October 7, 2011... the day our world collided with Heaven... the day God took His miracle named Mollie home with Him... the day our lives forever changed...|
From the first moment we held you in our arms-- you held our hearts...
We met our very best friend that day, who would love us 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...
Do you remember choosing Dad and me 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.We 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...
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
'Mollie's at peace'... three words that shattered our hearts...
In December of 1996 Mollie chose us to be her Mom and Dad. For nearly fifteen years we danced together on God's Great Dance floor...
Then, four years ago on October 7, 2011, the music died... The time had come for us to make one of the most difficult decisions in our lives. Mollie was no longer able stay here with us. Our love could not heal her, it could not sustain her, but it could set her free to be happy and healthy once again. We had to love her more than we thought possible... we had to love her enough to let her go. God took Mollie home with him that Black Friday to heal her tired, little body.
Mollie's name is written on the dance cards of our hearts and one day... one glorious day, the music will come alive and we will once again be dance partners.
Loving Mollie was so easy... letting her go took our breath away...
But how could we not love her enough to let go... to let Mollie find peace?
October 22, 1996
A Miracle came into this world 19 years ago today...
God took the very best part of His love and put it into the Miracle we named Mollie and He gave her to us to love for almost 15 years...
Mollie, you gave us so much joy, love and happiness and during our time together...
Today on your 19th birthday, we celebrate You and the journey we shared...
We do not forget...
The tears still fall...
Our hearts are still broken...
We love you and miss you, Birthday Girl... for always and forever... Mom and Dad
10/31 Happy Halloween, my little Wizard!!! You were God's treat to for nearly 15 Halloweens. I will cherish my treat forever.
11/26 Happy Thanksgiving, my Baby Girl!!! I miss you today and am saying a prayer of thanksgiving to God for all the years we had together. I am thankful for the love you gave to me, the friendship you gave to me, for you being the miracle in my life for so many, many years. Not a day has gone by that I do not remember you and give thanks for you. You were a gift and a blessing from God and I will give prayers of thanksgiving for you until that one glorious day. I love you, my Mollie, thank you for being everything to me.
December 24, 2015
Mollie Bean Hurst, my Sweet Christmas Angel. This is the fifth Holiest of nights that I have had to find you where you now live--in my very selfish heart. I know that when I look up tonight you will be with me in the songs, in His Word, at the cemetery, in Mollie's Hope's little face, in the joy of God's precious Gift... for tonight a Child is born and He will be called... Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, Ever lasting God... He came not to condemn us, but to save us... for that one glorious day... the day, I pick up you, my Christmas Angel and we walk over the Rainbow Bridge together...
12/25 Merry Christmas, Mollie!!! I am sending you all my love wrapped up and tied with a big red bow.
Happy New Year, my Mollie!!! welcome to 2016. I pray this year will bring us good health, joy, happiness and lots and lots of love.
10/7/2016 Black Friday
It is has been 5 years; 260 weeks; 1825 days; 43,800 hours; 2,628,000 minutes; 157,680,000 seconds since we received the call that shattered our hearts and lives... Mollie was no longer able to stay here... she needed more than our love to heal her... we had to give her a new life... one at Rainbow Bridge...
One cold December day Mollie took our hearts from us and in return gave us her unconditional love for almost 15 years... she was a beautiful miracle and each day we shared with her was a blessing... she loved us perfectly... unconditionally... she was the magic in our ordinary days... our dance partner on God's great dance floor... she shared with us our hopes, our dreams, our mountain tops and our valleys, our laughter and our tears...
Our years together begin to take its toll on her health... it became harder for her to stay with us... the time came when we knew our love was not enough... she needed us to love her enough to let her go... to let her have peace...
Her leaving left us broken... breathless... crying... grieving...
October 7, 2016--the 5th anniversary of that life changing moment--we mourn for our Mollie... we miss our Mollie... we love our Mollie... we wait for that one glorious day when we will come to Rainbow Bridge... we will pick our Mollie up and NEVER let her go... our hearts will be whole again... our family will be complete...
10/22 20 years ago on October 22, 1996, the One Who Creates All Things created a miracle... a little Yorkshire Terrier. The Creator gave His miracle the best of Himself... He gave her a heart that loved as He loves... a heart that forgave as He forgives...
The Creator blessed us with His miracle and we named her Mollie... our lives were changed by His miracle... we laughed more... we loved more...
We celebrate today Mollie's 20th birthday with hearts that remember the joy His miracle gave to us...
We love Mollie... we miss Mollie... we still have sad hearts... but today, we celebrate the JOY of Mollie...
We give thanks to the Creator for the love He placed into our lives 20 years ago.
Happy 20th Birthday, Mollie!!! We love you!!!
