I dont even know where to begin this post. My heart is breaking. One of my dearest high school teachers lost her battle with cancer yesterday. She was only 65. This woman is one of the most influential people in my life and I cant even fathom how to tell you what this woman means to me. Throughout my high school career, this woman believed in me. She believed in my writing. She believed in my dreams and now I want to try even harder to fulfill those dreams. After she retired from teaching, Mrs. H worked at the local weekly newspaper. Whenever Id go to town, Id walk into the Tribune building and stop and see her. It always amazed me how visiting her brought such a smile to her face. She always wanted to know what I was doing and how my life was going etc. She found such joy in her family and her students. That is one of the things Ill remember the most about her and walking into the Tribune building will never be the same. Since Mrs H and her husbands farm were on the way to our family farm, I would often see her outside working in her yard, etc before she got sick. She would always wave back at me. This woman touched my life in a way that I cant even describe. All I can say is that I was truly blessed to have known her and as the tears continue to stream down my face as I write this post, I cant but think how truly blessed we all were that knew her. And as we get ready to celebrate this thanksgiving feast, I want to say thank you Mrs H. Thank you for believing in me! Thank you for the joy you brought to my life! Thank you for simply being you! And thank you to your family for sharing you with all of us. So tonight as I close and wipe the tears from my eyes, I ask you to pray for Mrs. H’s family that they may find peace and comfort. I also ask that all of us that knew her celebrate in her wondrous life!