but with vacation, my weekend doesn't feel like a real weekend anyways.
& today is an unusual day to go back to work.
Today, I'm heading to go to a friend's funeral.
I know I've mentioned on here that the past few weeks, we've been doing a home-church thing at a friend's house & it was this precious friend.
How strange it feels to know we no longer will be having church with her anymore...
but what an amazing thought to know that she's got a front row seat at worshiping our Heavenly Father right now.
11 years. That's how long this little lady has been fighting. & goodness, is she ever the fighter.
I can remember it like yesterday.
I was sitting in a seat at the little hairdresser in town waiting to be called over & Vicki came in to wait for her appointment time. Happy to see a friendly face that I knew from church, she sat next to me & told me that she just came from the doctor's office & they found a lump in her breast.
I try to keep the positive thing going & told her that we'd pray that it would be something that they would be able to handle with surgery.
It wouldn't be that simple
But she was blessed through the years with bouts of remission.... & then another battle... & remission again...
cancer. How stupid are you that you dont get the hint & just stay away.
Vicki was battling her cancer while our friend Stephanie was also fighting her fight with liver cancer. What a friendship the two of them formed as they were able to encourage along in their own battles.
Cancer. You suck.
|Team VICtory in honor of our breast cancer fighter!!!|
If you were lucky enough to know Vicki, you know that she never complained. Never waivered in her faith. Handled her battle only pointing to the One who was helping her get through every day, every week, every year, every occurrence of the news that the cancer was taking a new form.
Her attitude was amazing.
I know you hear people say that about friends - but I wish you could know how true it is with this lady.
Soft spoken.... kind... gentle....
It's funny because in the hospital, I heard a story of Vic loosing her temper one time when someone came after her kids - mommas can relate - & I just had to laugh because I can't even wrap my mind around the idea of Vicki even raising her voice, much less in anger.
Ricky & I have been so blessed to get to know Vicki through out the years starting from meeting in our church. We were all part of a small group where we would gather on Wednesdays & eat together & discuss the Bible & pray for each other. What a special time.
I always loved Vic's thoughtfulness on every Women of Faith trip we took - she always just wanted everyone else to be happy. Except when it came to speeding. There would be no speeding when Ms. Vicki was driving to our retreats. Not on her watch :)
|Look at her beautiful in her yellow (standing right behind me)|
I'll always remember the way Vicki had a way of seeing both sides of every story, even when you wanted to be angry or upset at someone or a situation - she would help you see the good in everything. I'll take that will me more then anything.
I can remember sitting with her & her husband when we went out for lunch as we were waiting for her first great-grand baby to be born - our Grand buddy Emerson .... I was a nervous wreck wanting to get back to the hospital & she was as calm as a cucumber assuring me that she wouldn't miss the birth of that baby so if she wasn't nervous, I shouldn't be nervous.
|the moment she got to see her first great grand daughter|
She has shared her family with us & let us become an honorable member of her gang... Ricky & I just love them all - from her children & their families to her grandchildren to whom I've been honored to have in my own youth classes & have watched become amazing adults who I love calling my friends.
& her husband. Ricky & Steve are the funniest together. They could get together & talk about the University of Kentucky wildcats for days.
What a pair - her & Steve. I love the stories of hearing them meet & going off to elope. They are one of those couples you just can't imagine one without the other... & they dance. Oh, how they dance together. I could watch them swing around the dance floor for hours on end. They just moved as one throughout life..... pray for her husband. He is one strong man, but even something like this can wear a heart down.
Pray for her mother, Jean. She just lost another child a few months ago .... to loose one child would be devastating - loosing 2? I can't imagine how her heart is broken. Her siblings have to feel the loss so hard as well as having lost a brother & now a sister.
|Vicki & her momma|
& of course, pray for her children. Sha, Bryant & Kyle. While they are grown adults now, I know I can't imagine loosing my mother at any age - I don't think you are ever ready. My heart aches for Kyle as the baby of the family too....
Pray for her grandchildren. 3 of them are now adults, but still never makes it easy... & 1 of the grandchildren is just a small little girl who loves her Mamaw. This will be hard for her to wrap her mind around. & her great-grandchild, Emerson, is at the age where you know she's going to have faint memories of her... but so thankful there are pictures & videos to remind Emerson of the Mamaw who loved her so.
Emerson is also Stephanie's granddaughter so I am holding close to my heart the vision of Vicki & Stephanie just talking all about this little girl & how happy that their son & granddaughter got married & formed their own family.
Oh... how the world feels so empty when such an amazing person is taken from us....
But no matter how sad we all are right now, we have to have a little bit of joy knowing that her suffering is now over... & the many rewards she has earned in Heaven is now being shown to her... & the many faces that she knows that has gone before her, the reunions are just beginning.
& to know she's seeing Jesus face to face.... I can't imagine there is anything greater then that.
Vicki declared her love for him... & wanted everyone to know that love of Jesus.... I hope she now sees the seeds that she has planted for Him all throughout her life time, the fruit of her labor, the impact she has on this world for His kingdom....
& I'm sure it didn't take long before she drew her last breath of this earth & inhaled Heaven's scent before she heard the words,
"Well done my good & faithful servant"
|The legacy she leaves.....|
You'll be missed friend....