Monday, September 10, 2012

She Lived

Some of you know that I attended a memorial service for a long-time friend over the weekend. We were not close friends, but I loved and respected her and admired her many abilities. She was one of those people that used her mind and was not afraid to do things her way. We met about 15 years ago at church and attended the same homeschool support group. She and I would discuss whether it was possible to school the way we wished without using the most expensive curricula out there. Could we do it without this or that? How could we make it work? I loved that she thought outside the box. We worked together at The Old Schoolhouse and she challenged me to write an article about homeschooling moms and the burdens they carry. How we think we have to do it all and do it perfectly, but that God really does equip us to school our children right where we are--with or without the "right" curriculum. How He is our burden bearer and that we can trust Him for all things--including our homeschool journey with our children. I never wrote the article. I might now do so in her memory even though I feel totally inadequate to carry the torch she carried. She would have written it better.

At her service, I learned so many things about her that I did not know. I learned how she touched the lives of many people by just living her life. It was a powerful and humbling memorial service that challenged me to live better and with more determination in my role as a daughter of the King, wife, mother, friend, homeschooler, and in my many jobs. She was an incredible role model even amid her suffering with cancer.

I wanted to share an article she wrote on her cancer journey (Facing Affliction with the Faith of a Mustard Seed), and the beautiful tribute to her life that the Senior Editor of The Old Schoolhouse shared to preface it. May this article, and Deborah's tribute bless you today as it blessed me.

"Afflictions are often the black foils in which God sets the jewels of His children's
graces to make them shine better."
~Charles Spurgeon

Enjoy eternity, Andrea, you will be much missed.


Di said...

Thank you for posting this, Kate.

Love you,

Kate said...

And I you, Di.


Deborah Wuehler said...

Thank you, Kate. I miss my dear friend daily. And I think you would do an incredible job of writing that article, Kate. I agree with Andrea that you are just that person. You are an amazing example of what it is to homeschool with God's grace and provision. I love you! Deborah

Unknown said...

what an amazing testimony. I didn't know Andrea, but I have prayed for her over the past few months, and now for her family and friends left behind to grieve her.

thank you for sharing this, Kate.

I love you, sweet friend.