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Thankful for Beth

by on ‎11-25-2015 10:48 AM

My son-in-law affectionately called my wife, Beth, “The Matriarch of our family.”  She was the glue that held us together.  Her laughter, warmth and smile lit up not only the room but the whole house.  She made our house a home.

 

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While this is our first Thanksgiving without her, and undoubtedly the toughest,  I find myself thanking the good Lord above for letting me have her in my life for thirty seven years!  Wow……what a blessing!  She loved like nobody else and had this amazing ability to make everyone feel welcome.  She never judged she only loved.  People tell me that no one else made them feel so comfortable so immediately like my sweet Beth.

 

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I am the lucky guy (I should say blessed guy) who got to be with this amazing woman for thirty seven years.  We were married almost thirty one and yes we dated for six.  I am very slow to catch on. 

I can see her cooking up a storm, making our house smell so inviting while watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade on our little tv in the kitchen.  Boy I miss her so much.  I’m writing this through tears but my heart really is thankful and full.  For I realize that a lot of people never knew the kind of love that I have known from this amazing woman.  While there will be an empty seat at the table that nobody else could ever fill there will be hearts sitting at that table that are overflowing with her love.  I am so thankful for our two beautiful daughters.  I can look at them and see Beth’s smile and her good heart.  I look at my two grandsons and see her kindness and innocence.  I look in the mirror and think, “you are one lucky guy to have been married to a special, one of a kind woman like Beth.”

 

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So please…..as you look around the table this Thanksgiving be thankful not so much for the things in your life but for the people.  And tell them how thankful you are for them because life is short and you never know who will be sitting with you at that table next year.

 

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Thank you all for reading this and thank you Beth for loving me like nobody ever did.  I miss you more than words could ever express but I thank you for making my life so rich and full.

Comments
by Chickadeeme
on ‎11-25-2015 11:23 AM

What a touching tribute for your Beth.  Keeping you and your family in my prayers, may your days be filled with loving memories of a beautiful ladySmiley Happy

by
on ‎11-25-2015 11:37 AM

I will be most thankful for those that I still have in my life. I think sometimes that I and others forget that it can all be suddenly be taken away.

by
on ‎11-25-2015 11:38 AM

How very touching! You weren't the only lucky one.Beth was lucky too to have found you.I too have been with my husband for 37 wonderful years.We have been married for 35 of those years.Being in a great relationship takes a lot of work on both sides.Both you and Beth put in the time and did the work!!

Though I haven't experienced the loss of a spouse I have gone through the painful loss of my parents and my best friend.The hurt never goes away.But it does get easier! There will always be a special place in your heart that belongs to Beth! Your many memories, of her together with the new ones you will make with family and friends, will fill you up and warm your heart. You will go on because you are strong,your family needs you,and Beth expects you to!!

Welcome back to the Q and God Bless!!  

by 416jerseygirl
on ‎11-25-2015 11:48 AM

Dan you are an amazing man and as you were Blessed to have your beautiful Beth all those years, she was also Blessed to have you.   Not everyone gets that kind of love even for a short time. Sad as you understandably are you know you are Blessed and have your lovely daughters and precious grandsons. Enjoy them. You are in our hearts and prayers. 

by Mimi 45
on ‎11-25-2015 11:49 AM

What a beautiful tribute to your beautiful Beth..may you and your family be blssed tomorrow and all through the holiday season with her memories there with all of you.. I am sure it is very very hard for you but thank the Lord you have  avery strong faith! God bless you and all of your family!

by MarieRB
on ‎11-25-2015 11:55 AM

Dan-I had a very close family member lose her husband in June 2014.  When we were planning viewings, and the funeral and writing the obituary for the paper, she said to everyone (they had 10 children and 25 grandchildren) "I have no qualms with our Lord.  I have been so blessed"  Right after losing her husband of over 60 years, this is what she chose to focus on.  I was amazed and impressed and realized even more why I love her so.  You too are showing that kind of strength and appreciation in regards to Beth.  It is heartwarming and so lovely to hear you speak of your relationship and appreciation of her love.  Those memories and that love will carry you-I truly believe that!  Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!  Enjoy them-they are the legacy Beth has given you!!

by Delann
on ‎11-25-2015 11:58 AM

What a wonderful tribute to Beth and I know she is listening and will always be with you.  Welcome back to your QVC family and they are blessed to have you.  

