Monday, March 25, 2013

A Great Tragedy

Hello darlings!  I apologize for my absence.  Last Saturday, March 15, my mom went home to be with Jesus.  It was a complete shock.  My mom was only 55.  She was healthy and led a vibrant life.  I went back and forth wondering if I should share the details of that day, thinking that it would be therapeutic to write about it.  Right now, I just don't think I am strong enough to tell it again and remember the horrific pain she was in.  I can say, my dad and I were there with her when she took her last breath.  My very best friends  rushed up to the hospital when I texted them that I didn't know what was happening.  Oh, thank God for them!

It turns out that my sweet mama died of a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in her lung).  The doctors say there is nothing you can do to prevent something like this.  It just happens.  The ONLY thing that helps me is my Jesus and knowing she is up in Heaven with my brother Jeremy.

I wanted to share my Eulogy with you.  I want everyone to know how AMAZING my mom was (and forever will be).

"Life isn’t fair.  We hear it all the time starting when we are very  young.  We tell our mom and our teachers, “That’s not fair,” and their reply?  “Life’s not fair.”  I say it to my own students.  This is a very difficult lesson to learn; One that I still deeply struggle with.  Was it fair that my mom was taken from me?  That I will never have her at my wedding or see her with her grandkids?  She was my very best friend.  I did everything with her.  She knew me better than I knew myself.  She was there for every heartache as my rock, Every scrape and sickness as my comforter, every joy as my greatest cheerleader.

She would text me every night “Sweet Dreams. Love you” and I would say “Ditto.”   I saw her everyday as I dropped my dog Cullen over to her house before work to play with Roxie.  We joked that one day I would be dropping off my children instead.  On Saturdays, we would go grab Chickfila from the drive through and just sit in the car and talk.  Then we would have an afternoon of shopping. We had a very special bond that I will always keep in my heart. She was my everything. So, no, life isn’t fair and I hate it.  It just kills me and I know my world will never be the same. 

But I have to remember what my Jesus said.  He never said life was going to be fair.  In fact, he said we would endure trials and tribulations.  In John 16:33, Jesus said, "In this world you will have trouble." Notice that Jesus does not say "if" but "you will" face trouble.  This is so hard for all of us to understand. But God is mysterious and we aren’t supposed to know it all.

All I can do is what my Heavenly Father tells me. In James  2-4 he says Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. 3 For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.

I already felt like I could endure all the testing possible after losing my little brother when he was only 20.  I thought our family had experienced the ultimate tragedy.  Little did I know that I would lose my mama just 7 years later and I would have to watch my family deal with horrific loss all over again.  The hope I have, is that I am still fighting.  I am closer to God than I was before my brother and I know I grow closer to Him still.  Jesus is my lifeline.

I am not sad for my mom.  I know she is in Heaven.  I know the first thing she did was hug Jesus and then run straight into the arms of her little boy.  I know her heart and body is free from pain.  She is free.  She is HOME! I know Jesus told her how proud he was of her.  She did so much good on this Earth.  I have NEVER known ANYONE with such a pure, loving heart.  When I was younger, I would get embarrassed because she would write notes about Jesus on our receipt for the waiter along with her big tip.  I would be embarrassed when she would just talk to a random stranger who looked like they needed help.

 As I got older, I just knew that was mom and that Jesus made some people fearless or she just did what we are all supposed to be doing.  I remember just the other day in Deirburgs, there was an old lady who was in the store trying to set the alarm for her car.  My mom stopped and asked if she needed help.  The lady said yes and what she was trying to do.  My mom told her how you can put the clicker up to your chin to use as a conductor so the signal can go farther.  She did it and her car alarm set.  Again, how many people do you know even pay attention to other shoppers?  The lady then came up to my mom and said,”Since you were so nice and talked with me over there, can you give me some advice on what I should put in some Easter eggs?”  She was having an Easter Egg hunt for her adult children.  My mom helped her and came back and said, “See Amy, I think there are a lot of people in this world who just need someone to talk to.”  She amazed me and does still.  I am so proud she was and forever will be my mom. 

I know everyone is shocked like I am and wondering how this could happen to such a good person, how a person that lived Fiercely for Jesus could be taken.  Just remember, our reward is Heaven.  I know that is SO, SO hard to grasp and understand when we are aching for her, but know SHE is HOME where all who believe in Christ will be forever and We WILL see her again.  Isaiah 57:1-2 says, Good people pass away; the Godly often die before their time.  But no one seems to wonder why.  No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come.  For those who follow godly paths will rest in peace when they die.

