It's been over a week since mom has been gone. It's been extremely hard coping with the loss of the rock of our family. Staying busy is helping all of us get through. We want to thank all of you for your endless support of the past few weeks. The funeral mass was beautiful and I think it was just as mom would have wanted it. The music was beautiful thanks to Maury Fountain (my elementary music teacher). Mom's Godchildren and other special family members helped us with readings, pall bearers, and the gifts. We know that she wouldn't have had it any other way. As hard as it was for Zac, Chad and I to stand up and read her eulogy, we couldn't imagine anyone else trying to do it. We knew right away that it would be our job to try to encompass what a wonderful, caring, kind, loving human being she was in a short ten minutes. We each wrote from the heart and tried to explain the absolute blessing it was having her as our mother.
I know mom wouldn't mind me using this site to give you an update about Zac's surgery yesterday. Many people have been asking and sending prayers. He drove out to Mayo Clinic with Beth and Randy Sunday morning. My dad flew in on Tuesday morning. The surgery went as well as can be expected. More information will follow this week after the biopsy is done. Zac was able to talk, eat small amounts and was even up walking a little. They even think that he will be discharged today (Wednesday)! They will stay in Minnesota for several more days just to ensure that he is alright before making the trip back home.
Our gratitude to our family and friends can't be written in words. Like mom mentioned way back in one of my first posts, there is so much good in the world. I wish it didn't take a tragedy like cancer or death for us to see and appreciate this. We take life for granted. Be kind to someone today and please stop and enjoy the beauty in your life. Hug your family and tell them how much you love them. It matters. I'm going to spend today, and every day, remembering my mom's gorgeous smile and the feelings of warmth and love that she brought to my heart everyday. The sadness is overwhelming and unbearably heavy but my job will be to try to outweigh the sadness with the positivity and bravery that my mother showed in the face of her devastating illness.