Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Her battle is over.

Mom’s battle with cancer ended at 2 a.m., September 22, 2009.

She did not lose her battle with cancer.  She won!  She now stands whole and victoriously at the feet of her Savior.

We sang hymns in her ears and read scripture to her.  We kissed her beautiful face a thousand times.

The room was filled with her family.  And filled with God’s love.

A few weeks ago, I stood in the kitchen with Mom and I told her how strong she was being through all of this.  I told  her how amazed I was to see her faith so strong and her mouth so full of thanksgiving.

She said, “Traci, I have tried my whole life to be an example to you kids of how to live for Christ.  Now I have to be an example of how to die for Christ.”

Oh mama, you were!  You continually blessed others when they were trying to bless you.  You changed our hearts.  You showed us how a heart in love with Jesus is greater than any trial we face on this earth.

I hear God now saying, “Well done, thy good and faithful servant.”

And mom, you are healed.  You’ve wanted to be able to walk on your feet for weeks.  Dance, mama, dance!  Dance with Jesus.

 

I held her sweet hand as she drew her last breath.  I’ve never known an honor so great.

She was so beautiful.

I love you, Mom.

 

For all of you wonderful people who have prayed for my mom and my family during these difficult days, I share with you my mom’s very favorite verse that she has clung to all the more before she passed away…

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.    John 14:27

(Before Mom got sick, she tried to start a blog.  She was able to write a few posts.  I wanted to share it with you. http://wandawalkingwiththelord.blogspot.com/)

For you, Mom…

133 comments:

  1. Traci~I don't know you personally, but my heart is with you today. What a blessing to have had such an amazing woman in your life and to be with her as she left this life to enter His complete peace. Thank you for sharing her faith and yours~my prayers are being sent to you and your family.

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  2. ((((Hugs))))

    I'm so very sorry for your loss...and I hope your mom is dancing with Jesus right now (no pain...just glory!!!).

    Not only was your mom an inspiration to you, but you were an inspiration to others through your blog posts while you were going through this awful ordeal. God bless & know that more prayers are still being said.

    Again...so very sorry ((hug)).

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  3. I've only started reading your blog, but your love of Christ is so evident that it is clear that your mother did a great job!

    I'm glad she is with her Savior, but sorry for your loss. Thanks for being an awesome testimony. My God comfort you during this time.

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  4. Dear Traci, my deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time of sorrow. What a marvelous example of motherhood and compassion! Cling tightly to the precious memories you have of your sweet mother and the knowledge that you will be together again. You will be in my prayers.

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  5. My prayers are with your family today. What a wonderful example of Christ your mother was!

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  6. Traci....this is beautiful. As tears fill my eyes, my heart aches; though even more so, it rejoices with all of you. I am always amazed at our Father's timing....always. My thoughts are of you and your family, praying that His continued Grace fill you all in the days to come. Your mother absolutely shared her love for Jesus through her mothering, this is truth and it shines through you.

    So much love and the warmest of hugs to you. Many words are in my heart but only these two, I think you will feel most....I know. I know, Traci - every bit of feeling this.

    I envision that our mother's now might just be dancing together, even though there are many more than we can fathom with Him now...I think they are :)

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  7. Oh Traci, I am so sad to hear this! What a gift you have had to have that relationship with her. I am so sorry and will say a prayer for you all.

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  8. Oh, Traci. God bless you, dear woman. I pray for you and your dad and your sister and brother. Your loss is so great. I pray that your pain is lessened a little bit by letting us share a bit of the burden. We are so inspired by your mom and her incredible example; now our hearts break for you. I ask God to let us share some of your pain just as we've shared your joy.

    Thank you for sharing your heart with us throughout this ordeal. Please continue to do that as you are able. Your mom's life is so inspiring, and it has not ended. Thank God our life does not end when our physical bodies fail us.

    Your mom is one of the people I want to meet in heaven. For now, I hope that she is forming an eternal relationship with my mom there.

    Take care, dear one.

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  9. SO sorry for your loss. Heaven is lucky to get a new wonderful addition. You and your family are in my thhoughts.

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  10. I am very sorry for your loss. Your words about your mom are beautiful. She seems an amazing and wonderful person, judging from her lovely blog posts and your words about her.

