Camo For A Cause 11.24.15

Remembering…

So, I’m trying to organize pictures… which is not an easy task!

I am so thankful for all the photos we have but I often get overwhelmed as I try to sift through them.  With i cloud, drop box, Facebook & Instagram I feel like I’ve got pictures all over the place.

“all over the place..”  Not only does that describe the state of our family pictures, but my emotions these days!!  It seems to be that more often than not, I can’t think clearly.  My daily tasks take me longer to accomplish (if they get accomplished!).  When asked, “What do you have going on this week..?”  I genuinely can’t remember, although every day seems busy.  I feel like my head is constantly spinning with ‘to-do’ lists, and I’m doing good to take care of the necessities ….grocery shopping, getting Grace to and from school and cheer, being a wife to Bill…I mean, if we’ve got food and toilet paper, its a good day!

This may be a bit exaggerated, but things do seem to be moving all around me, while I’m still 2 steps behind..always playing catch-up and never feeling on top of things.

Grieving is a full time job!!

15 months-457 days-65 weeks

That’s how long its been since Warren went to Heaven.  Crazy!  Crazy!  Crazy!  I miss him so much!!!  Sometimes I feel like missing him is the only constant in my day… A year and 3 months and my heart aches and my thoughts are consumed with the reality of him not being here.

I don’t typically know how many days its been since he went to Heaven….some days it feels like it was yesterday, while others feel like it was forever ago.  All I know, is that being 3 months into year 2, I miss him the same as I did 457 days ago.  Has anything changed?  Yes… But not how much we wish Warren were still here with us!

What has changed is the fact that I have 457 days of God’s faithfulness behind me!!!

Today in my daily devotional (Heaven On Earth) the title was ‘Hang On to Hope’…. 

We want you to know what will happen…so you will not grieve like people who have no hope.          (1 Thessalonians 4:13)

Biblical Hope:’It’s present enjoyment of a future reality, an active looking forward to what we know to be true.  It’s the truth of the future in our hearts today.’

‘Whatever it takes, cultivate HOPE.  God is bigger and better than any circumstance.  Find his promise and purpose in everything.  And hang on to HOPE against everything that tries to steal it from you.’ (from Heaven On Earth)

I believe in His promises Today, because He was faithful yesterday..and I believe He will be faithful tomorrow, because He will be faithful TODAY!  Talk about a Truth to get lost in…His faithfulness!!!

Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.         (Hebrews 13:7,8)

Remembering how He has been faithful is so important…. To remember and recall all that God has done, confirms His sovereignty over our life and reminds me that Warren’s death has not been wasted.  God is working … all of it…for HIS GLORY!

  So grateful for the MANY ways our friends and family continue to love on us…..We love you more than you will ever know!!

I’m a visual person…so here are a few pictures to SEE how God has been faithful over the last couple of months!!

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Delivering turkeys with friends for Family Point Resources
Random Acts of Kindness in honor of WB…

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Thanking Big Tex Trees for helping get a tree planted last year in honor of Warren’s bday!
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Warren’s friends helped at the SBMSA fields where he used to play!
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Special thank you to Valerie at Jovi Printing for helping us with #warrenwariors  T-shirts !
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Mulching and adding a new bow to the tree planted at MMS in Warren’s memory!
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Delivering Warren’s favorite…donut holes to boys at the bus stop!
Family and friends posting photos wearing their camo!!

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I had simply “mentioned” (weeks before the 24th) wanting this day to be full of “light”… So…..Special friends came over to decorate both inside and outside our home.  Paper luminary bags with personal messages covered our front yard!  We even have the decorative lights still hanging inside our house.  🙂
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A sweet group of Warren’s friends came over on the 23rd to share memories, pray and encourage one another!  We were so very touched by this….we laughed and cried and LOVED all the stories!

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This was a very special time for Grace to be surrounded with friends!  It is so important to us that Warren not be forgotten…this was a perfect way to keep his memory alive!  Thank you!  

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The morning of the 24th, we woke up early to go get donuts from Krispy Kreme!  At one point Grace and I were sitting in the car, we looked up and literally could not believe what we were seeing.  It was the most beautiful sunrise!!  It was absolutely spectacular!  I have no doubt this was God’s way of wrapping us up in His loving arms…blanketing us with His tender mercy and grace!  

Oh, the kindness of a good, good Father that loves us so well!

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Our neighbor took this picture of the sunrise over our house…

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After Warren went to Heaven, our community tied blue bows all around our neighborhood in honor of Warren.  One evening, we were driving home and a precious friend of Warren’s and her Dad were writing a verse and ‘WB’ on the window of this vacant building.  A year later, it is still there…I drive by it at least once a day and it warms my heart!  

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Balloon Release….

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Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.  

They are new every morning

Great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23

 

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