Hello sweet friends.
(Please be sure to read to the end of this post because I need your help with something.)
This past weekend, we celebrated my dad’s 69th birthday.
It was his first birthday without Mom.
I don’t know if you remember from last year, but my mom found out she had stage IV gastric cancer on August, 6th, 2009. Four weeks later we celebrated Dad’s birthday.
We had a wonderful time together, but there was a sadness knowing that it would probably be their last together.
Saturday, I had my family over to celebrate my dad’s birthday and (my) Luke’s 9th birthday. Luckily, we were very excited to watch the UK vs. U of L football game that day! (HUGE rivalries.)
It was a great distraction for dad. We all wore our UK blue and cheered the Cats to a victory over Louisville! Go Big Blue!
Here are a few pictures from the day…
What would we do without our families?
Just by being together, we turned what could have been a very sad day into a day with many smiles.
Of course, it’s very easy to smile when you are celebrating my dad!
He’s such an amazing father and grandfather. I didn’t think I could love him any more…but I do!
I can hardly believe that in two weeks it will be the one year anniversary of my mom’s passing.
I cannot believe it.
To even say that I have been without my mom for a YEAR is beyond grasping.
Mom passed away in the early hours of the morning, September 22nd, 2009.
That day and the days to follow are somewhat of a blur to me. Her passing came so quickly and was so unexpected.
We immediately began doing what all families do and began making plans for her funeral.
As the days passed after her funeral, I had a burning inside of me to share about my mom on my blog.
My readers (YOU) had given me so much comfort during that trying time.
I wanted you to know my mom. Really know her.
Because in my opinion as her daughter, anyone who didn’t get to meet my mom on this earth really missed out!
She was one of a kind. She was rare. She was special.
I pray that over this past year, as I have shared with you stories of my mom every Wednesday, that you have been able to get a glimpse into the beautiful heart of my amazing mother.
Was she perfect?
Did she make mistakes?
But did she make a huge impact for God’s kingdom none-the-less?
You better believe it!!!
God can use each of us to touch the lives of others if we will just let Him.
I believe that God has even used my little ol’ blog to touch the lives of others through the stories of my mom.
I’ve been humbled by so many of your emails and comments.
So many of you have said you have been so blessed by my posts. But the truth is ladies, I am really the one who has received the most blessings!
Though this past year has been one of the most difficult years of my life, God has used this blog and YOU to shower me with His blessings. My cup runneth over!
When I started writing about Mom every Wednesday, I had no idea how long it would last or what I would even write about. But each week, I felt the Lord lay something different on my heart to share.
I have talked to my sister for quite sometime about whether I should continue writing about Mom each week, or stop at her one year anniversary.
Right now, I am thinking that my last weekly Wednesday with Wanda post will be on Wednesday, September 22, 2010. (The one year anniversary of her passing.) I think it is so ironic that it lands on a Wednesday.
I need your advice on what to do.
I love that my Wednesdays with Wanda posts have given me an outlet to share my faith and let you, my readers, know a little bit more about me. So, I wonder if I should keep Wednesdays as my “faith” day. A day that I just share what God is teaching me, or has taught me. I could still share stories of my mom during that time too. I thought I could call it “Matters of the Heart”, or something?
That way, you could still come see me each Wednesday, and hopefully be encouraged in some small way in your walk with Christ.
Or if I didn’t do that, maybe I could do a Wednesday with Wanda post the first Wednesday of each month?
Or should I just keep doing them every Wednesday?
Let me know what you are thinking, ladies!
I need to hear your voices!
If you haven’t ever commented before, but have an opinion about this, please let me know.
Your comments will help me decide what to do.
Here’s one thing I DO know, though…
I couldn’t have gotten through this past year without YOU!
Sending many blessings your way,