 

Blessings to you and your family.

by Momma Lady
on ‎11-25-2015 11:59 AM

This was beautiful Dan. We should all have a love like this. I have been married for 55 years and had a cancer scare with my hubby. But he is now 16 years cancer free and I thank the Good Lord everyday for that. But , together we lost our only daughter at the young age of 18, 26 years ago. The pain lessens some but you never forget and not a day goes by that we do not talk of her. Always talk of Beth, that keeps her alive and with you more than anything else. Our girl use to always kid around and say what she wanted done after she passed, like we new it was going to happen. We did not know that horrible accident would ever happen, I dreamed of her getting married and having children, but that was not God's will. She said one time, 'rememeber me with laughter', and when we talk of her it is always something that makes us laugh.

by bahufnagle
on ‎11-25-2015 11:59 AM

What a Beautiful tribute to your lovely Beth.

you truly were the lucky one to have her in your life. 

You Dan have so much love and affection in your heart. Beth and your family are 

so lucky to have you in their lives. Both you and Beth were meant for each other. I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving.

It will be hard, but your lovely Beth will be there in spirit. You will feel her presence 

with you all.

God Bless all of you this holiday season.  Much love to you all.

 

by Forever
on ‎11-25-2015 12:04 PM

God Bless you Dan. This year will be very hard for you and your family. I believe that their spirt is with you alway. I will be praying for you and your loved ones. In John 14-1 Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2"In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. Beth will be waiting for you and one day when God calls you, she will be there with open arms. Love and respect

 

Evelyn

by Snuzzie
‎11-25-2015 12:06 PM - edited ‎11-25-2015 12:33 PM

 Dan, this is such a beautiful tribute to your lovely Beth.  You are right, we do not know who will be here next year.  One thing we do know is that the LORD will be with us always.  I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with joy and lots of good memories.  GOD BLESS....Heart

 

by
on ‎11-25-2015 12:13 PM

That was so beautiful!  You are so lucky to have experienced that kind of love.  Very few people do.  Have a great Thanksgiving with your daughters and their families.  Welcome back to the Q!

by Patti143
on ‎11-25-2015 12:18 PM

A beautiful tribute to your Cakies, Dan.  I'm sure she will be with you at your table tomorrow.  Love never dies!

 

You were indeed blessed to have her to love all those years.  My Dad and I lost my Mom when she was 25 (I was only 2 years old).  My Dad missed her until the day he died, but thankfully, he continued on with her love in his heart for the rest of his life.

 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.  God bless you, Dan.

by bitsy60
on ‎11-25-2015 12:21 PM

Dan & Family.Such a Beautiful writing from the Heart.I have a Very Hard Time at Thanksgiving Tme.I lost my Dad on The 26th Thanksgiving Morning!! it will be 17 years Tommorrow & My heart still is Heavy.God Bless You and Your Beautiful Daughters,Son in Law,And Your Precious Grandchildren!

by Docsgal
on ‎11-25-2015 12:35 PM

God Bless you and your family Dan. I am very Thankful for my family and friends, just know Beth is smiling down on you and the family she is with the Lord.

by sueokie
on ‎11-25-2015 12:49 PM

Dan may the Lord bless you even more for this lovely blog about Beth..Our prayers are still with you and your daughters that you will find comfort through the heart break and tears.

