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October 7, 2011... the day my world collided with Heaven... the day God took His miracle named Mollie home with Him... the day my life forever changed...
From the first moment I held you in my arms-- you held my heart...
I met my very best friend that day, who would love me unconditionally, unfailingly... a perfect love.
The Bible says... 'These three things remain... Faith, Hope and Love and the greatest of these is Love...
Without a doubt,Mollie, you are the greatest of these...
It was on October 22, 1996 that God created a Miracle we named Mollie...It was three years ago, on October 7, 2011 He took His Miracle home... our hearts broke into a million pieces that day... shattering like glass.
We were introduced to God's Miracle, on a frigid Minnesota winter day in December. From the moment we saw her she came into our arms and into our hearts... we didn't choose her... Mollie chose us to be her Dad and Mom.
Thru out our years together, Mollie was a wonderful caretaker of our hearts... while she was with us there was never any danger of heartache... she loved us perfectly... an Agape love... unfailing... unconditional... unchanging.
Loving Mollie was easy... as easy as taking a breath... losing Mollie... took our breath away... three years later we are still a little breathless...
A piece of our hearts went missing the day she left... tender holes in the hearts she held for so many years... not a day passes without memories tugging at the hearts left behind... we laugh, we cry... but we always remember... the Miracle that holds the missing pieces...

Do you remember choosing Momma that day in December?Your sister ran to the back of the pen,but not you.You came right up to me, into my arms and into my heart.I fell in love with you in that moment and everyday you were with us we loved you more that day than the day before.Dad's and my hearts are breaking because you went to the Rainbow Bridge,and only seeing you again will make them whole.When you were diagnosed with the liver shunt at 5 months old and Dr.Ross told us you would probably only be with us from 2-5 years we knew we had to love you perfectly because you might be gone too soon.But you showed everyone and you lived with us for almost 15 years.Of course,Dad and I will always wish we had more.You filled our lives with so much joy and laughter;after all you were a funny little gal.
Do you remember being a tattletale?Sometimes you made your brother,Erik,so mad.Before you,he was an only child and then along came Mollie.He could be ruthless when he teased you but you always came to either Dad or me and let us know what he was up to.I remember the day we had Erik's graduation pictures taken.Dad and I wanted a picture with both of our children;the photographer asked me what was up with the two of you.You wouldn't look at Erik and he refused to let you sit too close.With a lot of patience we did get a great picture of our two kids but neither of you made it easy.Erik nicknamed you 'Stinks' because he said Dad and I spoiled you(which of course we did). For Christmas one year he even gave you doggie perfume to get rid of the spoiled Yorkie smell.The name stuck and you even answered to it.After Tucker A.Byrd came to live with us you and your big brother formed an alliance against poor Tucker that lasted the rest of your life.Erik loves you as much as Dad and I do and misses you so much.
God made you perfectly,Baby Girl,and there will never be another 'You'. Dad,Erik,Margo,and I love you so much. You touched so many lives with your sweet disposition and just being Mollie.We look forward to the day our family will once again be complete and until that day we will have huge a hole in our hearts that only you can fill.We love you,Baby Girl,and miss you every second of every day.
P.S.I know you loved your Aunt Chrissy as much as she loved you.
I thought of you today,but that is nothing new.
I thought about you yesterday,and days before that, too.
I think of you in silence,I often speak your name.
All I have are memories and a picture in a frame.
Your memory is a keepsake,from which I'll never part.
God has you in His arms,I have you in my heart...
Love, Mom
Mollie,in order to be able to write every day I take off some of our words placing them in a file I created just for you.The days that are special I will leave on your site.
10/22 Happy 15th Birthday,Mollie Girl!!!
I wish you were here to help us celebrate your birthday today.Just think,Baby Girl,you would have been 15 years old today.You didn't look your age you were always so beautiful.We never dreamed we'd celebrate this day without you;but we did get to have a lot of other special days with you,didn't we?Please celebrate today with all your friends;ask them to help you look for the balloons Dad and I are sending your way.Anna has a lot of experience catching balloons so I am sure she will help if you need her to.We ordered a little cake for you;remember I had told you could have a piece of cake and a scoop of Frosty Paws on your birthday.You are in our thoughts and our hearts on this day our 15 year old little girl.We wish we could say it is getting easier to be here without you,but we're just not there yet.We're still so sad but sharing our memories of you does make us smile,you always brought so much joy into our lives every single day.
