Sisters

When I decided to start a blog back in August 2008, my biggest supporter was my sister, Glenda. Being 10 years older, she has always watched out for me…the best big sister ever.

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Since our mother (pictured below) was ill for most of my life starting when I was very young, Glenda took on way more than the usual big sister’s share of responsibility caring for me as I was growing up.

Mom

 

As I grew older, we were finally able to enjoy more of a normal “sister” relationship.

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Unfortunately, Glenda has been very sick for many years. She saw some improvement last year, gained weight and was doing a lot better. Then she had a bad fall about six months ago and never really recovered. She passed away yesterday in the early morning hours. On my birthday.

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I’m going to take a few days off but will return to posting soon. We all grieve and cope in different ways when we experience loss, and for me staying busy is always a good thing. So, I won’t be gone long.

Glenda and Me

 

I know in my heart I’ll see my sister again one day; we shared way too close a bond for this to be the end. I’m looking forward to that day. In the meantime, I miss her more than words can say.

I love you, Glenda…and I always will.

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Comments

  1. Yvonne Shafer says

    Dear Susan, I’m so sorry to read about your loss. Sisters do share a special bond — yours closer than most. Take time to grieve and take care of yourself. Warm thoughts and gentle hugs from one of your readers.

  2. Hi Susan,
    I’m so sorry to learn of your great loss. I cried reading your post this morning. It really touched my heart. Your sister is special, indeed. What a sweet photo of you together. My deepest condolences to you and your family at this most difficult time. Take good care. Thinking of you. You’re in my prayers.
    Hugs,
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  3. Susan, my heart goes out to you in your time of great loss. Hoping you find peace in the memories and special bond you had with your sister. A part of her will always be with you and she will help you through the healing process.
    with sympathy–Diane

  4. Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your sister. Pam B.

  5. you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Oh Susan I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m the youngest of four sisters and understand the bond. Please take care and know we’re thinking of you at this time. Hugs, Liz

  7. I’m so sorry for your loss. I lost my sister 3 years ago.

  8. Oh, Susan, I’m so sad to hear about your sister. Such a big miss. Want to wish you all the love and strenght. Hugs from The Netherlands.
    Liz

  9. Susan,
    I am so very sorry. All my thoughts are with you.

  10. Glenice lightly says

    My sincere sympathy on the passing of your dear sister. Having just had my sister to visit today who has just lost her husband I really related to your news. I am younger by six yrs and so pleased I am here for her. There is something about sisters, no one else can fill that space so take care.

  11. Alicia Hathcock says

    Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. Your sister sounds very special and you’ve written a beautiful tribute to her. Sending love and hugs to you.

  12. Anne Boykin says

    Susan, I’m so sorry for your loss. You will see her again, I’m sure, and in the meantime she will still be watching over you. Wish I could give you a big hug.

  13. So so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers coming your way. Loving pictures, great for remembering.

  14. I’m so very sorry. You are in my prayers.

  15. I am sorry for you loss. I never had a sister but yours sounded extra special.

  16. I am so very close to my sisters and I can only imagine how their loss would hurt. How blessed you were to have a great sister like her. May her memory, your faith, family and friends comfort you at this time of loss.

  17. Susan, I am so sorry for your loss, you have my deepest sympathy. I, too, have a sister who is older (9 years), and We too share that special sister bond. Keeping You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. God bless you, Rose

  18. Sandra Speer says

    You are in my thoughts and prayers… If there is anything I can do, you have but to ask.

    Sissy may have left, but it is obvious from reading your “comments” that there are many…MANY…who care about you. Bless your heart…rest and we’ll all be here when you’re ready to come play again…

    Hugs,
    Sandy

  19. Susan,
    I can’t stop crying after reading about Glenda and looking at the sweet picture of you guys. I don’t have a sister but I do have a twin brother and we are close. I can only imagine what your going through. Glenda passing away on your birthday is kinda “cool”, her way of staying close to your heart. YES, you will see her again. Your in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Jennifer

  20. God bless you and your family. Find comfort in the memories you shared and knowing that you will meet again.

  21. I am so very sorry for the loss of this sweet and wonderful sister.
    Much love to you.

  22. Oh I am so very, very sorry for your loss. God Bless.

  23. Susan, I’m so sorry to hear about your sister. Sending thoughts and prayers your way. ♥

  24. So very sorry for your loss

  25. Oh I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s always so hard for those left to grieve. We want more time with them but have to acknowledge God’s plan Celebrate her life and cherish the memories. I’ll pray for peace in your heart.

  26. Cindy Brown says

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  27. My sincere sympathy. I too lost an older sister not too long ago and it created a hole in my heart.

  28. susan, i am truly sorry to see this. my heart breaks for you. thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  29. Debbie Leko says

    I am so sorry to hear of your dear sister’s passing. Keeping you in my prayers.

  30. I am so very sorry. I can’t imagine life without my sister.

  31. Love and hugs. xx

  32. No words can comfort you. I just lost my best lifelong friend and I know how raw you are feeling. Hugs to you.

  33. Molly Tilson says

    Susan, I am very sorry for your loss. I hope that your memories of doing all those fabulous sister things will bring you comfort as you work through your grief. May God hold you especially close during this this time and you feel His love like never before. Happy Birthday to you as well.

  34. Susan, your mother was beautiful! And how blessed you were to have had such a wonderful, encouraging sister. I’m sure Glenda felt blessed, as well, to have such an energetic and creative and loving sister as you. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Leslie

  35. My thoughts are with you. What a terrible loss. She was a wonderful lady to take on the role she did at her young age. And she did an excellent job. You are amazing.

  36. Mary Anne Carlin says

    Thinking of you as you get through these sorrowful days.

  37. Praying for you and your family. Nothing like a big sister!

  38. I am so sorry for your grievous loss. I have two sisters, and we are quite close. Sisters share a really special and unique bond, don’t they? (BTW, my mother’s name is Glenda; it’s not a name you hear much but one I’ve always loved.) Blessings.

  39. So sorry to hear. You are in my prayers. Please take care of yourself! You are loved by many readers!!

  40. So sorry to read of your sister’s passing. I believe she still will be watching over you. Hugs.

  41. Susan,
    I am so very sorry to hear about your sister. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. May Glenda be cradled in God’s loving arms, surrounded by all of Heaven’s Angels….

    Pat

  42. Oh Susan, how devastating for you. My sincere condolences. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

    Madonna

  43. Ann Hulshof says

    So sorry for your loss. God bless you and your family.

  44. Deb from Illinois says

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your dear sister.

  45. So very sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute to your sister.

  46. Oh, dear Susan. My heart breaks for you. I am so sorry. You will be in my heart and prayers.

  47. So very sorry….I will pray for you and your beloved, Glenda.

  48. Pam Williams says

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  49. Susan,

    I have been a regular reader for at least 6 months, but don’t believe I have ever taken the time to thank you for all of the time and effort it takes to create each of your posts.

    The tablescapes that you and your readers create are such an inspiration! While I have always enjoyed creating attractive table settings, I have definitely amped it up a few notches since discovering your blog.

    My sister is very special to me so I can feel your pain and loss today. Cherish your memories of Glenda. I am so very sorry for your loss. May the love of God, family, friends and readers comfort you.

  50. Let me first say that I am so very sorry for you in the passing of your sister. I know how that feels as I lost my father, mother and brother all within a nine month period. May God bless you and give you comfort during this sad and difficult time of your life. I will pray for you my dear.

  51. I will pray for you. Grieving is hard. God is good.

  52. Dear Susan~
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your sister is still looking out for you and taking care of you every day.
    I am one of 8 girls in my family and we are all so close as well.
    I can’t imagine the feelings you are having, but to lose someone so close to you is awful. Again I am so sorry for your loss, and will pray for peace in the coming year for you.
    Much love,
    Rose

  53. Barbara Yeida Zuleski says

    We have so enjoyed your blog. Our most sincerest condolances on your sister’s passing.
    God bless you and your family.

  54. Leah Smith says

    Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. I will be thinking of you in the coming days. Take all the time you need. We will all be right here when you come back.

  55. ZoeAnn Yussman says

    Oh Susan I’m so sorry for your loss- praying for you and your family!

  56. Cindy Jones says

    I am so sorry for the loss of your sister. I lost my older sister August 22 of this year. She was a lot like your sister in that she also took care of our mother when she was sick with Alzheimer’s. She later took care of our father when he became sick. She never married but was a fantastic aunt to my children and our younger sister’s daughter. The four months that she has been have been so very hard. I know you are so sad at this time. Sister’s have a special bond that is hard to put into words. Your sister sounds like she was a wonderful women. I pray that you remember the wonderful times together and lean on God and friends to get through this difficult time.
    Cindy J

  57. I feel so sorry for you. God bless you!!

  58. Dawn Pinnataro says

    Please accept my most heartfelt condolences. I can’t imagine your loss but I can only say I would be devastated to lose my any of my siblings (though I am at the age where that is always a possibility). So very sorry to hear of your loss.
    GADawn57

  59. So sorry to hear the news. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Hugs to you and your family.

  60. Susan, I’m holding you close in prayer this morning. May God bless you with His peace, comfort—and many beautiful memories of your times with Glenda. She was obviously a blessing to you! Take all the time you need…

  61. Susan, I’m so sorry to hear about your sister. You’ll be in my thoughts. Take care.

  62. I am so sorry for your loss, especially on your birthday. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you navigate through your grief. Enjoy your memories of your sister.

  63. LindaSonia says

    So very very sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you.

