Monday, January 24, 2011

On This Day

This is one of my favorite pictures of my Sister. This is her with her son Jonathan...The smiles are the same, the happy look is the same. You can see the love just by looking at this picture. Today marks 7yrs since Jono's death. He was killed in an automobile accident on a cold, snowy, icy day very similar to our weather today. How she made it through those dark days is a mark of her faith, her belief that there is a reason for everything and her gratitude to God for letting her have him for 18yrs. It's changed her forever, and all of us who loved him have been changed too. I'm more appreciative of my own children. More sure of life after death. More grateful to a loving Heavenly Father who does not leave us alone, especially in our grief. He will never be forgotten by any of us, or his friends or the people he touched in his life. The many that came to his funeral to tell his mother how Jono came and did many kind acts of service that he never told anyone about. The many teenagers that called him friend. More than 1000 people came to his calling hours. It was overwhelming, but not surprising. He was a corker who could make you laugh with his sense of humor. Not unlike my sister. Today I called her to say I was thinking of her and Jono. We talked about that for a bit then went on to talk as sisters do about our lives. By the end of the conversation she had me laughing so hard I was crying and we could hardly speak without cracking up! That is just typical of her to have me cheered up, when I was trying to do that for her. The saying that "life goes on" is true..it does go on with all the happiness and sadness and moments that change your outlook forever, but it doesn't end here. Someday we'll all be together again. Hopefully laughing with tears of joy, hugging with loving arms around each other, and an eternity to spend together.

13 comments:

Ann Best said...

Yaya: you say you came over to my blog from Rosaria (she's a lovely lady). I'm SO glad you did. I'm so happy to meet you! Yes, difficult to lose a child in its youth. Difficult to "lose" someone older, too. I really miss my only sister (younger) who died just a little over a year ago, a year and a half after her husband died; he was my age. Some die young, some die old. She and her husband lived in Naperville, IL. It was frigid in December when Jen and I went to her funeral!!! I see you're originally from Chicago. I see your quote by President Hinckley. It's one of my very favorites, too. I once used it in a post!! Small world. Yes, we know there's life after death and we'll see our loved ones again. (My brain injured daughter Jen had an out of body experience just after her accident; she and I have had amazing experiences together.) I'm following you now, too!!! I'll be back.
Ann Best, Author

acorn hollow said...

Your sister has amazing strength and her son would be and is so proud of her. I do not believe I could be 1/10th as strong. God bless you all on this very sad day.
cathy

Donna said...

Beautiful, beautiful post, a wonderful tribute to Jon AND your sister!!

Sue said...

That is a wonderful, wonderful picture of mother and son. And yes, they are both glowing.

I can see why it's your favorite.

=)

Stacy Crawford said...

Oh how sweet the reunion in heaven will be...I'm glad familys can be forever. Heavenly Father really does think of everything.

Annah said...

That must be devastating.

I like to believe in life after death. One can only hope, at least.

Catch the Kids said...

I'm so sad for your sister. This is every parents nightmare. She sounds amazingly strong.

Wishing you and your family comfort on this sad day.

karen said...

Beautifuly said. Your story strengthened my testimony of a wonderful life after our earthly experience. But oh, how hard that wait is sometimes! You and your sister are lucky to have each other. I've always envied those who have sisters.

Darlene said...

Wow, my tears are really falling. I just can't understand how awful it would be to lose a child, Parents are supposed to go first. I love the picture of them together and can understand why you do too. I do appreciate her strength and her understanding. What would we do without our Faith?

Having said that, I am certain that she feels so blessed to have you as her sister. What a great one you are!

Hope said...

amazing strength and incredible faith, your sister has and my guess is that it runs in the family. so sorry for her loss but what an inspiration she is.

wonderful post, yaya.
thank you for sharing

Deb Shucka said...

I read this through tears. Wonderfully told and full of hope and love. The picture is stunning. I'm so sorry for your loss, and inspired by your family's faith.

Bernie said...

Posts like this are just what I need. Your affirmation of life after death is particularly hitting close to home for I like Annah have a little trouble with this. Why, I don't know as I know and believe so strongly in
God, but have trouble picturing how heaven could possibly hold all the billions of people who hope to be going there. I know "Have faith" and that is what I am trying to have.

You and your sister are so lucky to have such a great relationship and shared beliefs. Thank you for posting this.

Karen Whittal said...

Wow, what a lovely tribute to both your sister and your nephew, we truly serve an awesome God and with faith we can get through anything.