A year ago yesterday (November 11) my niece Blair Nicole went to be with Jesus.
And this year my sister and her husband go to celebrate her first birthday in Glory with Blair’s little brother in their arms. They celebrated by visiting her gravesite and releasing pink and purple balloons. (We were going to do a balloon release here as well, but due to the small town we live in we were unable to find any store that had helium… we hope to find some “on the other side” this week and do it another day.)
On November 2, 2012 at 5:56 pm (same time as Lydia) my sweet little nephew Landon Steel Schuelke was born!
What a year it has been. This time last year I was getting ready to board a plane back to America to mourn with my family over the loss of my niece. And this year I got to rejoice with my sister as she gave birth to a beautiful healthy little boy while cuddling my sweet angel. God truly turned ashes into beauty. He is faithful and worthy of our praise. This last year has been tough, probably one of the toughest years of my (our) lives, but God never ceased to be near to us. I have been amazed while watching my sister and her husband trust in the Lord and walk by faith as they buried their first daughter and anxiously awaited the birth of their second born child. My faith has grown because of their faith and trust in the Lord.
We will always miss Blair and wonder what life would have been like with her, but I am so thankful that God blessed us with her little brother and Lydia’s cousin this year. I CANNOT wait to meet him, hold him, kiss him and spoil him in a few weeks! Lydia and Landon are sure to be best of friends- they are just one month apart! So fun. Isn’t Landon the cutest!?! I love him so much!
Thank you Jesus for being faithful and for the gifts you have lavished upon our families. We praise you!
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand – when I awake, I am still with you. Psalm 139:16-18