 

by bets722
on ‎11-25-2015 12:51 PM

Dan - thanks for sharing your heart.   Your family and memories will get you through these tough times ahead.  Holidays are hard, but you have a strong faith and with the love that is so obvious that you and Beth had for each other - that will get you through.  It has been 15 years since my husband passed at an early age.  I feel your pain.  We need to just treasure each day because there is no guarantee for tomorrow.  I have taken over Christmas dinner for my siblings and their families since my parents are now gone.  Last year we had a wonderful Christmas.  I cook a beef tenderloin - it's Christmas and that's what I want to do for my family.  Three days into the new year my oldest brother passed suddenly and I couldn't help but get comfort from the fact that we had all been together and had a wonderful day.  A younger brother passed three days before Christmas last year (the same year we lost the oldest) and dinner was a little sad, but even more important to share time with those of us who were still here.  I started out 2014 with 4 brothers and 2 sisters and sadly ended it with 2 brothers and 2 sisters.  God bless you and just be strong and take one day at a time.

by Tugboat
on ‎11-25-2015 12:52 PM

I am so sorry to hear of your loss, Dan.  I had no idea you were going through such a trial, but I will pray that God heals your broken heart.  I don't know you personally, but I have always enjoyed watching you and listening to you.  I think your wife, Beth, was equally blessed to have you in her life.  I lost my mother this year, and it has been so very hard, but each day gets a little bit better.  I'm happy that you have such a beautiful family to be with over the holidays.  God bless all of you.  My husband tells me that when I miss my mother, she is missing me too, so keep that thought in mind when you are missing your Beth.

by alexis
on ‎11-25-2015 01:00 PM

Dear Dan..what a beautiful tribute to your wife and what a wonderful husband and couple u were...so sorry for your loss...just by reading your posts and pictures u can se what a loving family u are...Thank God for your daughters and grandsons and son-in-law...Beth was a lucky woman too...God Bless u all...

 

by Cathy
on ‎11-25-2015 01:02 PM

God Bless you and your family.  Your first year of firsts will be heartwrenching for you!

May you find comfort i the ones that loves you and Beth!

Grieve when you want!  There is no time limit.  

I wish you well.  Praers and love is semt your way!

Cathy Ford

by csuehome
on ‎11-25-2015 01:04 PM

Blessings to you and your family.  Somehow, you will find the strength to make it, and your precious memories will always be there through tears and laughter.  Love each other always.

by polish polly
on ‎11-25-2015 01:06 PM

Dan ; your wife was such a special lady. Im glad you had many years with her and that you have two very pretty daughters and also having grandsons. I loved reading your posts and looking at every picture of your family. you will have your memories of your life togther , always keep them close to your heart. I know the holidays will be hard for you but you will get through it. God Bless

 

by Corinne
on ‎11-25-2015 01:41 PM

 Dear Dan,  thank you for sharing your special moments with all of us.  I have been blessed and been married for 51 years to a kind and wonderful man.  I know our day will come when one of us will be going through what you are right now. But know Dan that you have many friends praying and loving you .  Your Beth will always be watching over you.  I lost both my parents in different years but it was in December between 23rd and 30th so the holidays always seem to leave us with a heavy heart but we just grab onto the wonderful fun memories.  For you Dan and your family have nice Thanksgiving. You are a wonderful person. 

God Bless  my friend 

 

by carolelaine
on ‎11-25-2015 01:51 PM

So beautiful, Dan. Blessings to you & your family. You are right, so many people never know the kind of love you & Beth had. God be with you.

by brenny
on ‎11-25-2015 01:51 PM

Dan,  I am so sorry for the loss of your wife.  The love you have for each other is truly moving.  You will be in my prayers each day, especially during this holiday season.  Take care, your strength is a blessing to me!  🤗

by qvchollic
on ‎11-25-2015 01:55 PM

W hat a beautiful touching tribute to your wife and family. God Bless you and your family.Happy to see you back on the Q....

by Linda Lee
on ‎11-25-2015 01:58 PM

Dan,what a beautiful tribute to Beth. You were lucky to have her in your life and she was lucky to have you. You were lucky to have that kind of love, not everyone has that kind of love. Enjoy the holidays with your family, Beth would want you to be happy. God bless you.

