This mom.

This mama is my older sister. 

She is the mother of two boys, the wife of Shtev and just as cute as any human can come!

She is also as strong as any human can come.

She was right by Steve's side during the darkest day of our lives. My parents, my little sister, my nephews and I all found out about Steve's passing in the parking lot of the hospital.

Two nurses (I don't know how they knew who we were) found us in the parking lot and escorted us to the correct floor and location so we could be with Tiffany and Steve.

I think I saw Tiffany first. I ran to her and wrapped my arms around her as we cried and cried. "I'm so sorry" is all I could keep saying. And somehow, in the midst of losing her sweetheart she was comforting me, "It's okay. It's okay" she kept assuring me.

Moments later she was able to see her sons. I had wondered how this wonderful woman would approach her children in the most heart breaking moments of all of their lives. What would she say? What could she say?

I watched in awe, as her world had just been shattered, that she was still able to lead her sons to light and hope in those dark, tragic, gut wrenching, horrific moments. She wrapped them in her arms and said, "WE.WILL.SEE.HIM.AGAIN."

Over and over again, she told their sons that this was not the end.

And I had never been more impressed with her strength of character and her unwavering faith than I was in that moment (although it would not end there).

This mom? She has my deepest, utmost gratitude, awe and love. I am so blessed to call this mom my sister.


Elise Frederickson said...

I was just thinking last night about how I love the tender way you share your brother-in-law's story. I'm so glad you share the parts that you do, it touches me every time. I especially loved this post.

Brandon and Erica said...

I am crying! What an emotional thing to share with us, but thank you so much for doing so. It has strengthened my faith. Prayers for the entire family!

Mollie Rose Herrey said...

This made me cry!!!!! What a good example she is!

cami said...

Way to make me cry. Beautiful Mindy!

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