Sunday, August 31, 2008

Back in New York...

Hi all. If you follow the Habitat for Hope blog ( you know that we have suffered a major blow in the life of our family. Mark's precious father, Gary Horrocks, passed away VERY unexpectedly Monday morning around 6am. We are back in Rochester, at Conesus Lake right now. We all survived the wake and funeral with the love and support of our family. My parents even travelled up to help us - they too loved Gary greatly. I will tell you that we are doing ok - the emotion and sadness definitely come in waves. Gary was incredibly full of life and a huge part of my kids' lives. I loved him like a father because he welcomed me as a family member 15 years ago, when it wasn't apparent that I was here to stay. Please continue to pray for our family, and lift up especially my mother-in-law, Margaret. To read Mark's eulogy for his father, visit We will be in NY at least a week.


Lynn August 31, 2008 at 9:31 PM  

Didn't know you had another blog, too. Will have to keep up with that one now...
Praying so for your family as you deal with this loss.
It's Sunday and once again we read an amazing passage at church. Going to share the first few verses because they really hit home.
Psalms 86:1-7 Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy. Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee. Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily. Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications. In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.
Prayer Bears

Jessie Francis September 1, 2008 at 10:26 AM  

glad to hear an update on you guys. we've been thinking and talking about you a lot and how fragile life really is.

Caw of the Crow September 1, 2008 at 8:07 PM  

Our thoughts and prayers have been with you TONS this week! We will pray for you all to have the continued strength you need throughout the days, weeks & months to come! Please let us know if you need anything!! Give Margaret a BIG ol' hug from us!! She is in our prayers!!
Lots of LOVE & HOPE,
Gretchen, Lee, Ty & Sammie

Lynn September 1, 2008 at 10:51 PM  

Praying here in Seattle!
Psalms 86:8-11 Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works. All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name. For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone. Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.
Prayer Bears

Lynn September 6, 2008 at 10:49 PM  

These words have always comforted me. Praying.
Psalms 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
Prayer Bears

Lynn September 9, 2008 at 9:26 PM  

Look to the Lord your only true refuge in every time of need! Praying!
Psalms 91:9-12 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Prayer Bears

Lynn September 10, 2008 at 9:26 PM  

Remembering the families of all who lost their lives 7 years ago.
Praying right now!
Psalms 91:14-15 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
Prayer Bears