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Sunday, October 12, 2008

2 Mothers Gone Home To Be With The King ...

I don't even know how to start this post ... Yesterday two women I knew went home to be w/ the Father ... One battling cancer for a long time leaving behind a sweet son and loving husband and the other so sudden leaving behind a senior in high school (I had the privilege of coaching), one daughter preparing for a wedding in December, son away at college and loving husband ...

They were strong women of faith leaving behind a strong legacy ... I was not in their life on a daily basis, but my heart ached all day yesterday for the sweet children and spouses left behind ...

As a mother we have such impact on our family ... It is an honor to guide our children and support our husbands in a godly manner ... I feel amazed at how the Father created our hearts to endure much, our bodies to withstand fatigue, our arms to carry heavy loads, and our mouths to soothe the soul ...

To all the mothers out there .... You are a true gift to your family ... Try not to let the trenches of life make you feel unappreciated or alone ... You were created to be a shining light in this world ...

P.S. I am sorry I haven't visited many of you lately, but Ally Kat requires much holding w/ her fussiness ... And then Maggie is begging for some attention when I put her down ... AGAIN WHAT AN HONOR TO BE A MOTHER ... Will check in on all you soon ...

28 kind words.:

missy said...

Such sad news for those who remain behind, but happiness in Heaven today!

My prayers will be with these families. Losing a parent is so hard.

Anita said...

Gwen, I'm so sorry to hear of your friends who have gone on to be with the Lord and for their families too. Prayers for their comfort as well as yours from the Father. Give that sweet baby a hug for me while you've got her in your arms! ;)

Steffie B. said...

Hello my sweet friend.....reading up on all your posts....once again you are living nothing short of an awesome life serving our Lord....you are so amazing....commenting from the Bahamas....we'll be home soon.....love you....i'M sooooooo planning a November visit.....hugs,
Steffie

suzanne said...

such profound words....quite impressed

John & Michelle said...

Praying for the ones left behind. Wish I could be there to hold your guest!!!
Michelle

Kristy said...

Oh Gwen my heart just aches for these families. I am so sorry for this loss, and listen don't worry about checking in on all of us. We know where you heart is at and that is just where it is supposed to be.

Love and many blessings, Kristy

jennifer said...

Thanks for the post. It makes you really appreciate all the "little things".

Lori said...

Oh Gwen, I'm so very sorry to hear about your friends, how tragic and sad... prayers.

The McBrides said...

I just found your blog through the Wheelers. Lindsey and I have been friends for a long time...
I love your heart for adoption and your family is beautiful. My husband and I are awaiting the time for our adoptive children to be added.
I love your words about mothers, as sometimes we get so lost in the mundane. But every second is truly a gift...a reminder I was in need of.

Teresa said...

Hi Gwen. I can relate to your friends as I lost my dad to cancer when I was 8 and my mother to cancer in 2004, just one week before my dear Caroline was born. She would have loved her little left-handed firecracker of a grandaughter (her only grandaughter and only lefty-my mom was a proud southpaw).

I talked with Rick last night about being interim foster parents last night and he is all for it. We will probably start the paperwork after the first of the year since we have a Japanese intern staying with us right now.

Someone needs to pray for these babies until they have their forever families and I can think of no better place to pray for them than in my arms.

Teresa

horvethappenings.blogspot.com

Kristi said...

Thank you for reminding us of the gift of our mothers and the gift of being a mom. May God rain down blessings on your sweet family as you care for Ally.

Panda-Mom said...

Praying for you during this time of loss and exhaustion.

Lord, please bless Gwen as she ministers to these families, to Ally Kat and to her own family. Don't let her get lost in the process. Give her strength, stamina and grace to deal with all the pressures facing her right now. Bless her beyond measure. In JESUS name, Amen.

carlee Brian said...

so blessed that I am a mom and treasure the relationship that I still have with my mom. totally agree. i felt the same way yesterday thinking about this family and praying that the Lord will just wrap his arms around both of this families.. praying for you!

Jewels of My Heart said...

OH Gwen, I am so sorry.... just so sad. May we not take each day with our families for granted.
God's Peace...

Kristi J said...

so sad!!! I"m sorry for this loss...and I'm planning on stopping by tomorrow afternoon before we head out tomorrow night for the beach...Are you up for some lunch?? call me in the AM...kristi

Leigh Ann said...

Praying for you and those two families...

On your post on Ally Kat - what a blessing you are in her life - a safe haven! Thanks for the kind words to all of us mothers:)

Love Ya!

BTW, I will email you the picture that Rayna took of you and Paul - it is great.

Anonymous said...

Hi Gwen,

Know that I am thinking about you and praying for you.

Angela

Michelle said...

Oh, this is so sad and I am sooo sorry to hear about the terrible loss for these families!

Gwen....I have missed a few posts..just now read about your Ally Kat....I will pray for her!

redmaryjanes said...

I will be praying for you my sweet friend!
How amazing that you are able to experience being the 'Mom in the Middle' which is such a vital role in a child's journey.

Denise C said...

OH sweet Gwen....your heart....it is so beautiful!!! I love how you discern the needs of others so wisely! It is so obvious that you see HIS will each minute of each day!!! You are a treasure!!1 I am blessed deeply by you! I will be praying for these families!
God's Grace is sufficient!
Hugs!!!
Denise

Denise C said...

OH sweet Gwen....your heart....it is so beautiful!!! I love how you discern the needs of others so wisely! It is so obvious that you see HIS will each minute of each day!!! You are a treasure!!1 I am blessed deeply by you! I will be praying for these families!
God's Grace is sufficient!
Hugs!!!
Denise

Diana said...

Mommies are so very special. You are a very special mom. Thank you for reminding us of that especially, as you reflect on the loss of your sweet friends and what their families are dealing with.

Tracy said...

So much encouragement in this post!

Michelle said...

Oh, Gwen. I am so sorry to hear about your friends. Thank you for your words of encouragement and sweet reminders.

Anita said...

Hey my friend...don't know if you're up to it yet, but come see my post. HUGS to you!

Michelle said...

Hi Gwen,
Thank you for your wonderful comments. I did one better than a name. Please check your email. :-)

Hugs,
Michelle

Kristi J said...

hey, sorry I missed you monday..long story..Julia cut her finger at Target and Will came home early and we hadn't packed yet and were leaving earlier than expected....I'll call ya when I get back and we'll get together and let the kids play, miss everyone, kj

nicole said...

Gwen,

You must see these two videos...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z61zdZJ9uZc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhqJYOYcnAU

love and prayers,
nicole