I know I haven't been updating much here on my blog lately. I've been distracted and besides, she updates hers fairly regularly. If you have followed her story, you know that since January, things have not been easy for her. Her cancer is back in force. Right now she's struggling with the decision to go on hospice.
It's been a rough time for me. She is such a huge part of my life--as she was born 17 months after me, I have no memory of life without her. And most childhood memories include her. And we've talked on the phone almost every day since we started having kids. She coached me through Steven's cancer. I owe so much of who I am to her and her influence.
I have been so touched by all the people who have reached out to help her and to help me. Yesterday I sent an email to our family and some friends about a group gift for her and within the hour we had more than enough to cover the gift and within the day, it exceeded any expectation. Thanks to all who helped--it will be a blessing to them.
Alisa is one of my favorite examples of motherhood and I think of her often on those days when I want to throw in the towel. She shows me how to live amidst hard times and how to savor the moments. She teaches me to expect a lot from my kids and to make sure they feel unconditionally loved. She has been an amazing example of faith and hope. I love her dearly and from the times we were playing with dolls as kids to now as we raise teenagers, I cherish her role in my growth as a mom.
I hope that you will hug your kids a little tighter tonight and say a prayer for my sister. She's in a rough place and she will be holding onto life as tight as she can because more than anything, she wants to be here for her kids.
|A picture of me, my sisters and my mom. This was taken just over a week ago on the eve of my youngest sister's wedding.|