Simply Balisha

Simply Balisha

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Safely In the Arms of Jesus

Hello all,
My lovely wife Patrica J. Cerasa, lost her fight with ovarian cancer at 12:34 PM yesterday and went safely to the arms of Jesus and all of those in her family that have gone before her. Her family was by her side right up to the end. I will miss her terribly. Please pray for her soul and for all of us left behind.

Peace be with you all,
Joe Cerasa

84 comments:

  1. Thank you for letting us know. I'm sure the family will miss Patricia very much. It is good to know that she is resting in the arms of Jesus now. We, here in her world of blogging, will miss her too.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  2. Sorry to hear this sad news, Joe. May God keep you in his hands at this time. ~ Sue

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  3. My heart is filled with such sorrow...I will miss her so very much. Reading her posts were such a bright part of my day...what an incredible writing talent she had.

    Sending love and prayers to you and your family.

    Jane xx

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  4. You and your family have my deepest sympathy! I have been looking for a post or a word............ The bible says, blessed are they who mourn for they shall be comforted. I am very sad to hear of this news, but joyful to know that she rests now in comfort with our Lord & Savior. May God Bless You and Your Family. With Much Love, Lee from Texas

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  5. Never a day
    that Baisha did not come to mine and in my prayers.
    I just thought I will visit and see if anything new.
    Thank you for posting
    God Bless you and the family...

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  6. Bless you all. Amongst the sadness of loss how wonderful that Pat could be surrounded by her family till the end.

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  7. How very kind you are to let us share, in the midst of your own sorrow. The Lord keep you and hold you.

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  8. Thank you Joe for letting us know. God bless you and your Family at this time. Patricia was a very special lady.
    I enjoyed her blog very much. Now she is at rest. Peace to you and your Family. Bobbie

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  9. My heart goes out to you and your family, Joe. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers~

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  10. Thank you dear Joe for letting us know. You both and your family have been in my prayers. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Balisha was loved by so many during her life here on earth and she was greeted with much love and joy when she reached heaven yesterday.

    I pray that you will feel God's love and peace at this time.

    Love, hugs and prayers ~ FlowerLady

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  11. So sorry for your loss. Thank you for letting us know. Directing love and hugs to heaven and to you and your family.

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  12. Thank you for taking the time to let us know of her passing. So thoughtful of you. I will miss her "news" she gave us every day. I trusted her suggestions and she opened up my life to many new books to read and ways of looking at life. Thanks again for letting us know. I cannot imagine her loss to all of you. Prayers for you and her family.

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  13. I have had you all in my thoughts daily. My friend Balisha...she has left a legacy in the friendships and love she spread through her kind spirit, affinity for nature, and strong faith. I will miss her visits, and I will think of all of you often. Much love to all, my sympathies,
    -Monica

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  14. Thank you so much for letting us all know. I read "Simply Balisha" for only a short time before she began this journey, but it was clear why she was so loved.

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  15. I had grown to love her and to admire her. She and I had walked the same paths. Joe, I am so sorry. So very sorry. Blogging won't be the same without our Balisha. My heartfelt sympathy to you and her family.
    Mona Duffy-Ingalls

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  16. Thank you so much for letting us know. My sympathies.

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  17. I have come daily to pray for her. she is now free of the pain I will continue to pray for Pat and her loving family.
    Cathy

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  18. How thoughtful of you to let us know. Life is so fragile... Sending prayers of comfort and peace. Cindy

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  19. Thank you for letting us know. I am sorry for you and your family's loss. We will all miss Balisha and her beautiful blog posts. You and your family will be in my prayers.

    Susie Donahue

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  20. Thank you, Joe. Any of us who knew and read Patricia's blog or corresponded with her via e-mail will never forget her. She taught me so much and helped me be a better person. Tears are flowing as I read your post. Blessings to you and both your families.

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  21. Dear Joe and Family,

    Thank you so much for letting us know that Patricia is now Safely Home with her God. From knowing her here in her blog, I can say that she must have had so many loved ones waiting to receive her and celebrate her home coming there. Hers is now great joy but my heart hurts for your loss.

