I know some of you already have a home decked out for Christmas, but this fall loving girl...
My original plan was to take down the fall and put up the Christmas next week, the last week of November. But I'm not too sure that is going to happen now.
I'm asking you, my prayer warrior friends to please add my families to your prayers. Last Sunday, November 13, we traveled to Missouri for the funeral of my great-uncle Glen Johns. In my large family, we are a close knit group. Although this was my dad's uncle, we always called him Uncle Glen. As well with the other 10 siblings. Us kids never used the word "great", we just felt blessed to have so many aunts and uncles. Uncle Glen was so soft-spoken, such a kind man, and loved God with all his heart. He was my favorite out of the whole clan and I miss him so much.
My husband and the kids came on home that day while I stayed with my parents. The next morning, we headed up to Princeville, IL for the visitation and memorial service of my mom's brother, my Uncle Jim Smith. He ran off the road, rolled his truck, and it caught on fire. His body was 90% burned but thankfully he was gone before he even ran off the road, there were no tire marks whatsoever. He was a 22 year Navy veteran and was extremely active in all the veteran halls in the surrounding areas. I was amazed at the very long line at the visitation. My Aunt Marian said there were people there that she never even knew. For 2 1/2 hours, over 565 people came through to pay their last respects to our family. What an honor that was (and very emotional as well) to see the many veterans come through in their dress. It was so neat to see yet so hard at the same time.
Then I got the call last night that my great-aunt Susie Johns, my dad's aunt that has been in the hospital for several months, wasn't expected to make it through the night. I received the call this morning that Aunt Susie passed away last night. She was so full of laughter and spirit all the way up until her entrance to the hospital. A very loving soul who will be missed.
That's three deaths in our close knit family in two weeks. Please pray for the Goins', Smith's, and Johns' families for comfort. Our family has been known for its legacy of faith, love, and family. For that, I am extremely grateful and I know that God will help us through this time. Thank you for your prayers, dear friends!
At this thankful time of the year, I have been reminded this month that there is nothing more important than relationships. First and foremost, our relationship with our Heavenly Father. If you don't have this or don't understand, please contact me, I would love to share how my Savior is always there for me and loves me unconditionally. Second, is our relationships with our family members. Yes, there are some members that occasionally drive us crazy (or more often than that!) but be thankful for them, try to mend those broken ties because you never know when the last minute will come. Lastly, thank you my dear blog friends that have been with me these past few years for many laughs, and cries. I may never meet any of you in person, but you are all dear to my heart and mean so much to me. Thank you for being a part of my life!! Love to you all~