This is Karen (Marilyn's friend in Maple Grove from Northwood). It was brought to my heart to visit this site again tonight. My hope is that your friends are STILL loving on you and your family, the way they HAVE for so long. I know there has to be a LOT of changes to experience, even yet, in your husband's/your children's father/and that special someone's absence. For what it is worth, I pray that the God whom your precious Scott is now with, continues to find ways to remind you of His love and of His presence. Our Lord is sad WITH you for your loss, yet of course rejoices that He has Scott in His midst. I came across this passage recently, though it may not be the most 'inspirational' verse...I think it sometimes may hit the nail on the head:
If your heart is broken, you'll find God right there; if you're kicked in the gut, he'll help you catch your breath (Psalm 34:18, The Message version).
You don't know me well, though we've met several times. I want you to know my family continues to lift up you and your family. I pray 2012 IS, as you said in your last journal entry, MUCH better than the last. It HAS to be! Feel free to update your journal. Your friends still want to know how we can pray and how we can encourage each of you. We'd love to know what the girls are into and maybe even a glimpse of things that bring a smile to your face. If not yet, that smile WILL come.
With love and hope,