November 23, 2011

30 Day Challenge ~ Thanksgiving ~ Day 23


A week ago today, the color briefly drained from our world...
The beloved Matriarch of our family passed away.  

In true Weezie fashion she comforted us in the days following her death:

To Those I Love And Those Who Love Me

When I am gone, release me, let me go.
I have so many things to see and do.
You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears, 
be happy that we had so many years.

I gave you my love and you can only guess
how much you gave me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
but now it's time I traveled on alone.

So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must,
then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It's only for a while that we must part,
so bless the memories within your heart.

I won't be far away, for life goes on.
So if you need me, call and I will come.
Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near.
And if you listen with your heart, 
you'll hear all my love around you soft and clear.

And then, when you must come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a smile and say, "Welcome Home."


And so as the days pass the color slowly returns because this is how Weezie would want it.  
She encouraged us to rejoice for her and so we all try.  


 And here we are graveside, not wanting to leave.

We lingered, told remarkable Weezie stories and laughed at the antics of her long, full life.  
We observed how she is the most Christ-like person we've known and what an
 extraordinary example of walking in kindness she was to every single life she 
touched.  We spoke of how her loving spirit lives on in our children and we vowed to always
remember her so that future generations will know of her faith, character and strength.


Most importantly, we declared that we would celebrate her until we meet again.



Today my heart is filled with gratitude for the time I've known Weezie on this Earth 
and for the promise of being reunited again in our Eternal home.

Rest in Peace, sweet Weezie.
February 27, 1917 - November 16, 2011



22 comments:

  1. Cat -- so sorry to hear of your family's loss. Wonderful poem. Grieve joyfully.

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  2. Cat, words cannot express my sorrow for your family but Weezie certainly left you a remarkable legacy in her words and deeds and in all of you...her incredible words to comfort you says it all about her...I wish you and your family peace!!

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  3. Cat, I am so sorry to hear about your family's loss. Weezie sounds like she was a remarkable woman and leaves a wonderful legacy. I hope that joyful memories will be celebrated during your time of grieving. My thoughts are with you.

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  4. The poem brought tears to my eyes. What a lovely parting gift from a woman of faith, to ease your way from grief to gratitude. Thank you for sharing - I treasure encountering role models of following Christ in life and death. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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  5. What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman. The greatest tribute is to see that you and your family following her wishes by celebrating her life.

    So sorry for your family's loss.

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  6. My deepest sympathy for you dear friend... may you always sense your dear Weezie near you and may you feel the peace that only Christ can give. After nearly 5 months I feel the color coming back into my life and it is wonderful... sweet daily reminders fill my heart. I shall always remember your delicate flower image... the perfect post.

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  7. Oh, Cat. My condolences to you and your family. Weezie sounds like an extraordinary woman. How fortunate you were to have known her! I teared up when I read that beautiful poem. What a lovely tribute. I hope you have a beautiful holiday tomorrow!

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  8. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sounds like she has touched a lot of people in her lifetime. Her words definitely touched me.

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  9. Sounds like Weezie was a wise, wonderful woman.
    I know you'll miss her. But, you'll have all those memories she left you. They'll pop up when you least expect them.
    God bless...

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  10. @All, Thank you for all of your support and kind words...they are so meaningful and warm our hearts.

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  11. Sounds like Weezie was a very special woman and she touched many people's lives. Take comfort in knowing that you will see her again.

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  12. Weezie sounds like quite the inspirational matriarch and her memory will keep you close to her forever. Thanksgiving to the wonderful life she shared. Never easy losing a loved one, very tough during a holiday.

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  13. So very sorry for your loss.
    She leaves behind a wonderful legacy witnessed by your heartfelt post.
    Clearly a very special lady.

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  14. I too am sorry for your family's loss. The poem was very beautiful and I am sure a wonderful remembrance.

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  15. Weezie sounds like a very special person! I'm very sorry for your loss. Hugs, thoughts, and prayers to you and your family.

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  16. I have been blessed by your story and Wezzies words. Your photo story is also a blessing. Hopefully I can come even close to that sort of legacy. Amen, sister.

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  17. I can see that she left a legacy. You guys are blessed to have known her. I'm looking forward to meeting her when the day comes.

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  18. Cat, I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm sure you will miss her especially at Thanksgiving.

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  19. I am so sorry for your loss. It will be hard this first holiday without her.

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  20. So sorry for your loss, Cat. What a sweet tribute to Weezie. May God's unfailing love be your comfort. Take care.

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  21. Dear Cat, my condolences for the passing of your loved one... may she rest in peace...

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  22. Dear Cat, I'm sorry for your loss but the poem you shared describes beautifully how the passing of a loved one should feel, especially if that wonderful person had a long life, filled with love and family. Weezie sounds like such a person. My prayers to you and your family.

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Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
"Pooh!" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you."
~A.A. Milne

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