Thursday, October 18, 2012

Life's Challenges

Since my last post, my life has faced many challenges. The first week of August, my sister Patty was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that had spread to her liver.  Preparing myself to be strong and to be her support person would prove to take all I had. Our biological mother had passed away when I was 21 and Patty was 19.  I soon would take over the role of not only Big Sister but Mother as well over the years.  Patty did not lead a very healthy life style, thus resulting in lung issues, along with diabetes. Sometimes I would be pretty hard on her through the years.  I think because I did not understand why she would not change her habits to stay healthy. I wanted her to be healthy, but she chose a lifestyle that would not warrant that very style of life.  I loved my sister very much.  In the three weeks we had left I would reiterate to her my love for her. I hold on to the fact that I know she was going to heaven and now she is in no pain. 
I have processed her passing in many ways, through climbing mountains, hiking some difficult trails, to creating, which seems to be my way to heal. I will soon share some of those journeys.  God has given us so much beauty and we are all so blessed. I can look all around me and just smile.

Posted with Love,


  1. Dear Florence, I am so sorry about your sister Patty. If only we could wish our family and friends into a good place! The main thing is she knows how you felt about her and she is at peace. I hope you have found peace also.

  2. I'm so sorry. It is hard when we all want the best for our family and friends. She is no longer in pain and yes, she knew she was loved.

    You are in my prayers for comfort and continual healing from you loss.


  3. I am so very sorry for your loss! Sisters are so close to the heart, it would be so hard to let go! I'll be keeping you in prayer! Keep healing in your grief! Love, Karen

  4. i have your blog on my favorites, and was so sad to hear of the loss of your sister. Its wonderful that you were able to spend the time with her and tell her how much you love her. Thank you for sharing.

  5. I was sorry to read about your loss. Thank you for sharing all the beauty in your world here. Except for those immaculate Barn House gardens. ;-) They made me feel sooo sloppy! I've enjoyed catching up and wish you good luck figuring out new blogging techniques. I think it's odd that we all "ran out of space" at the same time... I'm hoping to switch to wordpress but won't have time til after the holidays.
    MeRrY ChRiStMaS!


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