    You all shall continue to be in my daily prayers. I cannot even begin to imagine the weight of your loss but I know that God so wants to help you through these most difficult days. I pray His peace and love upon you.

    Love to all,
    Lily

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  22. God's peace be with you, heaven has a lovely new resident.

    Jan

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  23. Oh Joe....I am so sorry. (Balisha) Patricia has been such a wonderful blogging friend all these years. Thank you for letting us all know about her passing. I'm sure you have nothing to worry about with her reward. She was a wonderful person. My prayers are for you at this point. I know you will be simply lost without her. May God's Holy Spirit comfort and heal you and the family in time..is my prayer.

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  24. My deepest sympathy, Joe. I will miss her blog friendship so much. May God bless. Mildred

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  25. Dear Joe ~
    Thank you for letting us know that Balisha has passed. I know I'm just a blogger friend, but her sweet blog with her wonderful writing and photos always brightened my day. She will be greatly missed. My prayers are with you and your family. God bless you all.

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  26. So sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you all, Jx

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  27. Thank you Joe for telling us. I am a blog friend of Balisha's and know from her faith that she is in the arms of Jesus. I like to think of angels welcoming her with hugs and love.

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  28. She has been such a treasure to so many. Pat KNEW what mattered and lived accordingly. You will find her there with you in every birdsong, every glorious sunrise, and every blooming thing that brought her JOY. May God's love and comfort surround and sustain each of you.

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  29. Sincerest sympathies to you, Joe, and to all your family and friends. May the empty chair be a reminder, not of sadness, but of all the joy she brought to all of you. May your memories sustain you until a bit of your sorrow lifts with the help of our Heavenly Father who cares and watches over all. May His Peace fill your hearts.

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  30. Thank you for letting us know. May God comfort you and the whole family. I so enjoyed Balisha's blog. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. Cindy from N.J.

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  31. Joe, My condolences to you and your family. I so enjoyed "knowing" Pat for the past few years. I will miss her. May peace be with you all.

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  32. Dear ones,
    May you see God’s light on the path ahead
    When the road you walk is dark.
    May you always hear,
    Even in your hour of sorrow,
    The gentle singing of the lark.
    When times are hard may hardness
    Never turn your heart to stone,
    May you always remember
    when the shadows fall –
    You do not walk alone.

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  33. I'm so sorry for your loss. I didn't follow this blog, but I heard of how wonderful Balisha was from Mildred at CatTales. Balisha's poem, Morning, is beautiful...
    Sincerely,
    Marie

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  34. I enjoyed Balisha's blog so very much. Thinking of you and your family and hoping all the wonderful memories of her will sustain you and the family.

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  35. I am a new reader to Mildred's Cat Tales, and I read of your loss. I am so sorry. Balisha's poem Morning is so beautiful as is the photo of her with the statue of the Blessed Mother. Sincerely, Su

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  36. I am a new reader to Mildred's Cat Tales, and I read of your loss. I am so sorry. Balisha's poem Morning is so beautiful as is the photo of her with the statue of the Blessed Mother. Sincerely, Su

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  37. Joe, My condolences to you and your entire family. I felt I needed to visit her blog today and now I know why. I just had a feeling that she was gone. I've known Balisha a few years through her blog and she was a faithful visitor to mine as well. I have missed her warm comments. May she rest peacefully in the arms of her lord in heaven. ~ Diane

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  38. Joe thank you so much for letting us know. She was greatly loved and greatly missed here in Blog Land. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.

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  39. I'm so very sorry for your loss. I'll keep you all in my prayers.

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  40. Sending you and your family healing thoughts and prayers as you grieve the passing of your loved one.

