Four Years Ago Today

Four years ago today, I woke up after a very difficult night. Mom had passed away around 1:30 in the morning. I did NOT want to get out of bed. I didn’t want to face the day. The pain was more than I could bear.

Three short months earlier we were in Charleston, South Carolina on vacation with Mom and Dad. Mom wasn’t feeling well and was being treated for a condition called atrial fibrillation.

This is a picture of Mom, Courtney and I eating out in Charleston. When I look back at these pictures now, I can tell Mom wasn’t feeling good. But we still had so much fun!

Mom at Charleston

September 22, 2009, Mom passed away from gastric cancer. Our family was devastated!

Here it is four years later, and I’m typing these words from Charleston, South Carolina. We’ve come back to one of our favorite places to get away and relax. I have such sweet memories here with Mom and Dad and I’m so thankful for that!

We’ll go to some of the same places we went four years ago and I know it will remind me of Mom. But in some ways it’s a good thing. I’ll celebrate her and the amazing woman she was.

Not a day goes by that I don’t miss her, the pain has lessened with time but I still miss her terribly. There are so many things I need and want to tell her. Mom always knew the right thing to say.

She encouraged and loved and prayed. No matter what our situation Mom always pointed us to Christ. She knew that He was always the answer.

I hope that I’m that kind of Mom, wife, and friend. I don’t have all the answers but I know the One who does and without Him I would be lost!

This is a song I’ve listened to a hundred times but it always makes me think of Mom because I feel we lost her way too soon.

I don’t know what your struggle is today. Are you lonely, heartbroken, suffering with illness? Whatever it is, Jesus is the answer.

I’ll leave you with Mom’s favorite verse, John 14:27 says, Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Have a blessed day friends!

Happy Mother’s Day!

I shared this picture and these words on my facebook page yesterday and I wanted to share it with you too.

Happy Mother's Day!

In honor of Mother’s Day, I have to say I would love to have one more hug from my Mom, one more time to hear her say “I love you”, one more time to wake up and call her first thing in the morning, one more time to hear her say, “Cyndi you’re a great Mom!”, one more time for her to remind me of God’s grace and how it covers all my past mistakes.

But I know more than anything Mom would want me to say to you, “Love Jesus with all your heart, your soul, and your mind.” She would say “Run to Him, don’t walk, because He’s our only hope!”

Happy Mother’s Day friends!!!

***If you’ve been reading my blog for very long, you know how much I love my Mom and how much I miss her. Today I’m praying for all of you that have lost your Mom’s. May you feel the peace and comfort that only Christ can give.

{Day 21} Beauty for the Heart: Blessings

The first Sunday of October I shared about passing on our faith. Last Sunday, we realized that life is short and today I want to share with you what my Mom taught me about looking for blessings.

Psalm 67:1-2 says, May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us. 

My Mom looked for ways God was blessing her even in the midst of having terminal cancer.

To share with you how Mom looked for blessings, this picture was taken the day we found out Mom had stage 4 gastric cancer. Mom asked someone to take this picture of us. At the time, a picture was the last thing I was in the mood for, but now I’m so glad I have it!

After we left Mom’s doctors appointment my brother, and sister and I took Mom to lunch. Then my sister and I took Mom to Lifeway Bookstore so she could get some thank you cards to send to people.

After we got home, Mom said, “This has been the best day! I had so much fun!”

I quickly replied, “Mom you just found out you have stage 4 gastric cancer. Not the best day!”  We laughed, but Mom looked for the blessings.

Over the next 7 weeks of her life, Mom found blessings everywhere. Cards from friends and loved ones were blessings. The sun shining was a blessing. When people brought food for us to eat that was a blessing.

Everyday Mom found something that caused her to see blessings. I can’t begin to tell you how that has changed my life. And not just mine, but our whole family.

We cherish the moments we’re together more than ever! Just yesterday, we spent time as a family at the pumpkin patch. My sweet Daddy and Janet had been planning this for weeks and Dad was so excited for us to spend some quality time together. And I’m reminded that that is a blessing!