Baby Girl,we miss you and would like nothing better than to have you with us again but we know you are in the only place where you can be healthy,happy,and young again.So have a very Happy Birthday,Little Girl.
Love, Mom,Dad and Tucker.Aunt Chris, Uncle Kevin, Sarah and Jordan, Riley and Piper.
10/31 Happy Halloween,Little Wizard.
I know you were never very happy wearing the wizard costume Aunt Chrissy made for you,but you always looked so adorable.Every minute we spent with you was God's treat to us.I love you so much,Baby Girl,Mom
11/24 Happy Thanksgiving, Mollie.
This morning I was thinking of all the blessings in my life and, you, my Mollie, are a blessing.I thank God for you and all the joy and love you gave me.I am thankful you no longer are old,sick and weak;but instead healthy and happy. Your love for me will carry me through the sad days for you are just a precious thought away. You,Miss Mollie,are one of the things I am most grateful for. Thank you Sweet Girl for all the memories,the joy,the love,and the happiness you gave to us.
12/24pm I need you to be with me on this sacred night, my Angel.I will look for you and I will find you in the music,the sermon,at the cemetery,in the stars,and in my heart,where you now live; you will be with me in this silent and holy night.I love you,my Angel.
The entire world should sleep in the peace of Heaven for... tonight a Child has been born unto to us,His Name is Prince of Peace,Wonderful Counselor.Sleep peacefully tonight,Mollie.
12/25 Merry Christmas,Angel,I am sending you every ounce of my love wrapped up in a huge red bow.
I am looking and finding you in the beautiful day just beginning.I see you on the sun that is starting to peak over the horizon. I see you in your brother's face.I see you in your Dad's arms.I see you in Hope.I see all this through my tears as my selfish heart weeps for you;but what I see most clearly is our love for one another and the joy that is YOU!How can I be sad when you make me so happy?Today my Christmas gift to you is I will wipe away my tears and wrap myself in your happiness,love,joy and of course,your hope.I will be happy and celebrate the blessing of Jesus' birth and the blessing that is you.I love you,my Christmas Angel,and will find you every where I look today.
01/01/2012 Happy New Year, Angel.
My prayer for the New Year is for healing and comfort for all who are in pain,grieving,or ill. I love you,Mollie Bean, for always and forever, Mom
4/8 It is because of this day over 2000 years ago I know we will be together again one glorious day; Happy Easter,my Mollie.
5/1 Happy May Day, Mollie,my heart is sending you a May basket filled with beautiful flowers and is watching you run around the May pole,chasing the ribbons.
7/4 Happy 4th of July!!!God bless America and God bless you,Little One.
*10/5 It was 52 Fridays ago that God kept His promise to you that He would only let us have you for a short while.On that Friday He came and took you home with Him to mend your tired little body and make you whole.He has made that promise to all of us and one glorious day,I believe He will come for me,too, Moll,and then our hearts will once again beat as one.Mollie,you were the magic of my ordinary days.
*October 7, 2011, the day our road trip came to an end and we reached your final destination. You continued on a journey without me and I am left to watch the sunsets and weather life's storms without you. Our journey here has come to an end, but our hearts still hold each other and our love becomes us.
*10/22 Mollie,sixteen years ago today,God created a perfect little miracle He filled your heart with unconditional love and you shared your love with Mom and Dad for nearly fifteen wonderful years.Today, we celebrate you,our life together and the love we shared.You made it so easy to love you,Mollie,and so hard to let you go.This is your second birthday we have had to celebrate without you.Special days like today are more difficult because you hold the missing piece to our hearts.We know that one glorious day our hearts will be made whole and we will celebrate all our special days together once again just as we did for so many years.Today,Mollie,is your sixteenth birthday;sixteen purple balloons filled with love and a kiss on each one are making their way to you.If love could have saved you we would be together rejoicing that you are sixteen years old today.
Happy,happy birthday,Sweet Mollie,we love you!!! Mom and Dad
10/31 Happy Halloween, my little Wizard!!! I have put your costume away,I know how much you liked wearing it(not!You were God's treat to Dad and me for your whole life.
