Wednesday, February 13, 2013

One year ago...

A very difficult time for our family.  Our precious Papa and Dad went to be with the Lord.  How we miss him!  Thinking back one year ago, our hearts are heavy.

In those same moments Abby was lying in a PICU bed, after one of the worst seizures she's ever had.  Torn between two precious people...  some of the hardest days for us.

There are times in life when heartache overcomes and the trivial melt away.  When the presence of God is palpable and life sustaining.  The hope of eternity becomes a reality... and we long for heaven like never before.

This has been a year of firsts... 

First birthdays, Fourth of July's, Thanksgivings, adoptions and Christmases missing Sammy.

So many times we've reached for the phone to share some good news, some bad news or just to hear his voice.  Josiah writes him letters and asks questions about things he liked.  He wants to know all about Papa's childhood and what he was good at.  Levi thinks he's going to see him the next time we travel to TN.  He misses Papa's hugs.  I'm sure Abby misses him too...  and Jack Nathan will know him through pictures, stories and video.

Today is a day of missing.


marym said...

What a wonderful man and family. Thank you for sharing your thoughts & photos. Praying for you.

Keri said...

Thinking and praying for you all this week.

David said...


Glad I had many chances to talk with Sammy. Wish there were many more to come, and, actually, that wish will come true in the not-too-distant future when we join him where he is.


Evan and Marta said...

We miss him, too. *sniff