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Saturday, November 13, 2010

195–A Beginning and An End

Today we celebrated as my brother, Kevin #10, got married.  We wish him and Christy years of happiness together…

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We also grieve at the loss of my Uncle Don tonight – one day after his 55th wedding anniversary.  He spent his last few days surrounded by his loving, caring family.  They even decorated for Christmas and celebrated an early Christmas together.

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Uncle Don as a baby

Don, Mom and Karen 1953ish

Uncle Don, Mom, and my Aunt Karen (1953ish)

The one thing I truly know about my Uncle Don is that he was a man of God.  He lived his life out of that love and he faced death, much like my Aunt Rosemary, with grace and dignity and “joy in the journey”.  I have learned so much about what “to live is Christ, to die is gain” means through the loss of my Mom’s siblings.  She is made of the same stuff and that gives me tremendous peace.  I’m thankful to a God that is real.  Who knows our names. And who hears us when we call on Him.

8 comments:

Sharmin said...

I love that song. We've sung it at church a few times, the last time was at our women's conference and it was so tough to look at a friend who had given birth to a baby boy only to lose him immediately. She started crying and, of course, I did, too.

Jenn said...

I am sorry about your uncle.

That was such a sweet idea to celebrate their Christmas early. It is hard to lose someone, but it seems like around this time of year it is a little more sad.

But I also know that we are suppose to celebrate when a believer has gone on to Glory. Sounds like your uncle was a very special man.


It also looks like your brother had a beautiful wedding!

Betsy said...

That song is one of my very favorites! God is there to "do life" with us...in the happy times and the sad. And he cares about it all. So thankful we have a God like that!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your uncle's death. I know you were expecting it but that doesn't make it easier. blessings, marlene

petrii said...

Jacquie,

I'm so sorry for you and your Uncle's family. But what a legacy of faith and love that he has left. How beautiful!!

Congratulations to your brother and his new bride!!

Blessings and Love to you friend,
Dawn

Kelley said...

I am so sorry for your loss! I will be praying for your family. What a great idea to celebrate Christmas early. I am with Jenn. It is always hard to lose a loved one, but around a holiday seems to make it really sad.

judy said...

Jacquie, looked like a beautiful wedding! Congrats to your brother and new wife.

So sorry about your uncle.

One of my favorite songs!

Kayla said...

aw, she looks gorgeous! so happy for them!

so sorry about your uncle :( :(