Sadly, the family emergency to which I alluded last week has resulted in the death of a family member. A tragic accident has taken the life of DW's father. He was a stellar man, a giant of gentleness, a kind and loving soul who made everyone around him feel like family. We have been making funeral arrangements since his death, and the funeral will be later this week. He was very well-regarded in his profession, and we expect there to be hundreds of attendees.
For now, I'm going to take some time off to attend to DW, our kids, her mother and sister, and other relatives who are understandably devastated. He was not my father, but he was a tower of fatherly advice and support for me over the roughly twenty years that I've known him. I will miss him terribly.
I've spoken to Aussie and let her know that I probably will not be seeing her for a short while. Gratefully, she has been very understanding. With her working now, there may not be a need for my support. However, I will not be surprised if she decides that she needs to move on and find someone else.
This is not goodbye; I plan on returning to my activities and writing as soon as I can, but I am in no rush. Grieving our loss, and my commitments as a husband and father, must come first.
Until then, please enjoy the rest of the blog.