Your mommy!

25 Sep

This post comes courtesy of Hannah Springer. She wrote it to the girls which is perfectly suited, because from the first mention of the word cancer Hannah has helped where Allie most wanted it, with the kids. Hannah’s house has been a second home to our girls during this whole journey and her kids are loved by our kids. She helped plan and orchestrate birthday parties for our girls and has loaded them up in her minivan and taken them all over the place. Allie and I were blessed by having Hannah and Matt as friends during this ordeal and they have put a ton of energy into loving our girls, for which I am eternally thankful.

Paige, Hayleigh, & Mollie,

I just wanted to tell you a few things about your mommy! I know you have heard many things lately but here are a few more!

Your mommy was one of the strongest and most disciplined ladies I know. Even in high school, she worked hard at every sport she did and never gave up. Your mommy was super talented. She was quite the athlete and I always loved watching her play softball and basketball. She has a good voice too and loved to sing especially if she was singing to Jesus. Once mommy became an adult she ran more and started training lots of people how to be healthy. She was a wonderful teacher and showed me how to make great tasting and healthy smoothies! Your mom was also really fast. I could hardly keep up with her because she was in such good shape! Do you know she ran with each of you in her belly? I tried to run with her occasionally (when she felt like running with a turtle) so that I could be around her but as you know she was always faster.

Your mommy had one of the biggest hearts! She loved people and everyone always loved her. It was hard to go into a public place with her sometimes because she would always be talking to someone. I know this was annoying at times even to you girls but just remember how much love she had to share! Your mommy was always thinking of other people before herself. She made countless meals for people who needed it and was always finding a way to help others. Whether that was an encouraging text or phone call or a random stop by to help out. Your mommy was so special in this way and so loved by lots and lots of people!

Your mommy loved Jesus with all of her heart! This was one of her favorite things to share with people. She knew that the best story in the world was Jesus’ story and she was never afraid to share it. Even when mommy got sick she kept praying and worshiping God. Your mommy took every opportunity to share her faith with others and made a difference in the spiritual life of so many around her.

But, the thing I loved best about your mommy was that she loved being your mommy! She prayed for each of you often and always wanted more time to spend with you! Her favorite times of the day were when she got to spend time with you girls and your daddy. I loved being a mom alongside your mommy and have lots of great memories if you ever want to hear them. I still remember each of you in her belly and when you were born just how blessed your mommy felt to be your mommy! Girls, you were always the most special to your mom and please remember that!

I’m sad that we cannot see your mommy right now but someday when we go to Heaven we will give her a big hug! I love that you girls and daddy are still here and that I can see pieces of your mommy in each of you! Paigey: I love watching you sing and dance around. I can’t wait to continue to watch you in future musicals and plays. The way you are so terrified at the sight of any bug or spider always makes me smile and say to myself that you are your mommy’s girl! Hayleigh: We tease you and call you sporty spice but it is so true. You are so athletic and your determination to try almost anything so reminds me of your mommy. I look forward to watching you play sports or do gymnastics.

Mollie girl: You have soooo many funny faces that remind me of your mommy. I love that you know what you want and are not afraid to tell us. Your honesty always reminds me of your mommy. Life would be so boring without you Mollie!

Girls, I don’t want you to forget that you have one amazing daddy! He is always there for you and takes such good care of you. I know that it is hard right now and I wish mommy was still here too. But, I am so thankful for your daddy! It makes me smile to see him playing dress up with you, watching a princess movie, or doing your hair bow and all. He loves you girls and will always point you in the right direction. So go easy on him if he can’t get things exactly like you want them.

I love you girls and am so thankful you get to come over and do life with us. It would be so different over here without you girls! Please keep asking the hard questions and just being you!

Love you all lots,

Hannah (or Aunt Hannie)

11 Responses to “Your mommy!”

  1. Aunt Sue September 25, 2013 at 8:28 am #

    Oh Hannah, this is precious. You totally nailed each quality from the girls that matches up to Allie. One of the saddest things for me is the thought of the girls growing up without their Mommy. Allie adored her precious babies and this note helps them see just how important they were to her. Thank you for loving on Allie’s girls through the years. You have a unique perspective and I believe you will be a very important link between each girl and Allie.

  2. megan williams September 25, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    Beautiful…..

    • Marlene Wyzynski September 25, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

      This was such a beautiful tribute to Allie for her girls that I had to respond to it through my tears. My family and I didn’t know Allie personally, but we knew of her since Tana, Mike and the family were our neighbors for 14 years until we moved three years ago. (Tana was my daughter, Shelley’s, piano teacher for quite a few years also.) Every time I came down the stairs at the Natatorium, I remember looking at Allie’s picture and knew she had to be a wonderful trainer. Then, one day after being away for awhile, I didn’t see her picture there anymore, but didn’t know why, since I hadn’t seen Tana since we moved. We didn’t know Allie was ill; I saw a post on Facebook about the service and was so sad my family and I didn’t attend because we were unaware of it.

      I am praying for your whole family, Adam, and Tana and Mike. I am heartbroken for you all and the fact that your daughters will be raised without their mother. Thank goodness for such wonderful people in your lives – your family and friends like Hannah – who will be there for you. I have had tears in my eyes many times reading this Blog, but it has been very inspirational.

      My prayer for you is that God will guide you in this life’s journey. No doubt that Allie will be watching over you and your beautiful girls along the way.

  3. Pam September 25, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    In case this is helpful: when my aunt died leaving two girls (ages 9 & 4) I stumbled into the fact that they did not know their mom did not want to die and, IF she could be anywhere in the world, she would be with them being their mommy. Perhaps Allie’s girls know this, but my cousins asked me to them them this more than once and they seemed greatly comforted by it.

  4. Beckie September 25, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    Hannah, you are a beautiful, kind hearted addition to Allies family. They are blessed to have you. Beautifully written.

  5. Connie O'Brien September 25, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    Hannah, Such a special and beautiful message you wrote. The girls are very lucky to have “Aunt Hannie” in their lives.

  6. lori habeck September 26, 2013 at 6:56 am #

    Thank you Adam for posting this. And you are right, it’s perfect right now. Hannah your sweet words made me cry because they are all so true. Love to you both.

    • mom September 26, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

      So beautiful and well written Hannah! As their grandma I am so grateful for your gift of giving love to children; especially our granddaughters! Allie was always comforted when the girls were doing an event or activity with you. Your generosity just overflowed for Allie, Adam and the girls. Your helping hands were always willing and available to help in times of need! The girls always love spending time with Aunt Hannie, Matt. Grace and Quinn. You are extended family, for sure and we are eternally grateful for you.

  7. Jodi Tucker September 26, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    What a beautiful tribute to Allie for the girls to know and take to heart! Thank you, Hannah for this!

  8. shirley clark September 26, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful Hannah! A precious gift.

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