Friday, July 10, 2009

Independence Day Memorial

On July 4th, a dear friend, Barbie Cumberbatch, celebrated her Independence Day from this world and her welcome into Heaven. For two years, she fought breast cancer valiantly and with grace. She was a true example of courage and perseverance to us all.

The proud author at her book signing. How awesome!

During her final months, she was blessed to be able to publish a children's book, Blessings Come from Kindness, about a little boy who learns the power of being kind to others in spite of circumstances. That is a lesson Barbie definitely understood, and I am so glad she was able to share her story with others. She leaves it as a legacy for her two precious children, a loving husband, cherished family members, and many friends. 

My folks at the book signing. They considered Barbie to be their "other daughter."

I was honored  to attend her first and only book signing on June 6th, a week after Boo's birth, mere weeks before she went to be with Jesus. To think, she was concerned about me being out too soon and doing too much...

Barbie holding Boo and with me. I am soooo glad I was able to be there.

Barbie, we miss you already, but we are so comforted to know that you are with your Redeemer, Healer, and Abba Father in a place where there is no more cancer, no more pain, and no more tears. We are so blessed that we CAN rest secure in the knowledge that we will see you again someday, if we trust in Christ ourselves.

We will always love you, friend, and we will treasure the many sweet memories we have of you.

May God bless your family and bear them up during their time of greiving, and bring to them the help and care they need most.

With much love from us all.

Your family and friends

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