Happy Birthday Mark
Well Markie, This year instead of preparing for our annual New Year's Eve Family Man birthday party I picked up your 'sprinkles'! Matthew doesn't like the word 'ashes' so 'sprinkles' it is:)
There are so very many words in my heart of which I am just unable to put together in grammatical order. You have been my strength for more than 30 years and I feel so weak without you.
I thank you though for allowing me to be who God created me to be, for allowing me independence and teaching me to do so many things including putting air in the tires and oil in the car. I know how to change the air filter for the AC, clean the pool equipment, climb into the attic, kill spiders, fix the toilet, clean a drain, and fix a leaky faucet. I can use a chain saw, table saw, circular saw and hack saw! Drills, sanders, hammers, screwdrivers, dremel's and wrenches were all a part of my everyday life. I can climb a ladder, get on the roof (I hated that), mow the law and use the edger and blower/vac. I have re-screened windows, re-weathered the doors, (which BTW needs to be done) painted every wall inside and outside this home more than a few times. You challenged me to learn, to grow and to become aware of my surrounding!
At the same time you treated me with respect, laughed at my silly jokes, and put up with my 'independence' as well as encouraged me to reach for my dreams. You were gentle, kind, selfless, and loving. But you were also passive and stubborn and sometimes just plain made me crazy. You taught me so very much in 30+ years together.
But one thing you didn't teach me was how to do this life alone. I'm afraid I'm not doing so well. My heart aches to hear your voice and see your face. I liked my 'independence' but Loved being dependent on you and knowing that No Matter What You were Always here for Me!
I know your body was tired, I know Jesus said 'It's Time', I know you are happy and healthy but Markie, I'm so lost without you. I miss you so much and long for the day Jesus calls me home!
Until that time I will be strong, I will continue to build on the legacy of your life and our family, I will make you proud and always spread the glory of God and His miracles in our lives.
Tonight I will lift up my head and smile as the clock turns 12 and know that you are with Jesus to never feel pain again. Tonight I will lift up my eyes to the one who must be my strength.
This week I will read the final chapter of our lives together and open the cover on the new book God has written. To do it without you though...I'm just not sure. One thing I am sure of though is that I can't finish this note to you...Ever!!!!
Celebration of Life Service
Mark Wells Cain
December 31, 1949 ~ December 24, 2010
January 8, 2011
Adventure Community Church
4633 E. Chandler Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85048
In lieu of flowers
donations may be made in Mark's name to:
Adventure Community Church Mission's Department
at the address above