Sunday, January 5, 2014

In loving memory of a sweet dear friend

Returned home in the early hours of the morning from Atlanta.
The funeral mass for a dear friend.
A beautiful southern lady inside and out.

Cindy was one of those people that could light up a room just by walking in.
Her smile was perfect.
We met in 1998, and became close immediately,
like we had known each other our entire life.

I received a text from her in early September
She had received the news,
Lung Cancer
Stage 4.

She had the best attitude and would text me her favorite verses
and always end with
God's got this.

I tried to plan a trip to see her
but she kept telling me to wait until she felt better....
so we could shop and get mani/pedis
We had plans to attend the Southern Living Fair in Atlanta in October 
It came and went and instead of feeling better,
she grew weaker

I don't live with "regrets" or "what ifs"
but I sure would love to have hugged her one last time
One of her last text to me was telling me of her plan...
Mark 11:23-24 the scripture that she was standing on.
She had so much faith and dignity

Walking into her beautiful, perfectly decorated home,
my heart completely broke in two.
Her sweet touches everywhere
Her monograms
Pictures of her and her husband
Her kids and 7 grand kids
Was almost more than I could handle

I met her sweet friend Lisa who served her communion the last 3 weeks of her life,
every.single.day
Lisa would go to mass, get the host, and then visit and serve Cindy
She gave me so many details of her last days on earth
because she had grown too weak to text
and I had so many questions of her end.
It is amazing how God brings people together and Lisa truly was
an angel here on earth for Cindy
I will forever be grateful for her and knowing that Cindy 
was at total peace when she passed to heaven.

The visitation Friday night brought several hundred people
to show their last respects
The funeral mass yesterday was perfect
It ended with her 13 year old granddaughter singing 
Amazing Grace...... just for her Nona
accompanied by her big brother playing the guitar

My heart is so heavy this morning but I know she is now out of the pain, rejoicing in heaven.
She was truly an angel on earth and I will miss her dearly.

I love you Cindy!





xo 




3 comments:

  1. such a reminder we are not promised tomorrow. sweet words.

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  2. She left a great legacy! What a great encouragement of strong faith she was to you that you in turn share with us.

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  3. Oh Sheri- I've been praying for you. What a lovely and beautiful lady- both you and Cindy. Thank you for sharing your friendship with us. I know I would have loved her, too. Sending big hugs to you, dear friend... Lori

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