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  41. Dear Joe, I was new to blogging a few years ago and your sweet wife seemed to always take time to say something nice about my feeble attempts at blogging. "Simply Balisha" will be missed by many who looked forward to her thoughts shared in her blog. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus", Philippians 4:7
    With love from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  42. I am heartbroken...the comforting thing is that we know she is walking and talking with our sweet Jesus.
    My prayers for you and the rest of the family are going up..praying for understanding and comfort...strength.
    Love, bj

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  43. Woke up this morning thinking of Pat and all of you.
    I know how difficult this is for you.
    The fog that fills your mind. The staring off into space--just staring out the window.
    The going through clothes, and closets and...things.
    Just keep moving forward--one day at a time.
    Gods blessings to you.

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  44. Thank you Judy, You are right on with your description of my daily behavior and thoughts.
    God Bless,
    Joe

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  45. Dear Joe and Family,

    Just a little note to say that you are still in my thoughts and prayers, especially this week. I hope that you can find even greater hope and trust in the message of Easter and Our Risen Lord this year than ever before. Many hugs to you all.

    Love,
    Lily

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  46. Dear Joe & Family,
    Thinking of you at this time. I know that Easter was a favorite celebration for Patricia and she had mentioned her birthday was around this time. I'm sure this is all so bittersweet for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Easter is a time of rebirth and renewal, may you find comfort in your faith. Blessings always... Diane

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  47. Thank you Diane for thoughtful words. My Faith is really the only thing holding me together these days.
    Joe

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  48. May you sense even today the Victory that was won for us all on that First Easter Morning. Dear PatrIcia is living it right now. Holding you up to Our Father for these days of grieving..
    Love,
    Lily

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  49. I thought of you all on Easter Sunday--especially Pat. Can you imagine the glorious celebration that occurs in Heaven on Resurrection Sunday? AND because of the resurrection, we have the knowledge that one day, we ALL will be in Heaven to experience it! God Bless you, Joe. Onward and upward. Ever forward. Day-by-day.

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  50. Thank you Judy and God Bless you too.

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  51. I miss her. And, I feel selfish saying that to all of you, but I do.

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  52. Judi,
    Pat would appreciate your missing her and please don't feel bad for missing her. It's what we humans do we we lose a significant person in our lives.
    Joe

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  53. I miss her too and all the pictures she would be posting of the new growth in her gardens. I was outside yesterday--finally a nice temperate day here in Michigan--looking at my gardens and getting my big planter with the trellis ready to plant Pat's, Purple Hyacinth Bean plant seeds that she gave me. Every time this summer, when I look at that climbing flower, I will think about Pat. I'm still so sad--she was such a wonderful woman!

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  54. Coming by to see how every one is doing, Joe.
    I miss her...so I can't even imagine how you and the rest of her family miss her.
    I am thankful to have known her thru blogging....and I am thankful she is no longer so ill.
    Peace and comfort are my prayers for all of you......

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  55. Thank all of you for the thoughtful words that you write in Pat's blog. You are correct that we miss her a whole lot and it doesn't seem to ease. We also thank all of you for the prayers send our way and ask that you continue to pray for Pat's soul and for us.
    Love,
    Joe

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  56. Thank you Joe for keeping Pat's blog online, I love coming to revisit her old posts. It is a lovely memorial to her beautiful life..... Hugs & Prayers for Pat and all of you ... Diane

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  57. Joe thinking of you and your family and my dear friend Balisha. How we loved to chat about gardens.

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  58. Thank you Monica for your thoughts for me and for our families.
    God Bless,
    Joe

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  59. Today, as I wrote on my blog about all the gardens I have had, I thought about Pat.
    Yesterday, while out working in my gardens, I thought about Pat.
    And know for sure, when I plant the Purple Hyacinth Bean seeds she gave me, I will again think of Pat.

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  60. Judy, I'm sure PaT would be please to know that you think of her often and are going to use the seeds she sent to you. I have not been watching the blogfor the past week as I had Green Light Laser Prostate surgery last Wednesday April 29th. Not a very pleasant experience I can assure you. If you would, please pray that the pain ceases and for a good outcome for me. Thanks!
    Joe

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  61. I planted the Purple Hyacinth Bean plant seeds that Pat had sent me. I thought of her when I planted them and today when I saw the new sprouts appearing. New life--just as Pat has found in Heaven. A prayer for you too, Joe.

