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My father, Bill McGee, passed away on May 31, 2017. He arrived at our house on Thanksgiving Day last fall, awaiting the birth of this granddaughter two weeks later and complaining of a strange rash that suddenly popped up on him. It took until March for him to be diagnosed with a rare type of lymphoma. By then, it had progressed too far, and despite enduring more physical suffering than I can even appreciate and trying so very hard to fight it, he accepted the reality of his condition, said his goodbyes to us all, and let things take their course. Bart, the kids, and I were back home for his passing and the funeral and have since returned home. In the meantime, I am slowly processing through what happened and adjusting to this new paradigm. Today I wanted to write about my dad, especially in time for a bittersweet Father’s Day, and honor his life and what he meant to me and those around him.

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So thankful for the cross and the empty tomb! Such good news is reason to celebrate each year at Easter. This year we made a trip to Raleigh to visit family and spend some special time together.

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Welcome, Hazel Ruth Taylor, born at 12:57 am on December 8, 2016 and coming in at seven pounds and 21 inches on the nose.

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Yesterday, surrounded by family and friends and honored by his country, we laid to rest the remains of BH Taylor Jr. at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Reflections

I’ve remarked a few times that 2016 has not been a banner year for the Taylors. From the very first day of the year, our family has been pummeled with difficult situations in such rapid succession that we were basically in survival mode for ten straight weeks. For better or worse, we have finally reached a point of respite, and I feel that I’m finally able to reflect on what we’ve just been through.

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Ten years ago, in what seems like a galaxy far far away, Bart and I started our journey together as husband and wife. As it usually does, the years have gone by slowly and quickly at the same time. I’m proud that we’ve made it this far, but seeing as our goal is at least sixty years together, Lord willing, we are really just getting started.

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It isn’t my intention for the Taylor Approximation to become just a pregnancy blog while we await the arrival of our child, but clearly preparations for a baby tend to get priority over other activities, especially as the day draws near. I’m at 31 weeks now, just two months away from the due date. I feel that pretty much everything is settled and we’re functional and prepared for a newborn, at least as prepared as anybody can be–which is pretty much not at all, except that he has a car seat and a place to sleep, along with oodles of cute and helpful doodahs that are nice to have but not necessary for survival. I know the last 9 weeks will go by quickly, but I also feel that, just like the rest of the pregnancy, it will go slowly at the same time.

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