  64. “Do not stand at my grave and weep,
    I am not there, I do not sleep.
    I am in a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the softly falling snow.
    I am the gentle showers of rain,
    I am the fields of ripening grain.
    I am in the morning hush,
    I am in the graceful rush
    Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
    I am the starshine of the night.
    I am in the flowers that bloom,
    I am in a quiet room.
    I am in the birds that sing,
    I am in each lovely thing.
    Do not stand at my grave bereft
    I am not there. I have not left.”
    ― Mary Elizabeth Frye
    My sincerest condolences and a big, big hug to you, dear Susan.
    Cecilia

  65. I am so sorry for your loss, especially on your birthday. RIP, Glenda.

  66. I am so sorry, Susan. My sister, Jeannie, was 8 years older than me, and like Glenda, was really a second mother. She died in a car crash when she was only 45. That has been many years ago. I still miss her terribly. I will be thinking about you and praying for peace.

  67. Susie Morris says

    So sorry to hear about your sister. Condolences to you and your family. Sisters are the best. I know you will miss her very much until you see her again.

  68. With deepest sympathy Susan. I do not have any siblings but often wish that I had. I miss not having such a close bond and friendship. Do take care.

    Jean

  69. Oh, Susan! I am so terribly sorry for your loss. My heart lurched when I read this, and I want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish there was something I could do for you, but please know I am holding you close at heart.

    My deepest sympathy,

    xoxox

    Sheila

  70. Susan, I’m so sorry to hear about your sister. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers. It’s never easy to lose a loved one but, yes, you will see her again one day. Zenda

  71. Sending my most heartfelt Sympathy and Love . I am so sorry for your loss.
    I will say a prayer for you and your family.
    Sending big hugs to you.
    Hugs Marg.

  72. I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you, your family, and your sister’s spirit.

  73. mamie crawford says

    Susan, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear sister. You will see her again.

  74. Susan,
    I send you my sympathy and a hug.
    Lori

  75. I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  76. I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss. Sending you prayers of comfort during this extremely difficult time!

  77. I am so very sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family this morning. “May the Lord Bless you and keep you…. and give you peace.”

    Jennifer

  78. So sorry about the loss of your beloved sister Glenda. I hope you will be comforted by many wonderful memories of her and all that you two shared. The bond of sisterhood lasts beyond the boundaries of this life and you will certainly see her again. May God bless you and your family at this time.

  79. So sorry for your loss, Susan. You and your sister will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  80. Susan, I am so very, very sorry for your loss. Peace be with you during this very difficult time.

  81. Ohhhhhh Susan. I am so very sorry to hear about the death of your sister. My heart goes out to you. I have five sisters and can not even begin to imagine the pain of loosing one of them. You two must have loved each other very much! Always remember, in the most unexpected moments, you can hear voices from Heaven. God Bless You.

  82. God Bless and be with you in this time of your loss. And that of your family and extended family.

  83. Anne Stevenson says

    Susan,
    I just signed up yesterday to your blog and this is my first post from you. I can’t tell you how sorry I am that you just lost your sister. Please know you are in my thoughts.
    I read this poem once and in some small way I hope it will give you comfort.

    There is a place… that we call memory.
    A provence by itself, which though unseen
    is home and haven to the heart.
    And there, in peace and beauty waiting…
    are those who shared our yesterdays.
    -author unknown

    With deepest sympathy in the loss of your sister,
    Anne Stevenson

  84. Very sorry to hear of your sister’s passing. Stay strong and my prayers are with you and your family.

  85. Susan, My very deepest sympathy to you. A sister is so important and it seems you were extra close. My prayers are with you. Hugs!

  86. I am so sorry you lost your big Sister. Actually my story mirrors yours.
    My Mother, too, spent a lot of time in bed with depression and other maladies so my only Sister, Rae, who was 15 years older than me, raised both my brother and me. She was my best friend even after she moved to Florida to get out of the NY state winters. I lost her 5 years ago and still miss her so much every day. It gives me comfort to know that I will see her again one day. Please take all the time you need to find some peace.

  87. My prayers and deepest sympathies go out to you.

  88. My heart is breaking for you, as I know, too, how specials sisters are. Huge hugs!!!

  89. Susan, I’m so sorry you lost your sister. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, that God will provide comfort to you and yours.

  90. Oh Susan I’m so so sorry for your loss. I know the bond between sisters is a strong one – I myself have a sister named Susan (my mother was a Susan Hayward fan). You will absolutely be together again one day. God Bless you.
    Donna

  91. Susan,
    So sorry for your loss.
    Dawn Rochelle

  92. So sorry for your loss. I, too, lost my sister (5 years older than me) in 1992. I still miss her so very much but hope to see her again some day. She had ALS and I prayed for her sweet release. Prayers for comfort and peace.

  93. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I also have a sister who is my best friend and I don’t know how I would deal with losing her. My prayers are with you and your family during this time.

  94. Wishing you peace during this time of pain.

  95. Iris McCloud says

    Dear Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. Nothing I could say to you can make you feel better right now. One though day you will feel better. When you think back to the thoughts and prayers of people who know you through this blog you will feel some comfort. You have many readers who feel like they know you and wish they could help with your pain. I look forward to seeing your blog again soon. Iris

  96. My most sincere sympathy in the loss of Glenda. All those wonderful memories will be of comfort to you. How lucky you were to have her.

  97. Linda C in Seattle says

    Susan,

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    May you find comfort in knowing, yes you will see her again.
    Blessings to you and your family.

  98. My heart goes out to you! I too have two older sisters. Love them dearly. Take care of yourself and know you are right you will be together one day.
    love.

  99. Penny Bohlen says

    I am so very sorry for your loss.There are really not enough words to help your heart to grieve.

  100. Dear Susan, I have never responded to a blog before, but your story touched my heart. My sister is 10 years younger than me, so the roles were reversed, but the pictures looked the same. Please know how much your sister loved you, and how much she loved watching you grow into the woman you became.
    May the happy memories and love you shared bring peace and comfort to you in the challenging days ahead. Beth

  101. My condolences on the loss of your beloved sister. I wish you peace in your heart soon, that the grief abates and that you remember only the good things.

  102. Christy Keyton says

    Oh, Susan, I am so very sorry. This post brought tears to my eyes. When the love is great, the grief is great.

  103. Very seldom do I comment on the blogs I follow. But your posting today has touched me deeply. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss.

  104. Selma Kessler says

    Susan, I’m so sorry you lost your sister. Grief takes time. Don’t try to do too much too soon. You are most certainly in my prayers. Hugs. Selma

  105. May all your beautiful memories of your sister comfort you and surround you with peace. My heart goes out to you and I’m sending you a great, big virtual hug as well as prayers for strength for the days ahead. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

  106. Susan – Your blog brings joy to my life and I know to many others. I am so sorry for the loss of your dear sister. The pictures you posted today are so sweet and perfect for showing that big sister love.
    Linda

  107. Oh Susan, I am so sorry. Glenda will always be with you in those beautiful memories…
    Blessings,
    SheilaC

  108. I am so very sorry for your great loss. I have two younger sisters, but we are close in age. Can’t imagine what you must be going through. I know I’m a complete stranger, but I suggest you indulge in whatever time you need to address your grief. Don’t push it under a rug. It’s best to let it come out than trying to bottle it up. We will all still be here when you are ready to return. Take good care of yourself.

  109. Gayle Maestri says

    So very sorry for your loss. The picture reveals just how close you were. Looked like ya were “buds”. Love and prayers.

  110. Sincere condolences on the loss of your sister. Glenda sounds like a person we should all strive to be. Time will help, it won’t heal.
    Happy Birthday might sound out of order but I’d like to wish my fellow Capricorn a Happy Birthday.

  111. Sally Smith says

    My heart aches for you. I too have a big sister who is 9 years older than me. Our mother passed away almost 32 years ago followed soon by our only brother and father. It’s been the two of us left on that side of the family for many years. My prayer is for comfort being assured you will see her again.

  112. I am so sorry for your loss. Take time to grieve and heal from your loss.

  113. Susan, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. This brought instant tears. It sounds as though she is in a better place now though. Only time makes the passing of a loved one easier. Sending prayers and a big hug, my friend.

  114. Susan,
    So sorry for your loss. Sisters are your first friends. Take the time to honor and grieve for her….

  115. My heart goes out to you on your loss of your sister. I pray you will have peace and many wonderful memories of her. Thanks for sharing your story.

  116. Dear Susan, I am so sorry to learn of your wonderful sister’s passing. My own sister is 11 years older than me and we were very close growing up. So I can imagine how you are feeling now, and empathize. The very special bond you have with her is beautiful and I too think you will meet again one day. That love doesn’t just disappear into thin air. It stays with you and will comfort you. Just know that you are being thought about and prayed for. ~~Denise

  117. Diana Walters says

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and yours. Hugs dear lady.

  118. Susan, I am so very sorry for your loss. My Dad just recently passed away and my brother (who I was very close to) passed when I was 11, so I know about loss too. God bless and keep you and give you strength in the days ahead, Lisa

  119. I’m so sorry for your loss, Susan. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  120. Susan, So sorry for your loss.
    Mary

  121. Dear Susan,

    My heart is aching for you .. with you.

    Helen

  122. Nancy of Lake Stevens says

    Susan, I am so sorry to hear your sad news. Sisters are such a special relationship. Be strong and know that there are many readers who are thinking and praying for you at this tough time.

  123. Cheryl moran says

    I am truly sorry for your loss

  124. God bless and comfort you and all those who loved her in your loss.

  125. Praying for you Susan.

  126. I’m so sorry. Please know that you are in my thoughts and I have prayed that you will feel God’s love and comfort as you grieve.

  127. Terry Beaudry says

    Oh my dear friend, I am so sorry to hear this and I am sending my condolences to you along with a big huge. Take care and all the time you need my friend!

    “Of two sisters one is always the watcher, one the dancer.”
    ― Louise Glück

  128. My deepest condolences on the passing of your sister. May your memories be many and comforting.

  129. I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your sister. You and your family are in my prayers.

  130. Sandy linville says

    Susan! Soooo sorry for your loss! Praying for comfort from the One who comforts us in all our afflictions!

  131. Susan,

    Absolutely beautiful pictures. Somebody you don’t even know is in GA thinking about you and Glenda (my mom’s name).

    Take care. You bring a lot of joy to a lot of people.

