Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I Wish...

"I wish those days could come back once more 

Why did those days ever have to go..." from Stevie Wonder's I Wish. 
Rest in Peace, Pete...

My brother-in-law lost his battle with cancer last week, only to be rewarded with healing in Heaven. He was only 56 years old. Pray for my sister, niece and nephew, and his entire family as they grieve his loss. 
There is something about funerals that really brings you to a place of reflection and introspection. They also provide a time of fellowship and reconnecting. I saw some people that I have not seen in 30 years. It was a really good feeling being in a place and with people that I spent a good part of my young life, although the reason for the gathering was very sad.  
Pete was dear and will be missed by a lot of people -- family and friends. 

I spent the last few days on the road. 
I drove all the way to NC from MI to attend my brother-in-law's funeral. We are in the process of moving so I had to go alone. The Dad was actually still in GA right up to the day I needed to leave to get to NC. But I was on a mission to get there and drove all night long.  I now realize that driving all night wasn't a good idea. I am still exhausted from that. I decided to make the return trip in two days instead of driving straight through. I stopped in Washington DC area at my sister's house for a couple of days. But I'm heading back "home" to our new (temporary) townhouse. The Dad moved from the hotel to a townhouse with the kids while I was gone. The house hunting will resume once I get back. I/we could use your prayers too... 

You know me, I color to relax so I did some coloring today. It's not a card yet but one of these days it will might be. :) This image and the song lyrics above remind me of my carefree days as a child... 

Be blessed, my dear friends. Another of my sisters told me today that she strives to live like she's dying. In recent years, my motto has been to "live without regret." We truly don't know what our future. The most important thing you can do is to be sure Who holds your future. Who am I by Casting Crowns


Staci said...

So sorry about Pete - well, mostly about his widow, children & those who love him. I KNOW he's enjoying a better place than the pain & suffering that cancer can be on earth!
Happy Birthday some days late! I realized I don't know how to get a card to you this year...now that you have a PO Box, want to sent me an email with it?
Hope your birhtday was a nice one, even if a topsy-turvy one. I am thinking of you & praying for your whole family all of the time. Hope you find the perfect house for you & soon! We have lots of houses for sale in our neighborhood, should God be telling you that you should REALLY be located in Wisconsin!!!

Anonymous said...

Jacki, I'm am so sorry for the loss of your brother; your reunion in the future will be incredible. I don't expect us to meet here on earth, but I do expect to meet you in Heaven some day!
You have alot going on in your life right now. You are in my prayers.
P.S. I receive great encouragement from your blog!

seamom said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your Brother in Law. To my mind he was far too young. But... Jer 29:11 (my life verse) reminds me that it is not our plans, but His, and those plans are ALWAYS way better!