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  62. Thank you Judy. I can use all of the prayers that I can get. Keep them coming.
    Joe C.

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  63. Thought of Balisha today as I walked through my garden. Somehow I just know she is here, watching over us,making the sunflowers a little taller,the birds twitter a bit louder,and the summer breeze a bit gentler. How blessed to have spent time here online with her.

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  64. Was just reading through an older portion of my blog and saw a post where I mentioned something that Balisha had said to me. Then my heart did a skip and I had to come back to her blog to look at some of it. I miss her...

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  65. Remember Balisha today and missing her. I wanted you to know that I am remembering her family and friends in my prayers. Blessings upon you all.
    Love,
    Lily

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  66. Joe I am so sorry to hear of Balisha's passing. I did not know. I know you miss her terribly. God bless you and she.....and God give you peace.

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  67. I thought of Balisha this evening. I wanted to come by and say that I miss her sweet presence and her kind words here in Blogland.

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  68. Balisha came to my mind today, as I decorated for Christmas. She always had such a knack and a beautiful way of making your home festive for each Holiday. God Bless you, Joe.

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  69. I just wandered here because someone mentioned Balisha on another blog. I found a kindred spirit. She'll be seeing the Christmas lights in heaven.

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  70. Joe, thinking of you and your family this week. I know it's a hard one. Your Patricia's being remembered by so many of us, and I hope our thoughts bring you and your family some comfort.

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  71. Thank you all for your your kind words. Yes it is difficult during this holiday season with all of the memories of the past. I appreciate all that you say to me which i do pass on to the family.
    May God give you all many blessings for the coming year and for a lifetime.
    Joe C.

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    1. I too am thinking of Balisha this week.
      May God continue to bless you and your families.

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  72. Thinking of Balisha today and what a ray of sunshine she was.

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  73. How quickly one year has gone. Joe, hope life is treating you well with your angel looking out for you.

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    1. Thank you to all for your prayers and good wishes. Yes one year has gone by since Balisha went to heaven. I will always miss her, until we meet again in Heaven.

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  74. God bless Balisha today and always.
    Cindy from NJ

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  75. I thought of her this week and sending good thoughts to her family.

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  76. Hi Joe - was just thinking about Balisha. Can't believe it's been a year (and a little more) that she's passed. I hope you and your family are doing OK.

    Blessings,
    Melanie

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  77. I was remembering Balisha today, as I planted my annuals and sewed a few seeds. I seem to always think of her while I am out in my gardens. That's a good memory.

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  78. So many loved her. I remember her well, Joe. Hope you have lots of support. I remember feeling so alone even when I wasn't. Only time seemed to help..at least to a degree.
    Mona

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  79. It's been almost two years now, Jo I really really miss you. I miss being able to come over to your house and learn new things while dancing to the singing monkey eating candy. It's been really hard changing neighbors, I still need to get use to it. Pat was like a best friend to me. I'm trying my hardest in school and I'm graduating 8th grade this year. I can't look at a flower yet without crying but I'm working on it. I just wanted to let you know that I really miss you both Jo and that I pray for you every night. May God look over you and bless your heart and soul. 3/6/17��

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    1. Hi Audra,
      I sent you an answer to your post today but I don't know if I did it correctly. I never was very used to putting posts on the blog. Anyway, I was so very happy to see your post dated March 6, 2017. I miss you and your family very much too. I too miss Pat. Tomorrow 3/31 would have been her 79th birthday. I am proud of how well you are doing in school and also the fact that you are graduating 8th grade too. I thank you for praying for me and I want you to know that I also am praying for you and your family every night. I am going to call you soon in order to get your email address so that we can email one another.
      It has been very lonely for me since Pat passed away and I moved from your neighborhood. I miss all of you a lot.
      If you see 2 replies to your post, it is because I probably did it wrong. Just disregard one of them.
      I Love you Audra,
      Joe C.

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