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Thank you for all your kind words

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Hi, Im Willlow's sister and I just want you all to know how much your kind thoughts and prayers for our family has meant to Russ and myself. I knew that she blogged but being a working mother I have never had the time to read any of her blogs and reading them has really made me laugh and cry . It helps me feel her presence still. I miss her voice and talking with her, but reading her blogs gives me inspiration as well, taking lessons for my own life. She faced alot of hardship and disability but great was her faithfulness to the Lord that is so evident in her blogs. Reading them have given me peace. Blessing to all of the friends that she has made over the years here. It's nice to know that her family is not alone in thier sorrow of her passing. I loved her very much and tried to help them as much as we could. Russell and I are kind of leaning on each other right now to get through each day. Again Thanks for caring and keeping us in your prayers.
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PICKIE98 3/10/2012 9:04AM

    When the butterflies came out at Dow Gardens here in Michigan last week, guess who I thought of? My daughter and I, both sparkers, both loved Willow/ I know sh is so happy, lighthearted and free to enjoy her new life..

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JUDE322 6/14/2011 7:57PM

  i was so sorry to hear that willow has left us. i was very worried when we did not hear from her for such a long time. she was an inspiration to so many of us. even through all her trials she still found it in her heart to encourage us. i will miss her greatly and my heart goes out to you and your whole family.

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JENNYPOO45 6/12/2011 7:32PM

    Im so sorry I wrote to willow all the time she was a very special lady and had a place in my heart .I wonderd where she was,I had her phone number but didnt call ,I wish I had,But sometimes thats what happens ,wait till its to late,My paryers goes out to her dear husband and all of her family.
she will be dearly messed.
jenny

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ROTTLADY 6/6/2011 3:20PM

    I am glad that you have had a chance to understand why your sister was so special to so many of us. I am Holly from California and I have talked with Willow by phone and now keep in touch with Russ,There are no words to express my grieving the loss of your sister.She was a very special person and had a wonderful heart and spirit.Those who got to know her and read her blogs are better for knowing her.She will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/2/2011 4:52PM

    Oh my . . . so sorry to hear of her passing. Prayers for you & Russel. She's been through sooooo much, as you know, and always relied on her faith. It served her well. My condolences.

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TINNATEE 6/2/2011 11:29AM

    I have been away for a cople of weeks and just found out. I am so sorry to find that she has passed. She has been the highlight of my day lots of times. I ALWAYS looked forward to getting on line and seeing what she had to say. Such a sad day for us. I will miss her.

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SHEILAD1963 5/31/2011 11:19AM

    Do not stand by my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle Autumn rain.

When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush,
Of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die.






I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed reading all of Willow's blog and laughing at her jokes. She will be greatly missed here on Spark.

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JUDITH316 5/30/2011 8:15PM

    Thank you for letting us know our dear sister and friend's recent passing, I've been blessed to have known her, a very special gal. She will be missed by all of us, I'm new to sparkpeople within this past year and just really got to know your sister. My deepest condolences and prayers to you and the whole family. Indeed she will be greatly missed. emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 5/28/2011 12:35PM

    Thinking of you and Russell today with Susan's memorial service being today. I am praying for you both that God will comfort you and give you strength to get throught the day.

Wish I could be there to offer my support and love.

Judy
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DJ4HEALTH 5/27/2011 11:22PM

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CANBDONE 5/27/2011 4:27PM

    I loved that girl! Her graphics, songs, positive stories, the sharing of her life with all its struggles and pain...yet she kept her light shining...like a beacon on a hill. I love that her last graphic was a butterfly. PERFECT You are a dear sister and I will continue to pray for you and Russ. She touched many....

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DBELLE39 5/27/2011 8:48AM

    Thanks for sharing with us, Willow will love on thru the memories & blogs.She was a dear inspiration to all of us, reading her daily blogs was such a blessing. May God give the comfort & peace you will need.

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PCOH051610 5/26/2011 7:59PM

    So very sorry to hear of her passing! She brightened up many of my days with her wit and her acceptance. Bless you all!