    Love, Alley

  132. Thank you for sharing such a personal thing with us, Susan. I have two sisters and treasure them. Thoughts and prayers for you during this time.

  133. Susan, I am so very sorry. Thinking of you…
    Kathleen

  134. Dear, dear Susan……please know my heart, thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Find comfort in the loving memories of your beloved sister; she will always be with you in a special place of your heart and her spirit will forever look down on you and take care of you. Be good to yourself right now. Rosie

  135. My heart grieves for you. I understand the sister bond as I have 3 sisters who are my lifeline. My prayers are with you and your family.

  136. oh susan i am so very sorry to hear of this
    she will be watching over you and be your angelic supporter now
    xo

  137. Not sure if you will get this because I have no idea about Wesite.
    Please know I am so sorry for your loss. I truly will have you in my prayers.
    Much love your way.

  138. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.

    Penny

  139. Jean from Georgia says

    Susan, You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers today. I pray you feel God’s love and protection during this time of sadness in your life.

  140. Susan, I’m so sorry to hear this, especially since it happened on your birthday. I wish I were there to put my arms around you. Since I can’t, I’m praying Jesus will, and you will feel His presence and lean on Him. May He give you strength to get through this sad time.

    Take off as much time as you need, we will miss you, but do what you need to do.

    Sincere love,

    Katherine

  141. I’m so sorry to hear about your sister. Yes you’ll see her again. Godspeed.
    prayers to you and yours

  142. Linda St.Laurent says

    Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your sister. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

    Sincerely,
    Linda

  143. Prayers to you both.

  144. So very glad you had such a wonderful sister, truly she sounds like she was a blessing! I can only imagine how very great your loss is…I am praying for you today, but I also believe we will be reunited with our loved ones some day. Wishing you love, and comfort in these days ahead.

  145. Jeanette Price says

    I’m so very sorry for your loss Susan. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  146. Oh, our dear sweet Susan, my heart weeps with your loss. Do take your time and we will be waiting…on the porch. franki

  147. So sorry for your loss. Focus on your good memories and God will get you through it. You are in my prayers.

  148. My thoughts are with you~~

  149. rattlebridge farm says

    Oh, Susan, I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. xxoo

  150. I am so very sad to learn of your sister’s passing. She was taken way too soon.

    One of my favorite quotes is ‘don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened’. The bond you shared with her is rare and can never be broken. May your memories make you smile and bring you strength.

  151. Susan thank you for sharing with us such a deep personal loss. My condolences to you and your family. I have been a huge fan and enjoy seeing your postings. They are truly inspirational to me and fuel my creative side. My thoughts are with you even though we haven’t met. Thank you for being such an inspiration.

  152. Dear Susan: So sorry for your loss. A sister bond is very special and I believe too that it will transcend our passing. I look forward to seeing my grandmother who passed before I was born but I feel a special bond with her and know I will meet her some day. I feel the same way about two special kitties who have been a part of our family. It is nice that you had the chance to have a more normal ‘sister’ relationship in later years. Know that God is continuing to care for her and although she has passed from your experience, her relationship with Him is seeing her through this. Much love to you.
    Barb

  153. I am so sorry for your loss. You and your sister look like movie stars in those pictures ~ such pretty girls. I pray God will wrap you in his arms and give you comfort during this difficult time. Thank you for sharing this with your readers. I know we feel like you are part of our family. God Bless you Susan. Vikki in VA.

  154. Susan, this is so sad to hear about Glenda. I wish I could be there with you but know that I am with you in spirit. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Consider yourself hugged.

  155. Dear Susan,
    I am so deeply sorry to read of your great loss…It sounds like you and your dear sister had a close and precious bond. But you are right, and you and your sister will not be apart always….keep her close to your heart, because she is with you there until you are reunited one day again…you are in my prayers.

  156. Deborah Hopkins says

    I am so sorry to hear of your sister’s passing, especially on your birthday. I pray that God will hold you very close and comfort you with special memories of the wonderful times that you all spent together. Hugs

  157. So sorry for your loss. The bond between sisters is so special. I too believe that you will see her again. This time of mourning can also be a time for recalling great memories. That would be my hope for you.

    Lorri

  158. Oh Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. January 8 was the 8th anniversary of my sister’s tragic death and losing her was a much bigger deal than I ever thought it would be. I am praying that you will find comfort as you grieve through this loss.

  159. Susan: I am so very sorry to learn your sister has passed away and on your birthday. Bless your heart. Many years ago my brother died as a result of injuries sustained from a motor vehicle accident. Viewing was on my birthday and his burial (which was the next day) was on his birthday. Take time to grieve and I will be praying for you and your family as you go “let go” of your sister. I firmly believe our loved ones are with us in spirit and that one day we will see them again. Love and Hugs to you! Jeanie in KY

  160. Susan…I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Sister. That is a beautiful picture of the two of you. Blessings. 😉

  161. Susan, I am SO sorry for your loss. What a lovely picture of you and your sister, thanks for sharing that with us. You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve. God bless you and bring you peace and comfort. Love and prayers, Libby in AR

  162. Dear Susan, I am very new to your blog but I already feel that I know you. Perhaps my 13 full sets of dishes and various other place settings makes us kindred spirits. I am so sorry for your loss of your sister. She is in a better place but you are left with the hole in your heart that only she can fill. My prayers are with you. God bless.

  163. Oh, Susan, my heart is breaking for you. I am certain that you and your sister will be together again. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Here is a great big hug from me to you.

  164. My most heartfelt condolences to you. I always wished that I had a sister and was never blessed with one. You were very blessed, indeed~

  165. Hello, Susan. I read everything you post but have never commented. This one though really hit home. I am so sorry that you have lost your sister. My sister is one of my best friends and I cannot imagine the pain you must be feeling. I am a Quaker so I will be holding you in The Light during this time. Big warm hugs — Beth

  166. Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. I always wanted a sister but it wasn’t to be. I hope your memories will give you some comfort and that you take the time you need to grieve. I’m glad you have your faith to lean on. You will be in my prayers.

  167. Cindy Blaylock says

    Oh my goodness, I cried reading your post. Thank God you had Glenda in your life, especially with your mother’s condition. After my mother passed away, it took almost six years before I could think of her without crying. Now, finally, I can think of her and look at pictures of her and laugh and remember her with joy. That too, will come to you in time.

  168. I am so very sorry to hear that you lost your sister. God be with you and hold you close.

  169. I am so sorry, for your loss you will be in our prayers

  170. Dear Susan,
    A very sad post, indeed! My prayers and sympathy go out to you and all your family. I hope in time your own sadness will be replaced with a sense of peace and gratitude for the very great blessing Glenda is in your life. May I share with you some words of the late British author, Rosemunde Pilcher’s book, SEPTEMBER, p. 522:
    “…Death is nothing at all; it does not count. I have only slipped
    into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly
    the same as it was. I am I, and you are you, and the old life we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference in your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile and think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without the ghost of a shadow on it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negligible accident. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval somewhere near, just around the corner. All is well! All is well!

    I hope these words lift your heart and hope you cope with your sister’s passing as they have so often mine..

    God bless, Alyce

  171. Susan,
    I’m new to your blog and don’t know you very well, but I was so touched by this story. I’m so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you during your time of grieving.

  172. Susan: I am so sorry for your loss. My only sister passed away 7 years ago so I feel your pain.
    A very good friend of mine passed away on my birthday 3 years ago. A Catholic nun friend of mine said to me ” When you celebrate your birthday here on earth, your friend will be Celebrating her birthday in heaven” Those words were great comfort to me.
    God Bless you for all you do for us in blog land.

  173. I’m so very, very sorry, Susan. Prayers for you and your family.

  174. Regality (aka The Quing) says

    What a lovely tribute honoring your cherished sister. Holding your sadness in my heart.

  175. Oh, Susan! I’m crying as I type this message. My heart goes out to you during this time of profound loss. Too much loss and sadness this year! I will keep you close in my thoughts and heart and pray that you can find comfort in knowing so many care about you. It’s so very painful to say a final goodbye. Take some time for yourself, sweet friend. ~ Sarah

  176. So very sorry to hear of the loss of your sister. Prayers for you and your family at this difficult time. You were so lucky to have such a special sister.

  177. What a beautiful and heart-felt tribute to your sister. May all those many memories comfort you, now and always.

  178. I lost my big sister 10 years ago. I miss and think of her, almost every day. She was also many years older than I so we actually only spend a few years together in the ‘natal’ home. But as I grew older, we grew an inseparable bond. I know, like you, that I will see her again. My heart goes out to you, Susan. Losing the bond that is a sister brings exquisite grief. I know, too, that God will bring you comfort. What a blessing to have such a wonderful sister as your Glenda!

  179. Cheryl Deuel says

    I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my one and only brother just a few short months ago, so I understand your heartache. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  180. Susan- May Glenda’s memory be eternal in your heart.. and may God bless her as she rests in His loving arms… sending much sympathy to you & your family.
    “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no can steal……” – from a headstone in Ireland.

  181. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  182. Laurie Perry says

    Your story really touched my heart because I am the older sister with a 17 years younger sister. Our Mom was also sick for much of her teenage years and it took her becoming a mother for us to finally become close. I am so sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. I firmly believe that you will see her again! Please take comfort knowing she is still the big sister looking out for you and making a place for you. God bless.

  183. Susan, I’m so very sorry for your loss. I’m very close to my sister and had just emailed her as I do several times a week and so your news brought a tear because I know how I would feel if my sister was no longer there for me. We are blessed if we have that kind of relationship in our lives. May your precious memories bring comfort and your faith in God. Blessings, Toni

  184. Bernadette Gibson says

    Dearest Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. Yes, everyone grieves in their own way, but sometimes friends help. Please know that all of us have experienced a tragic loss and all your followers will be thinking and praying for you. I wish you moments of peace during this time.
    Blessings to you and your family. Bernadette

  185. Margo (Margaret) Kuhn says

    Susan, you have my deepest condolences. The passing of your sister was almost a double whammy for you as it sounds like she was a mother as well to you. I know you will miss her much more than words can say. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    God bless you and may He give you peace.

