Dec. 17, 2018

A Very Challenging Time

When Christmas 2003 came around I was not in any mood to celebrate.  Just two months earlier on October 31, 2003, my husband of 43 years, Lynndle Blaylock, had passed away suddenly with no warning.  There was no time to say goodbye and I had a hard time trying to comprehend what had happened.  He died of cardiac arrest while in the hospital undergoing a procedure on his heart.  We had worked together on the same job as a team for 20 years and now that all rested on my shoulders.  As I tried to make sense of it all, I wondered daily what God had in store for me next.

As Christmas got closer I vowed not to decorate or have anything to do with Christmas that year.  After much soul searching I came to the realization that Lynndle would want me to go on with my life and not shut the world out.  My son, Craig, helped me put up the outside Christmas lights and I put up the tree.  It gave me some comfort to do these things and to know he wanted me to carry on.  The first year of all the firsts without that special person in your life is difficult, the holidays, Valentine's Day, birthdays, anniversaries and all the other dates that were special to you both.  With the passing of time, it gets easier but you never forget and hopefully you can help others who experience the same loss. None of us know the date when our time is up on this earth and you should make every day count and do your best.