It is a season of loss for our family. Carl’s father died after a battle with cancer in April 2012, my father died in November at the age of 91, and just recently on August 28, Carl’s mother died of cancer. We lost three of our parents in 16 months. Carl’s mother’s sickness and death came quickly. I’m sure she knew she was ill, but she didn’t tell anyone or go to the doctor until two weeks before her death, when she couldn’t eat and was in severe pain. Her death has affected us in many ways, but for me I just can’t get over how she was so ready to go. She loved life, her family and friends, and she loved the Lord, but she did not hang on to this life whatsoever. The cancer specialists at St. Mary’s told her with chemotherapy she could possibly live another two years. She said, “What’s two years? I’m ready to go.” After a difficult two weeks of Carl and his brother caring for her at home, and only one day after taking her to the hospital after she requested to go back, Carl received a sooner than expected call from the hospital at 2am saying she had passed. When we got to the hospital around 3:30am, we were so amazed by the expression on her face. We knew the Shepherd had come to take her Home, because we knew from her face that she had seen Him. She had been in such severe pain that it had to have been her transition to eternity that left her with such a beautiful expression. It is something we will never forget. And something that has helped us through this very difficult time.
We love and miss you very much, Mom/Grandma!
Thank you to those who have been praying for us.