As the three-year mark arrives of our family’s deaths, I feel it’s been a lot longer than three years since we last saw them; and yet it feels, at times, like it was only yesterday.

Our family’s emotional roller-coaster ride is still at times, just that! A roller-coaster ride. I’m sure it is the same way for the rest of our family, Shawna’s family, and Russell and Shawna’s friends, along with Tylee and Blake’s little friends.  I’m sure we ponder, still, the shock of it all. To all of you, I want you to know how often we think of you and we pray for God’s peace and continued healing in your lives.

If you would like to, please feel free to write in the comments below, about a funny memory you’d like to share, or how you are doing. Larry, Rhonda and I so enjoy seeing on Facebook, Russell and Shawna’s friends who are having babies, and those who are getting married. We were also very blessed to be able to join you in many celebrations over the last three years. Baby showers, bridal showers, weddings, your children’s birthday parties, and college graduations.

Many of us will think of Russell, Shawna, Tylee and Blake in our own ways on the 21st. I pray the pain isn’t as great and the memories we all have of them will be happy ones.

In the meantime, we must go on living this gift of life God has blessed us with, keeping always in the forefront of our minds, their memories. I smile when I find a penny on the ground, a ladybug on a leaf, a yellow butterfly fluttering across my path, or a bunny hiding under a bush. I smile when I see stiletto shoes, and glitter, dragonflies, feathers, rainbows, beautiful sunsets and hummingbirds. I thank my God for giving me all these little signs, letting me know Russell, Shawna, Tylee and Blake are safe in His arms as I smile and say, “See you in a little while.”

“When you pass through the waters I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” Isaiah 43:2

Remember, we are never promised that we won’t face “floods, and fire” in this life, or any kind of trials, and suffering. But God does promise that He will be with us through them all and that if we trust in His mercy and love we shall not be overwhelmed or overtaken with fear. We can reach out our hand into the darkness and know God will take our hand in return. He will sustain us and help us through the most terrible times.