Yesterday after writing my last post I received three calls back to back, followed by a text. I wasn't in a position to answer my phone at the time but read the text immediately.
It was from my mom. "Call me asap...bad news." This was enough to send my heart racing. Thoughts of my family raced through my head. When I heard my mom's voice, it was airy, empty, and then she began to cry.
Yesterday we lost baby Nick, my cousin. This boy was not only cute, but had energy equal to a thousand bolts of lightning and an appetite to match. When Nick walked into a room he owned it and if there was any food in sight, he owned that too.
Our hearts are so heavy right now. Although the timing is God's, the transition is not an easy one. We love you baby! From your thick little toes to your wispy hair, your smile was contagious and your kisses unforgettable.
There's nothing else to say, this is life. Life sometimes sucks, life sometimes hurts, life sometimes gives us circumstances that are beyond our control. But the key is the in-between time. Acknowledge the smiles, the laughs, and the good times. Acknowledge the tough times and the "what did I get myself into" times. Most importantly, acknowledge the ones you love. Love them fiercely and nonstop because we are completely incapable of predicting when their time is complete.
God we pray in Jesus' name that you cover our family. Help his parents to heal and give them peace at this time full of chaos. That in this time of great sorrow, they will lean on you Lord for understanding and comfort. Amen.