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Death is a curios thing... We will, in our physical form always miss those who have left this plane, but they are never truly gone.
This is an old American song about celebrating and accepting the inevitable transcendence of passing on.
This one is for you Aretha. Thank you for your incredible spirit. You have changed the world and will never be forgotten. May your journey forward be smooth and full of love, we'll see you again someday.
So thankful to be able to attend a dear long-time friend’s Daddy’s Celebration of Life service earlier today. A good reminder of how short our earthly journey really is. Let’s shine our lights brightly in this oft dark world, while there’s still time.
Love you Jane Ellen! So happy several of our FFs were able to join you.
Thank you @woodstockcitychurch for your tremendous hospitality!
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Alvis Benton Broadway Jr.
Although you will be missed so much! I am comforted by the Lord knowing that you are in Heaven smiling down on me and my family!! So grateful for the man he was and for serving our country!! So many great memories (laughs, tears, and some lessons learned the hard way). God has added a Mighty Man Of God to His army of angels!! I am so honored to be Alvis Benton Broadway Jr.s grandson and to carry on his legacy!! Love you so much Grandpa!! Keep on doing the amazing wood work in heaven that you did on this earth!! Until I see you again!! “Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations. No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him. And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever. Then the angel said to me, “Everything you have heard and seen is trustworthy and true. The Lord God, who inspires his prophets, has sent his angel to tell his servants what will happen soon. ””
Revelation 22:1-6 NLT
Today we spent a few hours at Brighton Beach. It's always been a favorite spot and a place we go, close to home, year around to feel our lake. The last pic is Will and I at Brighton, very shortly after we moved to Duluth.💙💙
A butterfly spent the last five minutes of our visit with us today. You might remember my post last year, just after Will died, when we released butterflies at the river. Ever since, they are a "Willy sign" for all of us. We extended our stay today because we didn't want to leave before the butterfly left first. As it flitted away and we walked to the car, Iris shared enthusiastically, almost breathless, "The last time we were at the river I asked Willy to send me a butterfly if he is safe and to send me to the dentist if he isn't safe! He sent a butterfly!!!" Absolutely beaming, her wish came true. Missing her biggest brother so much but feeling his sign with her whole entire heart.
This time last year, Will got his braces off. As you can see in the photo on the right, he was trying not to smile/show his teeth post removal. On our way to the orthodontist that morning, Will said "I don't want do the walk afterward."(Or it might have been more like "I'm *not* doing the walk afterward.") It's tradition at his orthodontist office to take the walk from the removal in the back, up to the front as they play the Olympic song, the patient walks up to the podium, the staff looks on (mom sneaks pictures) and Dr. Carlson presents a medal. He was a good sport. He was SO thrilled to have his braces off although he resisted showing anyone, particularly torturous for his sisters.
I miss our one on one time, as small as trips to the orthodontist were they usually included a stop for a shake, some chatting and connecting in those moments I treasured.
Eli is now the next in line to have braces. Will would be loving every moment of eating all of the forbidden braces food in front of him and teasing him. I am looking forward to a year of appts and spoiling Eli with shakes, chatting with the few quiet moments we have in the car.
Dr. Carlson and the entire staff @carlsonortho has provided such amazing care through our loss of Will and ongoing ortho care for Eli, which I'm confident will carry on through the rest of the braces wearers in our family. We are so very grateful.
I will never walk through those doors without thinking of my time there with Will. As we were leaving Eli's consultation appt a few weeks ago, our "family song" came on the speakers in the entry way as we walked out to the parking lot. Of all the songs, of *all* the songs and the moments a song could play, our song played and I could see all five of my children together in the rear view mirror, singing. 🎶🎶
I belong with you, you belong with me you're my sweetheart... 🎶🎶
So many lessons tonight from Professor Phil Cook @philcookmusic 1) talk to strangers, especially if they don’t look like you 2) if you know something speak up! 3)share your stage! ❤️ epic night and Pickathon finale on his stage with @obadiah11 and #danielnorgren and #theblindboysofalabama 🙌🙏 #illflyaway
Nothin Sweeter than jammin for 10,000 people with my band The Sweet Sound Revival & my husband @elibennettmusic all for an amazing cause!!! 🙌🏻 Playin “I’ll Fly Away” we literally almost flew off the stage at the end of this!! 😂 LOVED teaming up with @hunterbros & @highvalleyofficial in supporting @harvestforkids in sending 1 Million children to camps in developing countries @ccicamps 🙏🏻🎻❤️
🎷 @elibennettmusic 🎻 @rosemarysiemens
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