Moon Gazer – A Tribute to a Friend

Tuesday April 23 2013 8:29 pm | Comments (2) Tags: , , , ,
Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from deathPsalm 68:19-21

I’ve been thinking about life and death this week.

I’ve been reminiscing about fun times with our dear friend, Bob Schmidt, who lost his courageous battle on Sunday, April 21, 2013 to the ugliness of brain cancer.

I hate cancer. It steals from families. It robs from love.

Kim and BobBob and his wife, Kim, were our neighbors for many years. Our boys grew up together. Soccer matches, baseball games, camping trips, fireworks extravaganzas, backyard barbecues and great conversation are all part of my memories of life with the Schmidt family.

Bob was a firefighter with the Kent, WA Fire Station 71. He was a devoted servant in that job.

He was a loving husband, a proud father, and a good friend.

Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were all enjoying the pyrotechnic abilities Bob brought to every 4th of July?

Has it really been that long ago that Bob encouraged Zane and Gabe down the water slides in Lake Chelan?

It feels like just last week that Bob helped Steve build our deck. We laughed watching two determined men build the strongest deck in the neighborhood.

Where has all the time gone? The years got away from us didn’t they.

Bob and Kim moved and we lost touch for a few years.

Never far from our heart, but not involved in daily life activities anymore.

And then cancer struck.

As soon as we heard, we were drawn back into their lives and it felt as if we never left.

Bob and Kim were so brave during his ten-month battle with glioblastoma cancer.



Never giving up.

But there was a plan that was different than ours.

Bob’s in heaven now.

The story of his journey has touched my heart deeply. I’ll be writing about it in my journal for a long time to come.

Kim told us how she and Bob would gaze at the moon. He’d be working at the fire station in Kent. She and the boys were at their home in Woodinville.

“Kimmer, are you looking at the moon?”, Bob would ask over the phone. Nine times out of ten, Kim was looking at the the same time.

Though distance kept them apart, they gazed at the moon and talked before each of them called it a day.

This story of love sent across the miles makes me smile.

When the news from the doctors wasn’t good, Kim asked this question. “I wonder how many more moons we’ll gaze at together?”

Moon Gazer

Tomorrow night the moon will be full. The weather here in Seattle is clear. We will see it and think of Bob. I’ll never look at it the same again.

In the light in the dark night, I’ll remember a friend who touched so many lives.

I’ll smile to know he loved well and was well loved. I am thankful for Jesus and heaven – knowing I’ll see Bob in eternity.

And I sure hope we get to be neighbors again.

Bob, we will miss your smile. But we know your light shines on.

Will you pray with me for the Schmidt and Parker families? I know a few broken hearts who could use your prayers.

God bless your heart,




  1. Comment by Arlene — April 24, 2013 @ 1:47 am

    I will be praying for Kim especially after it gets quiet in her home when everone has gone back to their homes and their normal everyday lives. Kim’s world is forever changed~. so in my prayers I’ll continually be asking God our Abba Heavenly Father to hold her ever so close and that she will feel His loving touch and peaceful presence. Will alo pray that her loved ones and Friends will drop her cards, telephone calls and take her out to lunch, dinner, to church functions and make new happy memories with her! This first year for Kim every day will be a mountain for her to climb and get through. Lord I pray that You will touch the hearts of the people Kim will need for those really painful moments and that they will repond to your touch and be there for her. I know that there will be times when only you Father can give Kim what she needs. Thank You Lord that You are Lord over all and that You are the healer of broken hearts and a husband to the widows. Bless Kim Lord in ways that only You would know to Bless Her. Thank You Lord in the Name of Your Son Jesus these requests for Kim, I Pray. Amen

  2. Comment by Becky — April 24, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

    I just lost a friend that I met doing a Bible Study. She lost her fight with cancer on Saturday morning. I know she is in Heaven, but I feel such a sadness for her husband & three children. I lost touch with her, our lives took different paths after our last Bible study together. It’s crazy, but I miss her already, knowing she isn’t there & I won’t just run into her out and about. Keeping these families in my prayers!! My hubby & I love to look at the moon together when we are apart, I’ll remember as well. We need to take as many moments together as we can, for we never know what is around the corner.

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