Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Milton, here for Kristy:

I could write this blog in a preachy, churchy sounding, theological, exegetical, hermeneutical, prophetic, or philosophical manner. Wouldn't that be boring! Well this might sound boring to you anyhow, but....

Or, I could write it in a much sadder tone as hard as that might be for some to believe.

But its Kristy's blog and I've tried, ever so poorly by her standards, to share with humor, life, true reality, and with spiritual value. I'm struggling to keep her manner, and I know that we all write with our own voice and mine is deep bass and masculine not her dainty, romantic, make'em laugh, make'em cry, make'em wait style.

I am writing from my heart and from what I feel I should share. I've memorized chapters from the Bible I could quote and I've got thirty-six years of sermons to draw from, but that isn't her style either.

Sooo. What's happening?

Water and more water and life all around this house. It's wet'n wild at our place. That's what four grands add--2,4,6,8 they are so much to appreciate. Oh, they bring such energy and love for life.

Monday evening, Claudia danced around at the foot of her Nana's bed repeating, "Kristy, Kristy, Kristy....Kristy, Kristy, Kristy... Kristy, Kristy, Kristy...." in her sing song manner.

Kristy smiled big and wide. She could not talk, but the smile would not go away.


How is Kristy?

She is awake some, but sleeps more and more and is harder to stir. She can express her love and reach out to us. You can sense her love and faith and God's holy presence.


At 8:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ty for update,, You are doing an awesome job Pastor. those grands are so precious, out of the mouth of babes. how precious for that little girl to do that to Kristy.
May you all have a blessed day.
What is update on Julie and jennifer ? How are they doing ? How long will they stay ?
Still praying

At 8:55 AM, Blogger Lee said...

Still praying for you all.

The kids look so cute having fun with the water. Four grands and a friend?

Thinking of your family.

Western Australia

At 9:03 AM, Anonymous milton dykes said...

Julie and Jennifer are here and will stay for a while. The pretty little blonde in the pic in my sister, Tricia, daughter Stephanie. Boy were they have fun!

At 10:13 AM, Blogger Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

You are doing a super job with the blog. Those kids look like they are having so much fun. They are beautiful and you and Kristy have such a wonderful family. I am praying for you both.

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At 10:57 AM, Blogger Karen Eve said...

I am still praying for Kristy and for your family on a daily basis and am believing that God can heal no matter what it looks like to our eyes. You are doing a wonderful job Milton on this blog and we all appreciate you keeping it up. This is one of the more excellent benefits and uses for technology. I am so happy that Kristy can be surrounded by her family and grandkids during this time. It's obvious she knows they're there and is enjoying their presence.

I just wish there were words that would fix everything, but then we wouldn't need God. And there is a word that fixes everything, He is the Word.


At 12:00 PM, Blogger Carrie Turansky said...

Dear Milton and Kristy,
I loved the photos of the grandkids. They are beautiful! I know they bring you and Kristy a lot of joy.

You have done a wonderful job, Milton, with the blog. Your love and faith shine through each day. I so appreciate knowing how you and Kristy are doing.

God is faithful...He never lets go of us...no matter what we face. I am so thankful for that, and I know you are too.

We are cooking up here in NJ with temps around 100 today with plenty of humidity! Sounds like Florida. If I was there with you, I'd probably be in the sprinkler too!

Love and prayers to you all,
Carrie in NJ

At 12:29 PM, Blogger Mary Connealy said...

What beautiful grandchildren. Thanks for sharing the pictures. I love the view through the blinds.

As for exegetical, hermeneutical, are you sure those have to do with sermon writing? I think I have bottles of those in my medicine cabinet.

At 2:33 PM, Blogger Jan Carroll said...

Give Trish a big hug for me. She and Rick hold a special place in our hearts from our time in Ocala. Our thoughts and prayers are daily with you and Kristy and your entire family. Love You!

