lately we have been surrounded by loss, and the possibility of loss. death is something we know, for a fact, will happen to each one of us. but life gets busy, priorities slide, we forget what is in important, we take life for granted. we think things will last forever.
a few weeks ago a friend lost their little boy a few hours old. then our dear friends lost their baby mid-pregnancy. all this happening while we at home were silently facing the ugly, two headed monster called cancer. tyson's dad was diagnosed with cancer around 8 weeks ago. luckily, surgery was last week and the dr's are hopeful it is gone. and we started to sigh a sigh or relief, because what would we do without his dad? what do you do when you lose a parent?
and just when we start feeling safe, our friends the Bolton's lose their grandfather in an accident. you can read kathryn's lovely words here. and yesterday, our classmate and friend Dani lost her life along with her baby boy's in a tragic auto accident. leaving behind her husband, two other boys and family. just like that...gone.
our prayers went out for her family last night. for her husband, who will raise those two boys alone now. for her sweet parents who are grieving. for her siblings her loved her so. i can't think of one time where i saw dani not being kind and loving. from the first time i met her at basketball tryouts (bless her sould she tried to help me with my poor hand eye coordination) and from sunday when we waved at each other in the church hallway. she was a wonderful mother and friend to all. i'm pleased that she is at peace today. death is hardest on those left behind.
ty and i were somber last night. and looked in on our children, and hugged each other tighter. and vowed to do what was important first, and leave the rest for later. dani and her angel on her lap may have left this life full of grief and pain, and left their mortal bodies. but they will be together again as a family. and for this knowledge, i am extremely grateful. families can be together forever.