11/22 Happy Thanksgiving,my Mollie.We are thankful for the miracle God made on Oct.22,1996;He breathed life into the miracle, named her Mollie and placed her in our arms and in our hearts.We love you,Sweet Girl,for always and forever.Mom and Dad
12/24 pm It is a silent,holy night,Mollie, a night of wonder and joy.I will look to find you in the music,in His Word,and in the bright,calm night.You will be the brightest star shining over us tonight at the cemetery and I will find you where now live...in my heart.You are my Christmas Angel,tonight, tomorrow and forever.Mom
12/25 Merry Christmas,Mollie,the world is rejoicing for unto us a Savior is born and with His birth comes the promise of that one glorious day when we will be together again!!!I am sending you all my love wrapped in a big box and tied with a big red bow.My selfish heart wishes you could have spent this day with us,but I remind myself you are only a thought and memory away.I will look for you in the wonder of this beautiful day that God has made.You are my Christmas Angel today and everyday.Mom
1/1/2013 Happy New Years!!!This year my prayer is for all we love to have a healthy,Hope filled,and joyful New Year.I pray the pains from the past heal and we can turn our faces towards the sun(Son)and find faith,hope and love.
2/14 Happy Valentine's Day,Mollie Bean.My heart belongs to you and loves and misses you so much.You are my Forever Valentine!!!
3/31 Happy Easter,my Mollie!!!He is risen...He is risen indeed!!!Because of this,Moll,I know one glorious day you and I will be together again...I will hold you in my arms for all eternity.
5/1 Happy May Day, Mollie,I know you will be running around the May Pole...catch the ribbons!!!
5/27 Memorial Day 2013
Remembering you is easy,
I do it everyday.
Missing you is hardest part,
it never goes away.
I love you!!! Mom
7/4 A day to celebrate love of family, friends and country, Moll. God bless America and God bless you.
***10/4 104 Fridays ago, our world tilted on its axis and came to a heart breaking stop. We received the call we had dreaded... Dr. Bisignano told us it was time... time to let you be free... time to let you find peace... time to let you go....
Loving you was so easy... as natural as taking a breath. Letting you leave... took our breath away.
Love wasn't enough to keep you here... but it was love that gave us the strength to place our Sweet Girl into the loving hands of God... He was the only One who could give you what you needed... rest for you tired, tiny body. Only God could heal you... all we could do was to love you enough to say 'Good Bye'...
***October 7, 2011... the day my world collided with Heaven... the day God took his miracle named Mollie home with him... the day my life forever changed...
From the first moment I held you in my arms-- you held my heart...
I met my very best friend that day, who would love me unconditionally, unfailingly... a perfect love.
The Bible says... 'These three things remain... Faith, Hope and Love and the greatest of these is Love...
Without a doubt, you are the greatest of these...
***Oct.7, 2013 marks the second anniversary of that life changing moment... the moment you went from our arms to His. Loving you was so easy, who couldn't help but love a miracle? Losing you has been so difficult, definitely one of the hardest things I have ever done... the emptiness of living in a world filled only with memories. Not a day has passed that you have not been in my thoughts... I think of you first thing in the morning, you are my last thought at night.... I think of you and smile; I think of you and cry... but I always think of you.
Even after all this time... my heart still hurts. It hurts its way thru each day; selfishly wanting what it cannot have... You... My head tells me you were no longer happy here and needed to be healed, not with my love but with the healing power of God's love. You left your tired, worn out body here and exchanged it for a healthy one in Heaven and knowing that causes my selfish heart to rejoice.
Even though there has been this pain since you left, I would not give up one moment of the 15 years I spent dancing with you on God's great dance floor. You were so tiny but your love for me was bigger than this world and I believe with every fiber of my being it was your love that brought Mollie's Hope into my life. She is my dance partner now, Mollie, and I will cherish each song with her just as I did with you.
I love you, Mollie Bean Hurst, with every breath I take. You hold the missing piece to my heart and I know you will keep it safe until that one glorious day... Mom
10/22 Seventeen years ago today, God created a wonderful miracle and shared it with us for almost fifteen years... You, Mollie Bean Hurst, are that miracle. We have spent every day of these past seventeen years loving you... who could not love a miracle? Our first moment together sealed our bond. You came into our arms and into our hearts the instant we met. We knew you were to be our little girl, our little Mollie. You gifted us with such joy and unconditional love every day we spent together. We always knew that you would bring your magic into our ordinary days... a sweet, precious magic that soothed us, healed us, calmed us and loved us. There is no greater magic or wonder than the love you gave us... the love God gave to our miracle, Mollie, to give to us. Time has lessened the hurt most days, but it has never lessened the love we have for you...
and today... we say 'Happy Birthday, Precious Mollie'!!!
