9 Years Ago… A wonderful woman we miss everyday!

9 years ago today, my husband and our family lost a very special woman in our lives. A wonderful woman who I loved so very much. Who I enjoyed spending time with and was excited to share with her our upcoming wedding.

9 years ago today, my husband’s mom passed away from a  crazy, emotionally intense roller coaster ride with Ovarian Cancer.

Just two months before our wedding, my husband lost someone so very important to him, at a time in our lives we were so excited for the planning of our wedding, praying and hoping everyday that Mom would beat this, she did once and fought hard. Unfortunately her battle had to come to an end, with much love and tears it was a very very hard goodbye.

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I was so excited to have such a wonderful mom-in-law, she reminded me so much of my own mom and even some of my grama. Unfortunately the day we wed, this very important woman was missing from the front of the church pews. We know she was there in spirit, we know even to this day she is watching over us and our kids. How very much do we wish she could be a part of their, of our lives…

I am thankful for the time I did have the pleasure of knowing this amazing woman, not long after we began dating she was diagnosed, we became quite close and I am so happy we had that time together to bond and get to know each other. Everytime I watch Young and the Restless I think of her, she is who got me hooked. I worked with her during my summer breaks from college. Although she was only in my life for a short time, she certainly left a lasting impression, one that I continue to see in her baby boy, my husband and also in my children, more so my daughter. I am thankful for her love and for her acceptance of me into their family, she was so excited when we got engaged.

I will never forget the day we got the call, the hospital room filled with family and so much love, so many tears. The days after were a blur, as much as you think you can prepare for the imminent outcome, it was not easy. Not easy at all. Unfortunately the end came quicker than we had thought it would, we do believe that she knew she did not have long left and yet she never let on to influence wedding plans at all 😦  We went back and forth many times whether to cancel and just do something quick, she continued to reassure my husband that she did not want anything changed. Most certainly we had hope, we had a lot of hope.

The days following her death we spent a lot of time with her family, it was so wonderful. I also spent a lot of time with my husband, future husband at that time. I didnt want to be away from him after such a loss. We had a wonderful support system and compassion from our true family and friends.

Our wedding day was tough, on so many levels. I know Mom did not want us to make any changes, I love her for that, I would have loved even more to have her with us.

She is such an inspiration for how hard she fought, how wonderfully she lived and the amazing life she had !

We love you and miss you each and everyday xoxoxoxo ❤

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I love the Hosta’s that we have had at all of our home’s, they remind me so much of her not only because of their beauty, but because when they bloom. Mom’s birthday was only a week before she passed, a few yaers ago, more than a few years ago, the flowers were full bloom on the anniversary of her death. I enjoy watching them bloom, having them surround our home, in a sense how I know she is still with us.

Hug your loved ones, you never know what tomorrow will bring.

Spend time with those you love, those you enjoy being around, those who play an important part in your life, you never know what tomorrow will bring.

Take photos, a lot of photos, you never know what tomorrow will bring.

Say I love you – and mean it, you never know what tomorrow will bring.

Love and respect, sometimes you only get one chance, you never know what tomorrow will bring.

Never let your pride and ego make choices you will one day regret, you never know what tomorrow will bring.

There will always be time for the less important things like shopping, tv, gossip, and so many more… you never know what tomorrow will bring.

People, are important. Love, is important. Respect, is important. Family, is everything.

You never know what tomorrow will bring. Live with no regrets! 

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