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5.17.2011

A year ago today...

I still remember that day, it is so vivid in my mind. It was early in the morning and I can see the dim lamp on in the room, the shadows of everything else all around. I decided to crawl into your bed and say a few things...

During your fight with cancer, we talked about EVERYTHING and ANYthing. There was nothing left undiscussed. From the sad, to the serious, to the funny and happy topics, we talked about it ALL. But on this very morning one year ago, I still wanted you to know ONE more time how I felt.

As I lay there next to your tired, resting body, I began by thanking you. I was in awe of everything you had been through and the way you carried yourself through it all. Years of serious complications from your Chron's Disease, to your almost 1 year battle with cancer, you NEVER complained. I thanked you for your courage to keep fighting, when it would have been easy to give up. You continually remained faithful, hopeful and optimistic. You are an example that I will never forget and only hope to emulate as time continues to go on. I thanked you for taking such great care of the kids and I. You were our provider from day one, and you did everything in your power to make sure we had the things we needed and yes, wanted too ;) I was so grateful for that final trip we took to California just days before and I thanked you for giving me that time. I was so lucky to have found someone so wonderful and good to me. I was so thankful for the 9.5 years you blessed my life. I couldn't have asked for someone better to be the father of our children. How thankful I was for your devotion to our family. I know it was your family that helped keep you going during that last year and I was extremely thankful for that.

Next, I told you how much I loved you. I married my best friend, you truly were the light of my life. You made me the happiest at times and drove me crazy at times, but no matter what, our love was SO strong. I told you EVERY day that I loved you- there was NO doubt that I loved you with all my heart. But the moment the Dr told us this was going to be the "end," I made sure to say "I LOVE YOU'' at every chance I had. Every time you opened your eyes and EVERY time they closed again, I made sure to say it because I never knew when it would be the last. I love you babe, always and forever.

Then came the hardest words to say...
If it was time, then it was time.
I told you that I was okay with everything- you had fought long and hard enough and your poor body was SO tired. I wanted you to know that the kids and I would be okay. Of course we would ALL miss you like crazy, but that we would be okay. I thanked you some more, told you I love you some more and I am sure said a million more things to you, but those things are for you and I to always hold close to our hearts, remember and cherish forever...

I got out of bed, gave your head a kiss and laid down on the couch next to you and watched you sleep.

The rest of morning/day was spent watching your tired body sleep until it was time. Watching those final breaths was so heartbreaking, but lovely at the same time because I KNEW where you were going. I KNEW that you were finally at peace and could live full of life and joy until we are reunited once again. At that very moment, I had a peace come over me that has NEVER left and I am so eternally grateful for that.

Not a day goes by that I don't think about you and wonder what you are up to. I often find myself wondering what you would have done or said in particular situations and find myself laughing at my response. When I am frustrated with something, I find myself talking out loud asking you to help me out. On the other hand, when I am really happy and proud about something, I find myself squealing in excitement asking if you are just as proud and/or happy for the kids and I too. I miss having my best friend, my lover, my helper, my tease, my confidant, my peacemaker, my light and my love by my side, but i know you are there. At the end of the day, when I get into bed without you, I give thanks that I had 8.5 years to have you by my side.

Thank you.
I love you.
and of course...
I WILL see you again.
Love and MISS you so very, very much.

{Ryan's Life slide show}



Lastly, Happy Birthday to your sweet Mom.

Debra, I hope this day is full of love and peace.
Thank you for raising such a beautiful, beautiful boy...

With all my heart Babe- i LOVE you.


Love,
Me

11 comments:

Katelin said...

Oh, Margie, what a beautiful post! I cannot believe it's been a year--you have been such a rock through all of this, and I know Ryan is very proud of you and the kids. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us--I know for me it is such a reminder of what REALLY matters. May you and all the family be blessed to continue moving forward with such strength. ALL our love to you!

Nicolle Robidart said...

This post is so wonderful and loving!! Thank you for sharing with all of us!!

tialovesmontana said...

Margie, this is beautiful. Sending you lots of love today and always.

Kinsey said...

Margie, your faith and strength is such an example to me. I look up to you so much! Thank you for sharing this. Ryan is a favorite friend and your sweet family is always in my thoughts and prayers, but especially today!

Jacob & Amanda peters said...

Margie, This is such a beautiful blog. I read it on my lucnh break and couldn't fight back the tears. you are so inspiring, you have such a gift for words. Something I am obviously lacking. Thank you, once again for sharing your life with me. it never gets old, it just keeps on inspiring me. Thank you :)
Love,
Amanda

Tanya said...

Margie, what a beautiful post! What a neat tribute to Ryan. I can't believe it's been a year... Your strength continues to remind me of what's "really" important in life. You and Ryan have an amazing and beautiful family. Thanks for sharing your journey with us, and allowing us to be apart of it. Love ya lots!
Tanya

Mindy Burns said...

So beautiful written Margie! I am still amazed at how you have handled these past two years. You are truly a beautiful Spirit and friend. Love you!

The Collard Clan said...

simply -- YOU ARE AMAZING MARGIE!! What a beautiful family -- and what a blessing that its FOREVER!

Mandi Moon said...

I still can't believe that it has been a year already. As usual I am a blubbering fool after reading your post and watching your videos. You are amazing! Ryan would be very proud of you. :)

Jaynee said...

Thanks for posting this and letting us be a part of it. Ryan really is an amazing guy. I can't think of a single time that I have ever spoken with him, looked at him, seen a picture or even just heard his name without smiling. He was a great friend and I love being able to look at and read these occasionally. Thank you so much.
Jason

Ryanne said...

I don't know anyone who could have faced what he did like Ryan did. He and you are such an inspiration to us, and our friends and family, who blog stalked you, and told us how they were praying for you guys. This is such a touching, touching post. Thinking of you,