Mom, Dad, Tucker A. Bryd and Mollie's Hope
11/24 Happy Thanksgiving, Mollie!!! We had a wonderful day, but of course, someone was missing...You!
Tonight is the 6th Silent and Holiest night that I will search for you among the stars, in the glow of the candle light, in the notes of the music, in His Word and in my heart, because I know that is where you will be. Together, you and I will celebrate this Holy night...
For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders... and He will be called...
Wonderful Counselor... Mighty God... Everlasting Father... Prince of Peace...
He came into this world not to condemn us, but to save us...
He came so that we may live... and that is why I can say with total certainty that one glorious day He will call my name like He did yours, Mollie, and you and I will be together forever in His Presence.
He is the reason I can celebrate this night with you, knowing that one day I will pick you up in my arms and together we will walk over the Rainbow Bridge... such a wonderful God!!!
Merry Christmas, my Sweet Angel!!! Once again I am sending you all my love wrapped up in a big red bow. Enjoy your day, my Mollie, knowing that even though it has been 6 Christmases that we have been apart, I love you and celebrate our years together. You were one of the greatest gifts that God has blessed me with. I will hold you in my heart today as we celebrate the birth of the Christ Child; for He is the One that made it possible for you and me to one day be together again...
God is holding your leash and I am holding your heart and that will keep us connected to one another until that one glorious day...
I love you, my Mollie!!!
Another year is coming to an end... another year without Mollie on my lap...
It has been a good year, hasn't it, Daddy and Aunt Chrissy are doing really well and everyone else is healthy. What more could we ask for, Moll? Maybe just one thing and that would be to spend New Year's Eve with you, my Sweet Girl.
I will hold you tightly in my heart as the ball in Time Square drops, knowing one day it will happen again...
Spending all my New Year Eves with you...
1/1 Happy New Year, Mollie!!!
My prayer this year for family and friends is...
May God bless us and keep us safe...
May God guide us on our paths...
May God hold us tightly thru the storms of life...
May God heal our hurts and illnesses...
This is what I will pray each night before I go to bed, Mollie...
And I will wait for that one glorious day when He calls me home and hands me your leash once again...
2/14 Happy Valentines Day, Mollie Bean!!!
2/1 Welcome to February, Mollie Bean. I always have hope that once we get thru January we are headed to the end of winter, cold, snow and ice to the warm, wonderful days of spring and summer. We have had a few snow storms and some really cold, freezing days, but all in all, it hasn't been the worst winter we have had. I will be glad to see green again.
Dad is at the dentist and I am going with Annette, Abby's Mom, to look at paint. Her and Steve are doing a kitchen remodel--that is so much work! I remember when Chrissy and Kevin did theirs. Dad has the new floor tile installed--it looks wonderful! He is going to Menard's after the dentist to pick up the new toilet--we are getting a higher one for your old Mom. Tomorrow while Mollie's Hope is at the groomers he is going to put the trim back down and then we are ready for the new counter top! I will be glad to have my bathroom back, so many times I go to use it and there is nothing in it for me to use. I am blessed that we have Dad's bathroom or I don't think we would have been able to do everything that we did to it. It will be just like new!
Friday is Jordan's 10th birthday, can you believe it, Moll!?! 10 years old already!!! I have had the best time getting him ready and taking him to school everyday. It kind of makes up for not being home in the mornings when Dad would send Erik to school. God is giving me a second chance.
However, J. has been sick recently. Last week he had strep and today he didn't go because he got in the car on the way to our house this morning and poor guy vomited. I think Sarah is going to take him to the doctors to make sure he is over the strep.
Well, my Mollie Bean, I have to run over to Annette's house so we can go paint shopping. I love you, Bean, more than there are drops in the ocean. Mom
2/2 Hi Bean, I just got home from having lunch with J. and his friends. Boy, were the kids noisy today!!! They must have a lot of pent up energy. It is kind of cold today--the wind is bitter. But, Cheryl said there are only 46 days until spring, I am certainly looking forward to warmer days. We had a real January thaw the past 2 weeks--temperatures in the high 30's and low 40's--we got rid of most of our snow for now any ways.
There are just 4 1/2 weeks before we head out to Utah and Arizona for the wedding. We are picking Aunt Anita and Me2 up and the five of us are driving down to Phoenix together. I do hope your Naughty Nabbit is nicer to Me2 than she was the last time we were in Salt Lake. She is such a rascal, Mollie, you'd think by now she would get her act together. Dad had to bribe her with cheese to get her into her kennel to go for her haircut. We love having Mary groom her but sometimes I am tempted to have someone come to the house and groom her like Julie did for you. I sure miss Julie, Mollie. Next time you see her tell Mom and Dad say 'Hi'. I bet you are about the best groomed dog at Rainbow Bridge. She always made you look so beautiful.