So as I close, let me just say, I will be alright.  My family will be alright.  We have Jesus and we have all of you to help us though this.  I want to challenge each and everyone of you perform random act of kindness this weekend in honor of my mom.  Leave an extra  big tip for a waiter. Pay for the people’s order behind you in the drive through.  Hold open doors for people.  Let someone else have the parking spot.  Let a mom with her screaming kids go in front of you in line at the store.  Talk with a stranger.  These are things my mom has done.  I challenge you to write your act of kindness on her facebook wall or one of my family member’s facebook wall’s.  Please do this in honor of my mom.  Let’s pass some of her love on."

I appreciate that you read this far.  Hopefully, I will get some school stuff done this week to keep my mind busy.  I will try to give you some freebies.

God bless you and your family!


  1. I am so sorry for you lost Amy, my prayers are with you and your family. I am glad that you are able to find strength knowing that your mom is in Heaven with Jesus and your brother.


  2. I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother sounds like a wonderful person. I'm so happy that we all have the hope of spending eternity with our Lord and loved ones who believe in Him. Prayers for your family.

  3. That was beautiful Amy. Your mother 's kindness and spirit live on in you. Wishing you and your family peace and strength.

  4. I am so sorry for your loss Amy. Thinking of you.

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  5. I'm so sorry for your loss. My mother was 56 when she passed away just a few years ago. Your mother sounds like an incredible person. Take care, you'll be in my thoughts and prayers.


    1. I am so sorry for your mom too! I hope God gives you strength and peace as well. I know it never goes away and it gets harder before it gets better.

  6. So, so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful bond you had with your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with your and your family.

    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

  7. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. The suddenness of it makes it all the more unbearable. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  9. God bless you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  10. I'm so sorry for your loss, what a beautiful tribute to your sweet mama.
    First Grade Dual

  11. Amy, I am so sorry about the loss of your mom. She sounds like she was a wonderful person with a heart for Jesus! I will be praying for your family and this time of deep grief for you all. She has left a wonderful legacy in you and I am thankful that you shared this with us.
    Conversations in Literacy

  12. Amy--your strength is amazing! I'm so sorry for your loss--you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


    1. Thanks Jen. All the prayers of friends like you are giving me strength!

  13. I cannot imagine losing my mom so young. Prayers for you and your family. God give you strength through this time.

    The lamppost in 1st grade math

  14. I am so sorry for your loss Amy. I hope your heart is lightened thinking of her in Heaven and all of your wonderful memories. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.

    A is for Apple B is for Blog

  15. I am so sorry for your and your Dad are in my thoughts and prayers.

  16. My heart goes out to you and your family! Your mom sounds like such a wonderful woman! I lost my mom and best friend at the age of 57. I was only 25. I have missed her every day for 28 years. Only time can help ease your pain. Take care!

    1. Thank you Judy. I am sorry about your mom too. I know it sucks!

  17. My condolences. She sounds like a great woman. Time heals the initial shock. My neighbor teacher lost her mom in August, and judging by her example, take time for yourself each week. It will lessen your stress.


  18. Very well written! You were/are blessed to have a Christian family!! Your sweet words spoke to my heart. You will be in my prayers!

  19. I'm so sorry. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

    Stephanie Ann
    Sparkling in Third Grade

  20. I am so sorry for your loss Amy. I'll keep you in my prayers.

  21. What a beautiful eulogy for your Mom! Through Christ comes your strength to help you through. Cherish you memories by sharing them with others. You and your family are in my prayers and thoughts.

  22. Came to your blog through the Lovely Literacy giveaway. I am SO sorry for your lose! What a beautiful eulogy and tribute to your mom. You sound like a strong woman with a strong faith. My thoughts go out to you and your family.
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

  23. I wanted to send you my sincere condolences. Your strong faith will lead you down this difficult road and know that we are all standing beside you, also. Prayers....

  24. Your post brought tears to my eyes. I am so impressed with your strength and I pray that it will continue along with your faith in Jesus. God Bless!

    :) Nicole
    Tadpole Tidbits

  25. We just discovered your blog and your post about your mom was so touching! Praying that the peace of the good Lord will comfort you and your family!


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