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Memories of Mollie
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 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...
***10/7/2014 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...
***10/22/14 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
10/31/14 Happy Halloween, Mollie, you were God's treat to Mom and Dad for 14 Halloweens and we cherish the memories of each and every one, Little Wizard. Mom and Dad
12/24/14 Christmas Eve
It is the 3rd Silent Night, Holy Night without you, Mollie...
I will once again look for you in the candle light, in the music, in His Word...
I know I will find you in my heart where our love lives on...
Together we will celebrate the holiest night of all...
For unto us a Child is born... the Son of God...
He will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Prince of Peace...
He has come to not to condemn us, but to save us...
Because of that promise...
On one glorious day we will be together again...
Merry Christmas, Mollie Bean!!! I am sending all my love for you tied with a red ribbon. You were a wonderful gift from God... you gave us love, joy and brought us so much happiness... love you, Bean
Happy New Year, Mollie Bean Hurst.
My prayer for 2015 is... everyone will be blessed with good health, lots of love, hope and joy.
2/14 Happy Valentines Day, my little Sweetheart. You are my Forever Valentine and I will love you forever, Mollie. Mom
7/1 Welcome to July, Baby Girl!!! As you know we were down in Rochester on Monday and Tuesday. Dad had scans, blood work and hormone therapy. Mollie, so many prayers were answered!!! Dr. Kwon told us Dad's scans looked almost PERFECT!!! Can you believe it, Bean? We sure had some very powerful prayer warriors praying for us, didn't we? God is truly and awesome and mighty. Dad still has to continue to fight this nasty stuff but he is well on his way to beating this giant. I am so filled with joy, Mollie, beyond happy. I feel as if we can now make plans, I haven't felt that way in a long time. I am hopeful only good things are to come.
Well, my Sweet Mollie, I need to get busy. I love you, my Sunshine, so very much! Mom
7/4 Happy 4th of July, Mollie Bean!!! Be sure to visit Grandpa today as it is the anniversary of his homecoming. I have been dreaming of him and Greatie these past couple of days. I do miss my Dad and Mom. I know he will love a visit from his 3 little Yorkie girls. I worked today and in the afternoon Chrissy and Uncle Kev came over for lunch. We had chili dogs. We are planning to get together tomorrow for a BBQ. Dad has been up at Chip and Sarah's, the three of them went fishing. He is coming back on Sunday morning. It is just so wonderful to see him starting to feel better. He seems happy again, Moll. I can't even imagine what he has been feeling these past months. Uncle Kev mowed the lawn for us. I was going to do it but he wanted to do something for your Dad.
After Chrissy and Kev left; Hope, Tucker and I had a quiet evening. I talked to Erik for a few minutes tonight. He is busy doing homework. He will be finished with his computer science degree in the fall. I told him he should do the whole cap and gown thing again. I remember the day he graduated from Hamline. I just sobbed when the began playing and the graduates came from every direction into the auditorium. I was so happy and proud of him. I still am. He is a pretty good guy, isn't he?
Well, my Girl, I think I am about ready to go to bed. Last night Anoka had their fireworks and tonight Coon Rapids will have theirs. Hope isn't to bothered by the noise, she does a little barking just to let those fireworks know she is not afraid. You and the Littles have a wonderful view of all the fireworks, don't you? Enjoy, my Mollie.
I love you, Mollie Bean Hurst, so very, very much. I miss you each and every day. I know you are where you are supposed to be but that doesn't mean my selfish heart wishes you were with me. One day, Moll, one glorious day. You are the sun in my shine. Mom
7/10 Oh, my Mollie Bean, I sure am missing you today. I have so much to grateful for and yet there seems to be something missing...YOU!!! I did a little cleaning today and that means I dust your memory table and of course, I have touch and remember everything about you--I watered a few flowers today, Moll. I hold your urn in my hands and think of that glorious day when I will once again hold you in my arms. I am trying to be patient, Mollie, I truly am.
Today is Aunt Chrissy's birthday. I went out to lunch with her, Jordy, Sarah and Chad. J. is taking Mema on a date--they are going to the 'Minion' movie. J. sure loves his Mema (and I sure love my little Sissy).
