On Sunday, July 22nd, the greatest mother the world has ever known went home to the loving hands of our Lord. Her seven-year, hard-fought battle with cancer is over. Despite how much our hearts are breaking, we know that she has finally had the privelege of seeing God face to face. She completed her race and now gets all the rewards for how well she ran it. The tears and pain that had plagued her life for quite some time vanished, just like the Lord promised in Revelation 21:4. She no longer has to deal with even the slightest of health problems in her new body. For eternity, she gets to experience an absolutely perfect existence, filled with all the joy and pleasure that we can only dream of.
Life without her will be a struggle every day for the six of us. She constantly was taking care of us, rarely using any time for herself. I've never seen such a selfless person in my life. Every problem we ever had, we could take to her. Even if she knew she couldn't fix it, she would try her utmost. And when that failed, she would be there to love and encourage us at every point on this journey through life. She homeschooled all five of us so she could train us in the ways of the Lord. I know many of you understand what a difficult task that was! While some parents send their kids off to school so they can have a break, mom enjoyed every possible oppurtunity to spend time with us. When God decided that she was going to be my mother, I feel like He told me, "I'm gonna give you a HUGE head-start in the life; let's see what you can do with it." We all loved her so much and will miss her unending love, beautiful smile, smart problem-solving, love for pictures and music, funny expressions, and joy in life. But most importantly, we will miss the godly example she set for us every single day and the amazing relationship she had with Him.
On behalf of Mom, the rest of my family, and myself, I would like to thank each and every one of you who lifted up prayers for her during the last many months and years. Even though she's gone, your prayers were definately not in vain! We were told countless times while she was on hospice that she only had one month to live, but God heard our prayers and gave us nine months instead! I can see more clearly now how each and every day He allowed us to have with her, though very difficult at times, was a tremendous blessing. We humbly ask you to continue praying for us, that we would grieve and heal in a manner completely glorifying to Him.
A memorial service will be held for her on Saturday, August 11th, at 11am. If any of you wish and are able to attend, below is the address for the church:
The Grove Community Church
19900 Grove Community Drive
Riverside, CA 92508
I'll leave you all with this song. For me, it's a constant reminder of how she strove to live every second of her life. I sure think she did an extraordinary job!