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  11. I am so sorry for your loss {{{{HUGS}}}}

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  12. Traci - I just recently started reading your blog and have so much respect and admiration for your faith in Christ and the beautiful things you share. My heart goes out to you and I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds like your mother was a wonderful woman! You're in my thoughts and prayers.

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  13. May God be with you all! Prayers are with you this day!

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  14. Traci, my eyes were filling up with tears as I read your post. I am so sorry for you loss. I know the last minutes you spent with your Mom will be cherished forever. Know that she is dancing with the Lord right now and you will meet again someday. She will always be with you. You are in my prayers.

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  15. Traci~

    That is a favorite song of mine I was thinking of as I was reading your post. I'm so sorry for your loss but what a testimony your family obviously has through this... I will keep you in my prayers... Thanks so much for sharing this.

    ~Whitney

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  16. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am dearly sorry for your loss. Take care of yourself.

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  17. Traci ~ I am so very sorry, but am so grateful to have 'met' her through you. Heaven becomes more sweet with each loved one that passes through those gates. Many are waiting for me - grandparents, aunts and uncles, my dear Dad. God's comfort is sufficient for the hurt, but a life well-lived is definitely worth grieving. Our Lord grieved too. I'm praying for you today.

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  18. traci - my prayers are with you & your family.

    i'm guessing that one of the reasons so many of us love your blog is because you're so much like your mom. her illness & passing happened too quick. i'm so sorry for your loss.

    "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints" Psalm 117:15

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  19. Oh Traci, my eyes are so filled with tears I can hardly type. Your Mother was such a blessing to you and your family, and has been such a blessing to me in the short time I've known about her. You have shown us all what a wonderful and beautiful woman she is. I do know the pain you are in right now and I will pray for the Lord to fill all of your tears with wonderful memories and thoughts of her for the rest of your days. I miss my Mother every day,but my heart sings with the joy she still brings to me and all of my family. My thoughts, prayers and heartfelt sorrow are with you as you walk this path today. God Bless, Hugs, Marty

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  20. Traci, I am back again. I was thinking of your mom just now, and I was reminded of Philippians 1:21: "For to me to live is Christ; to die is gain." She really got it, didn't she?

    I thank God for peace that surpasses understanding. I ask that for you today.

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  21. I'm not sure just what led me to your blog for this first time....I'd just like to say my love to all of you. What a blessed woman your mom was to have such a sweet person as a daughter.
    love, bj

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  22. So sorry for your loss, Traci. I pray you will feel the peace that passes all understanding in these difficult days.

    Thank you for sharing your mother with us all. She has encouraged so many people - the results of which will only be known in Heaven someday.

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  23. I want to live/and leave a legacy like your mom did for you! What a life she lived. And I am so sorry for your loss; I'll be praying for you and your family....and what a remarkable post to remember that she IS whole and she can dance.....take care.

    Suzanne

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  24. Traci, I have no words except I am so, so sorry. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this very difficult time.

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  25. Thinking of you and praying for your family. What a beautiful example of Christ. She is dancing and praising right now!

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  26. Oh sweet Traci,

    My words will fall short of expressing the pain my heart feels for you. I know how very precious your beautiful mom is to you, your life has been formed and blessed by one of Gods greatest. This past Sunday at church we sang “Jonathan’s song” (this will forever be the title for Chris and I) and as we sang the words, “I can sing with my last breath -
    Sing for I know - That I'll sing with the angels - And the saints around the throne” we both began to cry as we pictured our sweet Christy singing her praises to Jesus at His throne. Today, your beautiful, sweet momma is there singing too. What a blessing to know that our loves are praising at the throne of Jesus!

    Father, thank you for healing Wanda. She ran the race and has now won the prize and we thank you so much for that. Father, though Wanda’s pain is gone she has left a family who’s hearts are forever broken. They need you Father, more today than every before in their lives. Please be with each of them, wrapping your arms tightly around them. And Father, if you could just let them feel your presence as they go through these next very difficult days. Thank you for blessing their lives with such a sweet, sweet spirit. Help them to cling to the gift of herself that Wanda shared so willingly. In the name of our precious Lord and Savior, Amen.

    I love you Traci.

    Julie

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  27. Tracy, I am hurting for you. You all have got to be just stunned at the speed of all this. Those moments you spent with her as she went to be with our Lord will always be precious to you. Even 12 years after losing my brother to cancer, I still cherish the memory of being there when he left us. I will be praying for you and your family as you mourn your wonderful mother. "Memories are like stars in the dark night of sorrow." Knowing you will be reunited one day will be a comfort to you in the hard times ahead.

