I’ve often thought it unfortunate that we can’t get together as a whole family more often. It seems we have to wait for weddings and funerals for gatherings to happen at all. Maybe that’s a sign that we should be finding no occasion at all other than to see whose gained or lost weight, how old or tall someone’s kids have gotten, or just to tell stories and share memories.
Thanks to a good friend, my kids, my nieces (notice the camera angle that starts down low and looks up into the face of an adult), and to a small degree, me, we are blessed with a plethora of pictures from the day of my mom’s funeral in California and the graveside service in St. George, Utah. No pressure to look through them all. Some of us, me included, can be quite entertained for hours looking through family photos. I’m sure I even acquire a deer in the headlights look while staring at the light of the computer screen. In fact, I feel my eyes drying out as I stare wide-eyed at these words which keep getting little red squigglies under them.
Oh, I miss my mom so much as do many more. She was one of the greatest people in my life and, as is often the case, we don’t realize the treasure we have with us until she is gone. Yes, I know I will see her again in the afterlife, but I am impatient to have her with me now.
“It isn't as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don't worry. I say that to myself every morning. It all works out in the end. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. He will not forsake us. If we will put our trust in Him, if we will pray to Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers.”
― Gordon B. Hinckley
Thank you everyone who helped our family and who continue to help us while we mourn the loss of our mom, wife, daughter, sister, and friend. Thank you seems so simple a word for the expression of gratitude each of us feel, but it is most seriously said and thought. Thank you!