and praying.

At 8:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton ~ Do you check Kristy's email? I want to tell you something, but not here in the comment section. If you do, please email me. Kristy's email is already on my contact list since we have communicated many times.
Bonnie from ACFW

At 9:09 PM, Blogger Carrie Turansky said...

Dear Milton and Kristy,
Thanks for another inspiring blog message. You are sending forth God's light and truth, and you are encouraging us all. Here is a verse the Lord brought to my mind.

"Send forth Your light and Your truth, let them guide me, let them bring me to Your holy mountain."
Psalm 43:3

I am praying for you this evening,
Carrie in NJ

At 9:34 PM, Blogger RR Mama said...

Thank you taking us along on the journey. Thank you for being an inspiration to everyone. What a wonderful testimony to all who read your posts. Your and Kristy are an example of what we should all aspire to be. To see God, to love God the way you do is amazing. May God continue to bless you and your family. I am praying for all of you.

In His name

At 11:45 PM, Blogger THOMBU1 said...

Thank you for sharing with all your innermost thoughts and desires with us and showing us what true faith is.
Yours in Christ, Tom

At 3:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


This blog is indeed a blessing and inspiration for many. Beautiful picture. Reading these sweet, cherished memories brings tears to my eyes, tears of joy that Kristy is blessed with such love on earth and eternally in heaven.



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