Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Losing a mother

I'm not really sure how to write this post. Last Wednesday we lost such a special person in our family. My husband's sweet mom passed away. Two years ago we got the news that she had stage four colon cancer, and she put up quite a fight in those two years, but it was time for us to let her go.

Let me tell you a little bit about her. She LOVED life. There are very few people I've met who were as filled with joy as she was. She LOVED people. She was the outgoing, life-of-the-party sort of person. A person who stayed up until two in the morning playing games with her grandkids.

1957 ~ husband's parents

Sunday nights were family night and almost everyone in the family came to her and Grandpa's house for lots of laughs, and games, and food. She was an AMAZING cook, and she really enjoyed it. You felt the love in her cooking. She was all about FAMILY. She had six children, 21 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren (one was born last week on the day of the viewing). She was 72 years old, and hubs was the baby of the family. She got married when she was 17, had her first baby at 18, and served her family ever since. The last few months spent with her were very precious to us, knowing that our time with her was limited.

We will miss her so incredibly much. Life doesn't seem the same knowing she's not here with us. But after much suffering, she is now enjoying a new, pain-free body and eternity with her Saviour. Even though there is joy in knowing she is in a much better place, we still long to see her again and our hearts are heavy with the loss. As evidenced by the over 600 people who attended her viewing and funeral, she was much-loved and respected. It was amazing how many people she touched in her lifetime. Husband's family is large and so supportive of one another. It's been wonderful to grow closer with one another through this difficult time.

We've had so much support from friends and family over the past week, and I can't thank them enough. Our fridge is stocked with food like pumpkin pie and chili and homemade bread. Last week my sister-in-law stopped by with a half gallon of Lapp Valley chocolate milk for me and a bottle of wine for husband. She knows us way too well. It was perfect.

Life will go on, and we have so many good memories to keep in our hearts. We will see her again one day. Our faith has grown stronger, our relationships with family has grown deeper, and God is still good.


  1. {hugs} One day you will meet again. Keep your eyes on the sky. JESUS IS COMING FOR THOSE WHO ARE LOOKING FOR HIM! \0/

  2. What a sweet way to remember your mother-in-law. We lost my mom 9 years ago & Bob's mom 3 years ago, one to pancreatic cancer & one to Ahlzheimers disease. Through those journeys, I realized that you have to come to a point when it is time to "let them go". When we reached that point, there was peace for us and our loved one.

    Heaven gets sweeter all the time!

    With sympathy for your loss and rejoicing in your loved one reaching her goal!

  3. So sorry for your loss.My dad passed away in March after a 2 1/2 month illness.So grateful for precious memories!Yes,God is still good!

    p.s.saw from the obituary that your husband has a sister Cindy,who I know.it's a small world :)

  4. Will be praying for you guys as you head into the holiday season. Hope you have been getting some rest today...bring Jack and Vi over tomorrow if you need some quiet!

  5. Even though I do not know you or your family, I feel the loss of this special person in your lives. Prayers for you and extended family. What a beautiful tribute. Joyce

  6. I lost my mom 6 years ago and I always knew she was awesome, but it was the viewing that made my whole family realize how awesome she was when we weren't around. Tons of people coming by and talking about what an impact she had on them. Priceless.

  7. I'll be praying for you!!I lost my dear mother-in-law 2 weeks after my son was born,almost 2 years ago.Icouldn't make it to the funeral(which was 24 hrs away,0* weather,baby was only out of the hospital a few days and I had just had surgery)I know she will be missed,especially thru these first holidays without her!!Hugs!!

  8. I'm so sorry for your loss. She sounds like a truly outstanding and loving person and I'm sure that you will all miss her very much. What a sweet recollection you have written about her.

  9. I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one is always difficult. Your tribute to her was lovely and I am sure she is smiling from Heaven.

    Prayers to all of you...

  10. So sorry for your loss, Aimee. I'm glad you had such a close relationship with her, and you'll always have those beautiful memories! Hugs and prayers to you!

  11. I didn't hear that she passed away...what a lovely tribute...blessings to you and your hubs!

  12. My mom died just a year ago. I know how you feel. Even though you know she is celebrating her first Christmas in heaven, you will miss her at your table. Yes, God is good. All the time.


I love hearing from you! Thanks for your comments! ~Aimee


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...