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A poem for Mom  

Carol L. Theiss  
Carol Lynne Michael Theiss was born on April 28, 1956 to Gerald Edward and Gloria Irene Fischer Michael, the third of six children. She was a sister to Brenda, Gary, Roger, Dennis, and Debra.  She gave birth to two children....Stacey Irene on June 25, 1974 and Matthew Alan on March 28, 1978.  She became a grandmother for the first time on January 8, 1998 when Tristan Michael Theiss was born to Stacey.  She also had three other grandchildren....Natalie Brooke Jackson was born on December 27, 1999, Hayley Lynne Hilton Theiss was born on November 9, 2001 and Vincent Allen Theiss was born on February 11, 2002.  She was an aunt to Shelly, Tara, Tiffany, Chais and Macie, and a great aunt to Kayla, Tyler , Tori, Jaden and Georgia.
Carol worked very hard all her life and was working at McBee Systems in Athens, Ohio until she became too ill to work.  She was also part of the Pinsplitters Bowling League in Gallipolis, Ohio, again until she became too ill to play!
She loved life and lived it to the fullest!  She was a wonderful mother and grandmother as well as daughter and sister!  She will definitely be loved and missed by a lot of people.
Her Fight for Life!!!  
Carol had health problems pretty much all her life. As a child, she had kidney problems, and that progressed into her 30's.  In 1988, doctors discovered she had a third kidney that was not functioning and was more than likely causing the problems with her other two kidneys. So, doctors at Pleasant Valley Hospital in Point Pleasant, WV removed the third kidney in April 1988.  Everything was going good for her, until August 15, 1999.  She had a heart attack at the age of 43.  She was having chest pains and what she thought was indigestion, so her little sister Debbie drove her to Holzer Medical Center, where they told her she had had a heart attack and they Lifeflighted her to Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.  They did a heart catheritization on her to find out that two of her main arteries were pretty much clogged and sceduled open heart surgery for her.  She had double bypass surgery and was out of the hospital and home in a week!!  She was doing really good after that and went back to work at Gavin Plant shortly after recovering from her surgery.  One evening in October, as she was driving home from Gavin, the man in front of her fell asleep at the wheel and hit a telephone pole, sending the pole into Carol's Ford Ranger, through the windshield, just inches from her head!! God was definitely with her that day!!!
Carol was diagnosed with Bladder Cancer in March of 2003. That story starts on February 14, 2003 when she had a hysterectomy.  After she healed from that, they discovered a blood clot near her bladder.  They removed the blood clot and found "something" and tested it.  About a week later, she got the news that she had Bladder Cancer.  But the outcome was good.  They said they could remove the bladder and she would just have to live with a bag for the rest of her life, but that would get rid of the cancer!  They went in to remove the bladder, only to find that the cancer had spread to right outside of the bladder.  They started her on Chemotherapy on June 25, 2003, my 29th birthday!  She went through chemo a few months and the tumors had shrunk enough to have the bladder removed.  The bladder was removed on November 7, 2003.  We all tought everything was fine then, until they did another scan and discovered that the cancer had again spread a little.  She had three small tumors on her liver!  So, more chemo!  She was in and out of the hospital on and off for a year.  She would have months when she felt great and then others when she felt terrible!  I got the call on November 23, 2004 from my Uncle Roger that Mom was back in the hospital and this time didn't look good and we should get to the hospital as soon as we could. Her liver had failed and everything was shutting down.  So, my husband Lewis and I packed the kids up and drove the 2 1/2 hours to the hospital to be with her.  She held on almost a week before going to the Lord on November 29, 2004 at 3:09AM.  She had her whole family around her. Myself and my brother were there holding her hands, while her brothers Roger and Gary and sisters Brenda and Debbie and her sister in law Lynn and daughter in law Jennifer were there at her side also!  She went peacefully to the Lord and I know that she is now in a much better place where she is no longer suffering and in pain!!!
May I Go?  

I got this poem from a support group I am in on MSN.  The girl that posted it didn't know the author, so not sure who wrote it but I liked it, so I'm gonna put it here!!!  It reminds me of Mom!!!

May I Go?

May I go now?
Do you think the time is right?
May I say good-bye to the
pain-filled days and endless nights?
I've lived my life and done my best,
an example I tried to be.
So can I take that step beyond
and set my sail free?
I didn't want to go at first,
I fought with all my might.
But something seems to draw me now,
to a warm and loving light.
I want to go, I really do,
It's difficult to stay.
But I will try as best as I can
to live just one more day.
To give you time to care for me
and share your love and fears.
I know you're sad and are afraid
because I see you tears.
I'll not be far, I promise that,
and hope you'll always know
that my spirit will be close to you
wherever you may go.
Thank you so much for loving me
You know I love you too,
that's why it's so hard to say good-bye
and end this life with you.
So hold me now, just one more time
and let me hear you say,
because you care so much for me,
You'll let me go today!


