Posted By Mike&Leslie

Leslie Thumbs Up


A memorial service will be held for Leslie on Saturday August 27, 10am at Faith Assembly in Imperial.  Lunch will follow at the Fairgrounds - Casa de Manana building.  Main course will be provided, we will have pot-luck for the rest if you want to bring a salad, side-dish, or dessert.  If you have any pot-luck related questions, you can contact Jessica at First Christian Church 760-352-8300.  We anticipate having the Casa de Manana building open prior to the service so you don't have to leave that lime green Jello, carrot, and pineapple salad in the 160 degree car (that is NOT a request for lime green Jello salad).  There will be no graveside service Saturday, it was Leslie's wish to be cremated.  Leslie loved flowers, especially carnations.  If it will make you feel good to send flowers to the service please feel free to do so.  If you like something more permanent, you may made a donation in Leslie's name to the Cancer Resource Center of the Desert  CRCotD uses money raised locally to pay benefits to local cancer victims with their treatment.  They were very helpful when we needed them.

Your comments have been such a treasure for me, all those sweet memories of Leslie, all the ways she has touched your lives.  Thank you for all who have called, stopped by to visit, brought food, offered to help in any way possible.  I am humbled by the show of great generosity by so many people, some who I don't even know that well.  Thank you to all who participated in the Craft Extravaganza, I'm sure you can imaging how helpful that is now.

Jenna and Jeff have been my anchor, they have kept me from going adrift.  God was very good to us as we ran errands and made arrangements yesterday, everything just fell into place.  We are holding up fair under the circumstances.  I know there is no sorrow in heaven, but I don't want Leslie to see me despondent - so I am trying to keep a positive attitude and even a smile at times.  I have had lots of anxiety over the past few years, it seems strange to say but it has all melted away now that I know Leslie is in the best hands of all.  I miss Leslie terribly and expect I will for a long, long time.  People talk about their spouse being their "better half", Leslie was my better 90%, she will be hard to get over.  Please continue to pray for me and our family, pray for each other and uplift each other.  Leslie's passing has left a large dark spot on this world that needs to be re-lit with the kindness of others.