 

by CDotson
on ‎11-25-2015 02:03 PM

Oh Dan, your lovely tribute to your dear wife brought tears to my eyes. May you and your family find joy and comfort in one another during this holiday season. Blessings to you all.

by roaming
on ‎11-25-2015 02:08 PM

What a beautiful tribute to Beth, she will always being watching over you. I pray for you and your family this Thanksgiving for it will be hard but Beth is there in spirit and all the memories

by Charol
on ‎11-25-2015 02:11 PM

Dan 

 

What a wonderful tribute to your wife, Beth and your life together. I am so very sorry for your loss. I know how hard the holiday season will be for your family. Our family lost our only daughter to cancer this year. Wishing your family well. 

by
on ‎11-25-2015 02:14 PM

Blessings to you and your family ~ such a thoughtful, touching and heartfelt blog!  Your Beth is watching over you all ~

Prayers for you ~

by teddysismiah
on ‎11-25-2015 02:27 PM

What a beautiful tribute to your lovely Beth. My husband and I just celebrated our anniversary. 44 years. We are like glue to each other. You never see one without the other and I believe that you and Beth was the same way. Dan, the pain of losing Beth will ease in time. It will not be easy but God will take care of you. You have your beautiful Beth watching over you and your family. She will always be in your heart. But it will get better. Take all the time you need to grieve. And if you feel like crying do it. Whatg you are experiencing is human. I will be praying for you and your family to find peace and for God to take the pain away. Big HUGS.Heart

by Lori b
on ‎11-25-2015 02:50 PM

DAN YOU JUST REMEMBER ALL THE WONDERFUL AND HAPPY MOMENTS YOU TWO ENJOYED. THE FIRST YEAR WITHOUT THEM IS DEFINATELY THE WORST.. BUT KEEP YOUR FAITH AND GOD WILL CARRY YOU THROUGH THIS 

 

by EMELINE
on ‎11-25-2015 03:21 PM
Dear Dan, I to will have an empty chair at the table this year. The seat will be empty,but my Mike will be with us all in spirit. As I do the preparations today for tommorrows meal, I realized how much work he helped me with. As I do the prep every different thing brings back a memory of the fun we had working in the kitchen as a team. These memories are what are helping me get by. I can guarantee tommorrow there will be tears shed,but every tear is for the love that i miss. I will be spending the day with three of my seven step children and four grandchildren,so the love the give will get me through.. You will be in my thoughts and prayers and I am sure Beth will be right by you're side. God Bless you and you're family Thank you for allowing me to post as I feel you understand what I am feeling. Happy Thnksgiving!
by PattiKRD
on ‎11-25-2015 03:36 PM

Holidays are very hard with lost loved ones, I lost three this year.  Your tribute is beautiful and your love for Beth can be felt through your words. Blessings to you and your family. Take care. 

by calico_katty
on ‎11-25-2015 03:49 PM

She too was blessed to be loved by you and the girls.  Not everybody has such a wonderful life.  God bless all of you on this Thanksgiving Day and she will be there in spirit.  I lost my husband in August of 2014 so this will be my second Thanksigving without him.  

by Budman
on ‎11-25-2015 03:52 PM

God gives us the courage to those who believe.  I'm so sorry to hear of your loss but u have a beautiful family to help u get thriough this difficult time. Your tribute to Beth was just beautiful . May u find peace from our lord this holiday season. Peace be with u and your family 

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by
on ‎11-25-2015 04:40 PM

Dan, you can do what we have done for the past 4 years since dad passed..

We still have a table setting for our wonderful father.

