She has changed my life.
When I saw Andrea fighting cancer with everything inside of her...she changed me.
When I saw Andrea's big smile and heard about her upbeat attitude...she changed me.
When I hear about things she did and said to her son and husband...she changes me.
When I realize that her strength and courage lives on in her family and friends...she changes me.
When people drop everything to participate in Relay for Life because it was such a huge deal for her...she changes me.
When I see this photograph and tears stream down my face for the woman she was...she changes me.
When I see Ethan playing basketball with his little sweatband on and I try to imagine how much he misses his Mommy...she changes me.
She changes me as a woman, as a daughter, as a mother, as a friend,as a believer. I don't know about you, but tonight I am going home and hugging Max to me with all of my might. I am going to kiss him and tell him that I love him so. I am going to savor every single second I have with him...and everyone else that is important to me. Because none of us ever know how long we have here on Earth - and I will be content even if I only leave a fraction of the impact that Andrea did on this world.
If you do nothing else tonight - please do this: stop and say a prayer for sweet Ethan. And always remember to take NOTHING for granted. Not one, single breathe.