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On January 15,2009  Mary Pearson was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Mary is a mother of four children Phillip 22, Emily 19, Cassie 17, and Janelle 12. We will be starting Monday 1/26/2009 a three phase process to begin to treat Mary's Leukemia and after 16 month battle the Leukemia took Mary's life on 5/14/2010.



On January 15, Mary Pearson was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia


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Nov 27, 2011 5:33pm

Dear Friends,

It has been a little over a year since I updated this sight.  I thought it would be a good time to post again during the Thanksgiving weekend. It seems it is easier to update events when the person is ill and things are changing every day, but after the person dies, the events and changes are not as frequent. The healing is far slower than the onslaught of an illness.  It has been a little over a year and a half since Mary’s death.   Even though we are still moving through the grief of losing, a wife, a mom, a daughter, a sister and a friend, we do have much to be thankful for.  The past twelve months has brought some healing and built our faith in an eternal faithful God.  Sorrow is still ever present, and the question why has not been answered, but we are not dwelling there.  Those are God things that may be too heavy for us to carry right now, so we just trust in Him and His wise and perfect plan for us.  God, although, has been sustaining us so we can keep moving forward.  We wake up every morning to go to work, to school, to church, to whatever, and we are not debilitated by bitterness, anger, depression or despair.  We do however; keep our eyes on Jesus, and His spirit and strength keeps us from falling or slipping.  The second year is in some ways is harder than the first.  The shock is not as present as in the first year, but you are more aware of her absence, especially during the holidays.  There is something very special that a Mom brings to a home, especially during the Holidays.  The smell of Turkey, dressing, cookies, brownies and how the house takes on the look of the seasons, and the table has to be set up just so for dinner.  In short a mom makes it a warm special place we call home.  She cares for her family in so many ways; these are the things that we notice are not the same and we long for her.  But, I do see her in our children. They all have taken on the same attention to detail and it does bring joy to my heart to see them work together and make a Thanksgiving dinner with Mary’s family, come together.

Other events that need mentioning are Emily and Cassie are at Bethel University, Emily is a junior nursing student and Cassie is a freshman hoping to study Social work. They both live on campus and Phillip had an opportunity to move in with some friends this fall, which left just Janelle and me at home.  We went from five to two. That took a little adjustment for both of us.  Also Both Emily and Cassie were baptized on September 30 at Bethlehem’s Mounds View Campus.  Bethlehem video tapes their testimonies a few days before their baptisms to share with the congregation, so they do not have to speak in front of eight or nine hundred people.  I have posted their testimonies on YouTube and link is below:

 

Many people will ask me, how are the kids doing, and this is a very good representation of their hearts and how they are doing.  Fair warning, these will pull on your heart, but will also bring a joy of see how God will not forsake us and uses all circumstances to bring us closer to Him and to display His glory to us.

Keep us in your prayers as we continue to move forward. We are learning to live without Mary, but it is not easy, and it is not suppose to be easy. We miss her greatly, and have the great hope that one day in the near future, when we will stand before the Thorne of God, and we will not only see Jesus’ face, we will also see Mary again and all those who have gone before us and will never have to be separated again.

Praising God for a future to come,

Mitch



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