I made a cake for a very special lady... her husband was the coach of my son's t-ball team... plus their kids have been classmates with my kids since pre-school. A couple of years ago, she saw a photo of this cake I had made for someone else and said "I want THAT cake for my 40th birthday!" She was so adamant and so excited about it. She was 36. I made a mental note to myself that I would make her that cake for her 40th birthday.
Yesterday, my kids and I attended that same awesome lady's funeral. She was 38. She was AMAZING... truly one of the most inspiring women I have ever had the privilege of knowing. I made the cake for her as a tribute to her extraordinary spirit and unbelievable appreciation of her life and all things in it... the good and the bad.
She lost her third and final battle with cancer... she fought with such grace, courage and dignity. Her smile was infectious and there's not a single person who met her that was not affected by her amazing spirit. She inspired me to be a better mom, a better friend, a better sister, and a better daughter. The world lost a bright and shining light but I'm certain heaven became just a bit brighter.
You will be missed, Dinora. I am so blessed to have called you my friend.