Friday, September 18, 2009

Sweet Memories

My sweet Mom has been gone for 11 years this Sunday.
It feels like yesterday. Words cannot explain how badly I miss her.

She died of ovarian cancer - hence my posted button of September being ovarian cancer awareness month. Ladies - talk about this with the older women of your family and learn your own history. And the biggest thing DO NOT ASSUME A PAP SMEAR WILL DETECT THIS! IT WILL NOT!!!! There is no test except for bloodwork, and usually no symptoms until it is advanced. EDUCATE YOURSELF!

Our Dear, Dear friend Kevin - who was my husband's very, very best friend
died one year ago Monday. He lost his battle with kidney cancer.

He loved his Harley. And loved to ride.

Joy did a beautiful job with a remembrance book
for him at his memorial party we had for him here.

He called me his sport wife. His last words to me came when I thought he was unconscious. I was trying so very hard not to cry, but couldn't help it and leaned over the bed and said "I love you Kevin. I will always be your sport wife" and without opening his eyes, he turned his head to me and said "I love you too." From then on until the day he died, I was fine. I was at peace. Cause I knew he loved me.

Hugs to all. I am off to my very fun crafting weekend with Joy at Artistic Affaire L'Automne. YAY!
Have a great weekend!



Calming Scents said...

great tributes, and such great losses.

I'm just thankful you have good memories to lean on, nothing beats that.

Leann said...


What a beautiful post! I got goosebumps when I read the "sports wife" part.

I'm so glad that you have your memories!!

Enjoy your day!

Joyce said...

this was such a touching post...thanks for sharing.

enjoy your weekend crafting...Joyce

Anonymous said...

It is always so difficult when the day they left us arrives again - another year without them. It's been three years now since my sweet sister passed, and I go back and forth. One day I'm in tears missing my her so very much, and the next I am smiling, remembering something we did together or said.

Remembering them, cherishing them, brings them close again and somehow we manage to keep going.

Sending you a big hug! I hope you enjoy your crafting weekend.


my cup of tea said...

I am sending a big hug too! Great story to share with us. Thank you!
Have a fab-u-los weekend!

Nina Diane said...

~hugs~ to you....

A Hint of Home said...

What a sweet post! So sorry about your mom. It is a silent killer. We all need to be educated.
Try to enjoy your day with good memories.

Theresa said...

Heart to Heart:) My Mom passed away 21 years ago this coming September 27th. Love to you and your family as you cherish the memory of your sweet Mama and your sport husband. Have a fun and blessed weekend!

Lisa said...

Lovely post.

Christine said...

Great big hugs to you! Thank you for this post and the reminder.

Karen said...

What wonderful tributes you have made to two very special people in your life.
I'm so happy that God Blessed you with them.
I know you will always carry the fond memories with you.
Big Hugs,

Lou Cinda said...

What a sweet and touching post....I am so sorry for the loss of your mother...they are never forgotten! And your friend....

Lou Cinda

Boo-Bah said...

Your post is so heartfelt with such tender sweet memories. My mama died in 1988 and I still remember it as though it were yesterday. I will always miss her.

I am so glad that you were able to tell your friend that you loved him and he able to tell you that he loved you also.
Hang on to your memories, they are to be cherished.


Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Karen,
How hard this must be for you. I am so sorry for your pain. Your Mom was a beautiful woman and she had a beautiful daughter. The tribute to your friend was so touching too. I am glad you will be busy this week-end. Thanks for reminding us about ovarian cancer. Hugs, Cindy

diana said...

what a sweet post, because you're a sweet lady. memories are so important and what keeps us going some times.

have a great weekend.

Dawn said...

Hi Karen, I'm being a pest today, hope you don't mind.

I have an award for you at my blog if you'd like to accept it.

When I started blogging I saw all these beautiful awards and thought the creativity behind them and the thoughtfulness of them was very special. I didn't realize they came with strings and was curious why some bloggers were "Award Free". Well, rules sometimes must give way to practicality so if you can only pass it on to a few people that is fine with me. Even if you can't play along please accept this award and my sincere belief that you deserve it.


Dawn said...

Oh dear, I truley am a pest. Before that last post I left a comment about your mom and friend but I left it an earlier post. Sorry!

Cindy said...

Hello, I've been away for awhile. Praying that all things are well.
Here is my new blog address:
Blessings, Cindy

Jodie LeJeune said...

Hi Karen,
Today is a special day in your heart. Tomorrow will be just as special too. Instead of losses, try to think of these days as a celebration of two wonderful lives, even if it is only in your dreams...for now until you see them again.
{Hugs to you dear friend}
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Cathy said...

Oh Karen...I am so moved!!! This was a beautiful tribute to your Mom and your friend!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Stephenie said...

What a great tribute to the ones you've lost.. I always thank God for all the wonderful memories we have of them.. Even though, we'd rather them be here.. I truly loved this post..

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

what a sweet post... I have to agree with leann that I got goosebumps when I read the sports wife part. The memories will keep you until one day you will see each other again. Life really is so fragile.


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