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  • Mar 19, 2012 6:22pm

    Dear Sara not a day goes by that I don't think about you.  You  will always be in hearts forever.

    Camille Wilson

  • Nov 17, 2011 11:49pm

    Hi Woody and Noreen,
    Just a note to say thank you for your writings here and on your Blog.  You help us get a peek into what we have not gone through ourselves, only with relatives and church and community folk.  We cannot really understand, only a bit...but you help us with those we minister to.  My nephew was 22 all last year...in Heaven, with my sister, who would be 41 (if ages progress, that is!!!) And he just turned 23 today...wonder what he is like there?  I knew him only when he was 3 months...the accident which took them both was at his 20 month old time.  So thankful the Lord was in it all, though we don't understand.  Little things help like, the 13-year-old boy who came to Jesus at the memorial service...and knowing that someday I shall get to really know them both (Montana is so far away from Oregon!).  What a day it will be when we all get there...Praying for you as you go through the grieving process.  For some of us (me) it takes a long time...and the Lord does comfort us so that we can comfort others.  Time and time again it happens.  Jim's older brother had a brain tumor, at 60, and shortly after his 61st birthday he graduated to Heaven...and not long after that we began having folks get the same, and various kinds, and we could care some and pray a lot.  Now we have a little girl in our small town of 250 with leukemia, and can care because of all the others on Caringbridge, you all too.  We are grateful for you, and keep on praying.  Love you guys!  Praying, Karen & Jim Herd

    Jim Herd

  • Oct 8, 2011 9:36pm

    Hi Noreen and Woody

    I learned that grief is one of the most emotional experiences that the mind reacts to that is difficult to get through or get stuck in. May you find peace and happiness, therefore allowing your mind to release the memories that could be painful of remembering her treatment. Like a feather in the wind, a leaf in a rambling river or a bird soaring its wings and flying away...away Sara has drifted, freed of being in pain.

    Diana Viado

  • Oct 8, 2011 2:23am

    Hi Woody and Noreen
    We are continuing to pray for you every day, we love you guys and are so thankful for you and your special family!  May God continue to uphold you and use you, our hearts are with you, love and prayers  Jim & Karen

    Jim Herd

  • Sep 5, 2011 12:23pm

    Hi Noreen- I'm glad to see that you purchased a book for yourself to help you. Sara did die , it seems, quickly, from her illness. I hope that her doctors explained to you everything that was going on with her every step of the way. I think it helps to know that they did everything they possibly could for her. She died because it was her time to go and her body for whatever reasons was taken over by the cancer. She knew that, and as sad as it seems she made a decision for no more chemo(i think thats what i read in the journals). Time, your book and whatever you choose to ease your mind will help. Keep the faith.

    Diana Viado

  • Sep 4, 2011 8:02am

    Beautiful, Noreen. I see new signs of life rising from death. The blog is a great idea. Prayers continue. Hugs to you and Woody,


    Haidi Masley

  • Sep 4, 2011 1:46am

    You and your family will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming year. 

    I was wondering if you have created and/ or recorded a melody to your song?  I would love to hear it !!

    Thanks for sharing your journey on caring bridge.

    Sue McNally


    Sue McNally

  • Sep 4, 2011 1:09am

    Swenson Family,

    We continue to pray for all of you daily - as you continue to walk down the road that He has set before you. Thank you for bearing your hearts, sharing your thoughts and feelings, and allowing us to pray for you. 

       Please allow the kids to help with (and post) directions for the blog - like you, many of us are not up to speed with all the new fangled computer ways and means of communication.  

    You know to this family of musicians that a song is not a song without the music - but the lyrics are beautiful. Hope to hear the lyrics set to the music someday...  


    Patty Griffiths

  • Sep 3, 2011 11:23pm

    Thank you for sharing your heart.  You have been a blessing of encouragement to me and many others.  Thank you also for inviting us to read your blog.  We came to love Sara at Corban and GBC and now we love her mother too.

    The lyrics to your song are very beautiful and to hear the music would be special.  Maybe we will someday.

    God's blessings to you and your lovely family.  May you have all you need from the Lord each day to continue ministering to others.  I know He is pleased with your faithfulness.

    Diane Mathisen

  • Sep 3, 2011 10:41pm


    Those are powerful lyrics! Well done!

    Do you have a tune in mind for them?

    God's Grace and Blessing to you and yours!


    Rod Alfsen

  • Sep 3, 2011 10:18pm

    I LOVE that song, Noreen - looking forward to singing it. Thank you for sharing your heart and soul with us so openly. Your journey is our journey and I've grown from it. I'll be following your blog. :)

    Love you, dear sister!


    Sarah Hurley

  • Sep 3, 2011 8:44pm

    Wonderful song, Noreen.  You have a remarkable writer and have an amazing ability to express yourself.  I have enjoyed reading your journal entries and they have been an encouragement to me.


    Pam Wickizer

  • Sep 3, 2011 7:54pm


    Jen H

  • Sep 3, 2011 6:37pm

    Noreen - Thanks so much for continuing to write on Caring Bridge. I'll try to check out your blog, too. I've been thinking about Sara a lot this week, since last year at this time we had the joy of having her on the journalism staff. Things looked so good at that time! How much can happen in a year!

    She will always hold a special place in my heart! And you're right -- she was very special! Perhaps all that she went through developed that "greatness" in her; perhaps she would have been "great" had cancer not invaded her body. As days, weeks, months and years pass, I pray it will get easier, although I'm sure you will miss her every day of your life.

    Ellen Kersey

    Ellen Kersey

  • Sep 3, 2011 6:10pm

    Noreen, I'll look forward to the blog. Thank you for sharing your song. It is remarkable how many people you and your family have reached thru this website. I'll keep all of you on my prayer list. God is good. Love, G.

    Georgia Cavanaugh

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