Last night, my sweet friend, Tina, passed away from a brain tumor. Tina is the friend who I have mentioned many times over the past twelve years. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at the same time that Carol's husband, Jon, was diagnosed. Tina has spent most of those years wearing a port and receiving chemotherapy, having radiation, had countless surgeries and hospital stays, on steroids and cancer meds. In all of those years, I never, ever, not once, EVER, heard her complain. (As I think of it, I, literally, do not ever, ever, once remember any negative word about Anything or anyone come from her sweet, soft-spoken voice.) Through it all, in spite of her health challenges, Tina was a beautiful, kind and gracious person, a loving mother and wife, a genuine friend to all who knew her. She was also a GREAT cook and made the best lemonade cookies and treats ever! (Wink!) Years ago, during Tina's short remission from cancer, she shared with me that she actually missed feeling the closeness that she had felt, in her words, "with my Savior" because she had, literally felt Him carry her through and hold her, during her extreme first battle with cancer. This touched my soul deeper than words could say. I have heard her sweet, soft and gentle voice say those words, in my mind, many times through the years, as I have gone through any trials of my own. Tina loved the Lord and her every word and deed were evidence of it. Tina was my friend, an example to us all, of enduring to the end, of "always looking up", of trusting in the Lord. She was one of the most gentle women I have ever known. As I was lying awake in bed last night, I realized that the Heavenly Choir of Angels did sing and rejoice upon her return, but first, they stepped aside and made a place for her to join them, as she truly was and is one of Heaven's Angels. I love her and will always cherish the sweetness of our friendship. Tina, her smiling eyes, her sweet laugh, her faith, her gentleness and her example of loving life was, indeed, and always will be, another blessing in my life.