I've prayed for the words to honor Keri on my blog tonight, but I've found it's easier to distract myself with pix of my new boots, T's first soccer practice of the season and the excitement of knowing a few fellas on the team, or with reading kids library books, organizing piles and piles of paperwork, and even cleaning C's room with her all before bedtime. It's amazing what one can do to not think about something.
My aunt Keri died this morning. A double homicide, in fact. Crazy, I know. Never expected that to happen...never in a million years. I pictured her growing old with my uncle...and I mean really old...she had her first child super young...she's younger than some of my best friends...whoa...she's younger than some of my best friends. I am not even sure what to say to honor her. While her final hours were tragic and rather unbecoming, her life was not that...she was a mommy to two children, she carried and delivered them, she probably rocked them to sleep during the wee hours of those sleepless baby years, she diapered, hugged and kissed, she probably worried, and loved them the best she knew how. She was a mom. She was a wife. She was a person with a soul...and in a single moment her life on earth vanished. Keri was at a party. Keri, who seemed to have it together, slipped and now she is gone.
Kayli and Jake, I am so sorry your mom had to leave you. She loved you both. She loved you so much and only wanted the best for you.
Hyde I am sorry Keri is gone. I am sorry for all that you have been through, for this rough road you have been placed on.
"He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and
rampart" ps 91:4
"when you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze."