For most of us, Easter Sunday represents a day of new beginnings, a fresh start, a clean slate. This year strikes another cord for our family; it’s not only Biblical renewal, it’s a year of many firsts because, for us, last year was a year of many lasts.
I can’t tell you how many times I did things with Cathy wondering “will this be the last?…” I swear I grieved my sister’s death more in the eight months leading up to it, than I have any day since. I’m not sure if I’m still numb or if I was truly grieving pre-death, but it sure felt like it.
There were so many horrific moments mixed in with the good, but I am thankful for each and every moment we were able to spend together that last year. Here are some of the good ones.
The Last Dance
Steve giving her motorized cart out for a ride – of course he was able to pop a wheelie
I wasn’t supposed to be driving but… I was able to shift with my left hand. If there’s a will, there’s a way
She found some cool wigs at Lack’s
This blanket was on her bed the morning she passed
With all four of us going through cancer, I closed our shop and moved that paint into Changing Thymes Wilson in Grandville. I was able to show Cath that location one good day after treatment. She was so excited to see it.
a fun play day at Brush and Timber with Karen & Karli
What else do you do when you have three hours to kill between scans?
Cath had lots of snuggle buddies
Cath’s last birthday
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park – July 2017
First trip to Steve & Joyce’s property in Northern Michigan
Hunting for Petoskey Stones
Boondocks ~ Glen Arbor, Michigan
One last hurrah
La Seniorita, Traverse City, Michigan
more snuggle buddies
Ang & Ty’s wedding
Cherry Republic, Traverse City, Michigan
One year ago today, it was our last Easter with Cath. I don’t know what’ll be worse, last year as we anticipated it being her last, or this year when there will be an empty seat. Either way, we’ll get through it moment by moment.
My prayers go out to any of you who are suffering a loss this Easter Sunday and I’d love any prayers you all may have for our family, especially for my mom and Cath’s kids. I have a feeling, it’s going to be a tough one.
I’m looking forward to time with family and joy in our sadness as we remember the good times. We know somewhere over the rainbow, she’s already discovered her pot of gold.
Now that I have you all feeling sad, I want to bring you back up with something more lighthearted. With Bruddah Iz’s version of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow” in my head and with a little April 1st silliness in the air, I’d love for you to see something we’ve been working on this week. Hop on 0ver to our Shizzle LLC Facebook Page for something funny, then… if we’ve inspired you in any way over the years, please comment and share it on April 1st.
Hoping you all a safe, joyful and blessed Easter Sunday
a hui hou kau hou ~ Shelly