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Memories of Mollie
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I close my eyes and I see your face...
If home's where my heart is then I'm out of place...
Oh, Lord, won't you help me make it thru somehow???
I've never been more homesick than now...
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'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?
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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 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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October 22, 2015
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
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Mollie,
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.
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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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2011
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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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2012
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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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2013
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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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2014
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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
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...
12/25/14
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
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1/1/2015
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
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.
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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.
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1/01/2016
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.
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S8/3 Hi Baby Girl, welcome to August!!! Summer is in full swing here--hot and humid. That's okay because shortly it will be cold. I have only 28 days before I retire from work!!! I really am excited. I have lots of things I want to do when I am not working. The first thing is redoing my bathroom. It needs a bit of a cosmetic make over after 17 years.
Jordan is doing rank acceleration this week, Dad and I pick him up at noon today. He just loves his karate. Tomorrow is the 'Great Water Fight', Jordan just loves that. Chrissy, Kevin and Jordan spent a few days in the Black Hills. I am so glad he got to see the Great Faces. Chrissy took a picture of him when the Mount Rushmore came into view--total awe!!! even more than when he saw the Grand Canyon for the first time. Dad and I have enjoyed having him with us this summer. Last year Dad was just finishing up with his chemotherapy and didn't feel well. I know he wanted to do things with J. but just couldn't get up the energy. This summer has been a lot better. We have gone to the movies and the park. It has been a lot of fun.
Don, Linda, Sissy, Ryan, Katie and the kids are staying Friday night on their way to the lake. It will be so nice to see them. I have to work Saturday which is a bummer, I am making breakfast casseroles for Dad to serve before they leave for the lake.
As you know Anna's birthday is later this month. Dad and I will go down for it, I am hoping Jordan will come with us. Lucy and Simon will be in school but J. will be able to play with them in the afternoon. I don't know if he will come with us or not, but it would be fun.
Well, my Sweet Girl, your old Mom needs to get going. I want to do laundry and get some things ready for Friday. I love you, Mollie Bean, and I do miss you every day even though I don't write as often as I used to. I am always telling you things with my heart and I know you hear me. I am looking forward to that one Glorious Day when I can pick you up and hold you in my arms forever and ever. Mom
8/14 Hi Bean, only 17 days of work left and then I will be officially retired. I can't wait, Moll! It will be so nice to not have to worry about any thing work related--whether the ad gets done, the pricing is correct--in two weeks it won't matter any more!!! YES!!! I have so much on my to do list; the first thing is cleaning out dressers, closets, cupboards and my bathroom. These are things I have been putting off until I have plenty of time to get it done.
Guess what, Bean!?! Dad and I bought new kitchen appliances on Saturday. Our appliances are 16 years old and are starting to show their wear. We are giving our dishwasher and stove to the next door neighbors, we are keeping the refrigerator. I don't like stainless steel so the new ones will be slate colored. We think that color will go great with the counter top and wall tile.
As you know Friday was our 38th anniversary, can you believe it? I look back at those years and feel so blessed. We have had a very good life, haven't we? I know there has been some valleys we have been in but thru it all we have lived by the motto 'God doesn't close a door until He opens a window'. Faith, hope and trust in God and each other has gotten us thru the storms and here we are 38 years of being a family and loving each other more every year. I am so thankful and grateful to God for this life.
Brother is coming home in September!!! He and Megan are in a wedding on the 17th. They are coming for a week, from the 14th--21st. I am so excited they are going to be able to spend that much time in Minnesota. Dad and I are going to come home early from the lake to be able to spend as much time with them as we can. I have even thought about not going up to the lake because it is so much work to bring Tucker Byrd for only 3 days. Dad still wants to go but I am not so sure now.
Did Tiffy tell you her Mom and Dad are moving!?! I talked to Cheryl last week and I am so excited for them. It is a good thing but lots of work in the move. Hopefully, Dad and I will be able to make another road trip out to visit them again soon.
Well, Baby Girl, it should be time to get busy, but right now I am sitting on the heating pad. My back is having spasms and they are pretty painful. Dad, Hope and I were going for a walk yesterday morning when my legs started burning and my back started to spasm. Don't know why but I do know it does hurt a lot. It will be better tomorrow, I am sure.
I love you, my Mollie Bean, so very, very much. I am waiting until that one glorious day when you and I will be together forever. I can tell you one thing Mollie, when I get to pick you again I will NEVER let you out of my arms again. I miss you and will love you forever. Mom
8/21 Hi Bean, we are having a beautiful day. Dad and I met Sarah and Chad over at Planet Fitness to do a little bit of working out. We have decided that we want have a work out routine now that I am going to be home. I want to get into better shape and lose some weight before the wedding. Chrissy, Kev and Jordy are up in Duluth at the Tall Ship Festival going on in Duluth Harbor. J. really liked the large Rubber Duck ship--that was his favorite. But, the best part was wading in Lake Superior. I have to imagine it was freezing! The lake temperature never gets really warm even in the summer.