24 Comment(s):
Terri Allen (Holder) said...
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Godspeed to you and with the strenght that you had Today you and your family will conquer all things thru Jesus Christ Even tho I never Leslie we have prayed for her and with the mention of her the room would light up what a Godly women she was and a great role model for other women Thanks for sharing her with us.
August 27, 2011 12:05:46
Mom & Dad Nagels said...
Hi Mike...we too loved Leslie's "thumbs up" picture!!We were so happy we got to see her one more time at the Armstrong's reception! We sent a contribution to the CRCD and wish we could be there Saturday...we will be thinking of all of you and praying for God to give you all the strength to help you through the days ahead. Much love...Rob and Edwina Nagels
August 26, 2011 08:36:10
Jolynn Cape said...
Mike and Jenna, I am glad I got to meet Leslie while I was here in Brawley, if only a short introduction. I can see how much everyone was blessed by her life. I'm sure she will forever look down and smile! Take care and enjoy all the memories! Jolynn
August 24, 2011 07:30:38
Leleliz said...
I love you Mike. I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers xoxoxoxoxo
August 23, 2011 04:01:47
Tom & Ruthie said...
Mike, I'm sending this again as I guess the first attempt didn't go through as I told you this morning. This is a comment from our Texas daughter who doesn't remember you at FCC, but remembers the family name. Why should she remember? You were young kids, maybe even little tykes, at the time. Anyway, she was so touched by the blog and the commentary that I shared with her that I wanted to share her response. That follows: Wow! I certainly see what you mean when you said they were "full of love". You can see the grace of God all over them - and through them flowing out....reminds me of the scripture of "rivers of water"... Holy Spirit going in and flowing out on to everyone you meet. Thanks for sharing - very uplifting and I will be praying for the peace that passes all understanding to envelope and consume them during this time. Grace and love to you! S PS. I'm so blessed that we could share prayer and memories this morning. HE lives.
August 22, 2011 09:46:10
Debi S said...
Such a beautiful picture ! I love the thumbs up, it's like she is still telling us, it's going to be alright. I am so glad you chose to share it with all of us. Praying for you and your family.
August 21, 2011 07:48:25
John & Lori said...
A lovely photo of Leslie!
August 21, 2011 07:37:51
Debbie P said...
Mike Todays paper says the services are Thursday... Please let us know if this is true...or if the paper was wrong. Thinking of you all and sending lots of love and Prayer for God to give you strength.
August 21, 2011 07:35:01
Amy Brinnon said...
Thank you for putting her picture on the blog. I naturally went to the blog tonight to read comments and see if there were any updates by you. What I didn't expect was to see Leslie's beauty pop up in my face. It was shocking. It brought tears to my eyes. Not only was Leslie so beautiful on the outside, but she was beautiful on the inside. As tears flow down my face right now, I think to myself if I could only be a fraction of what she was. It's still so hard to believe that she is gone.....but I do have peace knowing that she is rejoicing in heaven. She's not hurting anymore. You know she is looking over you and your family. She was so proud of all you guys.Thank you for suggesting we make a donation in her name to the Cancer Research Center of the Desert. Again...thinking of how to help others in their times of needs. You can count on me doing just that! With all I've seen Leslie endure and overcome, I feel convicted to make CRCotD my main charity at this time. Over the years, I've chosen one charity to give faithfully to depending on the circumstances in my and my family's lives. For so many years we gave faithfully to the Luekemia and Lymphoma Society. Right now, with Leslie's passing, I am going to make my main charity the CRCotD. And it's local too...that makes it even more meaningful. I can't imagine the feelings that you're having during this time of grieving. Do are being watched over, prayed for, thought of, and loved by all aound you.
August 20, 2011 10:45:03
Nick and Teri Sulli said...
Mike, Jenna, Jeff, Ryan and Tyler, I was so blessed to meet Leslie in the first grade and even more blessed to share her wonderful life experiences with her for the next 42 years. I will miss our phone calls, trips together and all the jokes we shared about the funny things in life. I know now she is always with us and I know she would not want sorrow but joy for all of us so I am ready to rejoice in the time I got to spend with her. We love you all and want you to know we are here for you and praying for you always.
August 20, 2011 06:01:08
Mary Lou said...
Thank you so much for posting this great picture of Leslie. It is just as I imagined her to be.....SMILEY!!! She was among the most positive, uplifting people I have ever known, but sadly never got to meet. Thanks for sharing her with us as well!!! Continued prayers for you and your children and grandchild!! p.s. I was the friend of Leslie's who was also a Respiratory Care Director in FL!
August 20, 2011 05:43:22
Krissy said...
When I opened the blog today I loved seeing Leslie's beautiful smiling face! What a wonderful picture of her since this is how we saw her ever day at work! Mike you, Jenna, and Jeff are in my prayers and I hope you continue to hear the wonderful stories of Leslie's kindness, love, and friendship. She was truly a one of a kind Angel on Earth and now she is your personal Angel in Heaven....she has the best seat in the house and you know she is dancing and singing with all the little ones up there. Love and hugs to you all :)
August 20, 2011 04:49:23
Linda Mayhew said...
Leslie was a light in this dark world and we will miss her. Your family will continue to be in my prayers. There will be good days and bad days, but God will carry each of you through them.
August 20, 2011 10:51:40
Edna said...
Thank you, Mike, for sharing Leslie with us and for sharing you many thoughts at this time. I know that I told you that when I travel, I always take something that I had entitled "Encouragement From Leslie" with me--scripture that she always shared on the blog. Now, the lay here by my computer for my daily "encouragement". What a legacy she has left to each of us! For me personally, it has been the example of closeness to our Savior and the desire to serve Him no matter what the situation, whether we are feeling out best that day or not. I want that faithful witness of God's love and grace to be such a part of my life as it was of Leslie's. I pray for you all just as I prayed for Leslie--many times a day, whenever you wake up at night, just sitting quietly, etc. Love to you all. And--thanks for sharing your thoughts from Max Lucado! So timely--doesn't God just do that for us. He knows our sorrows and our needs every minute of the day. Leslie--you were so loved and admired. And--Mike, Jenna, Jeff, Ryan, Tyler, Monica, and the rest of the family--you are, too!
August 20, 2011 10:15:19