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  28. What a beautiful example! I am sorry for you lost! But what wonderful hope it is to know she is with the Savior and that death is not the end! Thank you for sharing! I pray that these next few days are filled with encouragement and peace!

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  29. Traci- I am so sorry for your mom's passing. I am sure she is doing wonders up in heaven as one of God's best servents ever. I have never met you or your family but I could just tell from your posts what a special woman you had in your mom. And believe me I can tell she passed all that compassion and love of God on to you. You are in my prayers and I am so happy she no longer is in pain. May she shine on your forever.
    tammy

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  30. Dear Traci...Thank you for sharing your mom with us...I have been reading your blog for just a short time,maybe a month,it has become my favorite,and I remembered my parents as your mom and family struggled with her illness, it is so sad to witness, but to see their faith in the Lord is an awesome experience...as the tears stream down my face, I realize the impact your mom has had on my own life and my love for my Lord and Savior....May peace and the Love of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you and your dad and family

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  31. Oh, Dear Traci. My heart is breaking for you and your family today! But Hallelujah your mom was a Christian and is in the arms of Jesus today! What hope and assurance we have that we'll see our loved ones again some day.
    Traci, I want you to know as you've shared with us about your dear mom, you have ministered to us how to serve a loved one with the love of Jesus. Your love for Him shines through. I praise for His peace and love to surround your family in the weeks ahead.
    Blessings,
    Shelia ;)

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  32. Oh Traci, I just read your mom's blog and wanted you to know that her blog has deeply touched my heart.

    Gail

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  33. Traci- I am so sorry, but I am rejoicing for your sweet mother. She is dancing, I just know it!
    I also, stood with my face against my mother's, as she drew her last breath. Three more of my sisters were there also. We too sang hymns and knew that soon she would be singing with the angels. We told her that we were holding on tight until she felt God's hand of mercy take her hand and make her new.
    Like you, it was the most amazing thing. I felt God's presence like I never have before. When she was gone from this old world, we laughed, and we cried, and we rejoiced.
    God is so very good. His promise has been fulfilled for our mothers.
    I will be thinking of you and praying for your family in the following days.
    Rhonda

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  34. Oh Traci, my heart aches for your loss. I hardly know you and Cyndi, but I feel so close to you both. That's probably got something to do with that beautiful part of your Mom you both have inside of you, making those around you feel so welcomed and loved :)
    My prayers are with you all, that you might find His peace in the midst of your mourning.
    I am crying with you today.
    (((hugs))))
    Denise

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  35. Wow, what a beautiful post. As one with my own struggle with cancer, I am so touched at how you described this incredibly personal moment with your mom. God bless you and your family.

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

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  37. Traci,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time and I pray that you find peace.

    xoxo,
    Teresa

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  38. My condolences to you and your family. May the grieving period and extreme loss be shortened by the holy spirit which you will feel because of your knowledge in Christ and eternal life. Gratefully, she is out of physical pain. Sadly, she is gone from this earth for a short period. My prayers are with your family!

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  39. Traci-I am so sorry and will be praying for you and your dear family. I was praying for you all just yesterday. So many of us have been blessed by getting to know your mom even though we never knew her. Her faith is very evident and you and your sister's testimony has shinned through even during your darkest day/days. What sweet moments that you were able to spend w/her as she walked though heaven's gates. May the Lord lift your family in his arms and give you the strength and peace that only he can offer.

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  40. Traci and Cyndi,

    As you share the stories
    and the memories
    of how she lived her life
    and how very much she meant,
    may you find comfort -
    and, throughout this difficult time,
    may you also know
    the deep sympathy
    and concern that is felt
    for you and all your family.

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  41. I am so very sorry for your loss. We have been praying for you and will continue to pray for you and your family. The tribute you have written about your mother is one of the most beautiful I have ever read. It truly is an honor to be holding her hand when she went to be with her Lord. Although I do not know your mother or you personally, I have been deeply touched with what I have read. I know that it will not be many years until I will be going through a similar situation. I hope and pray that I will be there with my mother at the moment of her passing. May God bless and keep your family and may the peace that passes all understanding guide you and comfort you.

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  42. my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family - I am sorry for your loss.

