It's Not All Black and White

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Where I've Been

I've had a few people wondering where/ how I've been. And a few unsubscribers. No wonder since I haven't been posting for quite a while. The reason is that my mother's health had been progressively failing to the point that we knew the cancer was winning. So I've been spending most of my time staying at my parents' house, just stopping home every few days to repack my bags and say hi to my husband. My mother has finally found rest, as she passed away this Monday evening. Our family is certainly grieving, but we are pulling together, leaning on each other, and continuing on. I love her so much and will miss her, but can only hope now to cherish her memories and learn from her example. Not to get religous on you, but I look forward to the fullfillment of our Bible hope, that we will one day all be together with her again. Thanks for your concern. It may be a while until I feel like posting again. Just so you know, I have been briefly stopping by all your blogs still. Thanks for being there.

58 comments:

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Oh, Bethany, I'm so sorry for your loss! May you find comfort in the cherished memories you have of your Mom. My thoughts are with you!

Alli Miles said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of grievance. You take all the time you need. As far as not posting--you are not alone. We are in the middle of the move and I haven't posted much in the last month either. I look forward to seeing your beautiful creations when you are ready!

Shannan Teubner said...

Sending you big hugs, Bethany. It's so hard to know what to say, other than I will keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers. We'll still be here when you come back. :)

Jen Tapler said...

Much love to you Bethany. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts.

jen del muro (iheart2stamp.com) said...

Bethany...Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you!! Sending you {{{{{HUGS}}}}}

wendyp said...

Bethany, I am so sorry. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

Jackie Pedro said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, Bethany. Praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

Regan said...

Oh I am truly sorry for your loss...

Pamela said...

I am sorry for your loss, but like you, one day I will see my mom in heaven. It doesn't make the loss any less painfull, but it gives us hope. I am glad that you have memories to cherish.

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Julie Masse said...

Oh Bethany I'm so sorry to hear of your loss! What a difficult time for you all. I will be praying for God's peace, comfort and strength during this time!

Pam Speidel said...

I'm so sorry to hear this Bethany! My sincere sympathy to you and your family. You're one of my favorite bloggers and I'll be here whenever you feel like posting again. {{Hugs}}

Maria Gurnsey said...

Bethany, I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. I'm sure you are going through a tough time right now. Take care of yourself! {{HUGS}}

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Bethany, I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Oh Bethany I am so sorry.. my prayers are with you and your family, big hugs...

Amy said...

I am so sorry for you loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family...

Nancy said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you...

Rose Ann said...

((((((Bethany)))))) I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Tami said...

AWW- I'm sending you huge hugs! Praying for you and your family!

Amy Sheffer said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Bethany! You and your family are in my prayers. Hugs to you!

Basement Stamper said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. It is wonderful that you were able to spend time with her and be there for your family. My thoughts & prayers are with you all during this time.

Jeanne S said...

Big hugs to you Bethany. My thoughts are with you.

Tina said...

Oh my goodness. There is proof that a blog buddy can be missed. I am sorry to hear about your mom's passing. Trusting now that the God of all will shed the peace that passes all understanding to you and yours. .. . .

Amy said...

Bethany, my heart aches for you. We buried my BIL a month ago and it was so sad. Cancer sucks. I am so thankful you have your faith, family and friends to help see you through the rough days. Your mother was blessed to have you by her side for so long while she battled. I am thinking of you and wishing you God's peace and comfort. She is resting happily in his arms!

Jackie said...

I am so sorry, my heart goes out to you. You take all the time you need - we'll be right here when you get ready to come back. *hugs*

Kirsten said...

Bethany - I'm so, so sorry. There are no words anyone can say to make you feel better, but just know that my thoughts and prayers are with you, because I know exactly how hard this is. Hold tight to all of those memories and what you said is true - you'll only be away from her for a while.

Michelle (Lady2cu) said...

I'm so sorry, Bethany. I know how painful it is to lose your mom. Hold on to your beautiful memories. They are so precious. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Susan (susiestampalot) said...

Bethany, I'm so sorry to hear this about your mom. I have not been in your spot, so I just can't imagine what you and your family are going through. Please know that I am thinking about you. Take heart in the good memories you share and KNOW that you WILL be back together in God's good timing.

Alex and Melissa said...

I am soooo sorry to hear about your mom Bethany!! I hope you can take some comfort in the time you have been spending with her and know now that she is no longer in pain, and is in a better place!! My thoughts and prayers are with you!! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Maren said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Stamp4hobby said...

I'm so sorry Bethany. I will be praying for your family to find comfort and peace.

