Christmas Greetings Everyone,
This is Rachel’s first Christmas in heaven…..I can’t even imagine what it must be like for her to be celebrating Christmas in His presence.…I only wish that I could be part of that celebration with her. I pray one day that I too will have that opportunity to be forever in His presence. For that to happen….I will need lots of help…and I will definitely need her help if I have any remote chance of getting in….poor girl…does she have her work cut out for her or what!!! (and she thought life was tough down here…) 💚
We laid Rachel to her final resting place on November 15th. It was a beautiful, peaceful morning and it was snowing gently. Father Parks from our parish of St. Charles Borromeo celebrated her service for us. On December 6th we attended a Holiday Remembrance Service at Hillside Cemetery where Rachel is. They had this beautiful poem that they shared with us….I would like to share it with you as well. It follows shortly. I also will add a few more thoughts after the poem to update you on the incredible football season that TG had and a few other thoughts as well.
First the poem….
My First Christmas in Heaven...
I see the countless Christmas trees
Around the world below,
With tiny lights, like heaven’s stars,
Reflecting on the snow.
The sight is so spectacular,
Please wipe away that tear.
For I’m spending Christmas
With Jesus Christ this year.
I hear the many Christmas songs,
That people hold so dear,
But the sounds of music can’t compare,
With the Christmas choir up here.
For I have no words to tell you,
The joy their voices bring.
For it is beyond description,
To hear an angel sing.
I can’t tell you of the splendor,
Or the peace here in this place.
Can you just imagine Christmas,
With our Savior, face to face?
I’ll ask Him to light your spirit,
As I tell Him of your love;
So then pray for one another,
As you lift your eyes above.
Please let your heart be joyful,
And let your spirit sing.
For I’m spending Christmas in Heaven,
And I’m walking with the King!
I know how much you miss me;
I see the pain inside your heart.
But I’m not so far away,
We really aren’t apart.
So be happy for me, dear ones,
You know I hold you dear,
And be glad I’m spending Christmas
With Jesus Christ this year.
I send you each a special gift
From my heavenly home above.
I send you each a memory
Of my undying love.
After all “love” is the gift,
More precious than pure gold.
It was always most important
In the stories Jesus told.
Please love and keep each other
As my Father said to do,
For I can’t count the blessings
Or the love He has for you.
So have a Merry Christmas and
Wipe away that tear.
Remember I’m spending Christmas
With Jesus Christ this year!
I especially felt great comfort in the last four stanzas. Her gift to all of us was ‘love’….in each and every way possible she tried to share that with us and I know she continues to do so.
Football….I must admit I have a new found love for this game! These young men and their coaches were simply impressive and amazing in every way….on and off the field. Our small school went up against big power schools in the 6A conference. We made it all the way to the state champion game to play Eden Prairie. What a game!!! What a season!!! Yes…we lost the game in the final seconds…yes…it was yet another nail biter game that our boys gave us…and yes…Eden Prairie won the game but there was truly only one group of young men who were the true champions this football season! That belonged to Totino-Grace! It is a season I know I will never forget! There were just so many amazing things that happened throughout their season….great players and coaches put them in the running for one of the top 10 best football programs in the nation!! The color ‘green’ took on a life of its own….for me it was so empowering and filled with great love for Rachel. The green heart that was placed and remains lit over the football stadium….and now a green Christmas tree with a heart in the middle is displayed in the football practice field as well (I hope to attach a photo here.) The green posters, all the green shirts, the chanting of ‘We love Rachel’ during the games brought me to tears. I will always remember at several games where both teams took time to pray together after several of their games. To see them on bended knee, praying…was so powerful. The parents/guardians of these young men will always hold a special place in my heart….thanks for supporting and loving your sons like you have. Not only did the football team have a winning season, they have raised $4,500 towards the Scholarship fund set up in Rachel’s memory too. There are just so many memories…I could go on and on….an amazing and treasured season.
As many of you know we started the Rachel Woell Endowment Scholarship Fund…it has grown to over $80,000! It was at $40,000 and then an anonymous donor matched the gift! I can not put into words my deepest gratitude for all the gifts that you have shared in Rachel’s memory at TG and at other organizations that Rachel loved. The outpouring of love and support for our family as been so incredible and such a blessing to us.
Another really awesome memory made since Rachel’s passing was back in October where a rosary made out of balloons was released in Rachel’s memory at her old elementary school, St. Charles Borromeo….I have attached the clip I am hoping here…hope it works…. http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/video/10794190-minn-school-releases-balloons-for-teen-who-lost-brain-cancer-battle/#.VFLdKIVX8O0.facebook It was a good half hour before we couldn’t see it anymore. Thank you Mrs. Flynn and St. Charles for remembering Rachel and for your wonderful idea.
As well, One of Rachel’s classmates also made us a cross out of green string and framed it for us. He told us he struggled to tie this particular type of knot but after Rachel’s passing was able to get it to work. It is absolutely stunning and beautiful.
My note is getting rather lengthy….again….so I will bring my note to a close. Jamie and I wish you all a very blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year! We are spending time with family over the holidays. Yesterday we were flying at 29,000ft....and I thought to myself...the closest I would get physically to Rachel at Christmas....I will take it!
💚 Yvette, Jamie, Oscar 🐾 & Oreo 🐾 💚