I have started and stopped this post too many times to count. I’ve thought about what I’d write for months now…but today, I just can’t seem to put it into words. My heart is broken because one of my very best friends has left us here on Earth to be with Jesus. Sweet Manda Maxwell met her Savior face to face last night.
Manda was the very first friend I made when we moved to McKinney eleven years ago. I was instantly attracted to her because of her sweet, sweet spirit. She will always go down as the nicest person I’ve ever known.
Manda bravely fought cancer three times. First, as a child, she battled it when she was only five years old. Twenty three years later, it reared its ugly head and less than a week after giving birth to her firstborn, she began fighting it once more. Then in September 2014, it came back for a third time.
I started thinking about what Manda would want me to say today and I laughed to myself because she would tell me not to waste my time blogging about it and instead blog about something happy. I can hear her now…she would be all “Oh, I’m so sorry you have to blog about this today, please don’t worry about it.”. Ha! Only Manda would say something like that…but if you knew Manda, then you know I’m right. After I convinced her that I should indeed blog about her today, I really know in my heart she would say this: She is happy now. She is made whole, she is healthy, she is with Jesus. And she would want you to have that kind of peace, joy, hope and happiness that only comes from having a relationship with Jesus Christ. I know Manda…and even though she did not want this to happen and she wanted to live for her babies here on Earth…she wanted more than anything for her death to be a testimony to the Lord. She did not want cancer to be wasted on her…but instead a testimony to God’s faithfulness. Because even though she is gone, He has been so faithful to her and her family. She would tell us that over and over and over again.
Please be praying for Manda’s husband Aaron and their two precious kids, Aiden (8) and Miley (3) along with her parents Ed and Cindy and the rest of their family. Even though we were not surprised by her passing, we are all so sad. I personally am grieving in a big way. I went to the hospital on Friday night and said goodbye and it was hands down the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life. I miss her so much.
After this post, I’m going to take a blogging break for a bit and focus on my family and friends. After that, Andrew and I are going to take our kids on a little trip and then when we return, I’ll be back. The Workin’ It link up has been moved to March 20.
Manda Maxwell was there for me on some of the hardest and some of the best days of my life. She was someone I could always confide in, trust, share with, celebrate with, cry with and call day or night. She fought this fight like I’ve never seen…and I know she did it for her babies. Moving forward, we are going to love on Aiden and Miley and tell them all about her and how much she loved them. This is not goodbye forever…we’ll see her in Heaven some day.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race and I have remained faithful. 2 Timothy 4:6-7
Manda Nicole Maxwell
May 28, 1981 to February 26, 2017