Monday, June 29, 2009

Taking Pause

Hello!  My parents and I took the kids to Orlando for the weekend and we just got back not long ago.  We had a blast!  I have lots of fun pictures to upload to the blog and some posts swimming in my head, but as I was checking my email earlier I received one that really stopped me in my tracks.

Months ago I had received an email from a blog reader about wanting to send literally boxes of clothing items for the kids which her kids had outgrown.  I was incredibly humbled and grateful that she had thought of us and was willing to do that.  The email had come almost hours after I had decided I needed to put our needs of that sort into God's hands and allow His provision in some of those areas which I tend to take over myself.  It seemed like such a blessing.

A couple months went by and I really hadn't thought much about them when I received another email from Cindi.  She told me she was sorry nothing had been sent yet and that she had just done some major cleaning out and was going to send even more than she had originally planned.

A few months more brings us to now.  For some reason I was thinking of her the other day and wondered how she was doing, surprised I hadn't heard from her actually.

Well, there was an email in my box today from her husband.  Cindi passed away in March from heart complications.  I couldn't, and still can't, even believe it.  I didn't know this person aside from a few emails, but it brings me to a stop to hear about her passing.  My thoughts and prayers go out to her husband and children, friends and family.  What a very difficult thing to go through.  May God bless those who knew her...


Sara said...

That is so incredibly sad. What a tragedy. :(

Holly said...

oh my goodness Lisa. I can't imagine.
Just another reminder that life is short. Life is a gift and we need to always be prepared to stand before our Maker.
Enjoy your blessings today my friend.
Sounds like a wonderful summer in Florida :)

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