Maybe a year and a half ago we were shocked to read on her blog that she was struggling with cancer! :-( We have read about her difficult journey and have prayed for her. In December and January our lives were very BUSY, so we didn't get to "blog hop" very much.
As you know, we just got internet here in Argentina, so Kimberly hopped on Michele's blog last night to see what she had posted, and we were VERY SADDENED to discover that she lost her battle against cancer, and passed away in Jan. =(
I never knew Michele, but the news of her death made me weep for her family and friends. She left a loving husband and 2 sons around 18 and 8. =( She wasn't much older than me.
It got me to thinking a lot about the brevity of life. My friend Dee gave me a little monitor to bring with me where I can hear our baby's heartbeat. =) That little monitor is such a comfort to me. The other day Phillip and I were listening to baby's heartbeat and of course my heartbeat was on there too. Phillip then started listening to his own heartbeat. When he was relaxing, his heartbeat began to slow down. Later Phillip mentioned how vulnerable that made him feel. Each day we go through life never even thinking one thought about our little heart inside of us working it's head off. =) Life is such a miracle from God that we sometimes take for granted.
You know me, I LOVE being a wife and Mommy! I love using what I have to decorate our home, make fun tablescapes, Bake fun snacks to cheer my family's hearts....especially when we are on the mission field, etc.
~A fun little cake with white choc. drizzled on it that I made for our family snack the other night.~
As a wife, I want to spend time with Jesus daily, choose Joy and shine for Jesus in our home. Life is so unpredictable and so short, that I want to make every day count for Jesus! I want to live my life touching my family and others for God!
I was just recently reading of one wife who was being very cranky while on vacation. Near the end of their vacation, they stopped for lunch in a quaint little town, and happened take a walk through a park and the adjoining grave yard. They were walking around reading tomb stones.
One especially caught her eye. It was on a Mother's grave and said,
"She was the Sunshine of our home!"
During lunch the "cranky wife" thought, "If I were to drop dead right now, that's the LAST thing they'd put on my grave!" She determined right then to try to change!
As I went to bed last night, this little poem came to me about how I want my life to count while I'm still alive.
It won't matter how cute I decorated...
Nor how much stuff I collected. =)
All that will matter is that I did ALL for GOD,
When I was above sod.
~Heather~ Arg. 2014