Saturday, October 16, 2010

Saying goodbye to my mom



Beverly West 1941-2010

"Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his saints." Ps 116:15

Late last night my sweet mother was swept up into the arms of her Savior and into the full glory of Christ. She had fought the good fight and run the race, and has now been made complete in Him.

Her unfailing love for her 3 children and the countless kindergarten and preschool children she taught through the years is a testament to the life she chose to live.

One remarkable thing she taught me I have found to be so important now that I am a mom... is how to communicate with your own child. How to understand *what* question they are actually asking and why. To carefully answer the question on an age-appropriate level. Most importantly, to be honest and unashamed of the answer. And to discuss those things if the answer isn't a *happy* one so that they can learn to make the right choice as they grow into their own person.

I love and will miss her dearly. Even now as she is gone I do feel the absence of her presence in my life. But never will I lose the absence of the impact she made on my life.

Along with my grandparents, she is an integral reason for why I asked Christ into my heart at a young age and follow Him now.

And that is THE MOST IMPORTANT thing she could have ever done for me! Thank you mom. Love and miss you!

Kristi

10 comments:

Paige said...

Kristin, so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Her life lessons will be with you forever. Enjoy the precious memories of her life.

IamDerby said...

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. May you find happiness in your memories of her.

Linda W said...

My sincerest sympathy at the loss of your mother. I will hold you and your family in my prayers. May you find comfort in them and in yur faith.

Jennie said...

So sorry Kristin, but know it is a comfort knowing she is with the Lord. She shared with you the most important thing in this life... HUGS!

Dana said...

What a sweet tribute to your mother. Very heartfelt and honest.
I am sorry for your loss.

Noora said...

I almost chocked reading your tribute! an amazing woman she was, I so sorry for your loss!

Suzanne said...

I am so sorry to hear about your mom. She will live on through you and your kids, and all the great lessons she taught you.

Monica K. said...

Kristin, I'm so sorry for the loss of your mom. She sounds like such a wonderful, kind woman who has given you such comfort and guidance through life. I'm so glad that you can find peace in the memories that made her so special to you. Her legacy will always live on in the wonderful example and lessons she's taught you.

Ali said...

I'm so very sorry for your sad loss. I'm sure her spirit will live on through you and your kids. HUGS. x

Chris said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute you wrote for your mother. Hugs.