Wednesday, September 24, 2014


A note of thanks.

As some of you know, my big sister, Edith, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor on
June 22, 2014.  She endured a 12 hour surgery on June 22nd to remove it, and a long recovery.
Then she began a six week program of radiation treatments and chemotherapy.

 During this time, a fellow blogger friend, Donna Ellis posted Edith's plight and requested
that cards be sent on a special part of her blog.

Cards poured in, and each day she enjoyed the lovely homemade cards.
My sister was a former rubber stamper, so she knew the time and love each
card held, and was so overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and love of complete
strangers, as were all of us.

My sister passed away, September 13th, surrounded by her entire family,
only 84 days after the initial diagnosis.  Sadly the treatments made her
fragile and she got pneumonia and could not fight it.

Since her death, more cards have arrived expressing sympathy and love.

I want to also express my love and appreciation for my House Mouse Design Team
family who have supported me throughout my sister's illness and death and also sent
wonderful cards, prayers, and supported me when I needed it the most.

Cards that arrived since her passing.

Thanks too, for everyone who commented and mentioned that they were
thinking of our family and expressed prayers for my sister.

I could not have imagined when I began this blog in 2008, that
I would make so many new friends and that we would all be so
invested in each others everyday lives.

I am so thankful for each one of you.



cuilliesocks said...

Oh Sue I am so saddened to hear of your beloved sister passing. I am glad that you and she felt so supported by all your friends, whether blogging or otherwise.

What a short time she had, but at least now she is at peace, and no more pain.
Thinking of you and your family, and sending BIG HUGs, Kate x

*Vicki* said...

Sue, I am deeply sorry about your sister, but happy that the family was present with her during her passing. How nice that she got see all of the cards sent from others.

I continue to think of you my friend and sending huge hugs your way!

Patti J said...

Sue, I am so very sorry to hear about Edith. It's such a blessing that she had loved ones around her when she passed. It's never easy to say goodbye to our loved ones. You have my sympathy, and you will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers during the difficult year of 'firsts' to come. Love you, dear friend...

KarinsArtScrap said...

I saw it on the post from Donna. my condolences also to your family.

What beautiful cards you have resieved and great that your sister has see some of it.

Gr Karin

Christine said...

So sorry for the loss to you & your family Sue, glad the cards have brought some comfort & joy to Edith, sending big cyber hugs from across the pond my dear mousey friend.

smiles Christine x

ribenaruby said...

So sorry for your loss Sue, sending you big cyber hugs....what beautiful cards your sister had sent to her, all so very precious. Take care. Ruby x

XxJULESxX said...

Sue so very sorry x

Sandra H said...

Hello Sue l too am saddened to hear that your sister lost her fight for life and touched by all the cards sent during and after l'm sending lots of love and hugh hugs to you and your family and so pleased to be part of your blogging family take care and lots of love xx

Lisa Kind said...

I am so sorry to hear about your sister's passing. My sincere sympathies to you and your family.

Snoopy said...


I am so sorry to hear of your sister's illness and passing. This must be such a hard time for all of you.

I hope your sweet memories of her will be a comfort in the days to come.


Beth Brovold said...

AWE Sue I am so very sorry to hear that your Sister has lost her battle.
My thoughts and payers are with you and yours at this difficult time.
Take care,

Gail said...

Sorry to hear about your sister.
Thinking of you & your family & sending hugs.

Sue from Oregon said...

We certainly have been blessed with wonderful friends in the crafting world, haven't we? I am so sorry that Edith lost her struggle with her illness. Nothing can take away the pain of your loss, but these lovely creations are sure to remind you of how wonderful our crafting community and our wonderful HMFMC Teamies are!!! Hugs to you sweet friend!

Sue said...

Blogland is a wonderful place.

I had the pleasure of writing to Edith and hoping my little card and few words would brighten her day for a minute or two.

Sending you huge massive hugs (((Sue))).

Sue, Heacham, England

susiestacey said...

Sending you cyber (((hugs))) as well as your family, memories of Edith will always be the most precious x Susan x

stephanne said...

Awwww Sue, I'm so sorry to hear/read about your sister. Cyber hugs and well wishes to you and your family. It's uplifting to see the paper crafting community coming together and showering Edith with warmth and support. Awwwww, I'm sorry, dear blogging friend.
hugs, stephanne

Tracy said...

So sorry to hear about your sister, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Donna Ellis said...

Sue, I am so sorry for the hurt and loss your family is experiencing, and wish I could take that hurt away magically. Your sister was a marvel, and now she is caring for you far more deeply than she ever thought possible. Please know my love and prayers are with you, and that I wish only the very best for all of you. Love, de