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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...
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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...
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Mollie,
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.
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Mollie,
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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
Mollie,
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.
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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
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11/2 Welcome to November, Sweet Mollie. Thank goodness we are finally done with October. Your big Brother and Megan arrived home safe and sound. They were going home to unpack and then will pick up Tao and Scoots. It was a blessing having them here this past week--Erik is such a calming presence. We had a wonderful visit, I just wish it were under different circumstances.
Dad goes to the oncologist on Tuesday to possibly begin his treatments. I think it is going to be very difficult. Dr. Kwon is hitting the cancer with everything possible--the treatment is going to be even more aggressive than the cancer. I am just praying for the best possible results and I know you and the Littles are on the job.
Aunt Chrissy is feeling better now. We went to Rosedale Mall and looked at wigs--Chrissy ordered one. She wants to feel her best if and when she goes back to work.
We had a good Halloween. There are so many others things going on besides trick or treating that we only had 21 kids come to our house for candy. That was okay because I really don't like Halloween very much.
Dad and I talked to Aunt Anita today--she is very upset about her brother. Dad is Aunt Anita's only family. We have offered to buy her ticket to fly to Minnesota to be with Dad. I hope she will consider it--she really is pretty much alone out there in Utah--Mary Lee is not much comfort to her these past few years.
It is a lot, Moll, but we have the best family and friends any two people could ask for and are receiving lots of love and prayers. I know I need to sit down and call people to say 'Thanks'. It is so difficult to talk about it and I feel as if I am holding everyone at a distance. My plan for next week is to make phone calls to all those I love and have as friends.
Well, my Mollie, I pray November is a month of hope and I know I will give thanks for all the blessings in my life. I love you, my Special Angel--our Special Angel--and I will for all the days of my life and then forever. Mom
11/4 Hi Moll, Moll. Well, Dad did not have chemo today--the clinic got confused because we have Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and not Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. I was on the phone with our insurance company for over an hour while they tried to figure out what the clinic's problem was. The customer service rep from Illinois finally called a rep in Minnesota so he could explain to the clinic's insurance person that BC/BS of Ill. is the same as BC/BS of MN. Dad is now scheduled on Thursday for his first treatment. We were fortunate to have reached the insurance rep that we did--she was amazing--although a little frustrated with MN Oncology. It is taken care of and that is all that matters.
I met Suellen and the new pastor from C of H over at Chrissy's house for prayers and communion. It was really wonderful. We are so blessed, Moll, to have the support system we have. There are people praying for us in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Iowa and Minnesota, God is being bombarded with prayers for us, isn't he? I know I have to step out and begin to call people but I still need a couple of days. I don't know why, but I am not able to do it yet. I thank God all the time for those who are helping us thru this and I know soon I will be able to pick up the phone and thank them for their prayers, their love and especially their friendships.
I have to work a few hours tomorrow to make up my time for today. I want to save my vacation for a time when I will need it more.
I talked to Aunt Anita, she is going to come out and spend a few days with Dad. I think maybe next week. Chrissy has her chemo and I wasn't sure if I would be able to leave Dad but if Anita comes it will give her the time she needs with her brother. She can smother him with her love instead of me smothering him.
Well, my Mollie, I am going to take a bath, sit with Tucker, play with Hope and then go to bed. The nights are sometimes the hardest--I don't want to sleep. I just want to listen to Dad breath and to touch him. I love you, my Mollie, and miss you so much at times like this. You are little Heavenly Angel. Mom
11/6 Hi Bean, well today is C-Day. Dad has his first chemotherapy treatment. We are both feeling a little bit down in the dumps. Our lives are about to under go a major change--I hope we are up to the task. As long as you and the Littles are watching over us, I am sure everything will be okay. There are a lot of other people that are worse off than we are.
Tucker is feeling better since he has been on his antibiotic. He was so crabby before but I suppose he just didn't feel well. He is a lot more talkative and cheerful, even when he gets his medicine. We clipped his wings and nails yesterday and he didn't try to bite--that is not like him, is it?
Aunt Anita is coming on Nov. 19th to spend time with Dad. We haven't seen her in a lot of years, I just wish it were for different reasons that she was coming.
I suppose I better get going--I did the checkbook and a little laundry--I have still more things to do before I get ready for Dad's appointment.