We love you, today, tomorrow and for eternity, Birthday Girl!!! Mom and Dad
10/31 Happy Halloween, my Mollie, I am grateful for the wonderful treat God has given me...You!!! My heart is sad when I think my Little Wizard won't be delivering treats to the neighborhood children. You hated your costume but believe me you were adorable. I can still see you running across our front lawn with your wizard hat falling down on your head and looking like a miniature unicorn. I love you, Bean, and miss you so much.
12/24 It is the Holiest night of all tonight, Mollie... Christmas Eve. Tonight is a sacred and holy night filled with the promise of new life. We celebrate the birth of a Child, the One who will be called Wonderful Counselor, Everlasting God, Prince of Peace... tonight we celebrate Jesus.
On this most sacred night, I will look for you in the music, His Word, the candle light, the stars shining over head, and in the silence of the night. Mollie, you will be with me where you have lived these past two years... in my heart. Our love is alive because of the promise God full filled on this night of wonder.
12/25 Merry Christmas, Mollie!!! I am sending you all my love and tied it with a great big ribbon.
1/1/14 Welcome to 2014, Mollie, a brand new year has begun!!! My prayer for 2014 is we will find Hope, Joy and Love in the One who has blessed us with our family and friends, always remembering He is the center of it all..
2/14 Happy Valentine's Day, Mollie, you are the keeper of my heart...
10/2 Hi Mollie Bean, as you know we just got home from Rochester where we have been all week. Aunt Chrissy, after meeting with her Doctors, had the first of her surgeries. Thank all the Littles for helping you, Madison and Riley watch over her while she has been down there. She is home at our house and will start a series of radiation and chemotherapy in a couple of weeks. The Doctors have hope that there is a chance of shrinking the remaining tumors a little and then will do the other surgery if it is still necessary. I will be praying hard for that to happen and I know she has the very best Angels in all of Rainbow Bridge watching over her.
Tomorrow is the 3rd Anniversary of the worst Friday ever... the Friday you left me for Rainbow Bridge. My heart still hurts, Moll, it still hurts so much. I know that until that one glorious day when I meet you at the Bridge and get the missing piece, it will always hurt. Tomorrow after work, I am bringing home 3 black balloons--one for each year. I am not going to send them to Rainbow Bridge but am going to let the air out of them just like the breath went out of me the Friday you left me. Next Tuesday, October 7th, the sky will be full of balloons to celebrate our lives together. But tomorrow the hurt is still too raw to celebrate, isn't it?
I love you, Bean, you gave me a reason to be happy everyday of your life. You are my very Special Angel, my Mollie, and I wait for our glorious day. Mom
10/3***156 Fridays ago the air went out of our lungs and we felt as if we could not take a breath... the day Mollie left... the day our world changed forever...
We have spent the last three years learning to live without you... struggling with the pain of losing you... trying to remember without tears... to find healing for our broken hearts... coping with the emptiness... looking for you, not in the places you used to be, but in our broken hearts...
For the past three years, like a jigsaw puzzle, our hearts are slowly coming together. We wake up some mornings and think, while they are not as perfect as before, they are beginning to become whole again; we just need to put in that last piece... only to find it is with you... We love you, Mollie, and each day our hearts beat a little sadly because of that one missing piece... the piece that belongs only to you...
We love you and miss you, our Mollie!!! Mom and Dad
10/5 Hi Bean, I really don't like Fridays in October!!! Dad's doctor called for him Friday evening with the news that he does have prostate cancer. I asked the doctor not to call Dad until Tuesday--I wanted him to have this time with Erik. I hope he won't be upset with me for making that decision but he wouldn't be able to do anything until he gets home anyways, right? The doctor said he will need a ct scan and bone scan to check to see if the cancer has spread. I am saying lots of prayers for Chrissy and Dad. I am trying to keep positive but I am really sad, Moll. Dad and Chrissy, well I just love them so much and need them in my life. Please do your Angel thing, okay, Moll?
