Me: "Who has the best seat in the house, me or daddy?"

Adam: "Well, Daddy's is nice, but yours is best. Your's is squishier."

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


My sweet friend, Stephanie
lost her battle with cancer tonight.  
No, you know, she didn't loose anything.  
She decided that she didn't want any more 
of the needles and scans and tests and radical treatments,
 and last week she decided it was time to go.  
I was blessed to be able to say goodbye.

It is hard tonight to see the last images I have of her in my mind's eye. 
 I prefer the image I see above.  

And I want to remember her best gifts and most joyful moments.

Steph was my friend.  She was a riot.  She was so fun and so funny.  She loved her family, her "babies" (nieces and nephew), and her son and hubby so much.  She and I had a mutual appreciation for all things chocolate, which we shared regularly.  She spent countless hours helping me with the kids when I was getting paintings done.  They would snuggle up to her and listen to her read for hours.  

She loved God.

I guess random things are floating into my mind 
as I try to make sense of her passing.

I can't believe she is gone.


charlene said...

So very sad to hear this. Cancer has claimed so many lives and here is yet another. I respect her decision to say enough is enough. God Bless her family and may her spirit soar above us all forever!

Helen said...

That's the image I want to keep of her too. How fortunate we are to have known her and loved her for the time we did.

Christina said...

So sad. I have a sweet note she wrote me once. I might pull it out and re-read it. She was such a sweet lady, even without having seen her in 3 years this makes me incredibly sad.

Jan and Carol Van de Wetering Family said...

So sorry for your loss, Laine. Sending prayers of comfort to you and to her family.

Dianna Errington said...

Stephanie was the first person in our Ward to say "hello" to me and welcome me. It meant alot to me because I'd just become unemployed and had to move in to live with my mother at the age of 49! Stephanie always had a smile and kind and encouraging words to share when I saw her.
Thank you for posting this picture; it is exactly how I want to remember Stephanie. :-)
We should all reach out to someone we don't yet know at work, at the store, or wherever we are, and smie say, "hello," in honor of Stephanie.