CS Lewis once said that "grief is like the sky, it covers everything." In recent weeks, our family has found that this is so very true. It seems that there is no right or wrong way to travel this path of grief. I have created this blog in hopes that some day we will be able to look back on our journey and see written proof that our great God never leaves us. God is good all the time.

Celebrating Laynee

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Monday, February 6, 2012


Today, as I was cleaning up my gallery of photos in my cell phone, many of which are of black nothingness, apparently taken inside my pocket or someplace equally as unintentional,  I came across a few pictures our sweet Laynee grace.  I knew they were there, they have been there for a very long time.  Still, seeing them, seeing her takes my breath away every time.  Today was no different. 
Since I am about due for a new phone, mine is rather old and doesn't hold it's charge very well anymore, I suddenly became determined that the pictures had to be in a safer place.  The idea of losing even one priceless picture of her is chilling.  Being the not so techno savvy person that I am, I had no idea how to get the pictures off my phone.  A quick text to my friend RK, solved that problem in a hurry.  For the first time I saw these pictures in full screen and............well..............there are no words, she is so beautiful, so happy, so radiant, so LAYNEE.  I was stuck, for quite some time, somewhere between laughing and crying.  I have to laugh because even I cannot deny that orneriness positively oozes from her squinty eyes and big smile.  At the same time I cry because I love and miss her so desperately. 

This particular picture was taken while we were on vacation the summer before the accident and she spent a day at my brother's house.  It doesn't matter that I did not take the picture or that I wasn't even there.  That's my Laynee, her smile, her joy, her radiance. 

I would give every single earthly possession I have to see that face, kiss those cheeks, hear that laughter just one more time.   

Come quickly Lord


  1. Thank you for sharing this beautiful photo of your sweet love. she truly is radiant.

    always keeping you close in thought and prayer my friend. Always.

  2. how sweet that RK was able to help you save the darling pictures from your phone.

  3. Darling, dear, lovely girl. Oh, I agree so much. Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

    Oh, Laynee. I miss you and I didn't even get to know you. When I think of how your family, your Mommy, feels...


    Cathy in Missouri

  4. I've run across pic's on my cell phone that I had all but forgotten. Tears my heart out. But they are a sweet reminder of the love we had and still have for both of our kids.

    I LOVE that pic of Laynee. Sweet, sweet little girl. {{{hugs}}} to you and your family.