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A Letter to be Read at My Memorial Service

October 26th, 2019, marks the seventh anniversary of Kristen's death. She revised the letter below in February 2012.
 
Dear loved ones,
 
Watch Kristen's story in 4 minutesAs I write this I admit feeling a little sad. Sad because my greatest earthly desire was to grow old with Deric … 17 years of marriage was not nearly long enough. Sad because it is a mother’s job to be there to comfort her child when that child experiences her first broken heart, or when he sits on the bench during a much-anticipated game. Sad because my heart hurts to think I will not be there to share in my children’s joys and inevitable accomplishments, their weddings, or for the births of their own children. Sad to leave my mom and my sister with yet another loss after the premature death of my dad. Despite the sadness this illness has brought, when I consider my life I quickly realize that God has blessed me abundantly … how can I feel anything except overwhelming thankfulness?
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Never Alone - July 2013

My mother once told me that she was grateful for the church, because I would have someone to turn to if anything ever happened to her. She wanted me to be safe, secure, and loved. She believed the church is to be a place that offers love and support for all those who enter.

Little did I know that would be the last conversation I would have with her outside of a hospital room.

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Support Group - May 2013

I have been volunteering for Inheritance of Hope for almost four years.  In those years of witnessing amazing moments, my eyes have been opened to the significance of support and encouragement.  I want to focus on the loving assistance that we volunteers strive to accomplish for these families living with a parent who has a life-threatening illness.

I do not take lightly

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Invisible Bucket

There is a beautiful blond 7 year old girl named Ana battling a brain tumor.  She already fought it once when she was three and then was given a break until this past Fall when it reared it's ugly head again.  Her parents are facing some very tough decisions regarding treatment and care.  I love what her mom writes in one of her updates. (Elsa is Ana's little sister.)

 

Elsa taught us about our invisible bucket one day after school. 

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I Got Your Back!

I got your back

Recently I saw this cartoon and it really made me laugh.  What a silly expression of a phrase that we use often for encouragement and strength for those we care about.

I remember (way back) in high school when I first heard this phrase and some tough guys were planning a fight.  One of the guys said to his buddy, "I got your back."

Basically he was saying, "if you need me I'm right behind you"..."when things are going badly for you I will step in and be on your team"..."you're not alone"..."I'm with you in this".

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Life's Mountains, part 3 - August 2011

This month's devotional is the final of a 3-part series by Legacy Retreat attendee Cheryl Broyles.

Nine – Energize: During our break climbing Mount Shasta we 

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A Part to Play - January 2011

This month's devotional is written by Inheritance of Hope staff member Aaron Hedges.

John 11:38-44 tells a fascinating story.  Much significance is packed into the short account, and we too easily 

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