This time last year I was driving, you daughter, to my Aunt’s house, knowing it was possibly the last time your extended family was going to be able to see you.
It was hard trip.
You didn’t feel good. You had acquired additional medicines and equipment. Packing was a full time job and more then a chore. Yet it was important. It was meaningful to sit with our family and be grateful.
This year, Katie Grace, we are home. Your Rebekah is cooking up a storm in our kitchen, and we are filling our home full of friends. There is so much to miss without you this year, yet as I sit here snug on the couch watching the fall colors blow in the wind, I am nothing but grateful.
I am grateful for every Thanksgiving I had with you. That in this world I had the opportunity to know you. That I have stories to tell of you, like that one time we went to Aunt Nancy’s and we forgot the pole to your stroller that held your kangaroo bag with your food. So we had to create something on Aunt Nancy’s porch with a nail. Or that time that you were just irritated with everything and nothing I did helped, so your dad took you and were as happy as could be. For that alone, that I could watch you love him. Even in your brokenness….everyone knew he was your favorite. I am grateful to have a history to look back on, one where I can talk about your love for your family, your tenacity for your destiny and your laughter. Last night as we walked through Target, grabbing a few items for today, we passed the freezer section, and your dad couldn’t help but say Katie Grace loved this part of Target. Just like that you were there with us. Walking that aisle. Helping us prepare for this day.
We are going to sit down today to eat, and although I will not see your physical body at the kids table. I will know you are with us. I will see you here and I will remember our history. I will be grateful that we have a history. That I have stories to tell and memories to hold.
“How precious are my children who remember to thank Me at all times. They can walk through the darkest of days with Joy in their hearts because they know that the Light of My Presence is still shining on them. Rejoice in this day that I have made, for I am your steadfast Companion.”- Sarah Young, Author of Jesus Calling.