Sunday, September 8, 2013


This was Sandy and I exactly one year ago tomorrow morning.  We were having a cup of coffee on her patio in the early morning..just out of bed.  Daughter Mary took our picture. 

We had hope.  God doesn't let us look too far down the we can smile today.  Last September, daughter Mary and I, flew to Atlanta to spend time with Sandy.  We shopped.  She helped me pick out a small make up primer.  I hold that container in my hand every day..and remember her handing it to me..and showing me how to apply it. 
Sandy was everyone's rock.  I wish you could have known her.

~my brave girl~
I still sleep a lot more than usual..but I am feeling better. 
I think reality just hits me. 
I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it was to get your sweet letters and notes of encouragement.
I wish there was a pill one could take for such a thing.  Some of you out there know what I mean.
It's a pain that only time can heal...but it certainly helps to have friends such as yourselves.
You bring tears of joy to my eyes and hope to my heart. 
In time I will be fine.  The world keeps on turning and I am glad all of you are in my world.
(There is only one set of footprints in the sand...HE is carrying me...)
My love to all of you,


  1. She was beautiful. ((hugs)) friend. I wish I had words to help you heal, but I don't. Praying for your heart. I know it's broken.

  2. I wish I could take the pain away. I can't, but I can wrap my arms around you in love.

  3. Oh dear sweet Mona, I wish there was something I could do to take away the hurt. You have been in my prayers and you can get thru this - time heals.
    Take care of your self - you are loved by so many people.

  4. sandy was so pretty! the first year is always so tough. hang in there mona. you've been through so much!

  5. Mona,what a beautiful girl. I cant even begin to imagine your pain but please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. You bring so much pleasure to others through your blog, I am so glad that you feel that love returned to you from your fellow bloggers. I am sure so many people will keep checking in on you, like me. Take care my love. xxxx

  6. Dear Mona,
    She was beautiful woman just like her Mom.
    I am utterly amazed by your courage and strength, and I know that it must be the hardest journey anyone can imagine.
    Keep sharing her with us when you want, I hope it will bring some healing for you.
    And I love hearing your stories, they are always so interesting.
    Big Hugs dear,

  7. Mona, my heart is with you and yes, life must go on there s nothing we can do for it's not up to us. I am traveling a similar road with my sister...I pray all will be well and she will fight the battle like a true warrior!...:)JP

  8. Dearest Mona - I do know how you feel, as we have between us had a great loss this past year. I felt like I knew Sandy although we had never met. She would be the kind of person that was most loved and always would be - just because of who she was. Yet, for everything that I read about her from your posts, I was not surprised when she showed her bravery in the fight to live - and she did try, never giving in and eventually the sickness took it all away. I only feel that God really needed an angel like her to work miracles around this big world of ours - I believe my brother and her have met by now because his big sky blue eyes would have shone a path right to her and they are probably swapping stories by now. There is a piece of her you have to let go of, so she can be free to explore where she is. Letting a piece go, is not letting go - its just a way to release some of the pain within you. Hope some of this makes sense. Miss you. xo

  9. What lovely pictures you have! My heart goes out to you. Sometimes I miss my Mom so much I burst into tears. That kind of pain takes awhile to get a hold of. My heart goes out to you! Take care of yourself sweet lady!

  10. Dear Mona...I was So very happy to see you back and even better, to be posting about your beautiful daughter, Sandy. All of this helps in healing your heart. Yes, time will help you cope with your loss, but know in the meantime, you have many friends who are surrounding you with love, support, thoughts and prayers. Sandy was indeed beautiful and brave...she is no longer in pain and being held in the hand of the good lord. Many blessings to you and your family.

  11. I am happy to see you here, Mona. Life can really be rough but I do think there is strength and support here that helps see us through some tough times.

    My heart aches for you. There is NO earthly pleasure that can take the place of one we loved-NONE-Nothing- NaDa. It is just something we need to move forward through, embrace the pain, and look towards Heaven for help.

    God bless you. I can't begin to imagine how much you miss your daughter-having not lost a daughter myself.

    I am sending you lots of love and a big old Midwest hug- xo Diana

  12. Love you Mona! Sweet memories of those days of fun and smiles will help you through! HUGS and PRAYERS from my heart to yours:)

  13. Oh Mona, I can't even imagine the pain, my heart aches for you. You are always in my prayers. Hugs, Marty

  14. GOOD MORNING . . . thank you for treating me with your smile and the wonderful photos and thoughts of Sandy. Such a beautiful mom and daughter . . .

    Remember Mona . . . be tender with yourself . . . let yourself quiet your eyes and rest, it is okay . . .
    Love and

  15. Dear Mona, Sandy was so beautiful and she has your smile and I believe your spirit. My heart breaks for you and I do with I could say something or do something to help. Just know I love you and you're in my prayers.
    Shelia :)

  16. Wonderful, she is back. Yes, those footprints will carry you through. I wish I were closer so we could just sit, talk and cry together. Sandy is the Angel on your shoulder now and will always be there to help you each day. Faith is the key sweetie, You are in my prayers for strength to carry on. Someday, the two of you will share another cup of coffee in Heaven. have a good day.

  17. God bless you, dear one. Your daughter was a beautiful lady, just like her mother. I can't begin to know the pain you've suffered since her passing. I pray that you will find more strength each day and that your burden of grief will be lighter. Take care.

  18. Oh Mona - she is beautiful - she looked a lot like you I could tell she was your daughter.

    I tell you - and for others who have lost children - I can't even imagine the pain you are in. It doesn't seem right.

    Love and hugs and it was good to hear from you.


  19. Such a beautiful photo of mother and daughter. Peace and comfort be yours Jesus name. May his joy be your strength....blessings

  20. Oh, Mona, my heart hurts for you. Hold on to those memories! You only need to look in the mirror to see your lovely Sandy looking back at you. I'll keep you in my prayers, for comfort and peace.

  21. Dear Mona, your daughter was a beautiful lady and I can't imagine the heartache you have now. I will keep you in my prayers and hope some peace will fill your heart. I'm so glad you have a wonderful family to be there for you and hopefully they have been a comfort. Thinking of you today..take care.

  22. Sandy is so beautiful just like her Mama. I can't even begin to imagine the pain you feel. I can only hope and pray it will get some easier. She will always be in your heart and you will be with her again. I think of you so often and wish I could help you. ((((HUGS))))

  23. Sandy is very beautiful and looks a lot like her Mom. Her talent for being a "rock" came from you.

    She will always be with you.

  24. Mona, We should all take one day at a time - none of us knows what tomorrow holds. I'm continuing to pray for healing and peace for you as you face each day with strength and courage. Hugs to you. - Rhonda

  25. Dear Mona, it is so good to find you back and please know we will always be here for you to lean on. Sadness and grief can creep up at the most unexpected times and overwhelm. But remembering loved ones who have way too soon is always good because you shared joyful times as well as sad ones. Life can be so hard. Welcome back, dear friend.

  26. I am glad you are back. I missed you!
    Wish we could have known Sandy too. I bet she was wonderful! Deal with her passing in your own way and in your own time. Nobody can ever take her place nor would they want to. Enjoy and re-live your times with her. Welcome back!


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