Saturday, October 13, 2018

In God's Hands

It is with a sad heart I write tonight to share Vicky has passed away and now is in God's hands.  

She talked over the past few weeks of a trip she was going to take, there was going to be a dinner  (what would she pack to wear?) and then she would ask if her room was ready for her. We couldn't answer the timeline though we knew the time was drawing near. 

Like much of the cancer journey she has been on she exceeded all expectations. Vicky dealt with the weeks of hospice with grace, finding joy each day in seeing family and friends as well as hearing from everyone on facebook, other social media and food/cards/etc both at the house and through the mail. 

We all felt so blessed by such support during this journey. God has blessed us - we could not have made it this far without the support of so many. 

Vicky marked this poem for me to share...

Death is Nothing at All

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other, 
That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight? 

I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.

All is well. 

by, Henry Scott Holland

I'm sure Vicky is getting ready for her dinner party and everyone is there to greet her. They will share stories and talk sharing inspiration and joy. Then it will be off to see the room God has prepared for her in his house. 


  1. I'm so very sorry for your loss, you remain in my prayers.

    At the same time, I rejoice for Vicky, while mourning the loss of her. She is an amazing woman. God bless you and your sons.

  2. God bless you Vicky. My heart is heavy hearing this news, but I know you are in a better place and in the arms of Jesus.

  3. I'm so sorry... Vicky was an inspiration to so many, including myself. She is amazing.

  4. Just crying right now. Thinking of you all...the boys..and even though I know we're she is...I ache for this time apart. Rick I can't even imagine..your loss and what those son's had to go through so young. Yet I know they/ you are strong. She was a exception to the rule...she is still beauty and grace under and prayers surrounding you all. Always. Till we meet again dear friend..till we meet again..Cuzz we will...gosh..tears.

  5. My heart hurts for your family to hear this news. She has touched so many lives and is such an inspiration to so many. Gods speed Vicky. You are so loved.

  6. Dearest Rick, Nolan and Colton,
    Thank you for sharing this hard news with such grace and caring. Not only has Vicky inspired me (so many of us ), so have you three dear ones. She loved you with all of her heart. Thank you for sharing her with all of us who loved her so. The poem she picked is so, so perfect. It's comforting to know she is here, just around the corner. I feel so honored to have been her friend. I called her my "soul sis", the sister I always wanted to have. I will miss her forever, but tell her story (and your story) to my students, friends and family. Know that you three are in my prayers that God's deep and abiding love would hold you and comfort you in the loss of your sweet wife and Mama. Love and prayers from Spokane, Linda

  7. Dearest Rick. Nolan and Colton,
    You will remain in our thoughts and prayers!

  8. I’m so very sorry Rick, to you , the boys, and entire family. Vicky showed true love and grace from the beginning of her journey. I just pray I can be a tiny bit as faithful loving and strong as she always was.
    A beautiful soul now shining down.
    Love and prayers to all. And love and hugs to you Vicky in Heaven. They sure received a special one.
    Love, Stephanie Astrup ❤️����

  9. I cried when I read this. Even though I knew her passing was imminent, my heart still broke when I read it.
    What an amazing wife, mother, and friend she is.
    She is at rest; the tears are a testament to the love that I have for this sweet friend.
    Until we see each other again in Heaven, dear Vicky, I pray for your Rick, Colton, and Nolan.
    Rest high on that mountain.....

  10. I am so, so very sorry to hear this. I have been praying for her every night for months. I am glad she is in God's hands and free from pain. I feel so bad for her husband and sons. God bless you all.

  11. I felt so privileged to walk this journey with Vicky. Until we meet again...❤️

  12. I am so sorry to hear the news, Rick. May you and the boys be comforted with God's peace. Vicky is an inspiration to everyone she met, and her memory will always remain in our hearts. Love, Ricka and Mike Powers

  13. Deeply shocked & grieved to read the news of her passing away or better just shifting her room. I was indeed priviledged to have her known & be her friend for the last 10 yrs or so. She was exceptional, extraordinary, infinitely deeply loving & caring. An epitome of courage and positive vibes in both thick and thin moments of this mortal life.

    I knew & she was aware as well of the final room or journey in offing as we exchanged mutual thoughts so many times but she never displayed her surrender to the demon. Fought bravely and defeated all designs of the destiny for so many years even being diagnosed in stage IV of the disease ... Exemplary courageous fight and a bright beam of light and inspiration in the worst darkness of life.