I have 3 days of work left, Bean. I work tomorrow, Friday and Saturday and then I am officially 'retired'. I have to say that I am not in least bit sad to be leaving. I do feel sorry for Scott but he will manage, I am sure. The plan they have in place sounds crazy to us but... we are not the one making the decisions. I am just glad to be finally done.
We are going to Iowa on Wednesday for Anna's 12 birthday. Can you believe are little Baby Doll is going to be 12 years old. J. has decided to come with us so he can release balloons for Turner and his hamster, as well as Anna. I am sending balloons to you and the Littles as well as Anna's. Watch the sky on Wednesday, Mollie, it will be filled with lots and lots of balloons.
Dad just got done putting the dishwasher in. He had a bit of trouble and you know how impatient he can be. But it is in now and he is running thru a cycle to make sure there are no leaks.
I just got done figuring out the check book, I hate that job, Moll. I really like our new appliances, especially the microwave. We have been using that little of Erik's for so long that I forgot how quickly things can heat up.
Well, my Missy Bean, I love you so much and miss you every single day. I look for you in the morning when I drive to work and in the evening when I shut the shades before I go to bed. You are always the brightest star in the sky. One day, Mollie, I will pick you up in my arms and never let you go, but until that day, you know I will always love you. Mom
8/29 Hi Bean! Well, today is my first day of retirement. Dad, Erik, Megan, Chrissy, Uncle Kev, Sarah and Jordan gave a Samsung Tablet for my birthday/retirement gift. I was so surprised. I wasn't expecting anything. I guess they have been planning on this for awhile. It will come in handy as my Little Boy signed me up to play online games with him. He called twice while I was at church yesterday. He was here bright and early and has already beaten me in the game. He starts school next week so I am happy to be home with him. Dad and I will take him to his karate class this evening. Next Tuesday, he will begin 4th grade! Can you believe it, Moll? Our little Guy is growing up so fast.
Dad is outside weed wacking and I am making J. mac & cheese. The weather over the weekend was really nice but yesterday the humidity started to go up again so we have turned on the air conditioner. We have been pretty lucky that we have not have to use too much this summer. I love having the windows opened as much as possible because winter is coming sooner than I like to think about. The Farmer's Almanac is predicting a very cold winter--brutal is what they called it. I hope they are wrong, but at least I won't have to go out so early in the cold any more. That will be a blessing.
I am so happy to be retired, I just wish you and I could have done this together. I miss you, Mollie Bean Hurst, so very much. You are in my heart and on that one glorious day you and I will be together again. Then we will have the 'perfect' retirement, won't we? I love you, Bean, with every part of my being. Mom
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September 2016
Well Bean, it is the beginning of fall. Can you believe how fast the summer has gone by? and what a summer it was. There was so much that happened--my favorite being my retirement. Although I have to admit it still seems like a longer than normal vacation. The party Dad and Chrissy gave me, Iowa coming to celebrate with me, Dad and I going to the lake for our September vacation and Erik coming home for a week. Erik and Megan left on Wednesday and so these past couple of days has been more like reality. I almost feel as though I should start back to work on Monday--the vacation has ended and now it is time to get back to work.
My Monday night Bible study started this week--it was nice to see the ladies again. I am taking Pastor Jason's class on Death and Dying--a Christian perspective on Wednesdays for the next two weeks. I want to volunteer at Hospice and thought this is a good way to start. The hospice was so good to Greatie that I want to pay it forward and it will give me something to do. Also, a book club is starting on the last Monday of the month that I am going to join.
Beginning next week, Dad and I will be sending Jordy to school. Uncle Kevin will be working different hours and will not be able to send him off. Sarah will drop J. off in the morning and we will take him to school every day. I am excited, I made a promise to that little boy when he was just 5 days old, that I would be there for him as long as he needed me. He will probably test for his brown belt at the end of the month and has Diamond Nationals in October. He got to be a safety patrol at school--he is just the best kid ever.
We have to go to the Mayo Clinic this week--Dad has his tests done on Wednesday and sees the doctor on Thursday. I am glad we are going--you know about the concerns I have. Dad bruises so easily and his back has been hurting him a lot lately. I just pray everything will be okay. You keep watch over him, Bean, okay? I need you to do that for both of us.
I just want you to know how much we love Mollie's Hope. She is a naught Nabbit but you couldn't have chosen a better little Girl for us. I look at her and think of you. She makes us laugh and gives us lots and lots of love. Thanks, Bean.
I know I haven't been the best about writing our words, but that doesn't mean that I don't think about you every day and miss you. I think the missing you becomes even more as we near the anniversary of that awful Black Friday. It is just a week away. Dad is going to be out in Arizona with Erik and I will be here at home. We will both send balloons up to you. Your birthday is coming soon, too. I can hardly believe you will be 20. Goodness, Miss Mollie, I have loved you for almost 20 years--a third of my life. I know that there will never be another love like the love I have for you. You are special and that's what our love is--Special.
I needed to renew your sight so I did the forever renewal. I want you to always have this place where I can come and tell you every thing that is happening in my life and I want that to be forever--just like our forever love.
You are my Mollie and I will love you, cherish you and miss you until that one glorious day. Mom


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