My name is Jessica and I live in Iowa with my husband Joel, our son Hayden, daughters Leah and Lauren, and our cockapoo Lou.
I grew up in Iowa with amazingly involved and supportive parents, two sisters who would grow up to be great friends and a variety of pets. Life seemed great. In 2008, I had just graduated from college, was applying for jobs and excited to enter the real world. That same week, on May 25, 2008, our world was rocked when mom was diagnosed with stage 3C ovarian cancer at the age of 51. Oh, and it happened to be her birthday. My sisters and I, ages 22, 19 and 17, grew up very fast that day. And, when she passed just two short years later, in the October of 2010, we grew up even faster.
Watching her battle for her life put so much into perspective. She never complained, always stayed positive and heck would go on long runs after her chemo appointments guilting me into tagging along. QUALITY CHICK! Since she isn’t here to participate in so many life events, I love to figure out ways to incorporate her. It comforts me and makes living without her less hard. Whether it’s something for myself, my dad and sisters, or my son, I believe gone doesn’t have to mean forgotten. I hope you will join me in my quest to carry on her memory, honor those I’ve loved along the way and maybe take away a few ideas to cherish someone close to you.