    I can salute and just salute her persona and womanhood. She would always live in our hearts and thoughts.
    Thank you Vicky ... Stay tuned ... You are just there in the next room.

    And as usual I repeat ... "God bless you & your family".

  14. Dear Westra Family, Our hearts ache as we read your words so strong and Vicki's beautiful words. I'm sure she is at a glorious feast with her beautiful smile. We will continue to pray for your family. Our condolences~ Kirstin, Todd, Nathan & Aiden

  15. Much love to you all as you feel your way through this heart break. Such strong warriors of light to the kingdom you all have been in this journey!
    Keep smiling for her, laughing for her, being silly for her, triumphant for her, and Always knowing she is for eternity holding your hearts in her hands!

  16. I am so very very sorry for your loss. The world was a better place for having Vicky in it.

  17. I weep for those she has left behind to mourn the loss. I take comfort in knowing she is now at peace. Heartfelt condolences to all. Bless you, Vicky.

  18. All day I have been thinking about Vicky and the beauty she brought to my life with every thought and word she shared. Tears flowing as I hold your family in love and light as you walk through this time of change. Always you will be in my prayers. Kristin πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸŽΆπŸŽΆπŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

  19. Holy Goosebumps.
    I can't even breathe.
    Thank you. Sending so much love and deep prayers.
    (I'm Robin Gay's best friend.)

  20. What a beautiful lady. She was so blessed to have such a wonderful family and lovely friends. I am so sorry for your loss.

  21. Vicki brought beauty, caring and love to everyone with whom she made contact. I know her through our blogs and FB, and will always feel her blessings. Love and prayers to carry you through these days. Blessings to you Vicki on your journey! Thank you for leaving this world a so much better place.

  22. My heart hurts for Vicky, her family and so many friends she has touched in her life. She gave my daughter Emily and I a gift of being a part of Emily's documentary "Part of Me Now: Living with Breast Cancer". We will never forgot. What a special day - she has been living with metastatic breast cancer - the special day she passed was Metastatic Awareness day.

  23. I will miss Vicky, here online. Such a sweet, inspiring soul.
    So sorry for your loss Westra family!!
    May God bless and keep you in His loving care till you are together again.

  24. Always, I will remember Vicky with the gratitude that she was such an example of. May God bless all of her family and friends. Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem.

  25. Sending our thoughts and prayers to Rick, Nolan and Colton. We are so grateful to Vicky for sharing so much of your family life with all of us. She is truly an inspiration to us all.

  26. Her wait is over and ours to see her again begins. So thankful for that hope that does not disappoint.

    Thank you, Rick, Nolan, and Colton, for your fierce love for her and for one another. I know it gave her great joy and sustained her.

    If you would share details here for her service, I would appreciate being able to honor her life with you during that time.

    Please know that this community cares about you three. Please let us know how you're doing if you can.

    Jenn in GA

  27. I am so sorry to hear of dear Vicky’s passing. Her and I were on the same floor our freshman year at Concordia. I enjoyed spending time with her then and reading about her amazing life throughout her journey with Breast Cancer. She is the reason I make that appointment every year. I am at peace knowing that she is now resting in God’s arms completely pain free. My love to you, Rick, Colton and Nolan and everyone near and dear to her. May God’s Peace be with all of you!

  28. I am so sorry. I never met Vicky in person, but I loved her. She blessed all of us with her willingness to share her journey and we are all better for having known her. Rick, Nolan and Colton-thank you for sharing her with all of us, and for the love you gave her. May the same God who welcomed Vicky into Paradise comfort you all and hold you in the palms of His hands. She is not dead-she lives in Heaven and will meet you all again in due time. Gratefully, Pat Bajzek

  29. I have read Vicky's blog for quite a few years. I have never "seen" her complain or speak negative about others. She is truly a dear and amazing person! I look forward to "seeing" her again one day!

  30. Praying for you all.
    I started reading Mrs. Vicky’s blog years ago. Her words were and will continue to be a blessing to me and to all who have ventured onto this blog. She made all of us feel like we were friends and family.

  31. May the Lord hold you all very closely in the coming weeks as, through the tears, you rejoice that Vicky is safe and well now in Jesus' presence. Blessings to all of you.