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.DUSTY. 5/26/2011 1:46AM

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OVERWEIGHT 5/25/2011 10:37PM

    She is missed. I will keep you in my mind and prayers.

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THINBUCKEYE 5/25/2011 12:13PM

    Thank you for writing to us. I am honored to have known your sister...even if we never officially "met" in real-time. She will not be forgotten here among her Sparkfriends.
Peace to you and your family at this time of loss.
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MSHOPPER63 5/25/2011 7:32AM

    Thank you so much for sharing with us. You know we make these friendships on Spark and really become one big family. When I read the update this morning I could not believe my eyes. I'm still fighting the tears. Susan was such a beautiful person. She faced so many challenges, I know she is pain free and soaring with wings spread as wide.

Will be greatly missed
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LITTLE_QUEEN 5/24/2011 9:13PM

    Thanks for blogging to us, she was a very special person in our lives

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GRACEISENUF 5/24/2011 9:09PM

    Wish I could be at her service.

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WILLOWWINDS 5/24/2011 8:24PM

    Dear Believe-it and Graceisenuf: Thanks so much for "dancing with the Angels" it fits perfect for her memorial service on Saturday, we will try to get the music also, Grace, I hope you don't mind but I'm going to use your eloquent words that you shared yesterday at the service so her family and friends can see how much she impacted others with her talent and love for the Lord. I don't know you but I see why my sister loved all of you so much!

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KAYDE53 5/24/2011 8:13PM

    She meant so much to us too!! She mentioned you in her blogs as well as her dh!! I miss her already, but I know she's at peace, and no longer in pain!! My thoughts & prayers are with you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAGA99 5/24/2011 6:38PM

    I know that u meant alot to ur sister - she often talked about how how u helped her & her husband out

she will b missed

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PICKIE98 5/24/2011 5:48PM

    I am humbled by not only Susan the human, but Susan the angel, and her wonderful family. Since we always did belong to our Creator, when our lease here is up, it is so painful for those who do not believe where they came from and where they will return. Your family has it smack-dab on!!

Maybe you can picture her as one of her graphic angels she has here,, because she sure loved them.. this is a special place; earthly, but special,, we all guard and guide each other, we are all an extended family, warts and all..
If you read others pages, you will see there are nothing but upbeat and helpful ideas, no negative thinking, so Susan is our ace in the hole!! A prime example of that cool family member who everybody invited to their home, called to get a laugh or idea..
We are all forever changed by your family, bless you all, Linda



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SHERRY666 5/24/2011 3:34PM

    SHE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED HERE TOO......... I LOVE READING HER BLOGS........ ALWAYS SO UPLIFTING........ MY THOUGHTS GO OUT TO YOU AND RUSSELL....... emoticon

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RUTHIEBEAR 5/24/2011 3:05PM

    SHe will be greatly missed by all of her SP friends too. emoticon Praying for all of you.

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ROSEMARDORF 5/24/2011 2:52PM

  Thank you for leaving Susan's blogs up; and her page!! How very kind of you; and Russ!! She was a wonderful spark friend; I miss her greatly!! No thank you's are necessary. Just know Susan was; and still is loved on here!! Prayers for you, Russ; and the rest of her family and friends!! Hugs!! Love Rose emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 5/24/2011 2:33PM

    I am soooo sorry for your loss. I really miss her, too. Even though I never got to meet her in person, I felt like she was a really good friend. Besides wanting and needing to lose weight, we also had the love of critters (dogs, cats, etc.) in common. Kind of a special bond.
It's good that you and Russ have each other to lean on. I'm sure Susan is smiling on you and him, now that her painful ordeal is past. She was very, very special to many many many people.
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MAWMAWTAMERA 5/24/2011 1:49PM

  Your sister was such a great Sparkfriend and inspiration. Throughout all of her struggles she never complained, but rather told of the situation and how she/they were making it through. I absolutely loved that about her. May her blogs give each of you ongoing comfort and connection.