  186. Please know you are being thought of with
    love and the most tender of thoughts.

  187. So sad to hear this news. ((Hugs))

  188. Dear Susan,
    My condolences to you and your family. I know how you must feel, I lost a dear sister in 2008 and still miss her to this day. The greatest treasure we have are memories.
    God be with you, Armenia

  189. I sent you an email, but I wanted to say again, how very sorry I am to read your sad news. You and Glenda look like two fun girls and I know you will miss her terribly. Sisters really are the best.

    Please let me know if I can do anything for you.

  190. Kathy Rademacher says

    The love that has bound you and your sister will carry you through this difficult time and until you meet again. God bless you!

  191. I am so sorry for your loss. Sisters are so special, touching our hearts like no one else can. My heart goes out to you, and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  192. Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for you and your family. God Bless You!

  193. I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss, Susan…I am the older sister to my only sister by almost 9 years and although we did not have much in common while she was still a child, we’ve always had a special bond…more so when she married and started her own family.

    My heart goes out to you and I hope you know she is still looking after you.
    Hugs

  194. Deb Johnson says

    My prayers go out to you, Susan. May good memories fill your heart during this time of sorrow

  195. Susan , my deepest sympathy on the loss of your sister. My prayers are with you. Take some time to grieve, life comes first. I have a sister 10 yrs older and she means the world to me. I know Glenda will always be in your heart. Take care of yourself.

  196. Marianne in Mo. says

    (((Hugs))) So sorry for your loss of your dear sister. I know words are meaningless at this time. I lost my Mom the day before Thanksgiving, and still it hasn’t sunk in. Know that much love is on you as you continue your grief.

  197. I am so sorry for your loss. May God bring you peace in the difficult days ahead.

  198. Susan I am so sorry for your loss. (((hugs)))

  199. I am so sorry for your loss, Susan. I will be praying for you. xo Laura

  200. Oh my this is a day you will always remember. There is no way to get through this ‘without going through it.” I know that sounds trite but indeed it is true. Each loss is unique as is the grieving.
    My loss of the love of my life almost 18 months ago is different than your loss of a sister. I have not had to deal with the loss of a sister. I still have mine. The best observation I can offer is much like what my children gave to me..it’s your grief and you only have to handle it “your way” not according to what others think. God bless and comfort you.

  201. Kathy Buescher says

    Ohhh Susan, Thank you for sharing !What an amazing sister and relationship you had! Prayers and Blessings and strength to get through this very hard time.

  202. I’m so sorry for your loss Susan, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

  203. So very sorry for your loss ((hugs))

  204. Oh Susan, I’m so sorry to hear this news — it makes me so sad. I’m terribly sorry for your loss and also sorry that your sister was sick for so long. I know you will miss her more than words can say.

    Thinking of you,

    Denise

  205. SharonFromMichigan says

    Oh Susan, I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart is breaking for you. Please know that you and your entire family will be in my prayers.

  206. Sending you warm thoughts during this sad time and always.

  207. My sincere sympathy to you, your family and her family. Losing someone is never easy and there isn’t anything one can say to ease that loss.

    rls

  208. My deepest and most sincere condolences for the loss of your sweet Sister. After losing my Daddy the week after my wedding, I realized how painful grief really is, I can’t shake it even 10 years later. I will say a prayer for you for strength, peace and understanding.
    Be Blessed,
    Leah

  209. Susan, so sad to hear this. Take all the time you need. Close bonds take time to heal.

  210. Oh Susan, I’m SO sorry to learn of the loss of your sister!!! I can only imagine how hard this must be for you. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time! Hang on to the belief that you WILL see each other again, and that this is only an interruption and you will spend eternity together.

    Blessings,

    Trish

  211. My heart aches for you. Only myself and my two sisters are left in our family and we are very close. Hugs to you and pray for the Lord to wrap his arms around you and give you peace.

  212. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    Susan, I’m crying with you. So sorry to hear about Glenda. I do know what you are going through … I lost my own big sister Donna, in 2001. She was 12 years older than me. It hurts. A lot. I know. Time will soften that hurt just a bit, but for a long time you will love her and miss her and sometimes even go to call her on the phone to tell her something, until you remember.

    You were lucky to have a big sister you loved and whom loved and looked after you. That may sound trite, but it’s true. If only we all had big sisters and brothers and mothers and fathers who loved us and looked out for us.

    I wish there was a way to lessen your pain. One thing that helped me was to allow myself to feel and experience the pain. I cried and cried and cried. Oddly, it helped because eventually I cried myself out.

    Life is tough. This is one of those times we feel like we’ve been ganged up on by the universe. I wish none of us had to feel that way.

    *hug* Take all the time you want or need.

  213. Mary Eynard says

    So very sorry for the loss of your beloved sister. Remember that she is a heavenly angel now – still watching over you.

  214. I am so sorry for your loss. I will pray for you and your family.

  215. So sorry to hear of your loss. Yes, sisters are very special (whether a big sister or a little sister.) I pray that the memories of your dear sister will be precious in your heart and a comfort as you grieve. So wonderful you had such a precious relationship with your sister.

  216. Tamara Lin says

    Susan, I send you hugs. I am so sorry for your loss. – Tamara

  217. Susan, my condolences on the passing of your sweet sister. There is such a special bond between sisters. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  218. Susan, I was so sorry to hear about your loss. I know exactly how it feels. I have had three sisters pass away and the last one, was two years ago and she too, was ten years older than I.
    She took me everywhere when I was a child and we exchanged clothes when older. Unfortunately, I missed the last few years of her life being in Canada, but when we did visit home, we had a great time together. I actually spoke to her via my nephew’s phone on Skype, the day before she died as she lay in hospital.
    It will take time Susan, but soon you will remember the good times with her without being too upset.
    Something which may help you..I planted a miniature rose in the garden in her memory and the most perfect tiny blooms come out each summer. I dry them to keep and she is ever there in my memory and garden.
    My mother died on my birthday, so I choose to think, they pick the closest person to be with when they go.
    God Bless you Susan, prayers going out to you.
    Meg

  219. Susan ~ I am so very sorry about your sister. I lost a sibling in 2006 and it felt so untrue. In time you will be able to hold on to those rich sweet memories and they will be such a gift. Prayers going out for you.

  220. So sorry to hear about your loss. You an your family are in our prayers.

  221. Norma Wagner says

    Dear Suson, I am so very sorry for the loss of your sister. Sisters. Hold a special place in our hearts. Especially yours because of her taking on the role as surrogate Mother. One thing for sure is you will always remember the date of her passing. God must have had something in mind. I am praying for your family. Take care and grieve as much as you need to. We will miss you while you are away. God Bless and keep you .

  222. Renee Cook says

    Susan… Words seem so inadequate to say how sorry I am for the loss of your sister… and right on your birthday. May you sense the Lord holding you close. May He comfort your heart and fill you peace until you meet again. Wishing there was something I could do to help… Love, Renee

  223. So sorry for your loss. God Bless.

  224. I just read your post and my heart goes out to you. I lost my Mom last February and there were days I could hardly breathe, the pain was so great. I will keep you in my prayers dear girl. Just know that there are so many of us who love you. Take all the time you need. We will be here when your feel up to returning. If you ever need a shoulder to cry on, I am here for you.

    Much Love,
    Susan and Bentley

  225. Nancy Edwards says

    Hi Susan, Your story has touch this new reader’s heart in a profound way. Looks like you are well loved & followed from the number of notes to you & I know all of us will hold our sisters a little closer because of your loss and you eloquent ode to your sis. Nancy

  226. Jackie in UK says

    Sorry to hear your sad news. Deepest sympathies to you and your family. Jackie in UK.

  227. Rose Marie says

    I am so sorry, Susan! May God hold you close and comfort you. Nothing can take away the memories you and your sister have made together. I am hoping they will comfort you. God bless. . .

  228. hi susan- i’m fairly new to your blog & this post brought me to tears. thoughts & prayers are with you my friend. and yes, you will see her again some day. xo-mj

  229. Susan Hart says

    I’m so sorry about your loss of your sister. I never had a sister but I do know from experience that death is just a journey to another place. Our lives do not end on this planet. I also know that God promised us to be reunited with our loved ones. My prayers will be with you for comfort of your loss. You will see your sister again.

  230. So sorry for your loss. 🙁

  231. So very sorry for your loss Susan. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. -Kristi

  232. Even though we have not met, I feel like I know you through your blog. I really enjoy it and look forward to reading it each week. Today I was very sad to hear of your loss. May you find comfort in the love that surrounds you and in the caring words of friends.

  233. Dear Susan..I’m so sorry to hear of Glenda’s passing..Glenda was so very proud of you Susan the few times we spoke on the phone, she would always tell me how proud she was..Many prayers of healing coming your way my dear friend..Hugs from my mountain to yours..gloria

  234. Terri Hughes says

    So sorry for your loss. Your sister will always be in your heart and so many great memories will carry you through the hard times. Praying for you and your family. God Bless you all. ”RIP GLENDA”.

  235. Karen Noel says

    My deepest sympathies, Susan.
    Karen in Canada

  236. Phylis Parsons says

    Susan, I’m so sorry to hear about your sister. She sounds like she was a wonderful person/sister. Please take care of yourself and my thoughts/prayers are with you.

  237. Even though we have not met, I feel like I know you through your blog. I really enjoy it and look forward to reading it each week. Today I was very sad to hear of your loss. May you find comfort in the love that surrounds you and in the caring words of friends. Karlyn

  238. Five years ago, I lost my sister suddenly, without warning. We were 7 years apart only, I was the oldest. Same circumstances, a mother too ill and I became a combination mother/sister. We didn’t live near, but were always astounded to find we had the same eyeglasses, wore the same makeup etc.; it was uncanny. We spoke by phone regularly and even now, I’ll think to myself “Joanne would love that”. Sisters are a bond that never breaks and yours will influence you in hundreds of ways even though she’s gone. Try to remember all the wonderful times you shared as you move ahead. There are many of us that feel your loss.

