My world had been rocked. I have put off blogging for as long as I can because I know this is something I have to do. I have learned so much about myself, my God, and my perspective on life in just one week's time. I temporarily said goodbye to one of the dearest, sweetest, most precious women in my life last Tuesday night. My life as I know it, along with the rest of my family, will never be the same. I still don't feel like this is real. She was in my life for 26 years and 1 month, and a piece of my heart went with her. I can't go on blogging here without this special tribute, as she was a reader. I remember her telling me how she loved to keep up by checking this blog... Needless to say, she left behind a world of influence in my life. I wanted to share a few things with you in her honor...
8. Cherish: Karen cherished the important sentimental things. As I was at her and Uncle Todd's home this past week, I went through several of their photo albums. If you ever had given her a card, picture, etc. you better believe she saved it. Every. single. card. I had ever given her was there. She kept it. Anything that belonged to a loved one that she possessed, you couldn't pay her a million dollars to let go of it. She cherished the things that matter.
9. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers-Eph 4:29. I often remember her encouraging or complimenting someone. I don't think we can do this enough for one another and I am often so caught up in myself or what I need to be doing, I fail to take the time to encourage others.
10. Send Cards: She and my Nana both have always sent cards. I used to follow in their footsteps, but in the past couple of years...I have been lax. It is my intention, to pick up where I left off and make sure I continually send cards, real, handwritten cards, to encourage, to thank, or just to say hey...to reach out to those who need that little reminder that someone is thinking of them. The world needs so much more of this!
There are so many things to write here, so many pictures and memories I could share that I know I have left many out. It's really hard to put everything into a post at a time like this. But I did my best with a week to reflect (when I wasn't at work!)
I would appreciate all of your prayers for My Uncle as she is his world, and also her family.