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YATMAMA 5/24/2011 11:16AM

    What a wonderful thing it is to have blogs from a loved one to wander through, to recapture so many important moments of their lives, to embrace their legacy all the tighter. God bless you and your entire family with comfort and peace in body, soul, and spirit.

Missy

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VAMANOS 5/24/2011 11:07AM

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TAZZYM150 5/24/2011 10:52AM

    Susan will be missed by a lot of people.....

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ROCKYCPA 5/24/2011 10:36AM

    Your thanks are not needed - we all feel your loss and know how important support is. You, Russ and family are continuously in my prayers.

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SANDRATOBETHIN 5/24/2011 9:46AM

    My prayers are with you, Russ and family emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 5/24/2011 8:33AM

    Thank you for this sweet message. Seems beauty runs in Susan's family. Glad that you & Russell have one another to lean on right now during this difficult time. Thank you for leaving up Susan's blogs. They are a source of great joy to many of us. Bright blessings to you both & to all of her family & friends. She will be missed. You are in my prayers. Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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4THEJOURNEY 5/24/2011 8:23AM

    Thank you so much for leaving Willow's blogs for all of us to re-read when we can. She encouraged so many of us and gave us hope. She helped us to always look at the positives. My prayers to You, Russ, and your families.

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IDLETYME 5/24/2011 8:17AM

    Love and prayers sent to you and your family! emoticon

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0309COOKIE 5/24/2011 8:15AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. You were so kind to Susan. I especially remember you helping her out when Flurry was ill and how much that meant to her. I will be keeping you, Russell, and the rest of your family in my prayers.

Cookie

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LISAWILLBEFIT 5/24/2011 7:56AM

    I am so happy you are getting comfort from her blogs.I know i did.I am praying for both you and Russ.I pray for nothing but good things for both of you.I still miss Susan but knowing she will continue through her blogs makes me so happy.

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FVHORVATH 5/24/2011 7:00AM

    I am grateful that you and Russ have each other. And thanful that you will allow us to go back and read all the wonderful things Susan has written. I know it gave her great pleasure doing this but I hope she knew what great please she gave to us reading them. Come back anytime and "visit" with us. You will always be welcome here.

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WARMSPRINGDAY 5/24/2011 3:13AM

    So glad to hear from you. Susan was a special lady here on SP. You have been in my prayers.

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CAROLIAN 5/24/2011 2:29AM

    emoticon May Gods Blesings be upon you today and always. emoticon carol

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HEART_N_GRACE 5/24/2011 1:00AM

    I can only imagaine what it means for you to go and read her blogs! I have gone back and re read some and can see how you would laugh and cry! I watched the same video tht Judy mentioned and actually had gotten the link to share with you. It is such a picture of how I imagine Susan dancing with the Angels that I hope you get a chance to watch it... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aG5
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Blessings!

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TRACYZABELLE 5/24/2011 12:58AM

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DEE107 5/24/2011 12:31AM

    I am so sorry for your lost and she will be missed .. hugs and GOD BLESS YOU hugs

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TABBYARTS 5/24/2011 12:26AM

    I am so grateful that you and Russ have decided to keepSusan's page open. I'm also glad that you have had the opportunity to read some of her blogs. You have allowed us to come to some closure. When I first met her, she hadjust lost an on-line friend whom she had never met, except through imagination. She was saddened that she had no outlet, no closure, no way to deal with her loss.
Thank you again
TEE

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1COUNTRY_GAL 5/24/2011 12:24AM

    We should be thanking you and Russ for sharing such an Angel with us,she was so kind and beautiful and her blogs were always so heartfelt and meaningful.I am personally going to miss her.May peace be with you all as you heal and prayers to help comfort you and in time may you have that comfort and peace. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Diana

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TABBYARTS 5/24/2011 12:23AM

    I am SO happy that you and Russ can lean on each other.
And I am grateful that you have had the opportunity to read your sister's blogs.
And I am so glad that you and Russ have decided to share with us on her page. It is helping me and others, I'm certain, to come to closure with her passing.
TEE asin TabbyArts

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