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  43. Dear Traci. I wish I could find the words to say to you. All I can say is that my heart is full for you today. I am thinking of your whole family. I always feel so much more for the ones left than the one who has gone heavenward to be with our Lord. You mother would be so proud of your strenght and wisedom at this time. You Mom did an amazing job teaching the values of the gospel and God's love. What precious memories you are left with. I'll be praying and thinking of you & your family. I'm also looking forward to looking at your Mothers post.
    All my condolenses and love, Tracy

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  44. Traci..
    my heart goes out to you and your family.Even though your mom is at home with the lord...it is still a heart wrenching loss.
    xo

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  45. What a positively beautiful tribute to your precious Mom. What an honor to have spent those last moments by her side as she stepped into eternity. I can't imagine. Please know your family will remain in my prayers. Though you rejoice she is now whole and healed, the void left from her loss will no doubt be felt deeply.

    Many prayers,
    Tracy

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  46. I am so sorry. so sorry. Your moms favorite verse is perfect for all of us to remember. Thank you for post it. Thank you for sharing your sweet mom's courageous fight.

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  47. I'm so sorry. Hugs & prayers to your family.

    Your mom seemed like such an amazing woman. :)

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  48. Traci - blessings and prayers to you and your family. I am sure she smiles on you now....

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  49. Traci,, So so sorry to hear of your loss. What a sweet, sweet tribute to your mother. She must've been so proud of you all. Sounds like she was a wonderful person and mother.

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  50. I love how beautiful this post is. My condolences and prayers for those who are left behind, for the hole that is left in your lives until you get to see your mom again one day.

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  51. Traci,

    So sorry for your loss but I do admire the strength and faith of your mother, you and your entire family. I believe your mother is now surrounded by loved ones who have passed on before her and what a joyous reunion she is having in heaven.

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  52. Oh this makes me so sad! I'm sorry for your loss Traci and I'll keep praying for you and your family. Your mother's faith (and yours as well) is amazing. I know she is smiling down on you now.

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  53. Traci, I've been following you for a while now and I know your sadness must be so deep, BUT I also know how victorious you must feel because she knows Jesus! Praise God that He overcame death for us!

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  54. Hello Traci,

    You and your family have been in my prayers since I began following your blog not so long ago. Your mother sounds like she was a wonderful person and a true woman of faith. It shows through you how much of an inspiration she was. I will continue to pray for you and your family.

    ~ Tracy

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  55. Traci...hugs & prayers for all of you. Your mother did indeed have a sweet, sweet spirit and I am blessed to have known her. Her witness (and yours) have been amazing ! Shirley & Aunt Ruth

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  56. Traci- I am a fairly new follower but have been recently following your mom's struggle with cancer and was saddened to hear this news but also rejoiced to know your mom is with Jesus right now-who could want for anything more. You and your families strength through all of this has brought so much glory to God and taught me to lean on His word in all circumstances. Thank you for that and I will lift you all up in prayer.

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  57. I'm sorry for your loss.
    Your mom sounds like an amazing person. I'm sure you'll miss her. I'm glad you can take comfort in the fact that she's happy and whole again.

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  58. Dear Traci-
    What a joy that you could be there as she passed into Glory. My heartaches for you who was left behind. I know you will miss her wisdom and her example for you to follow. But truly you are a blessed woman!

    Stand steadfast dear saint and know that our Lord Jesus is with you!

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  59. I've just recently found your blog, and among all the great inspiration you give, I have grown to really appreciate your display of faith. I offer my most heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Your Mother sounded like a wonderful woman.

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  60. Traci, I've enjoyed your blog so much and I just wanted to let you know that my prayers are with you and your family. I looked at your mom's blog and I could tell that she is so in love with the Lord. Take care.

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  61. I am so very sorry for your loss. Your stories of your mother's beautiful spirit have inspired and touched me deeply. You are in my prayers.

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  62. ((BIG BLOG HUG))
    I'm so sorry for your loss.

    Roeshel

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  63. My mom passed from Cancer as well. So bittersweet. Knowing how much you will miss her, but so very grateful her pain is over. Memories always live on. My thoughts are with you.

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  64. I'm so sorry...I'll be thinking of you.

