Week 11 ~ Marriage and Remembering

Week 11 of my Master Key Journey has been yet another interesting one.  More growth and the huge payoff!

I cannot tell you how blessed I am to be on this journey.

This week, I was pushed again….more than I would have been able to endure in my most recent past.  And yet, I made it through the week and made some amazing new memories.

me and MelissaI had the honor of marrying my daughter Melissa; her mom Sara Rogers, my dear friend to whom we lost to cancer in January of 2011 to colon cancer.




This photo of Sara was from the day she asked me to take care of her daughter Melissa……and she would take care of my son in heaven♥

My sweet sara







December 13th 2014; It was such a beautiful day.  Just the day before we had crazy rain here in the Central Valley of CA, but on this day, the sun came out, the rain stopped so we were all able to park and not sink in the mud.

Sara poking through the cloudsOn my way to Melissa’s house, I captured this picture…..do you see the ray of sunshine poking through the clouds?  That was my sweet Sara letting me know she was with us♥


Nick and Melissa were so happy and did an amazing job!  Aren’t they beautiful?Nick and Melissa saying their vows









When Melissa, Sandy, Katie and I got together to shop for her wedding dress, Melissa was going down the list of what was done and what still needed to be done.

katie melissa me and sandy




One of the items was they needed someone to marry them.  It was at that moment I knew that it would be me!  So, I got ordained, and was blessed to be the one officiating for them on 12-13-14 at 15:16pm 🙂

I got through the ceremony, shared some special words with them both and not a tear from me was shed.  I did that before I arrived ♥

nick and melissaThey are on their honeymoon now, and beginning there life together as husband and wife.  I couldn’t be happier for any other two beautiful people on this earth than I am for them.  And I love them both deep within my heart ♥

On Sunday, it was time to prepare for my 4th Annual Candle Lighting Ceremony, remembering our children who were lost too soon.

2014 candle lighting ceremony logo

I began the morning putting together the video that would be played that evening.  I had so much on my plate this year that I was not able to begin this video until the day of.  In years past, this would not have been possible.  However, over the years I have learned a little here and there, and so I began this project.  I began at about 7:30 am, and at 2:30 pm it was producing……ahhh I thought.  Just in the nick of time so I can get to the location and start setting up.  But no, it took over an hour to produce.  Then, once it was produced I had to upload it to YouTube so I could put it on my sons blog at CliffsStory.com  You see, there are many moms, dads, sisters, brothers, grandmas and grandpas who just aren’t ready to grieve in public.  So for them, I post the ceremony on my sons blog so they can join us in the Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony from their own homes.  Well, the video was just about done and then….ERROR; your video is too long.  Yikes!  I had posted it to my sons YouTube channel and didn’t have the unlimited time ability yet.  So, had to upload it again on my own YouTube channel.  This was very stressful, as I should have already been on location setting up for the live ceremony.  But, I wasn’t going to leave my most vulnerable moms, etc. without an online ceremony for them to view.

Now, after the previous 2-3 weeks prior to this, and the pain of the holidays in general, I would have broken down in tears…..but not this year!  I just knew that it was all going to be okay, it was going to be what GOD intended it to be, and I just kept on until finally, SUCCESS!!!! ♥♥♥

The ceremony was beautiful, and I got to connect with some new moms.  You see, I lost my son in May of 2005 to suicide, and reaching out to other moms is something that is near and dear to my heart.  I know how moms feel about losing their children.  They just don’t want their children to be forgotten.  So, I will continue to produce these videos annually and collect photos of our children gone too soon!  They will never be forgotten.

I continue to be overwhelmed by the blessing this journey has provided to me.  It hasn’t been very long ago that I would not have been capable of enduring what I have these past 3 weeks.

Such a blessing indeed! ♥

My friends, you have gifts, gifts that the world need to be blessed with.  Never settle for anything less than your deepest passions!  Within those passions are mighty strength.  No matter what your past has thrown at you, you are still perfect and the world is waiting on your gifts!  Share them and fulfill your need for sharing your unique gifts….we all need them♥

There is no such thing as Luck, Chance or Coincidence♥

Priscilla L Brooks, Entrepreneur at Heart♥

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