  32. What an extraordinary loss for your family. How eloquently perfect that poem represents Vicky and her spirit. Though she may be out of sight I’m sure she will never be out of mind as you celebrate her life and love until you meet again someday. May God bless you all.

  33. Precious Vicky is home at last. My prayers will be with you and your sons in the coming days. Vicky's beauty, kindness,faith,and incredible strength will always be her hallmark. May your hearts be comforted Rick, Nolan and Colton with the knowledge that she is sitting at the feet of Jesus and that all is well.

  34. Love the beautiful poem Vicky chose. Heartfelt prayers for strength, courage, peace, and confort as you mourn the loss of your beautiful wife and amazing mother to your children. I have no doubt Vicky will have that sparkle in her eye and big beautiful smile on her face at her dinner party. May her love and her faith live on in your hearts to carry you through. My deepest sympathy to all who loved Vicky.

  35. Dear Rick, Nolan and Colton,
    I am so sad for your profound loss. I rejoice that in her grace, strength and faith your Wife and Mom inspired so many to live and love and find joy in the moments of our life that we might take for granted. If we consider the life of someone in the impact they make on their world, Vicky accomplished so much. I know her love and abiding faith will be with you for now and always. My heart aches for us all and especially for you. Know that your Mom and Wife will be with us always. She inspired me more than I can express and I want you to know I am with you now and always in celebrating her love and spirit. Much love, Katherine

  36. My dear friend, Vicky, you will be missed so very much. You fought a valiant fight for 7 years. Your courage and steadfastness inspired me so. You are home now and you are healed. My thoughts and prayers are with Rick and your sons. πŸ˜₯πŸ’•

  37. Dear Rick, Nolan, Colton, and Crosby -

    Thank you for the absolute honor of being a part of Vicky's life over these past few years. I cannot begin to tell you the impact she has had on my medical practice, as well as my personal life. I am grieving right alongside you, and my heart is with you all in these difficult days. Please let me know how I can support you. Sending love and light to you all, as always.

    Annie Barlow

  38. Deepest sympathy and prayers to Rick, Nolan and Colton. Fly on Eagle's wings Vicky. We will miss you.
    Lynda in Michigan

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    1. Sweet Vicky profoundly helped me through a very dark time in my life and I am forever grateful for her loving kindness!! She is a great example and I will do my best to be the kind of friend she was to me! And truly be at peace with All Shall be Well!!

      you and the boys are in my prayers!

  40. I'm so sorry to hear of Vicky's passing. MaryAnn talked about her often and was so proud of her. My sympathies to the whole family. Evonne Vaplon

  41. Praying for comfort and peace for you and your sons. Vicky left a legacy that shall remain. Well done Vicky - enjoy your reward. I shall miss your encouraging words . . .

  42. Dear Rick, Colton, and Nolan -- you were loved by a very special woman. My sympathies on your loss, as it is profound and way too soon.

  43. What a beautiful soul, so generous with the sharing of her journey. Very sad to hear of her passing, but relieved that she is no longer suffering. I hope and pray she is right where she deserves to be, at peace and catching up with those who have gone before her, and in the presence of the one she found faith and strength in.

  44. What a fierce warrior she was - for love and family and truth and health and Jesus and friends and life. God bless you all now and always. My heart breaks for her 3 boys and family and friends. Fly with the angels Vic - pure love, freedom and rejoicing and heaven for you. xxx

  45. I am so very sorry to hear of Vicky's passing. As always, I will continue to pray for all of you!

  46. Just found myself typing your site in before I remembered you,dear one,are singing with the angels.I am a 71 year old ,but dear Vicki, I learned so much from you.I pray I can be as graceful,and upbeat as you were.Your sweet husband and two precious boys have so many memories.I pray that they feel you with them always,and know they did everything they could.Oh how I loved hearing about your family. I pray God continued blessings upon them,and for them to know we are still holding them in our prayers.Thank you Westra family for allowing us to witness your great love for one another.

  47. Vicky was my sweetheart and we have always the hope to see us in the future in munich to eat some bavarian food and spend time together.

    I send her in the end of a message "Bussal" (little kisses). Now I can only send it to heaven.

    She was the bravest woman I've ever met and I miss her so much.

    With all my love from germany.


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