Life is too fleeting…

It’s 3:30 AM and I can’t sleep. My hubby got paged and had to leave at 1:30 AM, and I just can’t seem to get back to sleep. Part of the reason is this:

Natalie Rose “Nattie” York

A precious gift from God,
delivered on
December 15, 1973;
returned to heaven
June 7, 2007.

“Life is too fleeting
to be wishing away today
in search of tomorrow.”

Hope…sometimes it is blinding like the spring sunshine. Sometimes it is a gentle warmth that comes with kind words. Sometimes it washes over you like waves in the ocean and sometimes it just envelopes you slowly. Sometimes it is like water in a dry land, but it is there if you look for it. -Natalie Rose York , April 24, 2007

I was shocked to learn of Nattie’s sudden death yesterday (Thursday) morning, via my friend Pattie. I’ve known Nattie for almost 5 years, first through several Yahoo Groups, and from there over to [email protected]. She was only recently (3 weeks–less than a month ago!) diagnosed with a rare form of stomach cancer (at age 33!).

Somehow I still believed that she would pull through, and I woke up to this shock Thursday morning. Just out of the blue– I never would have imagined. I really didn’t think she would be gone so soon. She barely got to fight, but perhaps it was better this way, less suffering for her. We miss her here as our hearts are breaking, but know that she is rejoicing in Heaven, and is in no more pain. She leaves behind two (2) young children. Please keep her family in your prayers.

This is so devastating that I just haven’t the words. I’m still in shock, and the tears come every so often. It’s amazing how someone miles away can touch so many lives! Read her journal, (and some quotes that our friend Heather has compiled) if you get a moment, and prepare to be blessed! She was a wise and incredible woman, full of truth and love. May her legacy live on.

We love and miss you, Nattie!

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)

P.S. Heather also has a great list of quotes and inspiration from Nattie.


I'm a wife and mommy first, as well as a social media consultant/manager, editor, and writer. I'm also editor of Musical Reviewer and Houston Theatre Blog.

9 comments on “Life is too fleeting…
  1. April says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. I will keep her family and friends in my thoughts and prayers. I’m sorry I never had the chance to know her, but I am going to read her blog.

  2. alfaking says:

    Sincere condolences on your bereavement. May her soul rest in peace.

  3. Homemom3 says:

    so sorry for your loss. I never knew her but have read a lot about her in the last day.

  4. I’m so sorry for your loss.

    Last night I was at an American Cancer Society Relay for Life event; we spoke about the gift each day is. I woke up this morning thinking about the very fleeting reality you blogged about here.

    Embrace each morning for it is worth embracing.

    God bless you and all those feeling pain and sadness.

  5. Karen Putz says:

    I’m sorry for the loss of your friend. 🙁

  6. Tammi says:

    I’m saddened and profoundly moved by this, Julia. I read some of the writing you linked but I just couldn’t bear it. Her family is in my prayers.

  7. Barbara says:

    This is heartbreaking, such a sudden loss, so young and what an amazing woman. I prayed for her family and for you too, losing someone is never easy even when we know they are better off than we are.

  8. Lori says:

    Julia, my heart goes out to you. She looks like she was such a vivacious, sexy woman. My prayers to you and to all who loved her.

  9. So sorry to hear about this sudden loss. My prayers go out for you and Nattie’s family.

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