Our Family Chain  

Our Family Chain

We little knew that morning
That God would call your name.
In life we loved you dearly;
In death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you did not go alone,
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.
You left us beautiful memories,
Your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you,
You are always by our side.
Our family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.


A Letter From Heaven  

"A Letter From Heaven"

I'm writing this from Heaven,
Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness,
Here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy,
Just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you,
Every morning, noon and night.

That day I had to leave you,
When my life on Earth was through.
God picked me up and hugged me,
And He said "I welcome you."

"It's good to have you back again;
You were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family,
They'll be here later on.

I need you badly,
You're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do,
To help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things,
That he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list,
Was to watch and care for you.

And when you lie in bed at night,
The day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....
In the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on Earth,
And all those loving years,
Because you are only human,
They are bound to bring you tears.

But do not be afraid to cry;
It does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers,
Unless there was some rain.

I wish I could tell you,
All that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you,
You wouldn't understand.

But one thing is for certain,
Though my life on Earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now,
Than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead for  you,
And many hills to climb;
But together we can do it,
By taking one day at a time.

It was always my philosphy,
And I'd like it for you too...
That as you give unto the world,
The world will give to you.

If you help somebody,
Who's in sorrow and pain.
Then you can say to God at night....
"My day was not in vain."

And now I am contented....
That my life has been worthwhile,
Knowing as I passed along the way,
I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody
Who is sad and feeling low,
Just lend a hand to pick him up,
As on your way you go.

When you're walking down the street,
And you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps,
Only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.....
From that body to be free,
Remember you're not going....
You're coming here to me.


Written by Ruth Ann Mahaffey

I got this poem from a group I am in and thought it was just right for this site!!!
I hope you enjoyed it!
Stacey


My Mother and My Friend  

You Were My Mother and My Friend


You were my mother and my friend,
Which was unusual.
Somehow our characters still blend;
Your wisdom and my will.

I turned and you were there for me;
I spoke; you understood.
I felt cared for, but also free;
You loved me, and I was good.

I'm fortunate that I was born
To someone just like you;
I love you still. Though you are gone.
You live in what I do.


My Mother...  

My mother....

May you always walk in sunshine
And God's love around you flow.
For all the happiness you gave us
No one will ever know.

It broke our hearts to lose you
But you did not go alone,
Mom, part of us went with you
That day God called you home.

Your thoughts were so full of us
You never could forget.
And so we think that where you are
You must be watching yet.

As Angels keep their watch up there
Please God let Mom know,
That we down here will not forget
We love and miss her so.

If we could have one lifetime wish
One dream that could come true,
We would wish with all our hearts
For yesterday and you.

Lord if there are roses in Heaven,
Pick a bunch with care.
Place them in both her arms
And tell her we still care.


When Tomorrow Starts Without Me  

When Tomorrow Starts Without Me
(David Romano)

When tomorrow starts without me
and I'm not here to see....
If the sun should rise and find your
eyes filled with tears for me,
I wish so much you wouldn't cry
the way you did today...
While thinking of the many things
we didn't get to say.
I know how much you love me,
as much as I love you....
And each time you think of me,
I know you'll miss me, too.
But when tomorrow starts without me,
please try to understand....
That Jesus came and called my name
and took me by the hand,
And said my place was ready
in Heaven far above....
And that I'd have to leave behind
all those I dearly love,
So when tomorrow starts without me,
don't think we're far apart....
For everytime you think of me,
I'm right here in your heart


Wings of the Angels  

Wings of The Angels
by Tim Chambers

A gentle wind blew cross the land
Reaching out to take a hand.
For on the winds the angels came
Calling out a mother's name.

Left behind, the children's tears,
Loving memories of the years.
Of joy and love, a life well spent,
And now to God a mother's sent.

On angel's wings, a Heavenly flight
The journey home, towards the light
To those who weep, a life is gone
But in God's love, 'tis but the dawn.


