Saturday, August 16, 2008

taking a little detour

I know that I told you I'd be showing you a project that I made today but I must make a slight detour. Please bear with me through this post.

There are times in our lives when we are reminded that life as we know it here on earth with our family and friends is limited and precious. I am having one of those times right now. The husband of the principal (Anna) at the school Kyler will be attending this fall died yesterday afternoon...he was 34 and they have a seven year old daughter.

I think the reason why this always hits me harder then some other people is because I've been in the Anna's position before. I can call up the memories of the day that Kyler's biological dad (Brent) died. I can almost feel the pain, anger, sadness, and frustration she might be feeling right now. I remember the first night in bed after he died tears spilling onto the scrapbook that I was looking at. Painful memories that even today (almost 9 years later) bring me tears. I hope that I'll be able to be a person that Anna can talk to when the time is right. A person that she can count on to understand her feelings. A person that truly has felt the same pain. Please pray that I will have the right words at just the right time.

God is good! He brings us through our pain, loss, and frustration. He brings us to his side, comforts us with his love and assures us that all will be okay. He assures us that one day we will be with Him and all the pain and hurt we may feel here will be washed away. In the meantime we grow, learn, grow closer to God and love again. God has been so good to me bringing me a husband that is just the perfect fit, that I love so much, and once again that I can't imagine being without.

I know this is a little rambling...I tried to make it all go where it makes the most sense but sometimes I just get caught up in my emotion.

So, today...if you'll do me a favor and hug your loves ones a couple of extra times and tell them that you love them extra today. I know I'll be able to feel it from here.

"Fear thou not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea I will uphold the with the right hand of my righteousness." Isaiah 41:10

***Just a quick edit. I am honored to say that my card has been listed on Susanna's Best of the Blogosphere list for Religious Paper Crafting Inspiration on Sept 7th. Thank you so much Susanna!***

16 comments that make my day!:

sparkplug17 said...

How sad...I hope that things will be okay for her. Her and her family will be in my thoughts.

Sarah {SCS: Sairabee} said...

I am so sorry to hear of her loss. Your card is lovely.

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Kristine said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing your story--I know these times are very difficult and I'm sure the Lord will use you when the time is right. You've already touched others through your blog post here. We'll be praying for her family and for all the children at school who will be affected by the great loss of their principal's husband and friends' dad. You're such a strong woman of God Lorie--thanks!!

Chrissy D said...

Ohhh Lorie- I can only imagine what you are feeling as well as your friend, Anna. Please know my heart felt prayers are with you both. God has equipped you and will give you the strength you need in the moment He calls you too.

You card is a simplistic beauty. Big HUGS from Wisconsin.

Melissa said...

That is so sad! *HUGS* to you both!

On a happier note, I left a little something for you on my blog...

Jennifer (jkincolorado) said...

How sad for Anna!! I'm so sorry about your loss too. Your card is very pretty.

I'm going to go hug Brandon right now while he's watching football. I never take him for granted.

Katie Skiff said...

WOW Girl, I didn't know! How sad for you and for this family now, but God works in mysterious ways and you may be the one she really needs in these days.

I know too that life is way to short and it can change in a second. I will say a prayer for all of you!

Beedubya said...

You better believe that I've hugged my kids and husband about a thousand times since I read your post. I came back to tell you that I took your words to heart, Lori. You're an amazing person.

Lori Barnett said...

Ok...now that I had a little cry...

That is so sad. I know the only way I get through life is with Christ. Thanks for reminding us to cherish our loved ones and show how much they mean to us each and every day! ((HUG)) Luv ya girl!

Courtney said...

God is good, indeed!

I'll be in prayer for them and also you as you somewhat re-live those events.

This card will be cherished... it's just beautiful!

Kim said...

Lorie you card is beautiful! I am so sorry to hear of Anna and your loss! My favorite quote is always "God brings you to it, and God will lead you through it." You and your friends are in my thoughts and prayers! I will hug my loved ones LOTS extra today! Every day is a gift from God!
Hugs~ Kim

Bev said...

So sorry to hear about such a loss. It is always hard no matter how strong you are. I am sorry that you had to go through this as well. I am glad that you can talk about it now - it's always better than keeping it inside.

You know you and Anna will in my thoughts and if you'd ever want to talk, I'm a good ear!

Givin you a Big Hug friend. (squeeze)

Christi (Cici510 on SCS) said...

34 is how old Todd will be in less than a month. I cannot imagine losing him right now but like you I take comfort that one day we all will be together. I am so sorry for her loss and yours.

Dani said...

Oh dear, that is heartbreaking! Hugs to Anna and hugs to you.

Quilt Nut said...

how horribly sad ((hugglies))

the card is lovely