It's been almost 15 years, since our youngest son, Kevin, headed off to Heaven.
This picture of Kevin caught in a wave on a boogie board in So. California depicts something of how I see him now - a silhouette of strength, adventure and tanned beauty in the mist.
One might think that after 15 years the impact that Kevin's death had on our family would subside and we would get back to "normal." For those who Iive with the loss of someone they love deeply, we know it's just not that simple.
I saw this poem posted on Facebook earlier this month, and it really spoke to my mother's heart . . .
Missing You Always!
You never said "I'm leaving."
You never said "Goodbye."
You were gone before we knew it
And only God knows why.
In life I loved you dearly.
In death I love you still.
In my heart I hold a place
That only you can fill.
It broke my heart to lose you
But, you didn't go alone.
A part of me went with you
The day God took you Home.
As our family continues to experience and learn more about this journey of grief that is so much a part of our story now, one thing remains true for us; our love for one another never ends, we cherish memories past and present, and the parts of us that have gone on with Kevin is OK with us, because he is and always be a part of us and we are a part of him now and always.
Where I now see my son "in part," I "give thanks with a grateful heart for the things God has done," especially for His gift of Eternal life and the promise of a marvelous reunion one day "through Jesus Christ His Son."
You are gone, but neve forgotten, Kevin Russell Green!
Written with Faith, Hope and Love,
Angie "a mom like you"