Missing You  

Missing You

No words I write can ever say
How much I miss you every day.
As time goes by, the lonliness grows;
How I miss you, nobody knows!
I think of you in silence,
I often speak your name,
But all I have are memories
And photos in a frame.
No one knows my sorrow,
No one see me weep,
But the love I have for you
Is in my heart to keep.
I've never stopped loving you
I'm sure I never will;
Deep inside my heart,
You are with me still.
Heartaches in this world are many
But is worse than any.
My heart still aches as I whisper low,
"I need you and I miss you so."
The things we feel so deeply
Are often the hardest to say,
But I just can't keep quiet anymore,
So I'll tell you anyway.
There is a place in my heart
That no one else can fill;
I love you so, Mom,
And I always will!!


Letter From Heaven  

Letter From Heaven

I felt your soft touch
And heard your mournful cry.
You knew I was leaving,
But you couldn't grasp "why".

You held onto my hand,
Your heart heavy with gloom,
As I passed from this lifetime
And rose up from the room.

It happened so quickly,
In the blink of an eye.
My heart was too weak,
No strength for "goodbye".

You saw it, I know,
How the light drained from my face,
But you missed His great GLORY
As it lit up the place.

I yearned so to hold you
And say, "It's okay,"
But He took my hand and said,
"Let's be on our way."

Please don't grieve for me now, love,
For I have not died.
He just put out this lamp, for
My dawn has arrived.

Though I'll miss you intensely
As I know you'll miss me,
He has places to take me,
 And wondrous things I shall see.

I've been reborn to a place
You can't now understand;
A place for Glory, and Peace
Nestled in His right hand.

Yet I'll be with you always,
Only a faint breath away.
My love shall be with you
Every moment, every day.

And although I don't know yet
Every step of his plan,
Rest secure in the knowledge
That we WILL meet again!!!


My Angel, My Mom  

My Angel, My Mom

That night I sat with you upon your bed of white
Sadly waiting, as I knew you were going towards the light,
I touched your cheek and held your hand and said,
"I love you, Mom, but I have to let you go,
Because your work on Earth is done."

My heart was pounding wildly and I wanted you to stay,
But I knew you'd be with Jesus before the dawn of day.
Your breathing became softer, until it came no more,
And you looked more beautiful than you ever had before.

You were free from pain and suffering,
For your soul was now set free.
And though I would miss you deeply, I knew it had to be.
You had lived a long life, been a daughter, wife and mother
Now your role was changing, more important than any other.

You were to be an angel, the daughter of a King
To live in Heaven above, looking down and watching over things.
So even though I miss you and at times feel my heart will break,
I wouldn't wish you back with all your body had to take.

You are where you need to be, an angel in the sky,
And I will see you once again in the sweet by and by.
Until that time I have the memories of you I will hold dear.
I love you, Mom, I always will.  You always will be here.


How Was I To Know  

How Was I To Know

How was I to know it would be the last time
To say "I love you, have a good day."

I remember you standing at the door,
Watching as I drove away.
How was I to know it would be the last time
You would watch me drive away?
I took for granted each day we had together.
I wish I had only known, as I drove away,
To live and love each moment,
Like a brand new day.

How was I to know

As you watched me drive away,
The Lord was taking you away?
If I could only go back in time,
When you were still mine,
I would live each day as if it were the last.

How was I to know.

I would have to start my life over without you?
Did God know how hard it would be for me
When He took you away?

The only thing I do know
You're safe in God's hands now,
To shield and protect you.


Only Takes The Best  

Only Takes The Best

One heart of gold stopped beating,
Two shining eyes at rest,
God broke our hearts to prove,
He only takes the best.

God knows you had to leave me,
But you did not go alone,
For part of me went with you,
The day He took you home.

To some you are forgotten
To others just part of the past,
But to us who love and lost you,
The memory will always last.


The Day God Took You Home  

The Day God Took You Home

In tears we saw you sinking,
And watched you pass away.
Our hearts were almost broken,
We wanted you to stay.
But when we saw you sleeping,
So peaceful, feel from pain,
How could we wish you back with us,
To suffer that again.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you,
The day God took you home.


Forever In Our Hearts  

Forever In Our Hearts

A million times we needed you,
A million times we cried,
If love alone would have saved you,
You would of never died.

In life we loved you deeply,
In death we love you still,
In our hearts you hold a place,
No one will ever fill.

A light from our household in gone,
A voice from our love is stilled,
A place in our vacant home,
Which never can be filled.

Some may think you are forgotten,
Though on Earth you are no more,
But in our memory you are with us,
As you always were before.

It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you did not go alone,
A part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.

Your precious memories are for keepsakes,
With which we never part,
God has you safely in his keeping
But we have you forever in our hearts!


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