Rachel Foelske Obituary, Death – This week, we said our final goodbyes to another angel who has since graduated from the heavenly realm and received her wings. Rachel Foelske Upshaw has died, leaving behind two lovely daughters and a husband who is the epitome of integrity and decency, the likes of which I have never seen before in my life. Rachel was a physician and a healer who practiced medicine. I had the opportunity to meet her for the first time while she was working as a resident at the Mercy campus in Mason City’s family practice clinic. Rachel decided to use her healing abilities to leave the world in a better state than she found it when she arrived. She accomplished her goal in a manner worthy of her dignity and affection.
A sign is posted on the wall in the office where I work. It states that your ability or gift is a gift from God (or the Universe, depending on who you believe in). Your response to the chance presented to you is the gift of gratitude that you give to God ( the Universe). People like Rachel and my friend Jenni have made the decision to use their abilities to make the world a better place for everyone else. We all have our own, and they are what set us apart from one another. My niece, for example, is a doula, and a friend of mine, Tom, is a photographer. Nurses, teachers, caregivers, and singers are also among us; we all have them.
The quilts I make are for people who have already given me one of their quilts. If you don’t already know what your gift is, find it and share it with the world to make the world a better place than it was before you found it, just like Jenni and Rachel did. This will leave the world a better place than you found it. Don’t underestimate its worth. The one and only perfect Christmas present I’ve ever been given. Blessings to each and every one of you, especially.