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RIP Dinah

So we had this cat.  We got her in 1998 when she was a kitten and the kids were little.  We named her Dinah after Alice in Wonderland’s cat. Dinah was mostly Emily’s cat.  She loved to cuddle and sleep with us.  She had a season of not being nice and we often told her […]

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JCM

My best friend has said goodbye to both of her parents.  They are part of the great cloud of witnesses.  They have shaped my life as well as their 5 children, 15 grandchildren, 25 great grandkids and 2 great-great grandkids.  I cannot remember many childhood memories without this family.  They went to my church, gave me my first […]

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Jim Mason

Today Judy’s daddy went to be with Jesus!  And Jan, who held Jim’s hand for over 60 years had to let go and of it for now.  He was a neat man and I am so glad I had the privilege of knowing him and calling him “family” for many years.  He had a great […]

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My lessons of Grief So Far

6 years ago I began a new journey as a widow through the valley of the shadow of death.  I have learned a great deal about grief and death since then and I know I have a long way to go in that journey, but here are some of my thoughts so far. Death is […]

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Life with a big future full of dreams. Together. 36 years ago I said “I do”. Life was perfect. I was marrying the man God ordained for me. We made wedding plans. My dress was designed by me and sewn by a family friend as were the bridesmaid’s dresses. Rings were bought. Flowers ordered. Cake […]

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I’m Thirsty

I am not sure what this will look like as I blog, but I am sensing a need to thirst after God in 2016.  For whatever reason, which I could pinpoint but do not care to limit it to that, I have not really been thirsty for God in recent memory and therefore my soul […]

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The 5th anniversary – Nov. 5

So today is the 5th anniversary of the day Jim breathed heaven for the first time.  That day will always be surreal for me as I reflect on each moment of that day.  There were highlights like singing over Jim as he left the shadowlands for glory.  There are regrets and things I would have done […]

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My mom and I had dinner recently and as we were talking she mentioned that the question “Why” is almost always the wrong question. It got me thinking and wanting to ask the question, “Why is that?!” (hahaha) Why do humans always want to know why? We seem to have a need to justify things […]

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The other day I was approached by a Facebook team and asked if I would be willing to give an interview about my experience with a Memorial page on the social media site, because of the way I memorialized Jim’s Facebook page.  I was happy to oblige as I was hoping they would allow me […]

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Sometimes I still find myself in the selfish and sad place; this dark and disastrous hole of despair and grief that causes me to feel isolated, cynical and negative about everything.  I guess it is time to decide to get out of the hole and climb out to reclaim the day, dramatically shifting my attitude […]

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