There are many things I haven’t forgotten…and that rings even more true with the 7 year anniversary of Lauren’s angel date approaching on March 7th. As I have written before this time is hard for me…with our anniversary, Taylor’s birthday and Lauren’s passing so close together. But also what I haven’t forgotten is my blog. I know it has been several months since I have written anything. I have struggled with many things over the last few months…back issues for my son, anxiety and thyroid issues for myself, 6 months ago we moved and downsized again…and we hadn’t even dealt with all of our “stuff” from our first downsizing 6 years ago….all while in the midst of renovating, the “new to us” garden home, from top to bottom. I have also struggled with no desire to write. I haven’t forgotten her or you….and I do hope to get my “mojo” back soon.
I do want to tell you two things I’m going to write about very soon…two Love, Action, Faith scholarships we gave out recently. And also one story now.
On Christmas Eve I was sitting alone on the back patio, watching the sun sink in the sky and thinking about Lauren. We now live one street over and almost behind a house we built about 20 years ago. I was thinking about all of us in that home….decorating the kid’s rooms….our pets Bear and Max….the laughter and joy….Bryan building a jungle gym for the kids….Easter egg hunts…. Christmas trees and presents….lots of memories from our 7 years in that house. I’m so close to that home I can see the roof through the trees and what I wouldn’t give to go back to that time in our lives…to see, love on and hug my young children…to have Lauren back. Tears trickled down my face as the sun went down. Bryan had been gone for hours, no doubt last-minute shopping as most men do, and I felt so alone….so sad to face another Christmas without Lauren….so forgotten….so not in the mood for this holiday. When Bryan came home he had an envelope from our PO Box that we use for LAF mail. It was the first time he had checked it in several weeks. Inside the envelope was a card that read… “Just a little hello, sent with a lot of love. Forever in our hearts, love y’all, Craig & Deann”. My brother and sister-in-law had sent it a few weeks before but I got it on the day I needed it most. The note was enough, it was a band-aid on my heart…she was not forgotten….neither was I. It also had a bonus inside…a very generous donation to LAF. When I called my brother to thank him I was crying so hard I could barely talk. I know they don’t want recognition but I needed to tell the story of how deeply that touched my soul at the moment I needed it most…that’s what love will do for you. Love you guys too.