Chuck & Jan

At 2:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You Pastor fro update on your daughters. These blogs are so awesome and touching. I look forward to reading this everyday. Its like checking in a family member , you all are by the Blood Of Jesus our family, i know we all feel , "i wished i could be there to help clean, cook, pray , do whatever i can , but we all know we can't . All we can do is pray, pray , and pray. And cry if we want to :) I am sure some here have . Now you posted grands today,, have to post those beautiful daughters tomorrow. Julie and Jennifer God Bless You Both,, 3 yrs ago today June 10th 2005 i had to bury my daddy,, 1 week later my nephew got killed in an accident in Ga. Left behind 3 kids and a wife . It's not easy , I love you

At 3:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your faith and love are an inspiration. At one point Kristy was hoping that all of this would have meaning. To me, reading your blog and praying daily, it already has. I've prayed more in the past 6 months than I have in the past 6 years. I think of you all often as if you were close friends or family. I find myself singing christian songs as I go about tasks at home. My focus is shifting over to where it should be - all because you share with us. I know it hurts more than words can say to be going through all this. Just know that we lift all of you up in prayer and have faith that He will answer. I'm glad the Grands are still bringing a smile to her face. Bless you all.

At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton, so funny....as I opened up the blog and saw your precious grandchildren playing in the water, my four grands are in my backyard doing the same!!!! We just returned from the park, now they're water bathing and next on the agenda....fishing in the pond!!! Yes, we're worn out, too! Ha! (But, aren't they wonderful?....or should I say, "Grand" :) --- You're an awesome granddad, husband and Dad!
God bless all of you today! You're winners!

Love and Much Prayer,
Now, let's see

At 3:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Now, let's see..." hmm! I don't know from where that came! Strange!


At 5:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are doing a wonderful job for Kristy.

Her love for you is reflected in your love for her.

This time is not easy, but you and Kristy have both been faithful to each other and your shared love of God.

Continuing to pray for your whole family.

At 5:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton...these are difficult days splashed with awesome moments of joy from those grands! We are all praying for God's love and power to get you through these days with your precious wife and family.


At 6:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember a song by artist Bryan Duncan. It is so comforting, especially in times like this:

Tossed upon the ocean
Your hand steadied straight my bow
And as I chart the storms of life
I know you show me how
And now, in this cold, dark world
I'm put always to the test
Your arms are the shelter that offers to me rest

Lord, You're my safe harbor

With a word You calm my soul

And You show me sweet power

And a love that brings me home

Never been a stranger
To this wild and ruthless sea
I'm scared and broken-hearted
As I storm life's mystery
And You know this weary child
Needs a true and steady friend
I cling to what I heard You say:
You'll be at my journey's end

'Cause You're my safe harbor
With a word, with a word You calm my soul
You show me sweet power
And a love that brings me home

And I'm not
Afraid anymore
Of the passing of each day
For now I know
My restless soul
Has a quiet place to stay

'Cause You're my safe, safe harbor

With a word, with a word You calm my soul

You show me sweet, sweet power

And a love that brings me home...

Bring me home.

May the Lord comfort and shelter you all today.

At 9:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brother Dykes,

We check in every day and lift you both up to Jesus in the morning and at night. We trust Him with you; He is faithful.

Much Love,

George and Jessica Rafidi

At 9:19 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

We love all you contribute, Milton. Your heart is so open to all Kristy's writing friends, it blesses us so much. Thank you for sharing this incredibly private journey with us.

I continue to pray God's presence will fill your home and ease any suffering for Kristy. I'm so glad her grands are there to cheer her.

At 9:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm praying for you Kristy.

At 12:16 AM, Blogger Lynn Coleman said...

Hi Milton and Kristy,

Thanks for keeping us updated. Paul, I and our church continue to pray for all of you. We're praying for God's strength, grace and peace to endure this hard journey. We're also praising the Lord for the beautiful testimony of your love for one another and how you are honoring your marriage together.

Thanks for the pics of the grands. They are your heritage and blessings from the Lord.

In His grip,


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