March 12, 1988 – July 24, 2014
The years were full. Laughter was common. Tenderness too.
I held pure love in my arms with each child born of this union. I never knew such love existed before they came along. They are my greatest treasures. No experience yet has compared to being their mother, watching them grow, and giving them wings.
We had some great adventures. The first time I noticed how many stars filled the sky was on one of those adventures; I remember how He and I pulled the car over to the side of a dark mountain road just so we could gaze up at the night sky in awe of how grand it was – and humbled by how small we are.
The bitter days served me too.
In them I grew up. I came face to face with myself. With my choices. I gained strength. I learned to forgive – myself included. Those were the days that forced me to see and invited me to make new choices – to step up and step into better fitting shoes.
I have grieved the loss of the fragile life I had planned. And now, as I step into the unknown future, I do so with confidence and gratitude for all that your years have given me.