Donald Cones said...
Great picture. Of course she has a smile an a cheerful attitude. I pray for strength for all of us. I do miss my big sister and I am greatful for all the memories. I am so happy she had Mike, Jenna, Jeff and Tyler in her life. I'm happy to know I have an Angel watching over me.
August 20, 2011 10:08:06
Brenda Carwtright Grose said...
Mike,Ryan,Jenna,Tyler, and Jeff, Since Leslie passed I have had moments that I cannot stop the tears...I know she is in Heaven... I do know that! I know that my sweet Daddy greeted her, however the selfish part of me wishes I could still speak to her and see her and hug her just one more time. I am so inspired by the entries you have written since her passing Mike. You are such an amazing family and I know that you will draw strength from each other. Stay strong and know that we all continue to pray for strength for you all.. Brenda PS I love this picture of our Angel!
August 20, 2011 09:52:54
Monica said...
MAY I SHARE WHAT WAS E-MAILED TO ME.. FROM UPWARDS WITH MAX LUCADO here is the link if you want to read from the web. Mike for what it is worth - I know what you are going through hang in there! Week of August 19 Problems Have a Purpose Trust me in your times of trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory. Psalm 50:15 NLT God will use whatever he wants to display his glory. Heavens and stars. History and nations. People and problems. My dying dad in West Texas. The last three years of his life were scarred by ALS. The disease took him from a healthy mechanic to a bedbound paralytic. He lost his voice and his muscles, but he never lost his faith. Visitors noticed. Not so much in what he said but more in what he didn’t say. Never outwardly angry or bitter, Jack Lucado suffered stately. His faith led one man to seek a like faith. After the funeral this man sought me out and told me. Because of my dad’s example, he became a Jesus follower. Did God orchestrate my father’s illness for that very reason? Knowing the value he places on one soul, I wouldn’t be surprised. And imagining the splendor of heaven, I know my father’s not complaining. A season of suffering is a small assignment when compared to the reward. Rather than begrudge your problem, explore it. Ponder it. And most of all, use it. Use it to the glory of God. . . . Your pain has a purpose. Your problems, struggles, heartaches, and hassles cooperate toward one end—the glory of God. —from It’s Not About Me Heavenly Father, when problems and pain come my way, help me to remember that nothing comes into my life without your approval. Rather than complain and cry about the challenges I face, help me consider them as opportunities to bring glory to you. Give me the strength and patience to bear my burdens in a way that will honor you. I will lift my eyes off the trials and keep them fixed firmly on you, amen. Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us. Daniel 3:17 Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass. Joshua 21:45 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. Psalm 34:19
August 20, 2011 09:50:28
Edna Podgorski said...
Dear Mike, I will continue to pray for you and your family. Leslie, was an awesome woman and a dear friend of mine. We all go way back. She is smiling now. I know one day we will all see her again. God Bless, stay strong. Hugs to you all. :)
August 20, 2011 09:02:07
Janet McCornack said...
As close to an angel as we'll meet this side of Heaven. My prayers and sincere sympathy.
August 20, 2011 08:54:48
Kimberly said...
What a perfect, beautiful picture of the wonderful selfless Leslie. LOVE IT! Just warms my heart. So glad to hear of the service on Saturday. Leslie will be thrilled to look down upon us all "celabrating" her life here,,,fond memories and gathering togehter. I am so blessed to have had her in my life, to have had her spirit touch me & change me...I am gratful for the time she took out of her day to pray for me & my family when times were tough...when hers were worse. That is a true selfless person. SHe had such a giving heart. I pray for you, Jeff & Jeanna that each day may come easier...that the memories, stories, pictures carry you through the rest of the healing journey. 2 years ago I sent Leslie the book "The Little Engine That Could"...i would always reference parts of the book in her blog...I even sent her a toy Thomas once. Today, as I fight back my tears enough to see, I realize "Thomas" (Leslie) did make it up that hill ...and did find the light at the end of the tunnel..."Thomas" is now resting peacefully at the top of the hill...watching all of us.
August 20, 2011 08:22:37
Veronica said...
Dear Mike, Jenna & Jeff, Thank you so much for Sharing your wife/mom with all of us. I will miss her daily blogs,friendly smile,and those beautiful blue eyes.I'll remember her love for God, her family,the Chargers and shoes. What a courageous warrior! And, now, for you, Mike, Jenna & Jeff I offer support & love. Please remember all the priceless gifts Leslie offered each one of us...
August 20, 2011 08:13:30
randi ryan said...
I love this pic. Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting it. Leslie was an angel here on Earth, now she just has her wings. :) Mike, I have cherished my friendship with Les over the past several years. Every day she came into my classroom with a smile on her face. She was so positive - always. She was a ray of sunshine. I feel that I have known the whole family so well just because of my conversations with her. You were her knight in shining armor. You were / are so amazingly strong. Leslie would be proud. Shawn and I are here for anything you need - just say the word. You guys (you, Jenna, Ryan, Ty, & Jeff) are always in our thoughts and prayers.
August 20, 2011 08:11:36
Debbie said...
Mike, Jenna and Jeff. I am still in shock as I'm sure most everyone is. Leslie was the most awesome, loving, beautiful, kind and selfless person I have ever known. May God be with you all and keep you in his loving arms. We will all miss her and think of her everyday. She is our Angel keeping watch over all who knew and loved her. My regret is that I will not be able to attend her memorial because of my trip, but know that my thoughts, prayers and love will be with you all....forever.
August 20, 2011 07:27:08
Denise said...
My dear sweet Mike...yesterday in my office I printed off every email that Leslie has ever sent to me...encouraging is such an understatement! I loved your wife and will always think of her as a sister. I will be traveling this entire week and will not make it back for the services but please know that my heart with be with you and your family this week and especially on Saturday. I remember a last phone call with her when she found out she had the brain tumors again and I called her that night. I was scared because I never seem to have the right words. But I remember talking to her and her laughing...she said Denise my favorite part about you is that even when I am sad you make me laugh and I love you for it! I hear her everyday Mike...I love her and your family! I will be praying for you! Love to all of your family!!
August 20, 2011 06:03:54
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