I have the weekend off and am looking forward to sleeping in a little tomorrow. Those 4:30 am mornings are starting to get old, but I would rather get up early and get my day started. The mornings when I journal, I still half listen for the patter of your feet coming to see if you can have a piece of my bagel. Every morning you would get up for a bagel and every night you would come up and give Dad a kiss goodnight when he came to bed. It is the little things about you that makes losing you so hard; such a special little girl.
I love you to the moon and back, Mollie. Mom
7/12 Hi Bean, just got done doing the checkbook--a job I hate doing. I am glad it is done for the week now. I just have to pay a couple of bills online and I am finished. Dad has started to feel a little better and has been working outside. He is still waiting for test results back about the biopsy the doctor did on his ear. He checked his chart today and there is just a note that it is in the lab for testing. He is scheduled this Tuesday for an injection to help bring his hemoglobin back up. He still gets exhausted when he does things; Dr. Hugec said it will take a couple of months before the effect of the chemo wears off. Dad is just anxious to get his hair to grow back. He wears a hat all the time when he is outdoors or goes some place. Hope and I think he is the handsomest guy around even if he has little to no hair.
I went to church and Bible study this morning. Last Sunday I did play hooky and didn't go. I don't like myself very much when I do that and I was not about to miss 2 weeks in a row.
Guess what!?!, Moll? Erik and Megan are coming home on August 19th. Erik wanted to come home for Linda's 70th Birthday. They get to stay a week. It will be wonderful to see them. We haven't seen Megan since October and Erik since Christmas. They will be home to celebrate Anna's birthday. Our baby is turning 11 already. I know Erik releases balloons every year at the same time as we do but being on the phone is not the same as being there with everyone. I Kate-Kate is happy he is going to be with her just as he was the day Anna was born and the day she died. Kate and Erik have an amazing history together, don't they?
We are having our normal hot and humid July days this weekend. There is severe weather predicted for us tonight into tomorrow. That is what happens when our temperatures and humidity gets so high. I don't like the storms but I do like the warm weather. It sure beats below zero temperatures we have in the winter. I will take this any day, Moll.
Bella and Hope have been texting and sending selfies to each other. I am so looking forward to spending time with Cheryl this fall. Dad and I had the atlas out last night looking over which road we will take. We have decided we will drive to Arizona, then Nevada, Utah will be our final destination. I am so excited that Dad will be well enough to do a cross country trip.
So, Missy Bean, not a lot going on here but it seems as if every minute is busy. Next Friday we are going to Iowa for David's birthday. We will leave after Sarah or Chrissy pick up J.. Remember all the trips you and I took down to visit Linda; just you and me. What I wouldn't give for one more road trip with you, Mollie. Your Hope is a good little rider. She spends the time in her travel bag, she does not get to drive like you did. That was one thing we decided to do a little different; we were so lucky we never had an accident while you were driving with Dad and we are not taking any chances with Hope.
I love you, Mollie Bean Hurst... today, tomorrow and forever!!! Mom
7/15 Hi Bean, another hot and humid day--so much better than below zero. Yesterday I had my teeth cleaned and today I got my hair cut and colored. I am a happy camper. Dad went for his teeth cleaning today. We are both good for another 6 months.
We are going to Iowa this Friday for David's birthday. I am looking forward to seeing everyone. Denise is throwing David a surprise party for his 50th birthday. I am sure we will have a good time.
Chrissy, Uncle Kevin and J. are down in Rochester. Chrissy has tests today and an appointment with the Urologist tomorrow. I didn't go along this trip because it is the follow up from her surgery so I really didn't feel as if I needed to go. Just keep your puppy paws crossed that everything is going to be okay.
Just got done paying a bill online so I thought I would stop by and see you, Tiffy and Riley Jo. Tiffy has an anniversary coming up in 3 days. She has been at the bridge for 4 years... wow! a lot has happened in that time. I am really looking forward to meeting and spending time with Cheryl this fall. I would have loved it if I could have met Tiffy and Ashley; but Hope will get to spend time with Bella and Toby. I hope she is a good friend and not a Bossy Betty.
Piper is staying with us while Chris and Kev are gone. Piper is such a good girl (like you, my Mollie) and lets Hope boss her around. She is very tolerant of Hope's bad behavior.
