That's makes for a busy life.
October also brought sadness. I lost a very good friend, Carl. He and I had gone on 3 youth group mission trips together back about 18 years ago. Him and his wife Renee became dear friends of ours. He was diagnosed with a very rare disease 6 months ago; sadly, he succumbed to this disease. I was not home when he passed away, and I am very sad I didn't get to say goodbye. We had a wonderful celebration of his life on Saturday. It's so surreal to sit with Renee and realize we are both widows! Craziness. You will be missed Carl.
The other wedding was my nephew Derek's. He married sweet Marina - a beautiful wedding! This wedding was in Seattle so we spent two nights down there. My sister Becky & family flew up for the weekend and we all stayed at the same hotel. I drove down with my parents - they spent one night and left shortly after the wedding. I'm so happy for these newlyweds - they make such a great couple.
|Siblings! Missing Sharon...|
|Watched Natalie play soccer!!|
|Always a fun time in Wenatchee!|
|"Go rest high on that mountain - son your work on earth is done"|
Losing Carl brought back lots of memories of the process of losing Les. Every loss is different, yet so similar. However, being more than two years out, I can say that life is good, God is good, and I am choosing JOY. God has provided peace in my heart and I continue to be blessed with family and friends who encourage me - and keep me busy. I am thankful.