Tomorrow is Erik's 33rd birthday. I think it is also Tiffy's sister Rachel's birthday,too. I don't know what Dad and Erik have planned but I am sure they will have a good time. Today, they went to Prescott. I think there are some hiking trails they wanted to try. Yesterday they went to the big flea market in Mesa. Dad bought Uncle Donnie's Christmas present--some kind of fishing hat that doesn't sink. He sounds so happy, Moll, it is breaking my heart that he has a difficult road to take in the next few months. You know your Dad, he really tries not to let things get him down.
Well, Baby Girl, I have had a busy day--worked, church, cleaned Chrissy's house, mowed the yard and now am ready to take a bath. I love you, Bean, and thank God every day for our life together and for Mollie's Hope. Just her name makes me feel better. Good night, my Sweet Girl. You are the sun in my shine. Mom
10/6 Hi Bean, today is Brother's birthday. Dad is taking him out to Joe's Crab Shack for his birthday dinner. They were going shopping at the sporting goods store for his gift. I talked to him and Dad this morning, they were having a quiet day--Erik and Megan were studying and Dad was reading his trading books. Tonight I am going to a Bible study at church. Chrissy is feeling lots better today. J. did not have school today and he stayed with her while I worked. I guess he was so funny that she laughed so hard her tummy hurt.
Tomorrow is 'THE DAY' isn't it? I am going to get lots of balloons to send to you and the Littles. We will release them after I pick J. up from school. I put you on the candle light memorial tonight, Moll. I won't be home but I still wanted you to be on it. I love you, my Mollie, and wish with my whole being that you were still here with me. You are my best little Angel Girl and we certainly need Angels right now. Watch for the balloons, Moll, they will be coming your way. Mom
10/7/2014 third anniversary of Black Friday
It was on October 22, 1996 that God created a Miracle we named Mollie...It was three years ago, on October 7, 2011 He took His Miracle home... our hearts broke into a million pieces that day... shattering like glass.
We were introduced to God's Miracle, on a frigid Minnesota winter day in December. From the moment we saw her she came into our arms and into our hearts... we didn't choose her... Mollie chose us to be her Dad and Mom.
Thru out our years together, Mollie was a wonderful caretaker of our hearts... while she was with us there was never any danger of heartache... she loved us perfectly... an Agape love... unfailing... unconditional... unchanging.
Loving Mollie was easy... as easy as taking a breath... losing Mollie... took our breath away... three years later we are still a little breathless...
A piece of our hearts went missing the day she left... tender holes in the hearts she held for so many years... not a day passes without memories tugging at the hearts left behind... we laugh, we cry... but we always remember our Miracle that holds the missing pieces...
10/10 Another IMMF, Mollie. They come about so fast don't they? This past week has been especially hard. We had our 3rd anniversary, Chrissy is trying to deal with all the ramifications of her disease, Dad's diagnosis and now Uncle Donnie has a suspicious growth. I can't imagine what is next. It appears the old saying about things coming in 'threes' is true, I have hope then that we will have three cures. At least, that is what I am praying for.
Dad has his scans on Monday and an appointment with the Doctor on Tuesday. We will know more then. Don and Linda are going to Rochester on Monday and as quickly as the system works down there we should know a little something by at least Tuesday. Please keep your wings around Chrissy, Dad and Don, okay Bean?
Chrissy and I are getting our hair colored this afternoon. I really need it. We are going to watch J. compete in Diamond Nationals tonight. He is so excited because he will be sparing against an older group of kids. I hope he does well enough to earn a trophy.
Well, my Mollie Bean, you have a good day with all the Littles. I miss you so much and will forever. I love you, Moll, you are the sun in my shine. Mom
10/13 Hi Mollie, I know it is a really busy time for all of our G.A.'s but Uncle Donnie needs all of you--tell Sadie Mae that her Daddy needs her. I talked to Linda and Don tonight; they had just gotten back from Rochester. Uncle Donnie has cancer of the tonsils and it is also in one of his lymph nodes. The news around here has not been very good lately, has it? He will have surgery on Thursday to remove his tonsils and gland. Shortly after that he will start radiation. The Doctor told them it will be 3 very hard months because his throat will be very sore from both the surgery and the radiation. You will be some very busy Angels, won't you? But I know you and the Littles are up to the challenge. Your Daddy has his scans tomorrow and we will find out what his treatment will be on Wednesday.
I have been praying and praying for God's healing Hands upon everyone. He never said life here on Earth would be easy, He did promise He would be here for us. I am truly holding Him to His promise, because without His presence none of us would be able to walk this difficult journey we are embarking on.