Karen said...

Dear Bethany, so very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I know you will miss her as you remember all the great times you had together. Hugs...

Sandy Knecht said...

Sending prayers to you and your family. I lost my Mother three years ago and it still hurts but I do know she is in a better place and is socializing with all our other loved ones that have gone before her. I will see her again too, someday! Hang on to the memories. Hugs, Sandy K

Gailanne said...

Hugs to you, Bethany, as you take a deep breath and continue your life. Your mom will always be beside you in spirit. Keep on being brave; the dark clouds will slowly lift and you'll be able to smile again when you think of your dear mom. Take your time getting back to blogging.

Sheri said...

Bethany....I cannot imagine how difficult it must have been and still is. Please know that you and your family ...are a part of so many thoughts and prayers. {{{{{hugs}}}}

Kendra said...

I am so sorry Bethany. I pray that the wonderful memories you have will help you and your family through this difficult time. You will be in my prayers.

Dana said...

Oh Bethany, I'm truly sorry that you lost your mom to cancer. You must be going through such a hard time. I'm sending healing, peaceful vibes your way.

Michelle said...

Sorry to hear of your Mother's passing Bethany. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family during this difficult time.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hugs.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hugs.

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Bethany, my heart aches over your loss. I pray your grief is short lived and that your memories live long in your heart and eventually bring you comfort. Bless you.

Tricia Ulberg said...

Bethany, I am so sorry to hear about your mom! My thoughts are with you!

Anonymous said...

So sorry. Our prayers are with you!

Kelly Albright said...

Praise God for his indescribable gifts! I know that you will find peace, and that she is at peace now. I will be thinking of you in my prayers.

Christi said...

Bethany, my thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this tough time. I cannot begin to imagine to know what you are going through but just take your time getting back and know that we are all here for you. Big {{HUGS}}

Elena said...

I am so, so sorry for your loss.

Debbie Olson said...

Oh, Bethany! I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I am sure that in the light of eternity and of all that is truly important, the time that you spent with your mom is infinitely better spent than it would have been fussing over paper. May God truly comfort you, and when you feel like making lovelies again, we'll still be here. {{{Big hugs!}}}

Christina Fischer said...

Bethany, I'm so sorry for your loss. I'll be praying for you and your family! Big, big hugs!

SueB said...

When my dad died four years ago someone sent me a card with the following sentiment inside:
It will be the little things that you will remember,
the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter.

And although it may seem hard right now,
it will be the memories of these little things
that help to push away the pain
and bring the smiles back again.

It's so true. I constantly find myself using a phrase he did, then smiling when thinking of him.

You and yours are in my prayers.

AJ said...

Sorry for your loss Bethany- words escape me, and I have no way to even know what you are feeling- take all the time you need and hugs from all of us!

joslyn said...

wow bethany so sorry for the passing of your mom. your recent time with your mom must be priceless. i hope you find peace and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Tami McBeain (tmarie) said...

Bethany, I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.

My lifes inky escape and more said...

I'm so so sorry for the loss of your mom :( I'm glad you have family to lean on and get comfort from and yes it will be a glorious day when we get to reunite with loved ones who went to heaven before us :)

Hugs
Renee

Kris Reynolds said...

Bthany,
I am sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace and strength to you and your family.I look forward to seeing your work again.
Kris

Jessica said...

(((Bethany))) I'm so sorry for your mother's death. I am thankful for the hope we have in Christ and that you are clinging to that hope. I will pray for you and your family - I'm sure Mother's Day was particularly difficult for you this year with her death and your miscarriage earlier this year... I'm so sorry and pray that God's grace, peace and love are flooding you right now...

Dawn Easton said...

Bethany, I'm so sorry for your loss. You've been on my mind a lot but wasn't sure quite what to say or how to say it. Please know I'm thinking of you. Sending big hugs your way.

Dawn McVey (dawnsing) said...

Bethany, I'm so sorry to read about your loss but so glad that you have eternity to look forward to with your mom.

Praying for you,
Dawn

Crafty Math Chick said...

Oh Bethany, I feared something was wrong when I kept checking in and seeing your berries card (lovely as it is( over and over. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. I am thinking of you and sending happy thoughts and hugs your way.

Warm regards,
Meredith

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, Bethany, I'm so sorry. I've checked on you every now and then and saw you weren't posting. I was afraid your mother's health was failing. I'm sorry it took me so long to get back over here and read your sad news. It takes a while to get back on track. I hope you're doing okay. It took me quite a while to reconcile with the loss of my mom. My heart is with you.