I love you, my Mollie, for always and forever. You are the blue in my sky. Mom
11/7 Hi Moll, Moll. It is the 7th of the month and a Friday--gosh, another IMMF. I do miss you. I think you are in Heaven just so you can watch over Daddy and Chrissy and boy, do they need you. Dad had an injection for his white blood cells today and Chrissy told me her hair is beginning to fall out. WOW!!! I think the only way we can go from here is up, don't you think? I am sorry for being a Debbie Downer, I know there are those who are much worse off, but...
I am going to Chrissy's tomorrow to clean. I wish I lived closer to Linda so I could do the same for her. It is about the only thing I have to give.
Next weekend I am going to decorate for Christmas. I know it is really early, Mollie, but I need to do this. I want the lights to shine for all the heavens to see, knowing that cancer can not dim the true Light of the world.
Aunt Anita is coming to spend time with Dad and I want the house lit up in lights. We have never spent Christmas with her so now will be our chance even if it is early.
I am feeling very sad tonight, Mollie, and wish your were here to dry my tears. I love you, Bean. You put the glow in my moon light. Mom
11/11 Today is Veteran's Day, Mollie... Dad is a veteran. If he were feeling better I would haul him over to Denny's for a free meal. He is not feeling very good--he has some nausea and his bones are achy. Hopefully, the effects of the chemotherapy will wear off soon. It is not like him to be sick for any length of time.
Tonight I am going with Chrissy down to Rochester for her chemo tomorrow. Dad wants me to go with her; he was very insistent. I think he is tired of me asking him if he is okay and what can I do for him. I did make homemade chicken noodle soup today. He thought that might taste good. It is very important for him to stay hydrated.
I put up your Christmas tree on Sunday. I put on your new ornament; it is really pretty, Mollie. I sent a picture of you and your tree to Brother and Megan.
I have some wash to do this afternoon before I leave. I think we should get home early in the afternoon tomorrow. I plan on doing a little more decorating.
Well, Bean, I best get busy. I think of you all the time and miss you like crazy. Mollie's Hope has been your Dad's constant companion since his treatment. She is helping you watch over him, Baby Girl. I love you, my Mollie, more than there were snow flakes falling yesterday. Mom
11/14 Oh Bean, it is getting colder out; temps below zero at night. We are trying to stay warm. The sun is out and the sky is a very vivid blue. It is a little early but looks as if winter has come already--however, I am not ready to change your scenery just yet. We will enjoy some more fall days, won't we?
Dad went to the doctor today for the rash on his arms from work--it is getting better since he hasn't been there for the past week. While he was at the doctors I cleaned for Aunt Chrissy--she is starting to feel the effects of the chemo treatment. I just wish I could do more for her. Sarah Lyn is out in Las Vegas and has Amanda Jo picking Jordan up from school. She is taking him out to her house for the afternoon until Uncle Kev gets off work. J. loves Markie and I know he will take J. snowmobiling if he wants to.
Dad is still not feeling very good, Moll. He is fighting the nausea mostly. He did go for a walk while I was visiting Pastor Jason. We got a gel cover for our mattress to help with his bone pain--he said he slept better last night.
Mollie, I am so blessed to have such wonderful friends--I just love them all so much my heart is almost overwhelmed with love. I am going to start calling people this week. I think I am finally ready now since I talked to Pastor Jason. He told me it was okay to take my time because true friends don't leave when times are difficult. But I know I am in a better place now than I was earlier.
Aunt Linda and Uncle Donnie were in Rochester today--Dad talked to them earlier this week. I am going to call either tonight or tomorrow to find out how Don's appointment went. A whole lot is happening here, Moll, and I find that taking one day at a time is what will get us thru--that and all the love and prayers of our friends.
Aunt Anita flies in on Wednesday morning--this has been so hard on her. It will be good for both her and Dad to be together. Dad and Erik are her only blood relatives--at least that we have here in the states. She is so cute--she offered Dad her bone marrow if he needs it to feel better.
Well, Missy Bean, the buzzer on the dryer will be going off in a couple of minutes so I best tell you... I miss you and will love you until the sun no longer shines. I wait for the day when I meet you and we cross the bridge together. On that day I will hold you in my arms and never put you down again. You put the blue in my sky, Mollie Bean Hurst, and IMM and love you on this Friday as much as I did on that black Friday 3 years ago. Mom
11/17 Hi Bean, I just got home from work and thought I would visit you for a few minutes. Dad is resting on the couch This hard to see him like this; you know your Dad is not one to lay down and do nothing. Hopefully, he will start to feel better soon. He goes a week from Friday for his next treatment and I would like him to have a few good days before then. You know the saying, Mollie, when it rains, it pours. Well, right now it is pouring on your family--Uncle Mark is apparently having kidney trouble and is being tested to make sure his kidneys are functioning. It is crazy I say, just crazy!!! Chrissy is feeling a little better today, not quite so nauseous so that is good news at least. Aunt Anita is coming here on Wednesday to spend a few days with Dad. That will be good medicine for everyone. Uncle Mark just loves Anita--he calls her 'Auntie, Auntie'.