  239. Glenda sounds like a truly wonderful person and a great blessing to you. May God comfort you during this very painful time.

  240. Susan, My prayers go up for you today. I knew yesterday that something was wrong because I had no posts from you. I lost my sister 20 years ago and still feel like it was yesterday. We never had the chance to be real sisters because we lived so many miles apart.

    Trust in the Lord and He will give you healing.

  241. My deepest sympathy is sent to you and your family. I never had a sister, but I’ve had a friend who was as close as a sister could be. I lost her 10 years ago, and I still miss her greatly. You were blessed to have a sister like Glenda. May your shared memories fill your heart and give your peace knowing that she is no longer sick or in pain. May God comfort you as only He can.

  242. So sorry for your loss.

  243. Cynthia A. says

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  244. Dear Susan – I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a sister is hard…like others have posted, I lost my dear, funny sister 20 years ago. I can still hear her laugh, and I thank God for the memories. There will be times you will smile because you and your sister are the only two people who shared something…and when that memory comes it is like a gift. You are in my thoughts and prayers….you will see her again. A pastor we had always said the kingdom of heaven is like a wedding party, the best you will ever be at, and it never ends. I figure my sister is saving me a seat…at a table somewhere near the bar and dance floor…and there will be no more tears. God bless you and your family !

  245. Susan so sorry for your lost but heavens gain, praying God to comfort u. Btw she was a beautiful young lady.

  246. I’m so very sorry for you loss. I have an older sister and just can’t imagine life without her being just a phone call away. I’m sure you have wonderful memories of Glenda and those will be treasured forever. I know she’ll live on in your heart. Hugs are being sent your way.

  247. Sharon Bernstein says

    Dear Susan, so sorry to hear about the loss of your sister. You are the second person today who said to me death is not the end. Your sister will always be close to you in spirit. God Bless and I look forward to you posting soon.

  248. So sorry to hear of your loss, you and your family will be in my prayers.

  249. Sherry Myers says

    Dearest Susan,
    My deepest sincerest condolences on your loss. Remember you aren’t saying good bye. You are saying, see you later. Until then your sweet sister will be as close as your heart. You are thought of and prayed for during this difficult time.
    Hugs and prayers,
    Sherry

  250. So sorry for your loss, Susan. I have enjoyed your blog for many years but never posted a comment. Today I felt I had to tell you that you and your family are in my prayers. I know you will be united one day. Blessings.

  251. Debbie Bastian says

    My deepest sympathies to you. May warm memories soon take away some of the pain.

  252. Pam, My family sends their deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your beloved sister.

  253. Susan, I am so very sorry to hear that your sister passed away. It sounds as though you had a very special relationship. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  254. Susan, I’m so sorry to hear your sister passed away. Take all the time away you need. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I want to wish you belated birthday wishes of peace and comfort.

    Lindsey

  255. Dearest Susan….how very heartbreaking to lose your sister…especially on your birthday and the start of a new year. I see you have hundreds of kind thoughts being sent your way so you may not even be able to read them all. However, please know my thoughts and my prayers are with you and those you love. You bring joy to so many. May it offer some comfort to know so many are thinking of you and your family. Warm hugs.

  256. Sheila Nissen says

    The memories will sneak out of your eyes and roll down your cheeks. Walk down your memory lane. You’ll run into her there. Your pain is shared.

  257. Carolyn Price says

    Susan, I am so sorry to hear of your tremendous loss. Take comfort that your dear sister is even closer to you now. Love, hugs and prayers to you and your sister’s family.

  258. So sorry for your loss.

  259. Dear Susan,
    I am so terribly sorry for your loss. While reading your column and looking at your pictures I could just imagine how much you loved one another. What a tremendous bond. I am the oldest of 5 girls and love them more than words can say. God bless you and your family.

    Gloria

  260. Jordan and I extend our deepest sympathy. So sorry about your loss.

  261. So sorry for your loss. We also lost a sister 2 years ago and I can feel your pain. You have a great support system with all your wonderful friends and followers.

  262. God bless you both, dear one. I’m so sorry for your loss, and you are in my prayers.

  263. As I started reading your blog I was thinking it was going to be a fun sisters blog. I am so sorry that you have suffered this tremendous loss. Prayers and love to you <3

  264. Betty Brooke says

    I felt such empathy for you as I read your post. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  265. Rose Franco says

    Susan…..I also lost my sister recently on New Years Eve to cancer. How do you say goodbye to your best friend? It’s hard to realize I won’t be able to call her up on the phone or expect to receive an email just to “catch up on things” ever again….at least not in this life time. But I also, like you, know I will see her again one day when we both stand before our Father in heaven and sing and dance together! What a glorious time we will have. Press on Susan, knowing it is only a temporary separation for now…..

  266. So sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family as well as a prayer.

  267. So sorry to hear this. I’m sure she was very proud of you. Wishing you comfort, peace and the warmth of memories.

  268. Dear Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. A wonderful big sister is truly a gift from God! I am glad you have faith that you will be with Glenda again someday. I will pray for strength and healing, courage and consolation for you and your family. God bless.

  269. Susan, I am so sorry for the loss of your sister. May happy memories of your time together bring you comfort. My prayers are with you.

  270. Susan, Until you are ready to post again please know that I (and obviously everyone who has written before me) am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. You have shared a very personal experience and your method and depth of grieving will also be personal. For that reason, I will say no more other than to hope that the number of responses to this post alone will reinforce what your sister knew in 2008, that you are special and have much to share. From one of your many “kindred spirits”, blessings. Marie

  271. dawn turner says

    I am so sorry for the loss of your sister. You will see her again one day, I am sure of that. Prayers going up for you during the painful time. God bless.

  272. Martha in Michigan says

    Dear Susan, Although we’ve never really met, your blog makes it feel like we are friends. That’s why I am so sorry to hear that you have lost your dear sister. Please take all the time you need before returning. We’ll all be right here, waiting for you. Martha in Michigan

  273. My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your sister. My heart grieves with you,
    Mary

  274. Anita in SC says

    Praying for God to give you peace and His Comfort!

  275. May a lifetime of wonderful memories bring you comfort and peace at this difficult time. So sorry for your loss.

  276. Katherine G says

    Hi Susan,
    I am sorry to hear of your loss. I imagine like many of your readers, we get to feeling so attached to you and your life, and it extends to your losses as well. Hopefully sharing your pain with us will lessen the burden of loss for you. Take all the time you need…we’ll be here waiting for you.
    e-hugs, Katherine

  277. Susan, This may sound strange, but I feel as though I know you because I have been reading your blog for years and look forward to each and every post. Right now I am feeling just as sad as I would if you were a close friend. Please accept my sincerest condolences on the loss of your sister, Glenda. God bless her —
    Kathy

  278. Susan, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I pray for peace and comfort for you during this very difficult time. You will see Glenda again and she’ll not be in any pain and happy. I know this in my heart. God bless you.

  279. Sharon Avinger says

    Susan,
    I am so very sorry for the loss of your dear sister. You are blessed that you have a wealth of beautiful memories to hold in your heart. Cyber hugs to you from me. May our precious God comfort you as only He can.
    Sharon

  280. I am so, so sorry for your loss, Susan. I hope that wonderful memories bring some comfort to you during this time of grief.

  281. Dear Susan, I am so sorry for your loss and the pain you must feel. Keeping you in my prayers and asking God to hold you close.

  282. Dear Susan,

    Thank you so much for posting the story of your sister and sharing your wonderful photos. What a beautiful tribute!

    Maureen

  283. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss Susan.
    I too have a sister, she’s 12 yrs older than me and I can’t imagine ever being without her.
    My thoughts and prayers will be with you, take care and take the time you need to move through the emotions and grief of losing someone so special.
    Love, Catalynn *hug*

  284. I’m so sorry for the loss of your sister. I’m sending warm thoughts your way.

  285. I am so sorry for your loss.

  286. Sherry Stuifbergen says

    I lost my sister two years ago in August. We used to talk on the phone every day. She died of bladder cancer. I have a good idea what you are going through, losing your sister. I am very sorry. I realize how sad you must be. Sherry

  287. I am so sorry for you loss Susan! I know too you will see your sister again one day and what a glorious day that will be! Please know that you are in my thoughts as well as my prayers. Hugs, Brenda

  288. Susan, I read today’s post with a heavy heart. I am so sorry to hear that your sister passed away. Judging from the number of posts you have already received, you have many friends in blogland who are with you in spirit during this difficult time. We will all be waiting patiently for your return.

  289. Linda S. in NE says

    I offer you my sincere sympathy upon the loss of your sister. Please remember that your readers care.

  290. Dear Susan — I started reading your blog today with a delighted smile on my face because I AM an older sister and I am named Glenda. Then I read of your loss and could feel your pain. I am sure your sister is seeing marvelous sights and experiencing wonderful things in heaven and thinking “I can’t wait til I can show this to Susan one day”. There is never a day that I don’t think of my sister and/or talk to her—a sister’s bond is very special and death cannot break it; it only alters the way you communicate. My prayers and thoughts are with you and am sending you a hug from a “big sister named Glenda”.

  291. So sorry…I lost my sister Sept. 21…it’s rough.

  292. Susan – Sending prayers and hugs during this difficult time.

  293. Such a lovely tribute to the blessing that Glenda was to your life. I am deeply sorry for your loss, Susan.

  294. Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. May your memories keep your sister close and bring you comfort.

