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Friday, May 20, 2011

A Mother's Love!
I was listening to an old Oprah rebroadcast from 1999 about a family of three. A wife ,a husband, and a 6 year old daughter. The mother was diagnosed with cancer and was given only six months to live. In the midst of EVERYTHING she was going through with her terminal diagnosis she somehow thru her love for her family looked "OUTSIDE" herself and her own pain and sorrow to imagaine the pain and sorrow her husband and daughter would be going thru in the months and years ahead of them after she was no longer physically with them in person.

She had the love and the wisdom to realize there were many moments and occasions she would not be a part of in the coming years for her daughter so ERIN in the midst of it all set out recording audio and tapes for her daughter from everything from how to apply make up to the qualities in the men she would date that would steer her well in finding aman to love and respect her. She even made tapes dealing with as many questions as she could think of dealing with matters a young girl needs to ask that a mother could give her wisdom.

She EVEN made a tape for her husband telling him she was praying for a woman to come into his life once she was gone to so that he would not be alone the rest of his life.

Talk about selflessness and love for family. It is truly amazing ERIN MADE time in the midst of all of her illness to look after those she would not be able to in person in the months and years ahead.

Her husband returned to the OPRAH SHOW this week and shared ERIN'S final message as she died only a week after taping it. Did she say "WHY ME?" or express anger or resentment at an illness that would take her physically from her family at only 36. NO. She expressed only THANKFULNESS and GRATITUDE for her husband, daughter , extended family and friends for all their love and support. Her words and message were amazing!!!!! And yes I had a kleenex as I listened to the entire segment. BIG DEAL i had a ton of things to do beginning my day. ERIN makesme realize and hopefully others each moment is a gift and while we all run ourselves ragged from task to task that in our final moments we TRULY realize it is our family and friends and our giving back that make this life meaningful. Not the things but the life experiences. I hope I am able as ERIN to make sure I spend time with family and friends and when it is time for me toleave this earthI am able to express the same thankfulness and gratitude that ERIN did.

Erin's husband has since remarried with two sons and Payton her 6 year old daughter is now a freshman at DUKE where in her room is a picture of the three of them when she was just a little girl.

Erins memory and tapes live on..... BE thankful for your busy days....BUT be more thankful for your family and friends. They're waiting to spend some time with you or receive a call or a note or an email or a text or........
7:12 pm edt 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

GREAT BUMPER STICKER
" Be the change YOU want to see in the world!" ........BUMP IT UP!
6:15 am edt 


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