Archive for June, 2009

A daughter’s eulogy

Hi [cousin]:

Did you hear the news? Michael Jaxen died.
I am so sad.
Also I am thinking we could play store with are seashells.
Email me when you get this email please.
Lots Of Love and Hope,

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Chere M.,

We are always happy to receive a letter from you. My daughter is always asking me if you have written. She made the enclosed notepad for you to write on.

We are happy, too, to know how to pray specifically for you. James 1:5 says, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you.” I pray that you will grow in wisdom and in stature, just as our Lord Jesus Christ did. What is your favorite thing to learn about in school?

I am happy that you were able to buy some Christmas shoes. What do they look like?

We are traveling today. It is sunny and warm. My husband’s mother has been a widow for many years, but on Saturday she will marry again at age 82. God has been faithful to her. It will be a happy day. My children will wear their new shoes. We will think of you.

God bless you and keep you. We love you and are praying for you.



M lives in Rwanda and is the same age as our daughter.


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Dear S.

IMG_0147You are four, and your enthusiasm is contagious. I love hearing you sing in the bathroom while you’re…doing things people do in the bathroom. Sometimes at the end of the day, waiting for sleep to come, you ask me questions like: “Who will I marry, Mom?” or “Do you know how tall the sky is?”

I love it when you”read” to me in rhyming verse — almost as much as I enjoy seeing you read a book quietly to yourself. You love to paint. I think you are going to be a lefty. You love baseball. I am not very good at pitching to you, so I bought one of those toys that pitches the ball. You did not find it to be to your satisfaction. Guess I will have to practice.

You are my little boyfriend. You are stretching me. I love being your momma.

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