It Has Been Okay

Reflecting on the Past Seven Years

April 13 is upon us again, and reflection is in order. Today is the seven-year anniversary of my husband Mark’s passing, and none of us know how we got here this fast.

April 25, 2016

This photo is from the Monday after the funeral. I was sitting on the border of this fountain in a Fresno shopping area, not necessarily feeling sorry for myself, but feeling alone in the world. Our beloved Mark Tracy had gone on to be with the Lord, while the rest of us were left to stumble around here on earth, trying to imagine life without him. Today, in honor of who he was and the memories he left us with, we’ll take at our past six memorial posts.

It Will Be Okay by Lysa TerKeurst – Available on Amazon

After the first year I posted “It Will Be Okay,” and did a quick book review of the story by Lysa TerKeurst that had such an impact on our family at the end of Mark’s life. Little Fox and Little Seed had now stepped into the next chapter of their lives.

In April of 2018 we read about the silver pickup in “Not Really Silver”. Remember: “It’s not really silver, it’s just painted that way!

By April of 2019, it was time for “Not Really Silver, Part 2”, or “The Blue Chairs.” The blue chairs are still in their places, and people still walk by and remember all the times they would stop to talk to Mark as he was sitting there.

As Mark used to say, “Half the Fun in Life” was teasing me. In this post from April of 2020, we reminisced about the many faceted life he lived, including church work, Sunday school, Easter dramas, the blue shirts, West Coast Conference, his famous key lanyards and “the robe”.

“Follow the Directions” was the post for April 2021. We learned the secrets of cooking a perfect Thanksgiving turkey and saw his signature cranberry sauce simmering on the stove.

Last year was year six, and readers received the special treat of being able to hear Matilda and Oglethorpe in action, performing the classic Sunday school puppet show, “The Lost Coin”. Remember that crumpets, whether we know what they are or not, are good with tea. Click on “Tea and Crumpets” to find out what that has to do with a Bible story.

April 11, 2023

So now here we are at the end of Year Seven. It’s been a long road, and yet we have seen God’s blessings all along the way. True to His word, the Lord has been with us with every step.

Mark, November 2015

While we miss Mark every day of our lives, and the memories bring both tears and laughter, we know that, with God’s help, it really has been, and will continue to be, okay.

17 thoughts on “It Has Been Okay

      1. Julianne and Luis

        We were blessed to be neighbors to both of you over the years. What a fun time. The blue chairs still being there is precious. Love you Debbie!

  1. Sandy Kilby

    What a truly Great man Mark was.
    He is one of the real heroes in all of our lives. We are so lucky and honored to have known him.

    I can only imagine the bittersweet pain that his family and you,Deb, still feel even after all these years. But he lives on in your hearts and in those lives that he touched and we will all forever remember him.

    He made me laugh one day in the church foyer talking about his hair
    He said “when I was young I had the waves, now that I am old…I have the Beach” .
    These are beautiful tributes that you have posted and I have sincerely enjoyed reading every one of them.

  2. Lulu: “A sad anniversary, but great times and great memories.”
    Charlee: “For sure!”
    Java Bean: “We dogs send lots of tail wags your way today.”
    Chaplin: “And we Hipsters send purrs.”
    Oona: “And so do I, smol Oona!”

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