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!

Christmas in Heaven

Hi sweet friends! I just couldn’t bring myself to talk about a Fashionable Christmas today after yesterday’s tragic events.

My heart has ached every since I heard the news of the school shooting. Like many of you, I wonder why? Why do these tragedies keep happening?

I also wonder when we as a nation are going to see that taking Christ out of everything is not the answer. When are we going to realize that we need God?

I can’t begin to imagine what these families are going through but I believe that those young children are in heaven and I wonder what Christmas in heaven will be like………..

Believing in Him,

Simply Sunday~When It’s All Been Said and Done

A dear friend of mine lost her father yesterday.

My heart broke as I talked with her because I know the pain of losing someone you love.

I was blessed to have a Mom who loved Jesus with all of her heart.

Mom left this earth on September 22, 2009 and yet her legacy remains. defines legacy, as anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor.

Mom passed down lots of things that we can teach our children and grandchildren.

But the most important thing Mom taught us, was to love Jesus with all of our heart.

She spent her whole life striving to know him better.

Strangely, Mom’s death showed us how to live.

Live to seek Jesus more, to love Him more and to look for His blessings.

Last Sunday, one of the men on our praise team sang, When it’s all been said and done.

After he sang it, I immediately wrote it down. I had heard it before but

not since my Mom had passed away. Wow, did it remind me of Mom.

I could have sat there and sobbed!

“When it’s all been said and done. There is just one thing that matters. 

Did I do my best to live for truth? Did I live my life for you?”

Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Ephesians 4:1

Are you living a life worthy of your calling? What will your legacy be?

What Everyone Needs to Know About “Loss”

Most of you know I lost my Mom in 2009 to gastric cancer.

Maybe I’ve talked about it too much.

But in many ways it has been therapeutic for me.

I needed to share about my hurt, and my loss.

And boy have I felt the loss!

Not only was she my Mom but she was my best friend,  and my mentor.

Many of you understand, you too have felt loss like me.

Maybe the loss of a mother, or father, sister or brother or the most painful of all……….a child.

Loss changes you.

There is a part of me that will never be the same.

But……….Life goes on and time does heal.

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamenations 3:22-23

That brings me to……

Last June our daughter Courtney, married her prince charming.

We are now blessed with a wonderful son-in-law.

That brings me to………

The sweetest little picture I’ve ever seen!! This is my grandchild and he/she is already so loved!!

In the midst of loss and difficulties in life God is faithful!

Have you seen God’s faithfulness in your own circumstances? I’d love to hear from you!

Walking in His Grace,

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