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  65. Traci- My prayers are with you and your family.
    As I wipe away the tears, I pray that God will rain down upon you comfort and peace. Thank you for sharing this part of life with us, you have blessed us.
    Thank you for sharing your mom's blog spot, I felt blessed with the opportunity to "know her." May I be inspired to live my faith in Christ, as she lived hers.
    In Prayer,
    Dee Dee

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  66. I am absolutely bawling. Not that your beautiful Mother's is with Jesus but that this world lost someone whose light shone so brightly. I can't thank you enough for sharing your mom with us.

    A life well lived... beautifully lived.

    I was a lay director for a walk to Emmaus last November and that was one my walk scriptures and also one of the verses that has been with me for so many years.

    I pray God's peace and comfort be with you and you family always.

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  67. Thinking of you and your family on this day. Thank you for sharing your mother with me in her final days - I feel as if I knew her and know you and am better for the knowing.

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  68. I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother must have been a wonderful woman and what a Christian example. Your posts have tugged at my heartstrings and I think I will always remember your mom's words that tears are prayers that go directly to the heart of God. May you find peace and comfort from the Lord.

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  69. Dear Traci, Gulp, I am so sorry! I lack words. I send ((((hugs)))). I know you will miss her every day - that's for sure. I grieve for your loss. I am so thankful to have "known" your mom a little through your loving blogs, and then a little bit through her blog you shared. I am so thankful that she is truly healed now - no more suffering, no more pain. May the Lord comfort and sustain you (and your family)in these days ahead as you make many unwanted adjustments. May He surround you with the love of family and friends as you grieve, remember, hold each other, and, yes, laugh. His Love and Peace and Blessing to you. Linda

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  70. In all the years I've known you, I was never able to meet your mom. But from the first day of class in the 2nd grade, when you told us all how much you loved us...I knew your mother from the inside out. When you prayed over us and sang songs to us at His Club, I knew your mother. When you cried with me at Mt. Freedom when I gave my life to Christ, I knew your mother. I love you, and I'm praying for you.

    Linds

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  71. Traci, I'm so sorry for your loss. I know you are rejoicing for her, but there's a tangible grief as well and I'm praying that you and your family feel peace and comfort today and in the days ahead. My husband and I were talking about you guys last night (amazing how we can feel so connected even though we've never met you!) and just feeling like something needed to change soon for you guys...either complete healing or her being able to rest with the Lord. You're right, her battle is over FOREVER!! Isn't the hope we have in Him so amazing? And what a testimony you all are to the many people who have been reading your blogs. One day you'll know how many lives your family has impacted through this experience.

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  72. Oh Traci! Im crying for you and my tears are confused. I am so sorry for your loss. And so excited for your mom to be able to go home where there is no pain, no crying...

    You were so blessed to have such an amazing mother and now that hole will hurt. You are so right in all that you shared here! You will see her again :) I love that you said that she "won"--- you are so right. The true battle was won for your mom and I am so blessed by your testimony to that.

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  73. Traci, my heart is hurting for you right now. I know you take comfort in knowing that momma is dancing with Jesus and the saints, but I know you grieve the loss of her presence in your life at the same time. May you find UNBELIEVABLE, UNSURPASSABLE, INDESCRIBABLE peace in the arms of our Lord. Praying for your family, and keeping the boys close to my heart. I love you, dear friend.
    Janet Dickinson

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  74. Traci, blessings to you and your family.

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  75. Traci
    I want to give you a big {{hug}} and let you know I am so sorry for your tremendous loss.
    May it be a comfort to know that the Lord greeted your mom in heaven and they now sit side by side watching over all of you.

    God Bless you and may be hold you in the palm of his hand.
    xo Patricia

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  76. Traci, I am heartbroken for you and your family! I know your Mother was dear to you all and will be sorely missed every single day.

    Thank you for allowing us the chance to get to know Wanda through your blog. What a blessing she has been to even those of us that did not meet physically meet her on this earth.

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  77. Traci, I have followed your blog for only a short time, but I wanted to extend my deepest sympathies to you and your entire family. I read through your mom's blog a few minutes ago...what a wonderful woman and servant. I pray for God to wrap His loving arms around you and your family.

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  78. Traci, I just started reading your blog a month or so ago, and have kept your family in my thoughts and prayers. What a great tribute you wrote for your mom today... I'm sure she's dancing all over right now! ((HUGS)) to your family.

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  79. Dear Traci,
    I am so sorry. I had no idea it was this close. Your mom sounded like a wonderful and beautiful woman whom I know you will miss so much. Thanks for sharing this with us and your beautiful tribute to your Mom. I feel like I know your family, and feel sad for you all. Hugs to you all, Cindy

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  80. Rejoicing for your mom. Grieving with you!! Praying for you!!

