Last friday the world lost a beautiful soul. At just twenty-six years young our dear friend, Stella's Godmama Adrienne passed away after an eight month battle against melanoma. To say we miss her terribly is a understatement. I have a lot of questions and doubt and sadness in my heart and that is ok.
We traveled to Georgia to lend any support we could to her husband, Tim's best friend Jesse. We took Stella to pass out hugs and smiles and goofiness where needed and she rose to the occasion. She also blew me away daily - all the preparing her and anxiety and nerves were put to rest when she handled herself so maturely as if she was processing it all better then me. She rallied from 7am-1am some days and was a champ traveler, I am beyond proud and impressed.
During the service we learned so much about Adrienne that we never knew - Like her commitment to philanthropy and helping others. Up until the day she absolutely couldn't anymore she was writing letters to other cancer patients and making plans to do things like hang Christmas lights for others. Stella and I already have plans to get in touch with The Lydia Project and continue as much of her work that we can. It is Adrienne's job as Stella's Godmama to provide guidance and be an example to live by and I don't think she could have done a better job!
Life is short.
Her boss Kim, who I have come to absolutely adore and admire did the most beautiful job of sharing Adrienne's story. When she was finished she shared with us the most perfect poem, here is part of it:
Swim more rivers, climb more mountains, kiss more babies, count more stars. Laugh more, cry less. Go barefoot oftener, eat more ice-cream. Ride more merry go rounds, watch more sunsets. Life must be lived as we tho along.
Life is way too short and cancer sucks. Rest in peace beautiful angel.