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  • Written Oct 7, 2010 11:21am

    I know this email might come as a shock to you and that is certainly not the intention.  Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of when Joe left this earth.  As his wife I knew him quite well and as each of us remember him and the part he played in our lives as a coworker, friend, father, son, patient, family member, brother, etc. I feel Joe would say these things to each of you. 
    "Thank you for the part you played in my life.  Thank you for what you gave to me and the love you showed.  Thank you for all your help as I battled for my life and for all the prayers and gifts for me and my family.  I appreciate each one.  And I really thank you for helping my family in my absense.  They have needed you as the pain has been great.  And thank you for how you have helped them to go on in life without me.  I am having a blast in the presence of God and am waiting to see you some day. Make sure you know Jesus so you can join me.   Press on and keep getting to know God more!"
    Love to all,
    Joe

    It has been a year of wonder for me and the kids....some days we have wondered how we would survive the pain.  Other days we have stood in awe and wonder of the goodness of God to us.  It has been a journey with God for each of us and we have learned so much...we will never be the same for the road we have traveled. 

    It has also been a year of joy as our family has changed again.  Mallory got married in July and I now have a wonderful son-in-law named Rob Williams.  We had a wonderful wedding celebration and we have learned to walk on and find joy in the middle of tears.  Today is Mallory's 26th birthday!  Austin and Laura are stationed in the Annapolis area and Price is a junior at University of Texas.

    For me personally, I have learned so many things!  I did not think anyone 50 years old could learn so much.  I have learned to lean on God and learned that he is the best husband ever.  I learned of his faithfulness as I have walked thru the valley of the shadow of death. I have not run from the pain but have embraced it and for that I am a better person.   I have not felt alone although I have been lonely at times.  ! I have learned to enjoy single life, quite nights alone, made many new friends and have even learned to swing dance...Joe would have wanted me to keep dancing! I have learned the trashs fairy does not visit my house anymore and I have to take the trash out!  I have learned to oversome in this season and most of all I have learned the art of letting go.  Change has helped me grow.

    Many of you have called wanting to know the blog address.  I have journaled about the walk thru grief and this past year on www.themaxwellminutes.blogspot.com if you are interested.  I plan to write on more topics this next year. 

    If you are fighting cancer right now...don't ever give up the battle!  Fight hard and trust God...Oh My...overcome in the battle!  Life is worth fighting for!

    Blessings and love to each of you.  Thanks so much for all you have given to help our family.  We wouldn't be where we are today without your love.  Keep in touch via email...kathleenmaxwell1@gmail.com

    Letting go, celebrating Joe's life, stepping forward and discovering new life,

    Kathleen
  • Written Feb 12, 2010 9:43am

    I have had a number of people (from my generation) contact me about instructions to keep up with my posts.  The email notification on the blog does not work so you will just have to check it.....I usually post every few days.  Again, thanks for the great support and love you have given to the Maxwells.  Below is an easy way to keep up with us.



    Instructions to website (if you want to keep following):  www.themaxwellminutes.blogspot.com

    To make this website a bookmark
    :

     

    1.  Go to the website:  www.themaxwellminutes.blogspot.com

    1. When you are on the page, click the “Favorites” pull down bar at the top left of your screen. 
    2. You will see “Add to Favorites.” 
    3. Click on that and in the “Name” box you can type what you want this page to be called.  I just left it as “The Maxwell Minutes.” 
    4. Click “OK.”
    5. Whenever you want to open up the website, just open up a new browser page.  Go to “Favorites” and click on the website.  It should take you directly to the site.

     

    For MACS:

    1.  Go to the website:  www.themaxwellminutes.blogspot.com.

    1. When you are on the page, click on the “Bookmarks” pull down bar. 
    2. Click on “Add a Bookmark,” and type the name of the blog. 
    3. Click on “Add” and it should appear in your bookmarks section. 

     

    To comment on a post:

     

    Just as in Caring Bridge, you have to make a profile.  Again, it takes a minute or two and you are set.  You only have to do it once and then you can comment whenever you want to.  Here are the steps. 

     

    1. Go to the website:  www.themaxwellminutes.blogspot.com.
    2. At the bottom of each post, you will see some grey words, “Posted by Kathleen at _____,”  and then you will see “Comments.” 
    1. Click on the “Comments” link and it will take you to a screen that shows other’s comments for that post.
    2. If you scroll all the way to the bottom, you will see a box that says “Post a Comment.”  Type your comment in the box. 
    3. When you finish typing your comment, underneath that box is a pull down menu under the title of “Comment As.”  Click on the pull down menu and choose “Google Account.” 
    4. Then click the “Post Comment” button underneath that. 
    5. If you already have a Google Account (if you use gmail or you have made a profile before) you can log in.  When you post a comment to one of the posts, the post will have your name at the bottom of it.  If you don’t already have a profile, you need to click on “Create a profile” that is in the log-in box.   This will take you to an information page.  Fill out your information.  Follow directions on the information pages, and you should be all set with your profile!
    6. The next time you pull up the blog website, there is a link in the right hand corner that says “Sign In.” Each time you want to post a comment, you can sign in. 
  • Written Jan 5, 2010 7:32pm

    This will be the last journal entry.  It is a New Year.  I will continue on www.themaxwellminutes.blogspot.com  but feel it is time to discontinue caringbridge entries.  You may still contact us there by clicking on comments or by email at maxwell@ktc.com

    "The measure  of a life, after all, is not in its duration but in its donation."  Corie Ten Boom--------  I am very thankful for the donation Joe made in my life as well as many others.  His life made a difference.  January 6th, 2009, one year ago is when this whole story began.  Although the ending didn't  turn out as we planned, God has been faithful every step of the way.  We will continue to sing, we will continue to trust because God is faithful.

    Still singing and living like we are loved,

    Kathleen and family



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