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  81. Traci, I have just started reading your blog. What a beautiful tribute you wrote about your beautiful mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. May God bless you all and may He give you His strength and peace.

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  82. Traci
    I am so sorry. so sorry. My heart is full and sad for you, but your Mom is with Jesus. WOW! She was one of the most Godly women I have ever met and I can just see her singing and dancing up there. Your words were beautiful, I am just grieving with you now. Love to you, Cyndi, Blake, and all those sweet children.
    Cynthia

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  83. Dearest Traci-
    We haven't met buy my name is Laura . My blog is White Spray Paint.

    My mother's name was Wanda, and she died of ovarian cancer ,while I too held her hand.

    Just know that there is destiny in what we are to do.

    God bless you

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  84. Traci,
    I sit here with tears in my eyes having read your beautiful tribute to your dear mother. I can't imagine your pain, but a good mother is a true blessing. I will be thinking of you all this week and in the weeks to come.
    Love,
    Katherine Forgy Peppiatt

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  85. You are in my thoughts and prayers~
    I am celebrating your momma's home going with you!
    Blessings~
    Carrie

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  86. Traci--My heart breaks for your loss and yet I know that you are experiencing joy that her pain is over. It is a privelage to have you share her faith with us. Hug your Dad just a little tighter--prayers for all of you

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  87. Dear Traci-

    You don't know me but I've been following your blog for several weeks. There are no words for what you must be going through. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers these coming weeks.

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  88. What a beautiful picture you have painted of your mom and her peace when leaving. I am sorry for your loss. Praise the Lord we have a hope for more! Thank you for sharing your mother's beautiful wisdom. Lifting up prayers for you and your family.

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  89. Praying for your family through the grieving. Your precious mom is dancing on those streets of gold, but we're left to mourn and even though HE is good all the time, it's still hard.

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  90. I have been so touched by you and your sisters blogs and your moms struggles. What a wonderful example your family is to everyone and how touched I feel my life is to have read your words and watched how you care so much for your mother. I know that your mom is healed and is with our Father in Heaven. You and your family will be in my prayers as you continue to go through this time. My prayers are with your Dad as he goes on with life without his special partner.
    Thank you for your example of love and caring that you teach to everyone who meets you and reads your blog.
    Mistie

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  91. Having never met your mother, and having just found your blog a few weeks ago, I can feel her grace. And yours. Thank you for sharing her with us and I hope that during this time you find peace in knowing that you've both managed to touch many many lives. Prayers for you and your family.

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  92. I am so sorry to read of your loss. You and your family are an amazing example of a Christ- centered life. My prayers are with you. May He fill you with His peace, strength and comfort.

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  93. I just discovered your blog last month when you first posted about your mom's condition. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your post from Sept 11th really touched me, since I had a similar situation with caring for my mother's feet when she no longer could. I lost my Mom in early 2007 and then also my Dad late the same year. My prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. Blessings to you. Veronica in Arizona.

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  94. Beautiful post. How do people do this without knowing their Saviour. I love the knowledge that she is with Him now. Dancing!!!!!

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  95. Dear Traci,

    I've never posted a comment to your blog but I have enjoyed reading all of your posts. My heart goes out to you and your family right now. Each time I read the posts on your mom I closed my eyes and prayed for her and all you, her dear family. At times I was on the verge of tears because of my own experience with loosing my mom to cancer. I read your words and admired your strength and devotion. You are all in my thoughts - God bless you. Your mom is now at peace with the Lord and all her loved ones that have gone before her.

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  96. Traci, I am so sorry to read about your loss. I know you will miss your mom tremendously but you know that she has eternal life with our heavenly Father and so you rejoice that she no longer feels any pain or suffering. Someday you will be together again. God bless.

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  97. I am so very sorry for your loss. I'll be thinking about you and your family during this sad time.

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  98. I just came across your blog a few days ago and I cannot believe how much I am touched by your stories here. I don't know you or your wonderful mother and I have tears running down my face.

    You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  99. I am so sorry to hear about you Mom. She was blessed to have had her family with her during this time and You are very blessed to have had a Mother like her. I have read your blog for the last couple of months and can tell the love that You and Your Family have for each other.

    I will say a prayer for you all.

