Randi's battle with cancer actually started 28 years ago. Her first cancer cost her one eye but she gladly accepted a glass eye and returned to her teaching career, where she taught elementary and middle school for almost 28 years!
Her second cancer took half her tongue, and forced an early retirement from a job she loved! In between these cancers she also battled Multiple Myloma and endured a stem cell transplant. Randi has had chemotherapy many, many times, along with radiation, and would endure it all with such grace, never complaining! Her doctors were amazed at her and they could not figure out how she was still alive! This latest cancer that took her life started in her lung, spread to her liver, then her back and finally her brain.
I met Randi at a stamp show in 2010 and quickly realized how special she is. She was just so in love with our scripture stamps and was so bubbly, talkative ad had the BEST sense of humor! Randi began working in our booth at stamp shows and we became such good friends. She missed teaching very much and this helped her to fill that void. Randi also became a member of the ODBD Design Team, where she shared her passion for scripture stamps!!
I learned SO many things from Randi, but I think the most important was her LOVE of GOD! Through all her life, no matter what battles she faced, she put her life in God's hands and let HIS will be done! She knew that God would decide if she was to live and when she was to die, and she touched SO MANY lives along the way.
We grew to love Randi's husband of 39 years, Blaine, who so sweetly called her "Lovey"! Blaine took such wonderful care of Randi for so long. I was in awe of the deep love he had for Randi.
We have several blog posts about Randi that I have linked here:
Pray for Randi HERE
Randi's Time with Post HERE
Randi's Song HERE
The Randi's Song stamp set was named after her because the set contains a stamp with the "How Great is Thy Faithfulness", a favorite of Randi's. When the set was first introduced to the design team, Randi commented "Here I am again....same cancer same song.....there are no mistakes in God's handiwork. I get blessed just thinking about it. Sorry guys but I am claiming these stamps as ones sent from heaven just for me." And so the set was named after her!
I would just like to share some of my favorite photos of Randi these past few years! Even thought I have only known her for 3 years, I feel like I have known her a lifetime!
July 2010 - with Debi Southard
July 2010 - at CHA with Becca Feeken
April 2011 - at Cabela's
November 2012 - Three weeks before Randi passed away,
and on Hospice care,
but still has that most beautiful smile!!!
Thank you for reading this post. I have enjoyed sharing this with you. Take care and God Bless!