Well, my Sweet Girl, Dad and I are going to have a little lunch. I love you, Mollie, more than there are grains of sand on the ocean floor. Mom
2/5 Good morning, Bean! Our temperatures are a little warmer and the sun is shining. God is good, right? Dad is out fishing and I just finished my daily devotional. I have one that will take me thru the Bible in a year and I am trying so hard to stay faithful to doing it everyday since the first of the year. So far, so good! Yesterday was J.'s birthday party at Cheap Skate. It was a busy place. We didn't stay too long--it was really noisy and I have had an upset stomach for the past 2 days. J. was sick last week with the stomach flu so it is possible that is what I have--I just can't wait to feel better. I made chicken noodle soup yesterday--that is always good when someone is sick.
We have a busy month ahead of us. Chrissy and Dad both have appointments at the Mayo for scans and doctor's appointments. Keep your paws cross for continued good news. I know Dad is getting frustrated with the medication he has been on, he is unable to do the things he used to do. He doesn't have the stamina anymore, but at least the cancer doesn't have the stamina either! Chrissy's scan will be the first one since she had her surgery this past fall--I just pray everything will come out okay.
Mollie, I have been reading the Old Testament as part of my year thru the Bible devotional. Many times God tells the Israelites to be kind to foreigners, because they were once foreigners in the land of Egypt. I feel so bad that there is such hateful resentment towards foreigners that have been vetted and want to come to our country. Unless we are of Native American descent, we are all foreigners here. I don't know what is happening to our country, Mollie, there is so much hate. I don't know how people can claim to be Christians and spew such hatred. It boggles my mind. Dad and I have thought about renting our house and moving to the Dominican Republic for a few years--it will depend on how Dad's scans turn out--just to get away from the hatred. It is so depressing to turn on the t.v. and hear people being called names because they have different opinions, being viewed as less than, bullying... it is a crazy time in which we live. Who knows, Mollie, maybe people should be grabbing their Bibles instead of their assault rifles and pray for the Peace of Jesus that passes all understanding... Oh, that one glorious day, Mollie, may not be to far in the future--one can only hope. I wait for that day, Moll, with great joy in my heart. I truly miss you, Bean, so very much and look toward the day when God hands you to me and I will hold you in my arms forever. How Great is our God. Mom
2/10 Hi Bean, today is Sarah Lyn's 31st birthday. I remember how close we came to losing both her and J. on the day our little boy was born. I thank God that He chose to let us have both our Girl and Boy beyond that horrible day. Yesterday was Lucy's 11th birthday--where does the time go?
Your Big Brother will be getting married next month, March 17th. I think he and Megan will be happy. They have lots in common and seem to get along really well. I think they are well suited for each other. We are heading out on Monday the 6th of March. We will spend the night in Iowa with Don and Linda--we are picking up crock pots and suitcases for them. It is so expensive to check in bags on the airplanes now a days and since we are going to be stopping by anyways it just makes sense for us to take their bags. Katie is going to check in one bag but everyone else is sending their things with us.
The bathroom is almost finished--Monday the counter top is being installed. I hope it looks as good as I think it will. I am so excited to finally have my copper sink. It hasn't been too bad sharing with Dad, but J. and I really want our bathroom back.
Our weather is just beautiful, Mollie, it is in the 40's today and is suppose to be warm for the next several days. Each day brings us closer to spring. I think we will be home this year when our spring bulbs bloom. Last year we were down at Erik's and missed them except for the pictures Aunt Chrissy sent us.
Dad is upstairs trying to study--your Naught Nabbit is trying to make that impossible; she can be such a rascal. She is cute though--just not well behaved. You, my Mollie, were both cute and well behaved, weren't you?
Well, my Beanie Baby, I am going to do some cleaning in the bathroom--I have to wash the tile and clean out the cabinets for new shelf liners. I love to the moon and back, Sweet Angel. Mom
2/14 Happy Valentines Day, Mollie Bean. Did you get the hearts Dad and I sent your way? Dad came home with red roses for your Mom from him and Hope, can you believe it? They are beautiful. We are not going out for dinner, Dad is going to grill a steak for us. It will be too busy at the restaurants tonight, so we will just stay home.
We are going down to the Mayo Clinic on Thursday and spending the night. Dad has his tests on Thursday and a Doctor's appointment on Friday. I just did not feel like making all those trips down and back, so we got a hotel room for Thursday night.
On Friday, we are going to get close to 60 degrees; it will feel like spring. I am getting anxious to see the flowers come up. We should be back from Erik's in time to see them.
Well, my Little Valentine, I am going to start getting my part of our supper ready. I love you, Mollie Bean Hurst, and not just on Valentines Day. Mom
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