So, Miss-Miss, I just wanted to tell you 'Hi' and let you know what is happening here. I miss you, my Mollie, and love you to the moon and back. Mom
7/27 Hi Baby Girl! Your Mom is so upset; my computer is not working and the tech guy Dad took it to said it is not worth fixing. I don't care about the computer, but all our words are saved on a file that Dad hasn't updated in a few months. Your brother said he could maybe pull stuff off from the hard drive when he comes home in August. I am so sad, Mollie, I can't even tell you what it means to me to lose just one word let alone several months. I just HATE computers!!! Dad took ours down for Mikey to look at when we went to Iowa. It was working then but Dad didn't have Mike save my stuff to the back up thing. I also lost the excel sheet I use to do our checkbook. I don't care about anything but our words!!! We are going to wait until Erik is home before we look for a different computer. I don't need much, I just use it to visit you and to do our checkbook.
I visit you on my phone but of course, I can't write to you. I miss you, Bean. Whenever anything goes wrong my thoughts always turn to you and how much I wish you were here with me. You always made everyday a little bit brighter.
Dad, Mollie's Hope and I went to Taylors Falls this past Saturday for a picnic. It was very warm but a nice sunny day. Dad was very tired from climbing on the rocks. Hope was too small to do much climbing so her and I sat and watched the canoes going down the river. It was fun to do something besides going to the doctors. Dad's hair is all gone and I know he is looking forward to it growing back. He has been such a trooper, Moll, I don't know if I would have done it. He and Chrissy are my heroes.
J. has been spending the mornings with Dad--they get along great. It is fun to watch their relationship grow closer. It has always been J. and me--I was the one he would always come to if he needed something. Now he is comfortable going to Dad for whatever he wants.
So, my Mollie, I just stopped by to let you know that I have not forgotten you because I haven't been able to write to you. Stupid computer!!!
I love you, Mollie Bean Hurst!!! You put the sun in my shine. Mom
8/2 Hi Mollie, it is already August. I don't know where the time goes, Bean. It seems as though we still had snow on the ground just a few weeks ago and now it is in the third month of summer. Today is Greatie and Grandpa's anniversary, please stop by for a visit and let them know how much they are loved and missed.
Dad and I got up (I didn't go to church this morning) and we went to Cabella's. Dad got a scope for the gun Brother, Aunt Anita and I got him for Christmas. We also bought some homemade fudge... YUM!!! As long as we were so close to the Outlet Mall in Albertville, we decided to stop by the Under Armour store. We got Erik and Megan some fall camping clothes. After we got home and had a bite to eat, Chrissy and Jordan came over so J. could show us his skate board riding. He is so cute--he is showing us all kinds of 'tricks' he can do. It was a very good day.
Tomorrow is another trip down to the Mayo Clinic. Dad has an appointment with Dr. Kwon and will receive his last hormone therapy shot. I hope the one tomorrow isn't as painful as the last ones were. I think he only gets one injection tomorrow. We will find out what the plan is now that Dad's cancer is almost gone. Keep your puppy paws crossed, Mollie, that we get only good news.
Katie, Sarah Jane, and the kids stayed with us on Friday night. They were on there way to the lake and staying with us one night gives them a break on the long drive--it is about 6-7 hours for them to get to the lake. Dad had considered going for a few days but wasn't sure how he would be feeling so he decided he wasn't going to go.
So, Baby Girl, Dad asked Hope who was the cutest Yorkie at our house and before 'she' could answer I told Dad, 'Mollie is'. He covered Hope's elephant ears so she couldn't hear me. I think both of you are the two cutest girls in the whole world not just at our house. I held you yesterday while I was dusting your memory table and sent lots of love and kisses to you. I miss you, my Mollie, each and every day. You are the magic in my days. Mom
8/10 Hi Bean. I love you!!! I am still waiting to get a new computer. Dad wants Erik to help pick it out and transfer the stuff from my hard drive, including our words. It has been a busy few days since I last wrote to you. The girls stayed over with us on their way to the lake. It was fun. They certainly had a good week weather wise. I guess the fishing wasn't all that great but a bad day fishing beats a good day at work--that is what your Dad always said.
Dad and I took the brick up where the front patio because the little critters had been tunneling under it. Dad is going to redo it again and make it larger. We want to get a porch swing to put out. I think it will be nice to sit outside and swing. I know you would have liked to sit on my lap and be rocked, wouldn't you?
