Friday, February 13, 2009

Moving Forward with Purpose

I am having a very hard time trying to figure out a way to write about my experience in Colorado. Maybe its because the emotions are still so raw. Maybe its because I am not ready for closure. Maybe I don't want to face the finality of it all. I don't know. What I do know is that I never want to have to watch another family go through what my friends are going through.

The service was beautiful. It started with a "waggie" ride in Tuesday's honor and continued with beautiful music, words of encouragement, and pictures of the child that touched us all. There were no dark colors. Instead there were pink balloons which were released in Tuesday's honor. JK and Charley held themselves together with the same grace that there daughter always showed. Their love for each other gave me faith that they will survive this.

The Whitts are beautiful people.  They are the type of people who just attract others with their spirit. Even in their sadness and mourning, love just exudes from that family. It often seems like tragedy hits the least deserving.  I believe Tuesday was given to the Whitts because they were worthy of her love and incredibly special gift. Tuesday has touched so many with her smile and her story. Tuesday is going to change the world. She has already changed mine. Through Tuesday so many have found God. Through Tuesday so many have become aware of what truly matters. Now, through Tuesday we are going to raise money and awareness of neuroblastoma and other pediatric cancers. In the coming weeks, months, and years I will be committed to helping Tuesday's family with fundraising. I will keep you all posted on our endeavors both large and small. I pray that our efforts will help prevent others from having to endure this horrible disease. Together we will move forward and make sure Tuesday's light will forever shine.

sept 07 08

14 comments:

BoufMom9 said...

Oh Shar! Just beautiful. Truly beautiful.
It's amazing just how many tears I can shed. Who knew I could just keep crying like this....
So so true. Tuesday will change the world, one person at a time.

Shannon said...

Great post, Shar. That was really beautiful :)

* TONYA * said...

Beautiful Shar. Tuesday has changed so many people.

Samantha said...

"Through Tuesday so many have found God. Through Tuesday so many have become aware of what truly matters"

I am one of the many, many people that can say that since I found Tuesday I will never be the same.

I did not know the Whitts, although I feel like I do now because they have changed my life.

I have been so restless ever since I discovered the beautiful Tuesday. I need to help too. Please, please tell me how I can help most directly with the fight against neuroblastoma.

Samantha Blair
threelittleblairs@rocketmail.com

Tabbatha Rose said...

It is true how much Tuesday has touched so many lives. She is forever in our family's hearts and her light will shine on forever.

Kristy said...

Lovely, Shar. Thank you so much for that. I love the idea of moving forward with purpose.

Jen said...

Moving forward with purpose is the best way we can honor Miss Tu. Beautiful post. I can only hope in 40 yrs we can get together and know that we were a part of the cure for this cancer because of our efforts. And (gasp!) We will be in our 70's!

The Eadle Family said...

Such a beautiful post Shar. Just beautiful! That beautiful child ... there are no words. I love that picture.

The Collins Family said...

Moving forward with a purpose...I LOVE that! Thanks for sharing your heart Sharlene!

Terri said...

Absolutely beautiful! The post and you, inside and out!
Tuesday has touched me and my family in a way that I will never be able to describe! I, too, am committed to help The Whitt's (and other families like theirs)find a cure for neuroblastoma and other pediatric cancers!

Jessica Kate said...

Love you. Let's do it!
jk

Helene said...

That was such a beautiful post!! Tuesday obviously touched a lot of lives. I've held each of my kids a little closer since hearing her story.

L I S A said...

Beautiful Shar. Tuesday did so much for all of us. You did a great job putting it into words.

Sheri said...

Well put Shar. Glad you were finally able to do the post.