  295. Frances Settlemire says

    Dear Susan, God works wonders in our life! I very rarely read blogs and have never replied to any.But today , while visting another blog I saw yours and decided to visit as yours was one of the first I had visited about 5 years ago. My heart ached when I read your blog and I know the pain of loss. I am the oldest of 4 sisters and although we are all different we are all grieving the loss of our mother who passed last month 15 days before Christmas. My mother was 85 and suffered from dementia so , her sudden death was unexpected but we were glad she did not suffer, and she is our Lords arms. I just felt compelled to take the time and let you know that I’m praying God sees you through this difficult time and you return to us. you are such an inspiration and are loved by so many people as all comments left by your followers is proof of that. Oh how proud your sister Glenda and your mother must be of you! Sincerely, Fran

  296. Susan, You have opened up your life and home to all of us daily. I am so sorry that you are going through this loss of your sister, but you are not alone. All of us are with you too. Many of us have had losses in the past or recently also. We can hold each other up in difficult times like these. Keep busy, cry when you feel the need, even if it is in the grocery store or to a total stranger ( I have done that ) . Time will heal, and you will always have sweet memories in your heart to draw from.
    Hugs, your internet sister,
    Beth

  297. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you. God be with you during this difficult time.

  298. Oh Susan, I am so sorry for your loss……..what sweet pictures you showed us and thanks for sharing your memories. Grieving takes time, and take as much as you need…..we are here for you and will keep you in prayer………xoxo

  299. Susan, I’m so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my prayers.

  300. Jill Brewster says

    Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you at this very difficult time. May the Lord hold you close and wipe away your tears and may your heart be filled will memories of happier times. Jill

  301. Your sister was right. I and others enjoy your blog. So sorry for your loss. Hugs.

  302. Susan, I am so sorry for your loss of your precious sister. Take care of yourself. Sending love and hugs to you.

  303. I am so very sorry for your loss, Susan.

  304. Elisabeth (Lisa) Lane says

    Dear Susan,

    How my heart goes-out to you! I have been enjoying your blog for so long that I feel as if I know you, and I am so very sorry for your loss. I am an only child and have always envied people with siblings. I can only imagine how very much you must be hurting and how much you will miss her. I want you to know that I have already prayed for you and your family and will continue. May our Heavenly Father bless and comfort you in a mighty way- Lisa

  305. Judy Spring says

    Susan,
    Very sorry for the earthly loss of your sister. May the Lord comfort and give strength to you and your family today and in the days to come.

  306. Dear Susan! I’m so sorry! You’ve my sympathy! She’ll stay in your memories forever!

  307. Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you. xx Christine

  308. Dear Susan,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sister. I will pray that your sweet memories of her and the knowledge that she is now free of pain and suffering and in the hands of God will give you comfort.
    Linda

  309. Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. It is never easy to have a loved on pass away especially on your birthday. My husband’s grandmother passed away on my birthday nine years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

  310. I am so sorry for your loss…..hugs….

  311. Oh Susan, I am in shock and in tears! I have thought about Glenda so many times over the years, and I even emailed her a time or 2, but didn’t get a response. She was such a good and sweet person, and she was one of my internet connections whom I felt like I knew and loved. She was always so clever and her comments always brought a smile to my face. She’s not suffering any more, and she suffered a lot in this life, but I know you will miss her terribly. My prayers are with you. Love and hugs, Laurie

  312. I’m so sorry for your loss, I can’t even imagine that. Prayers of strength and comfort for you.

  313. grammygoodwill says

    I am so sorry for you.

  314. Mary Lou Holland says

    Susan, I don’t post often, but I read your blog everyday. So so sorry about your sister. Here’s an extra hug.
    Mary Lou

  315. May the peace of God comfort you during this rough period. Take as much time off as you need. We’ll be here whenever you’re ready to return. Hugs.

  316. Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. Your tribute to your sister is lovely. My heart and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  317. Oh Susan,
    I am so, so sorry for your loss.

  318. SO sorry for your loss!

    Pam

  319. Susan, I join everyone with my greatest condolences on the loss of your sister. You are right, sisters have a very special bond and I am sure she was proud to have you as a sister. Take care of yourself.
    Cindy

  320. So sorry for your loss, Susan. How wonderful, though, that you had such a close relationship with your sister. Sending hugs your way.

    Lory

  321. I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your sister. Please accept my deepest condolences. Take time to grieve and take care of yourself. Will be praying to you.

  322. Dear Susan I hate the cliché words one always says at the time of loss of I’m sorry for your loss. but know that all of us in blogland love you dearly and we all offer you our prayers for peace and comfort and understanding for you and your family. Make sure during this crucial time you rest and take the time to grieve. also believe she is in a better place and will now and forever be your guardian angel. If you need any thing please don’t hesitate to just ask any of us will be more than happy to help you. with great love Susie Holler

  323. Oh Susan – your sister must have been so proud of you. Your blog has been such an inspiration and delight to so many people. I am so sorry for your loss. One thing that sustained me when I have lost loved ones is a statement I read in Tuesdays with Morrie. Death ends a life, not a relationship. Your sister will always live in your heart and memories. Take care.

  324. Barbara Cox says

    I am so sorry to hear about you losing your sister. Please accept my sincere condolences.
    Barbara

  325. My heart goes out to you dear Susan, it must be so sad to lose a lovely sister as yours. I don’t have a sister, but it must have been a blessing to have one.
    Prayers are going your way.
    FABBY

  326. Dear Susan,
    I am crying with you. So sorry for the loss of your sister. Think of all the good times and let your heart heal with those memories.((HUGS))

  327. Linda Gnann says

    Dear Susan,
    I have been reading your blog for about a year now. I love the way you write, your style, and your sense of humor. I have often thought to myself that you and I seem a lot alike, and would be good friends if we actually really knew each other and that our relationship would be very sister-like. I have 2 younger sisters (and 2 older brothers) that I am close with, and as of today I am including you as a sister to me, although virtual! Who knows, maybe we could very well meet some day! Just sayin! : )
    Please accept my deepest condolences and best thoughts and wishes for you and your family,
    Linda

  328. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  329. I’m so sorry to hear of your sister’s passing. What a heartbreak that must be for you. Wishing you peace and solace as you grieve such a great loss.

  330. Kay from Kansas says

    I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  331. Elizabeth Roderick says

    Dear Susan,
    It’s never the right time to loose a loved one especially a dear sister. Take all the time you need. Praying for comfort.
    Sincerely,
    Elizabeth

  332. My heart hurts for you, you are loved by so many people and I can only imagine the number of prayers our Heavenly Father is hearing on your behalf, what a beautiful thing to ponder. Sending my hugs and prayers for you and I pray that you will find all your treasured memories will bring you lots of joy as you take time to recall your times with your dear sister.

  333. Dorinda Selke says

    Dear Susan – So very sorry to hear of your sister’s passing. My deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to you and your family. Hugs, Dorinda

  334. Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

  335. Susan…so very sorry for the loss of your sister Glenda. She sounded like a very special, wonderful and caring person.
    Prayers for you and your family.

  336. Denise Davis says

    Dear Susan,
    So sorry to hear about your loss. My sympathies and prayers to you and your family.

  337. I deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that God will grant you the strength needed to get through this moment in your life. My most sincere condolences.

  338. Oh Susan! I am so, so very sorry for the loss of your dear sister! You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Take as much time as you need. I onky have one sister too, so I can’t imagine what you are going through. Sending you a huge hug. XO

  339. LindaBarbara says

    With tears in my heart, I can only think of the words my father would tell me when I was heartbroken when someone I loved passed away. He told me to remember how that person becomes the most pleasant memory and will bring a smile to your lips and a tear to your eyes. So sorry….

  340. Yvette Key says

    Susan, I am so sorry for the loss of your sister. Just remember the many good times you shared and the fact that you’ll see her again one day. You will be in my prayers tonight and for many nights to come. I’ve read your posts for over a year now and always enjoy them. Take your time.

  341. Louise Daley says

    I am so sorry for your loss. May your memories soothe your grief stricken soul.

  342. claudette flanigan says

    Oh, Susan, I am so very sorry for your loss. God bless you.

  343. Susan,my deepest heartfelt sympathy to you.Ilove all 6 of my sisters,I know you love yours.Keep the wonderful memories close to your heart,they will sustain you now and forever.Love and prayers to you.

  344. Alycia Nichols says

    I can’t even begin to describe the hurt I feel for you right now. Please know you have the prayers, love and support of the Nichols household.

  345. Donna Howell says

    Susan I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sister. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  346. Oh, I am so sorry hearing of you losing your sister. Family is the most important thing we have next to our faith. Please take care and know your blog family is praying for you and your sister. I do believe you will see Max and your sister again.

  347. bobbi duncan says

    Dear, sweet Susan, I am saddened to hear your sister has passed. She sounds wonderful from what you said about the care she gave in mothering you when you were small. It is very hard, for many reasons, losing those whom we have loved and shared our lives with, and an emptiness that can not be replaced, but it is those memories that make us smile through our tears whenever we think upon our loved ones. I hope your memories will sustain you through this difficult time and bring you much to smile about whenever your sister crosses your mind. My daughter, Kimberly, with whom I was so close, died when she was only a few weeks shy of her 28th. birthday. It is horrific to lose a child, but I keep remembering something she said to me when she left home to start her own life: “No distance of place, nor length of time can ever sever the bond of those who truly love”. I am sending prayers of healing and peace.

  348. I am so sorry for your loss. Sisters share a very special bond and you will always have that.

  349. That was beautiful Bobbi-I know Susan appreciated your comment.

  350. Dear Susan, I am so sorry for you dear loss. A young student of my died. His father, knowing how sad I was over his sons passing told me “it is the selfish part of us that wants to keep him here”. Over the year I understand his word. My God comfort you and bring you peace Sincerely
    Theresa McDaniel

  351. Dear Susan. May you find comfort and peace. So sorry for your loss.

  352. Susan, what a sweet, heartfelt tribute to your sister. I am so sorry for your loss and pray that God will give you all the strength you need in the coming weeks.

  353. God bless you and Glenda.

  354. What sad news Susan. My thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  355. I offer you my most sincere sympathy, it takes such courage to grieve and you have taken the first step …you shared your love for your dear sister. What a blessing she was in your life. Please know our prayers will include you during this most difficult time.

