Location: MICHIGAN, United States

Thank you for stopping by. It's my hope you find glimpses of my Savior interwoven thru my writings. I am the wife to one husband for over 25 years, a blessed mama to a dozen children, yes each born from me ~ two of which see Jesus face to face & ten at home, all of us yearning to see Jesus someday. We have been home educating for over 18 years with . . . well, another 15 years to go (the youngest is 3, the oldest 23!) I have walked through rejection, to continually learning I am CALLED, LOVED and forever KEPT by God - never, ever to be rejected by Jesus! (Jude 1:1) I've walked through deep sorrow to find that joy does come again, though the night may be long; I've witnessed God orchestrating miracles with my children still beyond my comprehension, & I am seeing new love forming as we begin a new road of older children finding life mates. My life has and is a journey, from the deepest, almost rock bottom pit, to stumbling through my faith and looking towards the ultimate climax of everlasting life in heaven. Will you be joining me here and there? ~ Loni

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Making Memories

Today more special memories were made. Norm's parents came over for dinner to celebrate Bethany's birthday and Mother's Day. Bethany got spoiled, again, and loved opening her presents.

Later Norm's mom handed me a little package, and told me she got me something special because she knew it would be a hard Mother's day for me. Actually, I've been dreading it, though I know how blessed I am, there's such a pain. Yet, I see these nine other healthy, living chidren, and wow . . . I am indeed blessed. Anyway, I opened the package and got some special chocolates, and then a pretty box with a flower on top. Inside was a beautiful ceramic type heart that opened up and inside that Norm's mom had drawn a small picture of Matthew. It touched my heart so much. She then showed me how the picture could come out, and on the back was a picture of him as a little boy. Of course, the tears came, and she worried some that she upset me, but Norm kept telling her, "it was the perfect gift" and it was. Norm's mom draws beautiful pictures and portraits. I asked her if she had drawn a big one and sized it down, and she said she had, and I told her sometime I'd love to have one. In a few minutes she gave me the big picture. She said she hesitated, because she wanted to make sure I was ready. It's a beautiful portrait, and she gave me permission to share it on our webpage. She also made bookmarks for each of us, with Matthew's 16 year picture and baby pictures. I just cannot say enough how much this meant, and that even as a hurting grandma, took the time to draw this and give it as a gift. Though this sting of death is so new, these are bittersweet treasures that will be held dear until we can see Jesus and our family is whole again in heaven.


Blogger Teena said...

Dear Loni, it has been a few weeks since I have been here~ lots going on here and our Wesley (22 months) broke his arm last week and we found out today it will NOT need surgery. PTL~
Anyway,I just wanted to say I did think of you on Mother's Day and you are in my heart/prayers.
Also, I LOVE the picture of Matthew. What and awesome thing for his grandmother to do~ oh how I know it blessed your heart!

Also, your Bethany is two and our Wes will be in July~ she is such a cutie I loved the pics of her!

in HIM~
Teena mom of 1/2 dozen

5/25/2005 11:00 PM  

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