    Willow

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  100. Oh My Gosh Traci!
    Honey my eyes are full of tears as I write this to you. I am sorry it was time for your Moma to go home, but I know she was ready and had her home so in order. I am thankful for the earthly time that you had her in your life, and know that you two will be together again in heaven. She will be waiting with open arms someday for each of your family members. I am so praying for your Daddy, as I know he will be so sad without her. They have an undying love. I could see that in their pictures together. I will be praying for all of your family Traci as you each go through this trying time in your lives. God Bless each one of you and wrap his arms around each one of you, to help you take the steps to come. I love you honey, and will be praying for you. All my love, Sherry

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  101. Oh, precious one my heart is so heavy for you right now. I'm trying not to sob out loud in my classroom. May the God of all comfort surround your hearts and minds. I'll be praying for you.

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  102. Dear Sweet Traci and Family,
    Please accept my deepest sorrow over the "going home" of your mother. I know that she is dancing with our Saviour, Jesus, but that does not lessen the grief you feel....so very sad and I loved getting to know her through your eyes. I can only try to be near the christian lady she was. Your Mother was a true Proverbs 31 Woman and what an honor that was.
    It seems in this time of great loss, there simply are not words that bring comfort but I am praying for a peace that surpasses all understanding...the peace of God.
    I thank you for all the prayers you have said for my daughter Amy. I have prayed for your mother since my sister told me about her.
    angel hugs
    love
    debbie

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  103. i read your blog often & love it. i just want you to know you are in my thoughts & prayers today. i'm so sorry for your loss... xoxo

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  104. I am so touched by your mother's sweet and simple faith. There are truly not many like her in our world.

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  105. I'm praying for you and your family. --Laura

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  106. Hi Traci, Ellen Johnson told me about your blog. I got to church with her. We have been praying for your mom in her Sunday school class. Though I am SO sorry for such a deep loss, I am grateful to know that your mom is now free from suffering, and is "Swimming in the ocean of God's love". We will continue to pray for your family during this difficult time.

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  107. So sorry...forgot to tell you that my name is Kathryn. :)

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  108. my prayers are with you! I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved mother! hugs

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  109. So sorry for the loss of your mom ( for time present anyway). She sounded like a beautiful lady that will be missed by everyone who knew her.

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  110. Dance, Wanda, Dance!!!!

    It's times like these that I am so thankful that we do not mourn like those who have no hope.

    God bless you and your family as you go through this difficult time and may your mom's life continue to shine the light of Jesus through you and your siblings....

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  111. Hugs and prayers from one who has been blessed by your beautiful writing, who weeps for the pain of your loss and rejoices for the strength of your faith. May our Father embrace and sustain you and your family as you grieve and as you honor and remember your Mom's wonderful life.

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  112. Traci, I don't know you or your family personally, but I wanted to express my condolences to you all. Losing a parent to cancer is difficult, and I find your strength very inspiring. I wish I had your strength last year when we lost my step-father. Your mother was an amazing woman, and it must be comforting to know that she is with her Savior now.

    Much love & prayers to you all,
    Alicia

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  113. Like many others, I don't know you personally and have only followed you for a short time. Reading your blog this past month has brought back so many memories - my mom went through the same journey from Sept 06-Dec 06 with her mom. It is my hope and prayer that I can be half the daughter and mom that my grandma and mom (and you and your mom) have been to each other.
    I read your mom's entire blog, what an amazing witness she was for Christ, her joy and love for life shined through in her writing. I am hunting down a Promise Box right now and hope to start that tradition in our family right away.
    God Bless.

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  114. Traci.....
    It is so wierd to be sad and happy at the same time. I love that your mom is with our Heavenly Father - dancing and in no pain. I know she is looking down on you and your family and probably pointing you all out to the other angels as she is so proud. It sounds like she lived such a beautiful life here on earth and has passed on her teachings to you and I am sure to many others. How blessed you are to have (because I think you have her in your heart forever) her in your life. Such an amazing post about your mom.
    Bless you and your family and rejoice - we know your mom is......
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  115. Traci-I am so sorry for your loss but so glad you know where your mom is.
    I will be praying for your family as you go through the tough few days of preparing for her funeral and then healing over the loss.

    Cheri

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  116. Hi Traci,

    I have been reading your blog for about a month now. I just want to say that although I don't know you, I love you as a sister in Christ. I read your post last night before bedtime, and my husband and I prayed for you and your sweet family. Your testimony about your Mom is beautiful, and it strengthens my own faith!

