The Best Man

February 9, 2015 | My Jottings

My beloved husband of 33 1/2 years, Dennis Michael Balmer, died at home this morning at 3:07.


I will share more when I’m able, about the very best man I know. I thank you with all my heart for your prayers for our family.


  1. sr Margaret says:

    Dear Julie,
    I discovered you through Pen Wilcock and although I read I haven’t commented because I’m not terribly good at comments but you are in my prayers.

  2. Carolyn says:

    He flew to Jesus. Love you, papa.

  3. Dave Zobel says:

    Dear Julie,

    I can’t think of a better way to express my condolences to you & the girls than to comment on your heartfelt blog site. I remember your first impressions of Michael as you described him to Diane and I so very long ago and, my oh my, how he lived up to your expectations. God bless the memories you and your daughters have of this wonderful man of God. The arms that embrace him open wide enough for us all.


    Dave Z.

  4. Steve says:

    Dearest Julie –

    I am so very, very sorry for your loss. Michael was a wonderful and loving man and had a real love for the Lord. Such a beautiful soul.

  5. Kay in Cornwall says:

    Julie, your love for each other shone out through your posts. Alan and I feel we are so privileged to have known the both of you, albeit only via emails and phone calls. We’ll never forget Michael joining you in singing happy birthday to Alan over the phone on Alan’s 60th birthday. We so appreciated the effort that Michael had to make.
    Sending lots of love and hugs. xxxxoooo

  6. Ember says:

    Thinking of you, honey, and your family. What a wonderful thing that you brought him home where he could feel peaceful and relaxed knowing he was near you, in his last days. Take care of yourself in this time of sorrow. I have you in my prayers. xxx

  7. Roberta Desalle says:

    The love you and Michael shared in your marriage, and with you family, has been an inspiration and a gift to me through this blog, Julie.
    The two of you have given so much to one another, and to us as we have come to know you, and of him.
    The Lord’s Peace be with you, and with your family,.

  8. Mike Russell says:

    Dear Julie,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for you, Michael and your family. Michael was a great guy, husband and dad. My sincere condolences.



  9. Marcia says:

    Oh Julie, Julie. I am so terribly sorry. I have read of Michael’s pain and yours during this time and I’m grateful that he is with Jesus, once again a powerful man and healthier than he ever imagined in this lifetime. But I’m brokenhearted for you in your loss. Please let your daughters, all of those precious grand babies, and your friends hold you close. Love to you from far away in Pasadena….

  10. Ganeida says:

    I knew Michael best through you, his wife. Your love of him spoke volumes about the kind of man He was. I can only hope the Hallelujah Hounds are holding up May our saviour’s love & peace uphold you & embrace you.

  11. Susan Reed says:

    Oh Dear Julie,
    My heart is broken for your loss, but so grateful that his earthly struggle is over and he is with Jesus! No more pain, no more confusion…
    He loved you so!
    With lots of love and prayers~ Susan

  12. Peggy Johns says:

    Dear Julie, My heart has been with you and Michael for a long time. I am so sorry. It is hard to imagine the beautiful place he has gone. It was my pleasure to go along with you in your blog, and learn from you, and have you describe feelings I have, but can never put in to words. What a beautiful man he is! I will be with you in heart and prayer these days ahead. Love you. Peggy

  13. shawna says:


    I’m so sorry. What a beautiful love story you shared with that man! I’m so grateful for what little I knew of your relationship. . .truly an inspiration. May our Maker and Caretaker hide you in the shelter of his wings as you move through this time. You are loved.


  14. Jill says:

    Dear Julie, I am heartbroken to hear the news. Your love story and cherished memories have been a joy to read. I’ll be praying for you as you walk through these hard days and months ahead. Big hugs to you all.

  15. Carrie says:


    I read your blog from time to time and was heart broken to read today that Michael had gone on to be with the Lord. You & your family are in my prayers during this difficult time but praise be that you know he is in a better place than we are. My heart has been heavy as I read your struggles during recent times. I took care of my mother in our home for years as I watched Lewey’s Body Dementia take her away from me. She did not have Parkinson’s. Then I too had to make the heart wrenching decision to put her in care center when it got too difficult. She passed away just a little over a year ago. It was a hard time for me and I could relate to what you were going through even the long visits sitting with him and bringing him home to your house for special occasions. I am sorry that I could never bring myself to comment until now. May the Lord give you peace.

  16. Just Julie says:

    Dear friends, Thank you so much for your loving wishes and prayers. I believe our family is being carried by these right now. God bless each one of you… xoxo

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