  356. Susan,

    So sorry for this hurt to your heart. Warm baths while listening to classical music will help. Then a bowl of comfort food. Brush teeth, go to bed. Rest. Losing a loved one is traumatic. Please be grateful she is part of your life.

  357. Gloria in Pgh says

    Dearest Susan: I am so so sorry for your loss. You and your sister are in my thoughts and prayers.

  358. I am so sorry for your loss.

  359. I am so very sorry. I too had a sick Mom all my life and have an 12-year, older sister, who took care of my younger sister and I. I can’t even imagine losing her, so my heart goes out to you. She will live on in the hearts and minds of those that loved her!

  360. So sorry to hear of the loss of your sister. It sounds like you were very blessed to have her to look after you while you were growing up. Only time will lessen, but not erase your grief. I think we always carry some grief over loved ones we’ve lost, no matter how long it’s been, but time just helps us get our hearts and minds around it better. Give yourself time and gather your other loved ones close, for they will give you strength. God bless you!

  361. I have 3 brothers – 0 sisters! I am so jealous…. We have 2 daughters, whom each had 2 daughters. I love to watch all of the love, fights, and laughter between all the sisters! I lost my baby brother in late 2014 (at age 56). I always treated him like the baby sister I never had. I also believe we will be together some day, in the meantime I will watch over his children from afar. I feel his love everyday. I am so sorry for your loss Susan. P.S. I share your birthdate – no wonder I always connect with your blog and have bought many of your book recommendations and never been disappointed. Hugs and God Bless you and your family…

  362. What beautiful photos of you and your sister. I’m so sorry to hear you lost her, Susan. I can’t imagine how difficult that must be. Sending hugs and prayers your way. xoxo

  363. Beverly Kennedy says

    I am so sorry Susan. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care of yourself and remember your sister will always be with you in your heart and mind. You have many wonderful memories to warm your heart when days are difficult.

  364. Sincere and Heartfelt sympathy and love.
    May you be Bathed in the grace of your lovely memories.

  365. Lanita Anderson says

    Susan,
    So sorry to hear the news about your sister’s passing. Praying for you and your family – that God will give you peace and comfort in the days ahead and that He will bless you with good memories of times spent with Glenda. My thoughts and prayers are with you!
    Blessings,
    Lanita

  366. So sorry to hear of your Sister’s passing. Prayers go out to you and your family during this time.
    Take care!
    Nancy

  367. Jenny Sumrall says

    Take your time and hold on to all your memories of your precious sister. We will be out here when you return. Thinking of you…Jenny

  368. So, so sorry to hear of your loss….it must be devastating; my sis and I are sooo close, so I deeply sympathize AND empathize. Sending prayers your way, God Bless.

  369. My heart goes out to you Susan, I know your sorrow must be weighing heavily on you at the loss of your sister. I can only imagine the closeness of the bond with a sister and how saddened you are at her passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  370. Dear Susan, Praying for peace for you as you grieve for your sister. Your blog is so “classy” and I read it daily but don’t often send a comment. Your blog when your cat died was so sad and you have such an ability to love deeply and also to grieve deeply. My birthday was on the 15th and as I am getting older (84) I realize the brevity of my time here and the need to treasure those I love while I still have them.
    God bless,
    Goldie

  371. Marilyn the nurse says

    Susan, my deepest condolences, you must be in such pain right now, I only hope with all these comments it will help you just a little. I have 2 sisters and can relate to your sorry. My thoughts are with you at this time.

  372. Peace be with you, Susan. In memories of your dear sister, may you find joy.

  373. Susan,
    So many of us have been long time readers of BNOTP that we feel a closeness to you even though we’ve never met. So many have expressed their love, prayers and sympathy to you. You are like a dear friend that when you hurt we hurt for you, too. I hope that you will feel the love that’s coming to you from so many that care deeply for you. I know I’ve had you on my mind since I read about your dear sister. Whenever you feel up to it, we will be all waiting to let you know we are here for you even if it’s through words on your blog. My thought and prayers are with you during this time of grieving, Pam

  374. Dear Susan, so sorry for your loss. Such beautiful pictures of you and your sister!

  375. Oh Susan, I am so sorry about the loss of your sister. May God be with you through this difficult time.
    Belated Happy Birthday.
    Mary

  376. There are no different words for me to say. Nevertheless I do wish to express my sympathy. But you are right; this separation is temporary. May the peace of God be in you to lighten this heavy load. I am so sorry.

    Every Thursday I look forward to seeing your blog and all the taplescapes.

  377. I’m so sorry for your loss. Sisters are such an important part of our lives. My sympathy to you and your whole family.

  378. I am so sad to hear the news, prayers for you and your family.

  379. Susan I am so very sorry for your loss. May your happy memories comfort you through this difficult time.

  380. Susan, my heart goes out to you. I know you will be in my town today and I will be thinking of you and your family. The thing I hate the most about getting older is losing family and friends. I attended two out if town funerals just this week. Bless you, may you find peace soon…

  381. Sheila in Garden City, SC says

    Susan, I’m sure you are a reflection of your wonderful sister. I join so many others in sharing their sympathy for your loss. I hope you find comfort in this outpouring of support and love. I’ve recently been enjoying your beautiful blog without commenting. Sheila

  382. Kay from Kansas says

    Susan, Here is a link to a good NYTimes article on grief. Hope it is helpful to know to take all the time you need, and that telling others about your loss, with sympathetic listeners, helps. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/10/getting-grief-right/

  383. Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I had just the words to comfort you and help you bear the loss of your precious sister, but only God can give you the comfort and peace you need. I am praying that He will do just that as you go through this sad time.

  384. Expressing my sincerest condolences for the loss of your wonderful sister. May all the sweet memories that you both shared as sisters, help you through this difficult time.
    Warmest hugs -Brenda-

  385. Sending my most heartfelt Sympathy and Love . I am so sorry for your loss. I will pray for you and your family.
    Vicki

  386. Dearest Susan, So sorry about your sister. I have a sister Ruth that is eighteen years older than I. As I was growing up she was my second Mother but now she is my Best friend. Icant hardly bare the thought of one day she will be gone. She will be 74 this summer and she has always been the sickly one. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through these hard times.

  387. Linda Wilson says

    Susan, I am so sorry for the loss of your sister. God bless you and your family. You are in my prayers.

  388. So, so sorry for your loss, Susan. Sisters do have a special bond. I know you will miss her greatly!
    You’re in my prayers.

  389. Susan
    sorry for the loss of your precious sister. Praying for you and your family.

    God bless

  390. Susan, sorry to read about your loss. Your blog is the highlight of my day hope to see you back blogging again. Sisters are special I lost mine when she was 32. Every time we look in the sky at night we see her special star smiling down on us. Leslie

  391. Cyndi Raines says

    Susan, I’m so sorry to read of Glenda’s passing and I hurt for you. I have 3 sisters whom I love very much. When my father passed 10 years ago I had to comfort myself by knowing his faith was now “reality” and he passed from “death” to “LIFE”. She is more alive now then ever and as other’s have said, waiting for you. What joy we will have in heaven when we are all united. I am praying that the Holy Spirit – the “Great Comforter” will bring you comfort, strength and peace to you and your family.

  392. Cyndi Raines says

    Susan, I am so sorry to read of Glenda’s passing, my heart breaks for you. I have three sisters that I love very much. When my father passed 10 years ago, I had and still have to comfort myself with the fact that his faith is now “reality” and he passed from “death” to “LIFE”. Life in Christ. What a joyous reunion we all will have when we get to heaven. You can comfort yourself that she will be there waiting for you. I pray that the Holy Spirit – the “Great Comforter” will give you comfort, strength and peace.

  393. Susan, I am so sad to hear that you lost your sister Glenda. With deepest sympathies. (((hugs)))- Rose

  394. Susan,

    It seems ironic that on the one day I decide to finally comment on one of your blog posts that your sister has passed. In a strange twist of fate my sister and I were only a year a part, and instead of being really close, she and I always struggled to maintain our own identities. Yet, even though she and I aren’t close in this temporal world I truly believe in the next all the pain we have experienced here will be gone, and we will experience true sisterly love the way God meant it to be. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I’m sure your sister will be deeply missed until you will be able to see her again.

    May God’s peace dwell in your heart now and always,
    Juli

  395. Thinking of you. I am the older sister to a Susan. It is hard as you grow older and start to lose your siblings. Your sister was lucky to have you in her life. We never really lose those who we have loved. They live on in our hearts always.

  396. Dear Susan,
    When my mom passed away I turned to my two older sisters for support and to help fill the void. Its been over twenty years now and I still rely on them to be there for me. I can’t even imagine how hard it would be if they weren’t here. I am so sorry for your great loss and hope you will find peace in all the love and memories the two of you shared. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  397. I’m sorry for the loss of your sister.

  398. Elaine Parker says

    Susan I cannot imagine the pain you must be suffering with the loss of your sister, please accept my sincere sympathy. She will be with you always in your heart and she will leave little signs for you in your time of need, just pay close attention. I do not have a sister but my mom and I were close and while having 6 different surgeries, I felt she gave me a sign she was with me. It sounds silly I know. Mom was from Scotland she was a war bride and here are just three times I felt she made her presence known. While chatting with the lady cleaning my hospital room, I realized from her accent she was from Scotland (I live in Canada) and asked what brought her here, she advised it was work for her husband as a “ships chaulker” now that is what my grandfather did in Scotland. Another operation while in hospital I was put in a room with a man totally not normal but since I had sleep apnea and so did he they would have a person sit with us overnight to make certain we did not stop breathing. Guess where he was from..yes, Scotland. Now at home after a surgery, not allowed to do anything even make a meal, a red Cardinal visited our feeders for the two months I was laid up, not allowed to leave the house. We feed the birds year round and have never had a red Cardinal here only those two months. That was 3 years ago and we have not had one since.
    I believe that was mom’s way of giving me support and something to look forward to daily when I was not well. I may be a crazy lady but I do believe if we pay attention, we are shown how they are still with us. I pray for your pain to ease and someday be given a sign to realize your sister is watching over you. God Bless.