It is plenty cold here today. Sarah is picking J. up from school so I don't have to stand in the freezing temperatures. It feels like a January day--we have a below zero wind chill (I am not complaining though because we are only 1 hour 45 minutes north of the Mayo clinic).
I talked to Cheryl yesterday--such a nice visit. We are both so blessed, Moll. It does sound however, that Toby is a bit of a rascal. Actually, he sounds a lot like your Hope, a busy, busy boy. Mollie's Hope has been spending a lot of time taking care of your Dad. She is a pretty good nurse although not always so gentle. Right now, she is laying on the couch with him.
Well, my Sweet Girl, I am going to change my clothes and putter around here for awhile. I have a Bible study tonight at church so I will have to go out in the cold later. I love you to the blue of the sky and back, Mollie. Mom
11/23 Hi, Moll Moll. Aunt Anita and I visited you but I didn't have time to write. It was a very busy few days. Your Hope got sick and had to go to the vet, she had another flair up of an upset tummy. She is on medicine for the next week. We had a wonderful visit with Aunt Anita. Dad and her kept busy doing things together--fixing the door knob, shopping, going out to eat and just hanging out together. We took her to the airport early this morning.
Last night we had a 'very Merry Aunt Anita' Christmas. Everyone came for supper and watched receive her Christmas presents from us. It was good food and good fun. I am so happy she was able to spend time with her brother and I know Dad was happy about it, too.
Today, Dad went to Crooked Lake ice fishing and I cleaned while your Girl napped (she is not feeling the best just yet and didn't help with the cleaning). Later on I took a little nap with Hope.
Tomorrow begins another work week. I have a 5 day weekend as I am off for the Thanksgiving holiday. Dad has his chemo treatment on Friday and an injection on Monday. That means I get 5 days off in a row!!! Yes!!! (except I know Dad will not be feeling very good after Friday). On Wednesday, Chrissy, Kevin and I go down to the Mayo Clinic for Chrissy's final chemo--three weeks after this treatment she will find out if the chemo is working like they hoped it would. Lots to pray about, Mollie.
Well, my very Sweetest Angel, I am going to sit with Dad and watch some football(yuck). I love you, my Mollie, and yes, I did have an IMMF. That was the day I showed Aunt Anita you, Riley and Tiffy's pages. I think she is going to visit you girls when she gets home, she wanted to know just how to come for a visit. Sleep tight, Mollie, I love you more than there are stars in the sky. Mom
PS Katie and Ryan are having a boy and the level 2 ultra sound showed that everything is perfect--we needed that good news, didn't we?
11/27 Happy Thanksgiving, Mollie Bean Hurst. We are celebrating our 3rd Thanksgiving without you and just like on the 1st one, I am so grateful and thankful for all the years we had together. And yes, just like on that Thanksgiving Dad 3 years ago, I wish you were still here with us and I miss you just now as I did then. No matter how many Thanksgiving we celebrated together I will always wish there had been more. You were and are a Thanksgiving blessing every day. Now you have a really important job to do... watching over your Dad and Aunt Chrissy. I am thankful for the love you and the Littles send our way; the best Angel in all of Rainbow Bridge.
Dad is fixing the turkey and getting it ready to go in Great's roaster. We are having ham, too. We thought maybe the ham would have more taste for Dad, things don't taste the same since the chemotherapy. Chrissy says the same thing. Since neither Dad and I like turkey all that much, ham seemed like a good choice, too. I baked pies yesterday evening and have the rolls raising on the stove. We are eating early today as Pam and Mark want to go to North Dakota. There is a winter storm coming thru in the next day so I hope they have safe travel. It can get pretty hairy on I-94 going north. Dad has chemo tomorrow and his bone marrow injection on Monday. Hopefully, this round won't be as bad as the first. Next Wednesday, Chrissy, Kevin and I are going to Rochester for Chrissy's final chemotherapy. Then it is waiting to see if the chemo worked or if she will need another 3 time session. I am praying it worked, Mollie!!!
Well, my little Girl, I need to get busy, I have to make sweet potato souffle and get the potatoes ready to peel. I love you, my Mollie, this Thanksgiving and for all those to come. Mom


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