Saturday, February 13, 2010

The New Beginning of the Journey

The journey of Mike's disease lasted just shy of 9 months. Mike was so courageous throughout the fight. He kept trying to get better...and get better he did. It has been an amazing time full of faith, love, laughter, pain, grief and support. I hope we have been gracious enough to let everyone who helped us know how deeply grateful we are for your time, talents and service. I have renewed friendships, deepened old friendships and gained such respect and appreciation for so many. Each time we were in need, whether it be emotionally, spiritually or physically, our Father in Heaven sent angels to our home. You, my friends, will receive great blessings because of your love and service.

On Wednesday we had an incredible service for Mike... Our immediate families attended. Each was able to express feelings from deep within their hearts. It was joyous, private and sacred. I know Mike is pleased.

Today we will celebrate his life with family, church and community. Mike will be given his due honor and respect. He deserves that as well.

Our hearts are full. We will continue to love, respect and honor Mike as our husband, father, son, brother and friend. We know he is "waiting for us, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner." All is well...


  1. Nancy,
    The service today was lovely. Thank you for such an uplifting celebration of Mike's life.

    You and your family remain in my thoughts and prayers.


  2. Nancy,
    Mike would be very pleased with all that you have done to honor and celebrate his life. The service on Saturday was beautiful and quite a tribute to Mike and all he has given to the community, church, friends and family. Please remember he is and will always be watching over you and helping to guide you as you take the next steps of this new journey.
    I will continue to keep you in thoughts and prayers. Always here for you, just let me know when you need me and I will come running as a friend and cousin! Love you and I am very proud of!
    love and hugs,
    Did you really say that to the sheep when you were trying to get that baby to come out???

  3. What a beautiful service for Mike. I had no idea he had done so much because he never talked about it...such humility. Onward!


  4. Nancy, this blog post is such an eloquent expression of your love for Mike, family, and friends. That love is returned to you from everyone who knows you. Someday I would like to have your poice, grace, dignity, and joyous nature.
    The service for Mike yesterday was a deeply meaningful celebration of the great man that Mike was.....and is, now in another sphere.
    Much love, Sandra

  5. Nancy,
    I can't take credit for writing the following, but I just felt it was a good fit.

    "Life is too short to wake up with regrets.
    So love the people who treat you right.
    Forget about the ones who don't.
    Believe everything happens for a reason.
    If you get a second chance,
    grab it with both hands.
    If it changes your life, let it.
    Nobody said life would be easy,
    they just promised it would be worth it."

    Have a good day today. SusanT

  6. We miss Mike! Nancy, you are doing so well...just continue to surround yourself with good people and activities. We will continue to call, cook (not me), talk, stay with you...anything you want or need. Love you.


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