    Hugs,
    Elaine

  399. Hi Susan,
    Am so very sorry to hear about your sister’s passing. Loved the pictures of
    the 2 of you, so sweet. May all her love for you and the Sweet memories you have of her, the love and prayers of those who care about you, and the love
    of God, sustain you during this difficult time. Know you will be in my prayers hon.
    Sincerely, Nellie

  400. I am so sorry, Susan, for your loss. I’m so happy for you and your sister, that you had such a sincere bond. I know you will each carry that closeness until you meet again. I know it will be very difficult whenever your birthday rolls around, but the pain will eventually end and be replaced with a true celebration of life. My sweet mil passed on my birthday, and I thought it would forever be a sad day; but now it’s a day of lovely remembrances of such a sweet lady and how much I loved her. Blessings to you, Susan.

  401. Denise Poling says

    Dear Susan,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear sister. I’m sure those special memories will always be with you. I also have a sister and know the special bond we sisters share. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Denise

  402. Oh, Susan…I am so sorry to read about Glenda! She was a frequent visitor when I first started blogging and I always looked forward to reading her comments. She was always so thoughtful, sending little greetings to my first grandson on holidays. There is no other relationship quite like the one between sisters. I know that must be a terrible loss for you and your family. I am sending you prayers and hugs….Debbie

  403. Susan, I am so very sorry for your loss. Sorry I am late reading this.

  404. Beth Karrip Sawyer says

    I am so, so sorry for your loss. You have been blessed to have shared such a special bond with your sister and you have your memories to cherish until you see her again. You are in my prayers.

  405. Dear Susan,
    I’m so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers and I’m sending big heartfelt e-hugs your way.

  406. I am so sorry about the loss of your sister. I am thinking and praying for you and your family.

  407. Dear Susan. So sorry for your loss, sending prayers and hugs.

  408. Oh Susan, I am so sorry for your loss! Prayers and hugs to you!

  409. Oh Susan I am so very sorry for your loss. I know it has to be a very difficult time for you. Know that we all are thinking of you and virtually hugging and praying for you!

  410. Susan, I’m so very sorry for your loss! Having many sisters that not only are sisters but my best friends, I cannot imagine losing one of them! Sending you lots of hugs during this hard time and always!

  411. Dear Susan, I missed this post so I’m just learning of your loss. I am so sorry for the loss of your sister and I will keep you in thoughts and prayers.
    Sending you hugs. Bless you.

  412. Susan, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear sister. You are both in my prayers.

  413. Susan, I am so sorry for your precious loss! Sending love, hugs and prayers your way! May God keep you and your family in His loving arms always!

  414. Cheryl Gordon says

    I’m so sorry about your sister. I lost my best friend about 10 years ago and I still miss her. I “talk” to her sometimes, it helps me to remember the good times and what a wonderful person she was. I have yet to find someone with and her sense of humor. She and her mom took me (and others) into their family. I am grateful to have had them, even though it was not for long enough. Hope you will feel the same about your sister, keep her alive in your memory.

  415. Susan, I am so sorry to read this. Thinking of you.

  416. Oh Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. Praying that you will be comforted and strengthened through this most difficult time. I know you will see your sweet sister again! Sending hugs your way too.

  417. Oh, Susan, I am profoundly sorry about the loss of your sister. I don’t have a sister, but I have daughters – and they are incredibly close, each other’s biggest fans. Praying that God will wrap His arms of comfort around you, now and always. Hugs to you!
    ~Sondra

  418. Barbara Anne says

    I seldom post but enjoy your blog so very much. Today I wanted to express my deep sympathy in the loss of your sweet sister, Glenda.

    30 years ago when my father died, a friend sent this quotation to me and it helped so very much then. I hope it brings you comfort …

    “Those we love are with the Lord
    and the Lord has promised to be with us.
    If they are with Him and He is with us,
    they cannot be far away.”

    – Peter Marshall ( book and movie, “A Man Called Peter” by Catherine Marshall)

    Grace, peace, and hugs

  419. Susan, I am so very sorry for your loss. It is a crazy roller coaster of grief you will be on for a while. We buried my oldest sister, eleven years older than I, the day before what would have been her 51st birthday. That was twenty-five years ago. I have learned to live my life without her but I still miss her. Some days you will be blindsided by grief when you least expect it. I learned that it is OK to just sit in the floor and bawl your eyes out, it is OK to yell at empty rooms or while driving. It is OK to curl up in a little ball and just hurt. I learned that it is OK to laugh and joke and tell “sister” stories and celebrate all the good times.

    May I suggest that next year, as your birthday and this anniversary approaches, that you plan some sort of memorial service for you to have alone, or to share with family and special friends. Every year on the anniversary of my sister’s death I have my own quiet personal time of remembrance of some of the special things we did together. It reminds me that she is never truly gone from my life.

    Peace.

  420. Bonni Short says

    Just wanted you to know I’m thinking about you and hoping you find comfort and love in your memories of Glenda. xox

  421. Susan – I am terribly sorry for the loss of your sweet sister. I know your wonderful memories of her will always be with you and will be a source of comfort and joy to you when you need them. My deepest sympathy to you and your family –

  422. Wow. So sorry to hear your news. I have two younger sisters. I am 4 years older than the “baby”. I will one day lose her too as she has a very rare cancer. I was the first person she told about her illness. She lives everyday to its fullest and is a very upbeat person. It will be tough when I have to go through your experience. I am sure it is a profound loss. I pray you have the strength to cherish the memories and not dwell on the pain. This can’t be easy for you.

  423. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss of Glenda. I lost my own dear sister Pam, who was 14 years older than I, very unexpectedly this past June. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

  424. Dearest Susan,
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My brother passed last April, it was totally unexpected and a great shock. I was his gauardian, he had a mental disability. I miss him! I am the only left in my immediate family. I know I will see him again, as well as my parents. Life sure is hard; I will pray for strength for you.

    Blessings Dear Susan.

  425. You were very lucky to have your sister, and I can’t even imagine what you must be feeling. Please know that you are not alone.

  426. Susan, I am so sorry to hear that you lost your dear sister. It is wonderful that you had a close relationship with her, and that she was there for you. I have a sister that does not want a relationship…so I will not know that special bond that you have enjoyed for so long. Hugs. Sheila

  427. Susan, I am so very sorry for your loss. The bond between sisters is so strong; such a loss for you. I lost my sister, Nancy, to cancer 4 years ago…she was only 58…and I’m still grieving. I am thinking of you tonight because I can so empathize with you. Glenda is still with you, as Nancy is still with me, in your heart, in your memories, in how you choose to live the rest of your life in her honor. God bless you…sending many hugs,
    Cheryl

  428. I am a little behind in my reading and I just saw about you losing your sister Glenda. I am so sorry for your loss. I too have an older sister, there is 11 years between us so I understand the bond that you shared with your sister. Again, I am so sorry for your sadness. Peace be with you.

  429. Oh, Susan, I’m so sorry for your heartache. I have two sisters and I don’t know what strength it will take if I’m not the first one to pass on. Here is a quote from Martha Beck which I love: “Human life is a crucible for the creation of love. When the body’s life goes, the love remains. It was always the real point.”

    My prayers are with you, Susan.

  430. Dear Susan…..I cannot express enough how truly, truly sorry I am for your tremendous loss…your sister who was certainly more than a sister in your life was truly an angel on earth to you….and now she is that angel on your shoulder…My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you go through this most difficult time….I am so sorry that this happened on a day that you would usually celebrate with your loved ones, your sister…..Please take care….my sincerest condolences.

  431. Susan, my sincere condolences on the loss of your sister. I have an older brother who I can’t imagine not being around one day. Take care of yourself. A long time reader. Mandy

  432. Linda Louise S. says

    Susan, so sorry for your loss. I never had a sister but as I grow older I wish more and more that I had. Having no sister or daughter I feel that I am missing that special bond between family women. Know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Linda

  433. Chris Brown says

    Susan, I’m so sorry to hear that you have lost your dear sister. Praying you will find peace and comfort in your precious memories..
    Chris

  434. Oh Susan….my heart just broke when I read this post. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It seems like this year for some reason, the loss of loved ones has been almost surreal. There’s been so many lately. Please know that I empathize with your sadness, as I lost both of my parents this past summer. I hold you in my prayers and hope that you will find comfort in God’s love for you. ♥

    xoxo laurie

  435. I am so very sorry for your loss. Yes, someday you will see her again. Prayers for you from Missouri~
    Merrie

  436. Dear Susan I am so sorry to hear of the great loss of your dear sister Glenda. How blessed you are to have such a loving and caring sister. What a blessing to know that one day you will see her again, what a great reunion that will be. God loves you so much and is very near the brokenhearted. I pray you will feel His loving arms around you and know He will never leave you. Love and prayers, Nancy

  437. Linda Palmer says

    I am sorry for your loss, Susan. I haven’t lost a sister but I have lost ttwo (twin) older brothers and in a way it was harder than losing my parents. Siblings have a special connection, I think–plus we expect our parents to go before we do. Siblings grow up together and are young together–I had my brothers from the time I was born. We shared many growing up experiences. You had your sister with you from the time you were born–plus she nurtured you when your mother died. Such a special sister! I hope you will be sustained by the love of friends and family now, and the love of Jesus Christ. May all your memories of your sister soon be only good ones.

  438. I am behind on my reading so I just read of the loss of your sister. My prayer for you and your family is “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

  439. Oh my heart aches for you.

  440. I am so sorry for your loss, Susan. Your broken heart will mend, and there will be a very special place in it just for Glenda. Now you will have to smile and laugh and love for both of you so start today, enjoy everything as if she was right there with you – cause she is!

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