Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Thinking of Susie a lot lately.



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Every day I think of Sue.  
Especially these two months...the months we knew she had a brain tumor will always be the months of loving Sue the best we could.  Trips back and forth to Missouri.  Daily chats with Cindy and Keith and even Sue.
Sweet memories of our time together.  Funny things.  Darling things. 

Kisses. Giggles. Eating. Tears. Love.

Broken Hearts.


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Our gorgeous, brilliant, generous, loving, fabulous sister.


I miss you.
I remember you.

Love you.
Mean it.

Donna Elsie



35 comments:

  1. Thinking of you. What beautiful movie star images you have of your beautiful Susie!
    xoxo

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    1. Cheryl, you are so right - beautiful images for sure.

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  2. Anonymous7:08 AM

    ♥ from Italy, dear Donna.
    Amy

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  3. I've never seen that glam bottom pic before.. And how she resembles you in that top one! Jill Briscoe often talks of the reality that we're 'always missing someone' and I understand it now. Praying for tender hearts that will draw nearer to the Father in sorrow. I can't help but think of that cs Lewis quote that says something like this: 'if we're finding ourselves regularly discontent with the things of this world, it only reminds us that we were made for another world". I love that.

    Stephie

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    1. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world

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    2. wonderful quote, Steph. Yes, I long for heaven at certain times. What a day that will be ...

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    4. Anonymous10:42 AM

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      Sarah P.

      We are always missing someone....the key is to not let your inner fire for life burn out. Tend that fire everyday. Reflect on what moves you and inspires you, then go out and use that to serve others. Open our hearts to purpose, to fuel our fire for good. Life grows by being given away and it weakens in isolation.
      ~Father Joe Nassal, who spoke about this last night at church. Very powerful stuff. The Holy Spirit was there. : )

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    5. This is beautiful Sarah. Thank you for sharing it!

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    6. I'm so thankful for the Holy Spirit - the comforter, and our counselor, too. Thanks for sharing, Sarah P. :-)

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    7. Anonymous12:15 PM

      I am so thankful for the Holy Spirit too- may he comfort your heart today, Donna, as you continue to grieve the loss of your dear, dear sister. How physically beautiful and how kind she looks. I am so thankful for the hope of glory- it is what gets us through this temporary world.

      Debbie Z.

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  4. It's good to have WiFi and be here in a timely fashion! FB just told me your post was up. The photos tell a story of a lovely person who loved life. I wasn't part of this corner of the world then. My heart goes out to you and yours, dear Donna. Big hugs from over here.

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  5. UGH---why did I stop to read this as I'm headed out the door. Now I'm a blubbering mess! You know how to hit the heart, Miz Boo! You are FOR REAL girl and that's why I love you! You are lucky to have had your Sue and she was lucky to have had you, if even for a short while!

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    1. Oddly I do feel SO VERY LUCKY to have had such a wonderful sister. So much love and laughter and friendship!!!

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  6. Anonymous7:47 AM

    in my thoughts today...

    -- mary e. from wheaton

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  7. I said a pray for you just now, Donna.

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  8. Gorgeous pictures. You can see her personality beaming out. How much she was loved and how much she is still loved. I think one of the bittersweet parts of getting older is losing people we love. The missing never leaves. Thinking of you today, Donna.

    hmbalison

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  9. Anonymous9:19 AM

    Love and prayers to you as you miss your dear Sue. What a beauty inside and out. I am so sorry for your broken heart and for the broken hearts of all those who loved your sweet sister.

    Mary Z

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  10. Today is the 17th anniversary of my brother being diagnosed with a brain tumor (he died 18 months later). He used to say he was on the "BT Express". It's a sad day. Brain tumors BE GONE.

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    1. I'm sorry Ellen. It is a horrible disease. Hang in there today.

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  11. Anonymous10:36 AM

    She is a brown-eyed beauty. Sister love is a very powerful thing. Sending you love and comfort, Miz Boo.
    Love,
    Sarah P. from Iowa

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  12. Anonymous12:09 PM

    Those are beautiful photographs of your sister Sue.
    I was reading my devotion for Wednesday of last week and it
    was about the time Jesus was “lost” and Mary and Joseph
    ended up finding him in the temple. What the writer said
    at the end of the devotion is: “We tend to take our family and friends for granted.
    We do not even think about the inevitable—that one day we will be separated from those
    we love. Each and every one of us will die. Now, we can live one of two ways with this
    knowledge. We can live fearfully, clinging to our loved ones and, at the same time,
    choking the very life from them because of our grip. Or we can accept that those we love
    are loaned to us, and relish in those relationships, thanking God for the joy that they bring to us. Ultimately, we will be separated for a time, but then we will be safe together, in the house
    of our Lord.” Sue is waiting for you, this I believe. Love and prayers, jep

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    1. Anonymous12:28 PM

      jep, that is so beautiful.

      Debbie Z.

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  13. I believe too, jep - Debbie is right, this is beautiful.

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  14. Anonymous1:17 PM

    Hugs to you Yaya! God bless you. Know God is holding you. -- nana

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  15. Anonymous6:07 PM

    Dearest Donna,

    I have been thinking of you all day. I read your post, and had to race off and run errands, and felt you deserved much more than I could give this morning. When we lost our son unexpectedly, shortly before his 8th birthday, in November of 2010, my mom found a book for me to read. It’s by Donald M. Murray, titled The Lively Shadow. It proved to be a powerful book in helping me personally not feel alone in how I was feeling about losing our boy. So when I read your post this morning, I thought of a quote from the book that travels with me each and every day.

    “Remembering may be a celebration or it may be a dagger in the heart, but it is better, far better, than forgetting.”


    This is so true for all loss and grief, totally universal. And your love for Sue, and your missing her, is truly proof of that love you shared. It really is so hard, just like a dagger, some days. But you do remember, and that is the most important.

    I would like to thank you for being so open and honest with your life, all the wonderful moments & the heart wrenching ones as well. I cannot thank you enough for being such a bright spot in my day, you just shine so brightly right through my computer screen. :) You have helped me in ways you will never know. You should also know that Sue’s beautiful soul shines through your photographs and she lives on for all of us out here who never had the chance to meet her. I am praying for you and your family. Much love and hugs to you Miz Boo. xoxoxoxxoxooo -leslie

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    1. Leslie, this was the most important thing I read all day. Thank you.

      Stephie

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    2. This is beautiful. I wrote the quote down in my personal journal. Thank you Leslie.

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    3. Wonderful. Thanks and God bless.

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  16. I've been thinking about Susie non stop. Valentines day starts it for me. :( She was indeed a brown-eyed beauty.

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  17. I cry for your loss. I am so thankful God gave you such a wonderful sister. I am sorry that she had to go. I pray she is being held by your Mom and your Dad tonight in heaven.

    “It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”
    John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

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  18. She was definitely a beauty.

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  19. Anonymous8:11 PM

    Oh, this hurts my heart to see, and yet - it's in the pain that we still feel the love and the connection. Praying for comfort for you and yours, and thanking God for his lovely daughter Susie! Betsy

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  20. Oh how beautiful. How sad. xo

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