Posted by: tranalist | September 4, 2007

Celebrating Mom’s Life

What a fighter. What strength. What faith. What a spirit. What an amazing life.

When my mom found out how sick she was, knowing that her life now had a definite time line unless God intervened, she never gave up hope and never lost faith. It was a beautiful thing to witness. What an example of strength. She always had such a great attitude…all the way to the end.

The memorial service was lovely. One of the best I’d ever been to. It really honored her life, her faith, her love for God, and her heart for people. Being surrounded by family and friends that are like family to me was so comforting and meant so much.

As I hugged each person one by one, I could feel their love for my mom and the impact she had on their lives in their embrace.

I somehow was able to make it to the podium to speak. I shared of how my mom was always so encouraging to her kids, telling us that we were “the best, the smartest, the prettiest, the most creative, ect.” We never suffered from low self-esteem issues.

I also shared about how, when all of us were standing around her bed during her last few hours of life, Amy asked us what the thing was we most appreciated about mom. As each sibling answered the question in their own words, the theme was the same: her unconditional love. What an amazing testimony to have about one’s life…for other’s to all agree that you loved unconditionally, just like Jesus. I am so appreciative for it.

Through the tears I shared a poem I wrote about my mother and will share with you now…

There was no life she left untouched,
No hand she did not hold;
There was no person, friend or stranger
Her arms did not enfold.

She talked the talk
And walked the walk,
Her life a living testimony of love.
She always sought to be shaped into the likeness
Of her Heavenly Father above.

She fought a good fight, the cancer won,
But what the devil does not know,
She now lives in perfect delight
And dances before God’s throne.

The grief will pass with every prayer and every shedded tear
And when I get lonely I’ll turn to Him and He will draw me near.
I know not why God took you home, what seems before your time,
But I do know this, my beloved mother, that your legacy is now mine.

I promise to love all those around me and treat them like family.
I promise to seek after God with a contrite heart and to walk in humility.
I promise these things to you my mother because you’re so deserving.
Just be patient with me when I mess up, ok, because I am still learning.

I want you to know that in my life you are such a great blessing
And had I the chance to do it all over, I wouldn’t change a thing.

I love you mom. Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for your love and for your example. Thank you for showing me how to love with all my heart, no matter how much it may hurt at times. Thank you for teaching me to always walk in integrity and truth. And when people tell me that they see you in me, it is one of the greatest compliments I could ever have.

You have truly blessed me.



  1. What a beautiful testament to your mother’s life. I hope one day, my two little girls will have experienced such a telling measure of unconditional love

  2. Lara, this is the most beautiful thing i have read in a long time. It so touched me. I am sorry that I didn’t even realize you were losing you mom. I hope I can see you again soon. I still feel lucky to have such a soulful friend as you. I love you!

  3. I love the poem, Lara, it really is beautiful. It is so great that you and your siblings have such an appreciation for your mom and you know she is watching over you with a contented and loving smile on her face. You have such love for your mom and pride in her, and I’m pretty sure that she felt the same about you and your siblings.

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