I don't know much else other than Mollie's Hope reminds me every minute that there really is hope for us. She is such a little spit fire and is filled with so much love that I believe with all my heart she came to us because you and God wanted us to have her and to have hope. I love her, Mollie, as much as I love you. You are both my Angels--a Heavenly Angel and an Earthly Angel. Mom
10/14 Hi Bean, another beautiful fall day. The sky always seems so much bluer on fall days, doesn't it? So... Dad had his scans today and tomorrow we get the results. You probably already know what they are, but I know I am anxious to hear the news--good or bad. It is the not knowing that seems to be the hardest for me.
Mollie's Hope had her grooming appointment today--she looks adorable. She went with Chrissy and me to pick J. up from school. He likes to carry her because the two of them get a lot of attention. We came home and are baking 'Brown Sugar Cinnamon Bread'(Zucchini Bread). J. wouldn't eat it if he knew what was really in it, but he loves Brown Sugar Cinnamon bread. I always bake a mini loaf for him.
I haven't heard anything from Linda today. I think she and Don are back at Rochester for more tests and I know tomorrow he has a PET scan and surgery on Thursday. Dad and I are going to run down on Sunday after church to see him. It has been a tough month, Moll, but I guess October usually is, isn't it? Probably the worst month of the whole year. I am sorry if I am acting like a Debbie Downer, I am just worried about everyone.
The G.A.'s have lots on your plates now and I know your families down here keep you really busy--just keep your wings around Cheryl, Ashley, Chrissy, Dad, Don and all of your loved ones. We are blessed to have you watching over us.
Well, Sweetest Mollie, I love you so very much and miss you like crazy. You are the blue in my sky today, Moll. Mom
10/17 Good morning, Mollie Bean. It is really early and I know you are probably still snuggling with the Littles. Dad came home from work and I couldn't get back to sleep so I thought I would come for our daily visit. I am sure by now you know what is going on here... Dad has an aggressive form of prostate cancer. I am so sad, Mollie. I know you and the Littles are doing your very best to watch over your families--sometimes it just gets to be too much, doesn't it? We are waiting to hear from his doctor; he is setting up an appointment for Dad with a doctor at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Hanson wants Dad to see the leading expert in the country so that is promising. We truly are blessed to live so close to such an phenomenal facility, aren't we? Until we see the doctor in Rochester we won't know too much.
Uncle Donnie had his surgery yesterday. I talked to Sarah Jane and Linda last night. He was still in surgery when we spoke--it was taking longer than predicted but the work out of the operating room was that everything was going as expected. I told Linda she didn't need to call again last night unless something changed. No news is good news at this point.
I cleaned for Chrissy yesterday and did their laundry. I am going to drop it off on my way home from work. I try to do what I can for her--it is so hard to be on the outside looking in.
I do have some news about Dad--he is going to retire!!! The original plan was for him to wait until April, but now with his diagnosis he is going to retire soon. I am so happy for him. I just wish it was for better reasons. I always said I wanted to retire when he did, but now I think I just might continue to work part time for awhile. I want to be able to do the things he wants to do and I will wait to see if my work is willing to give me the time off. If not, then I will quit, but for now I am going to wait and see.
Well, my Precious Girl, that is all I have for now. Guess who is turning 18 in a few days? Can you believe it, Mollie? It seems unreal that so many years have passed since I first held you in my arms. WOW!!! It is a special birthday, isn't it? Now you are old enough to vote, just kidding. I love you, Mollie Bean Hurst, today, tomorrow and forever. Mom
10/18 Good night, my Moll. I love you. Today has been a hard one--I spent time with Chrissy after work. I don't want to waste a minute of my time with Chrissy and Dad. Erik and Megan are coming home on Friday. They will go with us to the Mayo Clinic. I am so glad to have them with us. We are such a little family and need to be together as we hear the news of what Dad is facing. Mollie, I am trying so hard to believe that all we are going thru is for God's glory, I don't want to think it is anything else, but I am struggling.
Dad and I are going down to Rochester to visit Don and Linda tomorrow. We talked to Linda today and it sounds as if things are going well for Don. That was wonderful news.
