It’s been several weeks since I’ve been able to write my article, but my mom’s health declined, and she passed on Friday evening. Even though she hasn’t been herself over the past 10 years due to Alzheimer’s, she is going to be missed by all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as many more family and friends.

My heart is so broken. You only have one Mom. She has been through everything with you and done anything for her kids, especially in their growing up years. But seeing all that Alzheimer’s robbed her, and her children, of over these past years, we all know she’s talking, walking, and catching up with our dad and other family members.

With all the prayers from family and friends, and the Lord’s guidance, we will heal over time.

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I’ll try to get caught up with all the news over the past several weeks, but I may forget something, so if I do, and you want something included, just let me know.

Spring sure is here, but Mother Nature is having a hard time keeping our temperatures up to date. It has been cool these last several mornings, but I’m hoping warmer temperatures and sunshine are on the horizon. I have several flowers to plant, along with some seed balls I have ordered. Going to get all the flower beds bursting with color for my mom. I’m hoping I will have her green thumb.

Cody Smith had a serious surgery a few weeks ago, and even though his first week at home was pretty rough, he is feeling better, but has to take it easy for the next couple months. Our prayers are with him for a speedy recovery.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy Abrams as she became ill while at church Sunday morning and was taken to the hospital. They are running tests on her.

Spring break has come and gone with several taking some relaxing time away. Austin and Vivian Scott, along with Nicki and Miranda Burton and Claire Bremer, spent several days in Florida, going to Walt Disney World and on to St. Augustine to see the sights. They all had a great trip.

Happy birthday wishes are sent to several: Marcato Constante, Carol Crews, Mallory Travis, Abby Ashworth, Milledge Mescher and Gloria Smith.

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I have a poem to share this week with everyone who has had trouble letting go of those who have passed. I know my mom would be telling me this.

“Miss Me, But Let Me Go”Author unknown

When I come to the end of the day, And the sun has set for me,

I want no rites in a gloom-filled room. Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little, but not too long, And not with your head bowed low.

Remember the love we once shared — Miss me, but let me go.

For this is a journey we all must take, And each must go alone.

It’s all a part of the Maker’s plan, A step on road to Home.

When you are lonely and sick at heart, Go to the friends we know,

And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds — Miss me, but let me go.

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