Thursday, September 18, 2008

Absent from the body.....

Present with the Lord.

Surrounded by those who loved him,
Paul Mangione went to be with the Lord
at around 8:00 pm EST.

His smile will shine in the eyes of those who knew him
and his laughter will ring in our hearts.
My family and I will cherish the time we had with him,
will remember the lessons he taught us
and will be so thankful that we had the opportunity to know him.

Please continue to pray for my mother, Joyce.
She loved Paul with everything she had
and while she knows that Paul's work on this earth is done,
and she has faith in God to get her through this,
she still needs her heart filled with overwhelming peace,
lasting comfort
and supernatural grace
during this time.


Kim said...

(((HUGS))) I am so sorry for your family's lost. Your mom is in my thoughts and prayers.

Laura said...

My heart aches for your mom and family, my eyes filled with tears.

You looked like such a gentle man with a big kind heart in the first picture and the pic of them playing on the see-saw he looked like a guy who knew how to enjoy every moment in life.

My prayers to your mom and family and that you all get the needed strength each day.

I am so sorry
*hugs from Canada*

Cheryl said...

Oh Becca, I'm so sorry. I didn't know and my heart is just breaking for you mom. I saw the transformation in your mom; how filled with love she was with Paul. How wonderful her life was. I'll be there, physically next to her, as much as I can be.

Tammy (Mom to this crazy bunch) said...

I am so very sorry.
When my mom passed away last year, the only thing that seemed to get through to me was a card that said,"The same arms that comfort you now in your grief, are welcoming your loved one home."
God bless you all. Our prayers are with you.

Carrie said...

Becky, I'm so sorry. I only met Paul briefly at Mammaws funeral, but I could see the love between your mom and Paul. He was gentle, sincere and very loving. My thoughts and prayers are with your Mom and your family! I love you all so much and I know how your heart must be breaking. Please keep us informed of the funeral details. Much love always!

Anonymous said...

oh Becca....I am sorry for your loss and will keep your Mom in my thoughts and prayers.

Tammy K

Mama Kautz said...

keeping your mom in my prayers

Sallie said...

To be absent from the body - means present in the Lord. What a wonderful place to be. Praying for your mom and your family as they seek peace in the days to come. May God's peace that passes all understanding overcome your mom!

Birmingham, AL

Christy said...

I check in every day but have not commented in quite awhile, but how could I not today? I am so sad for you, your mom, your family. It is so hard to say goodbye. You will all be in my prayers.

Stacy said...

Becca I am praying for you all. My heart goes out to you and your mom. Love ya and hugs!

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your family member.
Ala. Grandmother

Anonymous said...

I am very sorry about your loss.:( I felt overwhelming sadness in my heart as I read your two posts from yesterday. I have said a prayer for you, your mom, and your entire family during this time of sadness.

kristi said...

I am very sorry for the loss of what seems like a great man. I am sure he will be missed.

Mackey said...

I know I don't know you but my heart aches for your family nonetheless.

Jodi said...

Awww Becca I am so sorry for your family's loss. I'll pray for your Mom and for you all. You are a brilliant photographer because all these photos in the past two posts show the love this man had for your Mom, and her for him. What beautiful memories you captured for her to keep forever.

Cheryl said...

I hope you won't mind if I put a link to your blog in my post. Your photos show such joy and love between your mom and Paul. I'd like my friends to see it, because like you said, the love was rare.

Gin said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. In this very difficult time, let God get you thru. He will, you know.

I'm including you, your Mom and your family in my prayers.

Joni Dixon-Stanger said...

I happened on here and have to tell you that was one of the most beautiful tributes I have ever read. My prayers are with your Mom and your family.

Melissa said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for comfort for your family. God Bless, Melissa

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with your Mom and your family during this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss.