A Family Gathering……

7 months, 3 weeks ago 25
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This is a personal story, but, since so many of you suffered along with our family at the loss of Wes, I wanted to share this with you in hopes it will also give you peace as well. This past weekend our family gatherd at a beautuful lake house in North Carolina to be with Rhonda as she scattered Wesley’s ashes in two of his favorite places to hike and camp.  Wes had discussed with Rhonda that, just in case, he didn’t survive his cancer that he wanted his ashes scatterd in a number of places so she, Elijah and Abigail might experience these places he loved so much. It was a time of healing, and family warmth as we continued to deal with our loss,  but also the great memories of a beloved loved one.  So many of you walked through this journey with us, and I wanted you to know your prayers are being answered.




It was a wonderful moment knowing Wes was coming home to two of his favorite and beautiful spots.  What was even more joyful is to know these are simply the ashes of his body, that Wes is with his Heaveny Father in Paradise, and we will embrace again someday and never have to say goodbye again!  Until then, Wes, we miss and love you and are glad  your earthly pain is over, and that your eternal joy is just beginning!


John 14 New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus, the Way to the Father

14 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.  There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?  When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.  And you know the way to where I am going.”


The way is to accept Jesus as your Savior and to prepare to be with Him for all of eternity!




the pilgrim



25 Responses

  1. Tim Isaacson says:

    Thanks for sharing Bill. Our prayers are with you and your family still. Love ya brother!

  2. Bill Fortney says:

    Thank you Tim, we feel them, love you brother!

  3. Rick Coleman says:

    The Lord is Good. Praise be to God. Amen.

  4. Joshua Boldt says:

    God bless your family Bill.

  5. Rodney McKnight says:

    Thanks for sharing with us Bill. I can see His love in your family…

  6. Jim in Bloomington says:

    You have a most kind and generous and loving family. As befits you and His Light.

  7. Dennis says:

    Thank you Bill for sharing such an intimate look at a loving and supportive family. Many of us felt your loss. I admire the honesty and dignity with which your family faced this head on and have shared the experience with those who have been fortunate to get acquainted with you. Bless you and yours. I hope the holidays continue to bring your family closer.

  8. Richard Browne says:

    Family and faith will always hold you together and give you piece when times are hard. You are fortunate to have both in abundance. I would say “God bless you,” Bill – but he already has.

  9. David Berry says:

    Love You Bill and your Blessed Family!

  10. Amen, brother. Thanks for sharing and for also reminding us that this is a battle that involves more than just the patient.

  11. Stacey Moore says:

    So grateful for your family and for the blessing of doing this together. You’re always with us, we’re always with you and love you so much.

  12. Bill Fortney says:

    I treasure your friendship and am honored to work with you, and your great team!

  13. Brad Mikel says:

    God bless you and your family Bill. May he be continually with you as you work through
    this terrible loss. Until you can be together again.

  14. Lynn Haynes says:

    Bill, What a wonderful tribute to Wes and beautiful reminder of the legacy he left behind to be carried on. To you, who with your family, are Thankful at this Thanksgiving season, this speaks volumes, and is worthy of recognition. “in all things give thanks”

    God Bless,

    Lynn Haynes

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