Moll, Dad has been put on a hormone therapy for the next year. I feel really bad because it is making him so tired and his joints and bones ache so much he needs to take pain medication sometimes. Just a year ago before he was diagnosed, he was in no pain and so active. It is hard to watch him try to adjust to feeling like he is now. Hopefully, this will all be worth it for him.
Erik and Megan made their engagement official. Erik proposed to Megan on Saturday night--they are both really happy. And of course, if Erik is happy, Mom and Dad are happy. They are planning a March 2017 wedding. It helps to get happy news and to have something to look forward to.
Erik and Megan are coming home on the 19th (next Wednesday) for a week. Erik wanted to come home for Linda's birthday. We haven't seen Megan since last October and Erik since Christmas. I am looking forward to having them home.
Wednesday is Dad and my anniversary. We don't have any special plans; just taking J. to karate.
Well, my Beanie Baby, I looked to the sky this morning and there you were... the very brightest star in the sky. I told Dad that you really left behind a legacy--Mary got Remmie because she loved you and this weekend Dad talked to neighbors who got a little girl because they thought you were so special. Her name is Daisy. You touched so many lives, Moll, even more than we knew. There will never be another little girl as special as you, Mollie. Your Hope is special in a Naughty Nabbit sort of way and we love her so much; she is just not YOU!
I miss you every day and love you so much. You are the magic in my ordinary day, Mollie Bean, for today and for always. Mom
8/20 Hey, Mollie, I got a new computer today. Dad, Erik, Megan, Jordan and I went shopping and I found one I like. Erik is going to set it up for me and restore my documents that are on the old hard drive. I will be very happy to get our words back. We have had a wonderful day. I think Erik and Megan are going to J.'s karate tonight--he might get his new bow tonight. He is pretty excited to have Erik home. He is sitting right next to Erik and it is so cute to watch.
I have to tell you Moll, I am kind of worried about your Dad--he is having really bad back pain. I think it might be related to the hormone therapy but of course, we don't know. I would like him to go to Dr. Fox and be checked out.
Tomorrow we are going to Iowa for the night. We are coming home Saturday morning because the kids want meet up with their friends and we are going to have a small engagement party for them. I think on Sunday I will have the family over for dinner--maybe we will BBQ hamburgers and hotdogs. I just want everyone to get to spend time with Erik and Megan.
I just love my new computer, Mollie, it is so easy to type on. The only thing I have to get is a 10-key add on. I use that for doing our checkbook.
Well, my Mollie, I will visit again later. I have to get supper on the table because J. has karate at 5:50 tonight. I love you, Bean, and I have missed not be able to write words to you whenever I wanted. Now I can. You are the BEST I love you more than there are stars in the sky. Mom
8/29 Hi Baby Girl! Boy have I been missing you. I have been feeling a little depressed (don't really know why) and of course, that is when I wish you were here with me. You never left my side when I was feeling sad. You would always kiss my tears away.
Your big Brother, Erik, was here for a week. It was fun to spend time with him and Megan. We went to Iowa and surprised Linda for her birthday and on Monday we celebrated Anna's 11th birthday. I can hardly believe she is already 11. Did you and the Littles help her catch all of her balloons?
Erik and Megan left for Arizona on Wednesday. Tomorrow is the last day of my vacation; I have enjoyed having this time off and not to have to be at the Mayo Clinic. In a couple of weeks we will be going up to Leaf Lake. Remember all the fun you used to have chasing 'chippers'. Those squirrels sure could make you crazy, couldn't they? I think there were times you wished you were a cat so you could have climbed the trees after them. Hope likes to snoop around and she is a little more adventurous than you were and she doesn't listen at all. She is such a Naughty Nabbit, isn't she?
Erik was able to get our words off the old hard drive, I just have to have Microsoft office installed. Once that happens I will be able to access the documents. I am so relieved that he was able to do that. I guess all the money Dad and I spent on his education has been put to good use.
Well, my Sweet Mollie, I need to get some lunch started for Dad. He has been working outside on the front patio. I love you, Bean, and I miss you so much. Just thinking about the day we will once again be together helps me on my sad days. You put the sun in my shine. Mom

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