He is there with us, right at the head of the table....always................

by
on ‎11-25-2015 05:19 PM

I can't get my head around what you and your family are experiencing after 37 years of love.  It is heartbreaking.  You have your family for support and that is such a great foundation for moving on.

by
on ‎11-25-2015 05:20 PM

I'm so sorry that you lost your dear Beth.  It's too soon now, but I'm going to tell you what I always tell people since my sister lost her husband and has never been able to let go of the grief.  That is no way to live.  It serves no one.  Beth would not want you to suffer for the rest of your life, so if you see fit please let the love of another partner into your life in the years to come.  Be grateful for what you had together but also live in the present.  I'm not trying to be offensive, but I've seen how someone suffers without purpose when she refuses to go on without her beloved partner who is gone.  Best of luck to you, Dan.  Be grateful for all that you had for so long and for what God will give you in the future.

by Bajancutie
on ‎11-25-2015 05:23 PM

Every wife wishes that her husband appreciated her and love her like you did Beth, God richly bless you and your 

entire family, and bring you some joy as we celebrate His Son's birthday ❤️🙏🏾🙏🏾

by
on ‎11-25-2015 05:24 PM

Dan this is an absolutely beautiful, loving, tribute to Beth.  Your FB posts were so loving and heart wrenching yet you carried yourself with dignity and aplomb. You showed us all what it is to truly have faith in Christ and how that faith gave you the strength to continue on and get through this most difficult time. May the memories in your heart help sustain you. God Bless you and your family. 🙏🙏🙏🙏

by Nan2
on ‎11-25-2015 05:27 PM

TO THE WHEELER FAMILY

 

WHAT A LOVING AND BEAUTIFUL TRIBUTE TO YOUR WIFE.

 

I TOO, FOUND THE LOVE OF MY LIFE AND I AM SO THANKFUL FOR THAT, BECAUSE NOT EVERYONE DOES.

 

HOPE YOU AND YOURS HAVE BLESSED HOLIDAYS.

 

by Nannyto2
on ‎11-25-2015 06:08 PM

Dan, was so sorry to hear of Beth's passing.  I know it is so very hard.  You wrote a beautiful tribute to her and you are blessed to have two beautiful daughters carrying on her legacy.  Love and blessings, Terry

by jasmine44
on ‎11-25-2015 06:40 PM

Dan.

I was truly touched by this posting of your wife. I have not lost my spouse, so I can not know what you are going through, but I can certainly pray for you and your family. I hope your faith carries you through the holidays, and all the days to come.

 

I am a long time QVC shopper, and always appreciate how genuine you are, and how you always say,"God bless you," to the callers! Although we don't really know any of the hosts personally, it is always refreshing when someone shows us who they really are, and, I for one, can usually tell who is for real and who isn't. You, Dan,are the real deal!

 

Happy and blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours, and, God Bless!

 

Diane Abdulla

by nannygrl001
on ‎11-25-2015 07:16 PM

Thank you so much for sharing part of your life with us.  You are a strong family and God blessed you both enough to find each other - even it it took you six years of dating before you got married.  We do need to be thankful for our family because possessions can always be replaced and we don't need to focus on them.  The love of family members throughout the year should be cherished because we don't know how long we have.  God bless you and your family and have a very Happy Thanksgiving and many blessings.

by
on ‎11-25-2015 07:18 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. I have no words to comfort you, I only wish you peace in this time. Take care of yourself for your daughters and grand children, you all need each other. God bless. 

by GenBug
on ‎11-25-2015 07:44 PM

Thoughts and prayers to you and your lovely family, you have been truely blessed.  Love and peace to you all during the holiday season.  Genny

by mausel
on ‎11-25-2015 08:43 PM

Such a beautiful tribute to your "Beautiful Beth"!!!  I wish you and your family a Blessed Thanksgiving!!!  God Bless you, always!!!

by diamond peg
on ‎11-25-2015 09:09 PM
God Bless you Dan and your family. Your tribute is beautiful. Just know Beth is hearing you & missing you also. Find solace knowing she is no longer in pain! Celebrate your long LOVE and thank God for that time. You did that so beautifully! It was so great seeing you back on the Q!, Prayers to you and your family, may GOD bless you all!