    Much love,
    Lara

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  117. Traci~
    Just stopping by today to let you know that you've been on my heart....and that I CONTINUE to lift you, and your precious family up with much prayer during this time.

    From what I'm reading, you are TRULY loved, and surrounded by lots of prayer....and I know that through this deep lose, God's love and light is shining through.

    Praying that as you prepare for your Mom's celebration.....you know just how much you are LOVED!!

    Kim~

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  118. My heart goes out to you today. You're Mom was a wonderful example.May God grant you his peace and comfort at this time.
    Sandy

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  119. Though I don't know you, and have only recently found your blog, I wanted to tell you I am sorry to hear about your mom. What a wonderful person she must have been. It was easy to see what a great relationship you had with her. May God give you the peace that only He can provide. And may the thought of her dancing with the Lord give you smiles every day.

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  120. This is my first visit to your blog. I am so sorry for your lost. You and your family will be included in my prayers.

    Sharon

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  121. I recently started following your blog and I think you are amazing. I'm so sorry for your loss. I couldn't imagine. You are so strong and you and your mom are an amazing example to everyone. Hugs from me.
    Mindy

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  122. I'm not sure how I came across your blog but,I'm glad I got here.It was totally God sent.Reading about your precious mother is encouraging to all of us.It hits so close to home for me.Not only have the words you sharelet me know that I'm not alone but,I thought to myslef..."That's the kind of mom I want to be".Thank you!I'm praying that the Lord would byou today.Praying for your family!

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  123. I just found your blog today. I want to let you know that you and your family are in my prayers. We lost my mom to pancreatic cancer 1.5 years ago. Hang in there and trust God to see you through.

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  124. I've been a bit behind in reading blogs and just today read this on your blog!!! I am sooooo sad for your family!!! But SOOOOOOOOOOOO BEYOND HAPPY for your mother!!!!! She gets to HUG JESUS!!!!! She gets to see what God is truly all about!! WHAT GLORY SHE HAS SEEN!!!

    But also how very heartbreaking it is for those left behind!!! I will pray for your family- especially your dad.

    I haven't had to experience losing my parents yet (my mom is your mom's age), but I know it is getting close. I cannot imagine the range of emotions you must be feeling.

    Thank you for sharing with all of us how wonderful your mom was and how much she loves the Lord!! And thank you, too, for showing us Christ in YOUR life!! Yes! You have been living out what a godly daughter should be like and we've gotten to watch you walk it out here in blogland!!! Thank you for loving your mom so much and for taking such good care of her! You are an excellent daughter!!!

    I will be praying for you all!!!

    His,
    Shari

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  125. Oh Traci, my dear sister in Christ. Thank you for sharing your Mama with us. Her testimony of strength and her love for the Lord was such an inspiration to me.

    I am sorry for your loss, but I know you are rejoicing with the angels that your Mama is home and free from pain.

    Praying for you & your family!

    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

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  126. I had been following some of the posts about your mom, and I felt very touched by the love you all had for her, and the type of person she was. She sounded like she had such a great spirit. I am so sorry for your loss, and only wish your family the best during this time. I will keep you all in my thoughts.

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  127. I've been really praying for your mom and have been thinking so much about your family recently. I rejoice that she's dancing the streets of gold and looking into the face of the Almighty. My prayers will be with you and your family as you deal with life without her. In reading about this journey I have learned so much about caring for those in our lives. Loving Christ so much more. Depending upon him. Trusting him fully. Thank you for sharing this journey. I can't wait to meet your mom one day in Heaven! My prayes are with you.

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  128. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. May you find peace in God's love knowing that your mom is safe in his arms.

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  129. I am so sorry. Oh, how your heart must ache.
    Jesus, draw near to the brokenhearted... bring comfort-
    Steph
    www.livininaboysworld.blogspot.com

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  130. I am so sorry for you loss. I'll say a prayer for you and your family. Jen

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  131. Traci,

    I just happened upon your blog and read about your beautiful mother. I read what you wrote of her, and what your brother wrote and found myself in tears that didn't stop as I read through her blog as well. I am so sorry for your loss, it is an amazing woman who can touch the heart of so many. What a blessing for to have grown up with her as a loving guide and example for you. May you be comforted is my prayer.

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