since the death of my husbands mother and my children's grandma.
Unfortunately neither I nor my children ever got to meet this incredible women... but at least we have the stories and memories from my husband to know what kind of women she was.
It is sad because she would have been one incredible grandmother to my kids. I feel like God took apart of their lives away from them. I don't know why but I guess I just have to have faith that there was a reason. I know she left an incredible testimony before she passed and she is a huge part of why her 5 children are advocates for the Lord... and because of her grace and love her children brought me and my friend Jody (who is also my sister in law) to the Lord...
I would love to share her testimony... and I pray that I only use this story to enrich your lives and love for the Lord.
Before Debbie got cancer she was a loving wife, a pregnant mother of 5, a business owner, and a Member and Leader of Right to Life of Boise. She was the glue that held the family together.
When she went to the doctors for a lump in her breast she was pregnant with my sister in law Jessey. The doctor told her that she had breast cancer and needed to start chemo immediately. They suggested an immediate abortion of her unborn baby Jessey because if she didn't start chemo now it would kill her and the baby.
Fortunately Debbie was a women of Faith, and prayed her heart out that she would live long enough to give birth to her baby and then start chemo. And miraculously God answered her prayers.
Jessey was born at 28 weeks (the doctors took her out as soon as she would survive outside the womb). By that point the doctors said her cancer had progressed and gave her less then 6 months to live. It was devastating news to the family. Can you imagine how her husband must have felt to know that in 6 months his wife could pass and he would have 5 children (including a newborn baby) to raise by himself....
But Debbie put her faith in the Lord over the Doctors and prayed that she would live long enough to see her newborn daughter become a women. And God answered her prayers. Jessey turned 16 in November of 1999 and Debbie passed away less then two months later. How amazing is that. Despite Debbie's odds statistically... she fought breast cancer with God on her side for 16 years.
This story alone reminds me how powerful God is. And how much he cares for you... and that he does listen... he hears your prayers... and he will answer them... and when they are considered "miracles" like Debbie's story was... it becomes an amazing testimony... and that means... it is a story that we must share with the world to remind us that God works continuously in our lives, every day, every minute of every second!
The following pictures are our visit to her grave December 22nd 2009. These photos were long over due to make it to my blog... I have no excuse for my shortness in blogs... just lack of time... my usual excuse.