A year ago today we lost my beloved Sister-in-law to her courageous battle with Cancer. All I remember of the week that followed was what Father Adan said at her Funeral. "If we continue to tell stories of her life, she will live forever".
Life as a Lenkiewicz has not been the same since she left. We've been through a year of "firsts" without her. I imagined Christmas would be the worst--amazingly enough I found I missed her most on Halloween...We always brought the kids over to see her after our trick-or-treat runs once she got home from work. I also missed her last week on my birthday--she was always one of the first calls I entertained on my big day--it wasn't what she said--it was how she sang--her big booming voice singing Happy Birthday--it always started the day out right.
You can follow along with the pictures--as they tell her story--while I miss her, I thank God her pain is over. She fought the Cancer with everything she had...it was a brave fight, but the disease eventually won.
She was much more than a victim of a terrible disease to us...she was the face of courage and bravery.
She was the daughter of Horonata and Zdzislaw ... the sister of Edwardine, John and Tony...the sister-in-law of Stanley, Jennifer and Donna...the aunt of Andrew, Tony, and Anna, Adam, Michael, Ryan, Amy and Tom--and aunt through marriage to Cathy, Leanne, Rich, and Becca...a Grand Aunt to Joey, Emmalie, and Anabelle.
There hasn't been a day she hasn't been missed, but we've tried to do what she would have wanted us to do--we have lived...she'll never be replaced, but if we continue to tell her story she will live forever.