Thursday, November 1, 2012

Incomplete Family Moments

Last night was the first Halloween without the whole family home at some point together. It didn't feel right, though we did try to put on a festive face.

The family costume thing was Kari's idea. I think that part of the reason behind it was that she knew it would just be the three of us. We all knew that Keenan wouldn't have dressed up, even IF he had been here, but it still didn't feel quite right.

Throughout the day it hit home with me that these "incomplete" feelings are just going to get more frequent in coming years. Both of my children are growing older and will be leaving the nest. My parents are older and I will lose them too. I don't know if I am quite prepared to deal with all of that.

In recent weeks we have lost a number of friends. We experienced 3 deaths within our community on the same day this past weekend. As I see friends deal with their loss I know that I will need their support and God's as these incomplete feelings enter my own life. For now, I am thankful that I can look forward to Thanksgiving and having my own family together one more time, God willing.

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