So far I’m not having a good year.
2009 was the year of illnesses and friends going through hardships. 2010 is proving much worse.
As you can tell from my postings, I haven’t published anything for about 10 + days. Sadly, on Tuesday August 24th, I lost my mother in-law to lung cancer. She was diagnosed just 4 months ago and now she is gone.
Jessie was not your typical mother in-law. She was not the type that could give a son in-law nightmares as you see on television or hear about at the water cooler. She was fun and full of life. She loved God and people. She especially loved her grandchildren who all gave her great joy. She was an animal lover and helped me grieve when I put down our dog Chloe earlier this year.
If there was one thing Jessie taught me – that will always stay with me – is that our God is full of grace. Understanding His grace takes time and patience. The more patient we are, the better God’s grace is for us. Jessie embraced life with a positive attitude and a ‘can do’ spirit. She believed in hard work and the rewards that come with it. I will greatly miss her and all the love and wisdom she had to share.
As for me, my diabetes has rightfully taken a back seat. My family is first and therefore I need to take care of them as much as I can. I joke with friends that in addition to my full time job, I am now cleaning house and washing clothes. And, believe it or not, my wife is very pleased with my work. I told Jessie, a day before she passed, that I was doing laundry for my wife. She was so very pleased.
Once again I have learned that our lives are way too short and to make the most out of each day we are given. Whether we live with a disease or not, we should strive to live fully and help others with a great heart.
Jessie is now in Heaven, cancer free, dancing and celebrating with past loved ones. How awesome that must be.