Monday, April 19, 2010

Her Life Has Yet to Begin

My mom was one of the strongest women I knew. It has been a year since my mom was diagnosed and has been fighting against lung cancer. The doctors didn't think she would make it eight months ago, but with God's grace, she proved them wrong. She's done a lot of that in her life. I'm proud to say that I couldn't have asked for a better mama. On Sunday, April 18th, 2010 at 7:45pm, Thu-Thuyet Pham went into the strong arms of Jesus, with him saying "Well done, good and faithful servant."

She was a stubborn woman if anything, but had a kind, generous, gentle and loving heart. She had a heart for Jesus and children. Leaving her children and husband behind to build a church building in Vietnam and witnessing to the children and their parents by cooking meals, arts and crafts and Bible stories. She was really a selfless person, but a very prideful one at that.
I remember growing up and in order for me to be toilet trained, she had to paint one of my finger nails. Oh the blissful memories.

Despite her condition in the past, my mama has been praising the Jesus for all he's done long before cancer. She was a strong woman in the faith and I've always looked up to her. It humbled me seeing how she dealt with cancer and yet she still had a good attitude. She maintained positivity. Her faith was always evident in her life.

She went without pain. That's all I could ask for. There was no struggle, there was no pain. There was nothing, but peace. Good thing about having a long-term disease is the preparation, the slow let down and I am grateful for this. Goodbye cancer. Hello eternal life with Jesus!
We have been given so many opportunities to witness to our families and I'm thankful for that. We are together and will remain to be together.

To my friends and family, thank you so so much for all the support. You all have been caring and very generous and loving towards our family. I love you all so dearly and I can't thank you enough. Don't be too sad. My mom is in the loving arms of our Savior Jesus, singing praises to Him. To be quite honest, I'm envious of her! Yes, I am sad that I no longer have my mama, but the joy that I have in knowing that she's begun her eternal life with Christ, there's nothing more I could ask for. She's finished her life on earth which is literally a mist in comparison to what she's experiencing now: an eternity with Jesus, which has just begun. She glorified Jesus in all she did.
Mama, I'm proud of you. I love you and I'll always remember you, how you lived, how you cared, how you loved. You've got the best seat in the house to watch your babies grow up. I couldn't have asked for a greater woman to be my primary example in my life. I love you.


  1. I will always remember the convo she had with Kayla @ the beach up in Oregon. She was such a sweet soul. We will miss her greatly but rejoice that she is with her Savior and free from pain. Love you guys so much! xxoo

  2. Hannah,
    Thank you for writing this, and sharing it. It is a beautiful way to remember and honor your mama, and our GREAT MAKER. Seriously, your Eternal Perspective is amazing, and encouraging. God is using you to make Himself Great. AMEN to that sister!

  3. Well expressed, Han. I'm so proud of such a fine daughter that God has given me. All praises be to our Lord. Amen.

  4. It's been just over a year since my best friend, Thuyet went to be with the Lord. She had many wonderful attributes, but perhaps the one that stands out most is her selfless love for others. For me, she embodies the words of Jesus when he said, "Greater love has none than this, that he lay down his life for his friends".

    She is the one friend that I know and can say with all certainty who would literally do that for me, and others if it came down to it. Thank you Thuyet for teaching me what Jesus's love means.