Sweet Girl, I am going to say 'Good night' to you and the Littles. Snuggle close together as you sleep, my love will keep you warm. You, my Mollie, are the glow in my moon. I love you and hold you tightly in my heart. Mom
10/19 Hi Mollie, just a quick visit before we leave for Rochester. I love you, Little Angel. Continue to keep watch over those you love and we will hold you in our hearts. Mom
10/20 Hi B., what a beautiful fall day we are having, lots of sun, blue sky and beautiful colors. Fall in Minnesota is gorgeous this year--more color than we have had in a couple of years.
We saw your Uncle Donnie yesterday--in spite of the surgery--he looked good. He even tried joking around and that is a sign of healing. He was not able to communicate other than hand gestures but we were able to understand much of what he wanted to tell us. He became very sad when he held onto Dad's hand--he didn't want to let go. They have been such good friends for so many years and for the two of them going thru similar things is rather unnerving. I worry this will be too much for Linda to do on her own; he will probably go home with a trach tube and for sure a feeding tube. I wish I were closer so I could go and help her. I hope the girls pitch in.
I had a rough day today. I cried a lot and even came home from work early. I as so sad and want to be with Dad every second. Tomorrow, while I am at work he is going to visit Zurich and get things going with our investments so when we need them they are readily available. I always thought when Dad made this appointment with Zurich it would be because he was retiring and we were going to grow really old together. The not knowing is the worst, Moll.
Well, Baby Girl, enough feeling sorry for myself. I love you and miss you so much. Wednesday is your 18th birthday, balloons, hugs, thoughts and kisses will be coming your way. You put the blue in our sky, Mollie Bean. Mom
10/21 Good night, Bean, it is just about time for bed. Your Hope and I have done a little cleaning before supper. Dad did one side of the yard with his new leaf blower--he thought it did a nice job and was easy to use.
Tomorrow, we go down to Rochester with Chrissy and Uncle Kev for Chrissy's first round of chemo therapy. Keep her covered with all the love that can come from Rainbow Bridge, okay?
We do have some good news, Uncle Donnie is going home tomorrow. We don't know if we will see him and Linda before they leave but we are going to try to get over there--getting Chrissy settled is the most important thing. Dad is taking the CD's of his scans down to the urology dept before his appointment next Tuesday. It is a lot, isn't it, Moll? I miss you, but your Hope is doing her best to love us. She is a bit of a Klingon to Dad--I think you must be telling her to stay close to him and she certainly is.
Well, Sweet Girl, snuggle with the Littles. Our love will cover you like a warm blanket. We love you, our Angel Girl. Mom, Dad and Hope
Eighteen years ago today God created in you a very special kind of love. Agape' love is as rare as it is pure and unconditional and is the only word that can describe how you loved us. You are Agape' love in the truest sense--a more perfect love does not exist. There is no greater love than the love you gave us; you were the essence of the word. We cherished your love and you for nearly 15 years and our hearts broke the very moment you left. Loving you was as easy as taking a breath, loosing you left us breathless.
Today, we hold each treasured memory of you in our broken hearts as we celebrate you and all the birthdays we spent together.
Happy 18th Birthday, Sweet Mollie, we love you today, tomorrow and for eternity. Mom and Dad
10/23 Hi Mollie, did you have a good 18th birthday? I told Dad you are old enough to vote now. Everything went really good at the Mayo yesterday. Aunt Chrissy started her chemo therapy and has not had any nausea yet. The nurse told her it could happen right away and it hasn't so far, which is great news. Dad dropped off his scans and got his patient number. He is a little subdued, Moll, I know he is not talking about it, but he is upset. Erik comes into tomorrow and he will be the best medicine for Dad.
I am going over to Chrissy's to clean, Dad has a haircut at noon and a Dr.'s appointment at 4:30. He is seeing Dr. Fox about getting on FMLA for his appointments and such.
That is our day. I know you will be lying in the sun and watching the butterflies flutter by. I love you, Mollie, you put the shine in my sun. Mom
10/24 Hi Bean, it was another beautiful fall day--the temperature got up to 72--amazing. Dad smoked ribs and pulled pork meat, mowed the yard, and blew the leaves--he really likes his leaf blower.
I worked, grocery shopped and picked J-Man up from school. He had a great day--chatted all the way home. Chrissy is not feeling very good from the effects of the chemo therapy.
We are going to eat supper and then go pick up your big Brother at the airport.
I love you, my Mollie Bean, more than there are stars in the sky. Mom

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