If you have been following my blog, you will have noticed that I have written quite a bit this past month about my experience at my MIL’s bedside during her hospice stay.
Margaret died this past Monday, April 14, at 11:30 pm. Tim and I were each holding one of her hands. Tim leaned over and kissed her and whispered to her to “go with Jesus” right before she left.
Two of Tim’s brothers and wives arrived soon after. We had a short prayer service for Margaret right in the nursing home room and then sent her body off. She is donating her body to the Mayo clinic for use in the training of medical students. That is her last gift to this world! Instead of having a funeral service, we will have a party in her honor in May at a Christian Retreat Center. All of this was planned by her!
I left my blog empty yesterday in her honor.
Tim and I just came back home….and I found that I have missed by one day a major announcement from Stampin’ Up! They have partnered with Becky Higgins on Project Life. (Spend more time making memories, less time scrapping them.)
My first (and selfish) thought was “Oh no, I’ve missed out”, followed by “One more thing I have to quickly learn about” and then I stopped. I know everything happens in its right timing.
Over this last month I have often strayed from sharing my love of paper crafting to writing about end-of-life thoughts and experiences. In my daily life, I have listened and shared stories with many of Margaret’s friends. My life is richer because of that.
We all have stories, with the major events in our lives, of course, but also with the little things. What better way to keep these stories alive than to record them…..and Project Life is the easiest way to do this that I have ever seen.
I have discovered there is power in writing about your life and experiences….even if its just for yourself
Family history, daily life, quotes that inspire you, things you are grateful for….the possibilities are endless.
More information will be coming on Friday.
Thanks for reading this, my friend! Karen
P.S. On my facebook page last night, I shared a couple of comments about Margaret from two of her grandchildren, our nieces. I was so touched by what they shared, and if you have ever doubted the impact a grandparent can have, just read these.
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