We’ve had some really hard days over the past month+, but between the tears, we have been buoyed by the outpouring of love and sympathy from friends and family. Your cards, calls, and messages mean more than you will ever know.
We had a family-only graveside service for Mom on February 20. Our entire immediate family was there, all 31 (31 2/3, actually – Kyle and Sarah Ann are expecting in May). Former South Park pastor, Bruce Eberline gave us an exceptionally encouraging and comforting devotional as we gathered in the snow on a bright, sunny day in Park Ridge. We enjoyed sharing stories and pictures over a meal from Mom and Dad’s friends that own Ay Caramba in Park Ridge, and we watched the great-grands joyfully run around afterward.
Dad has been encourage by a song over the past few weeks. It’s called “If You Could See Me Now” by Don Moen. It’s told from the perspective of someone who has passed from this life to the next…
Our prayers have been answered, I finally arrived
The healing that had been delayed is now realized
No one’s in a hurry, there’s no schedule to keep
We’re all enjoying Jesus, just sitting at His feet
If you could see me now, I’m walking streets of gold
If you could see me now I’m walking tall and whole
If you could see me now, you’d know I’ve seen His face
If you could see me now, you’d know the pain’s erased
You wouldn’t want me to ever leave this place
If only you could see me now
We know that there is Hope. We take comfort in that, just as we take comfort in the kindness shown to us by those whose lives Mom’s life touched.
We’re still unsure when we’ll be able to have a public service for Mom. At this point it looks like it will be in the spring, maybe when the weather is conducive to holding something outdoors. We’ll be sure to post information here as soon as we have plans.
Thank you all.
Steve, June, and Bob