And in case you’ve never met this little blessing, (and if you’ve been reading my blog for long you know I’m CRAZY over him) Colt Allen is our grandchild and my husband and I think he’s one of the best blessings the Lord has ever given us! :-)

So today, let me encourage you to start looking for the blessings because they are ALL AROUND YOU!

Do you ever look for blessings during difficult seasons of your life? 

Simply Sunday-Beauty Tips

Happy Sunday Friends! I love sharing fashion and beauty tips but if you’ve been following my blog for very long you also know, I love to share tips on inner beauty.

My sister and I were talking about an upcoming speaking engagement I have and I told her I wanted to share inner beauty tips. She reminded me of this poem. Traci had found it on one of our Mom’s files on her computer after she passed away. It was simply titled, Beauty Tips.

by Audrey Hepburn

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anybody.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.
It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows.
And the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.
 

It didn’t surprise Traci and I that these were the beauty tips that our Mom would feel are important. Mom’s beauty came from her personal relationship with Jesus Christ and she loved to share about Him with everyone she knew.

{This was Mom, with my daughter and I just a few months before she passed away.

She has left a lasting legacy.}

Who has influenced you in your walk with Christ? Are you leading others to Him?

Have a Blessed Sunday!

Life Is A Gift!

Today I’m looking back at the last few weeks and I’m reminded that life is a gift. James 1:17 says, Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Many of you reading my blog know that I lost my Mom in 2009. One of the things that Mom’s death taught me is that life is fragile and we shouldn’t take those that we love for granted.

Cherish your family; hug a little tighter, and embrace every moment!

Here’s some family time I’ve had over the last few weeks. You’ll notice a common theme, Colt Allen. :-)


My son opening his birthday cards. It’s a tradition in our family to read all the cards out loud. Some of the cards make us laugh and some of them make us cry.

This is a picture of my husband with Colt Allen and Eli (my sister’s youngest son). Twenty one years of marriage and I’m still madly in love!

Jonathan (my sister’s oldest son) with Colt Allen.

The boys! Love them so much!

 

Colt Allen with my brother, Blake. Blake’s the best brother a sister could ever have.

My sister-in-law Ande with her daughter (my niece) Kinsey.  Love these two so much!!

Courtney talking to Janet, my step-mom. She’s been such a blessing to our family!

Enjoying family time.

My sister stealing a kiss from Colt Allen.


My crazy brother-in-law (who I love to give a hard time!) and my sister.

My Dad, he’s the most amazing Dad and he’s our rock. We all adore him!!

We are not a perfect family, but we are family and we love each other. We have experienced a lot of life together and today I’m counting my blessings for each one of them.

What are you thankful for today?

Have a wonderful Sunday friends!

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Why I Want To Follow My Dreams

Good morning!

Well, it’s been a wild weekend here in Kentucky.

On Friday the temperature was in the 70s and we had thunderstorms and tornadoes.

Today I’m waking up to several inches of snow!

One thing about living in Kentucky, if you don’t like the weather one day, stick around, because it will change.

Yesterday was a special day for my family because it was my Mom’s birthday.

She would have been 68 years old. It’s hard to believe she has been gone for almost three years.

My Dad, my sister, and my brother and I went to the cemetery and put flowers on her grave.

As each birthday goes by it gets a little easier, but we still miss her so much!

My Mom loved Jesus and she loved her family~~all with a passion.

But Mom was also passionate about following her dreams!

This picture was taken when my Mom was taking a writing class in Indiana. She was in her forties, about the age I am now.


Mom had to leave us for three months to take this class but she was passionate about writing and wanted to learn.

I love that about my Mom!  She wasn’t afraid to try new things, to stretch herself, to follow her dreams!

I think I understand her now more than ever and I wish I could tell her.

I want to follow some of my dreams, stretch myself and do some things that I’m passionate about.

If Mom were here, she would be encouraging me and cheering me on!

What about you, do you have some things you that you’re passionate about? Are you following your dreams?

Hebrews 12:1-2a, Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

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