But in the midst of the sorrow...God sends so much beauty to lighten the load. The tree lined streets are in full bloom...and so beautiful even when the sun is not shining!
And He sends friends! Thanks so much to each of you for your messages of love and comfort. We weren't meant to do life alone...friends multiply the joys and divide the grief.
I haven't been around to visit many of you in blogland this week (I'll be back soon)...but I so appreciate all of you. I know Vee went to great lengths to send me a package (which I am so looking forward to)...Marg hung tulips on the front door for me...Trish baked my refrigerator rolls...thanks to you all for your friendship.
It is said that laughter is the best medicine! I had a good dose of that last week, while I had Ranen with me. She had no idea that the world around her was being shattered...and she was so funny she had me laughing along with her.
She is a carefree, happy child...with a large vocabulary for someone not yet two. It seems I need to watch my language, because hers may have deteriorated during her stay with Grammy. She always said 'yes' so nicely...now I'm hearing a lot of 'yup'. She has a few new favorites...okey dokey and oopsy daisy are used regularly.
We also spent a lot of time looking at one of her dad's favorite childhood books...Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go. It's more about finding goldbug, who is hiding somewhere on each page, than about looking at the cars and trucks. Her daddy could always beat me to the punch in finding goldbug...Ranen will soon be ready to challenge him!
On Friday morning, we had all spent a few hours with little Baby Hannah, and then stopped for a bite to eat before the long trip home from the city.
We were quite subdued and emotional...but Ranen had us all laughing before long. She picked a pair of nice looking blue-jean clad legs in the fast food line-up and wrapped herself around them for a good hug, and then ran off. The legs belonged to a young guy, who was quite taken aback. She must have thought they belonged to her dad...because she went back for seconds...and thirds. By then we were all laughing.
On Friday evening, as I gave Ranen a bath before bedtime she had such fun playing with the bubbles, she started to giggle. I ran to get my camera and she was still giggling uncontrollably.
A short time later I heard that her little sister had passed away. And so it is with life...happiness and sadness...joys and sorrows all mixed up.
I wet vac'd the floor after Ranen left...the tears flowed as I vacuumed. I'm so sad for my children...and for our loss...but I'm thankful for all of you who bring joy and laughter to my life also.