For the past several years, January 31st hasn’t been a happy day for me. I wasn’t gloom and doom sad but just felt melancholy on that day. It’s the day my Dad was born and since I no longer have him, there’s just not been anything to celebrate on that day. In fact, I think of him more, miss him more, wish I could talk to him more, wish I could hear his voice again, wish….wish…wish.
But this year, things changed. My only son, Jacob (yes, the one from a post a few months back who had a brain tumor) proposed to his longtime girlfriend Jamie! When Jacob was talking about dates to propose, we thought about Dad’s birthday and Jacob jumped on that day. It would be perfect! Bring joy back to a day that generally brought lots of memories but no overwhelming joy. (boy, am I sounding like a downer? Don’t mean to be….but if you’ve lost someone you understand…tough to feel jovial on dates that are directly related to them.)
Well, let’s cut to the chase, shall we? :-)) This past Friday, my Dad would have been 75 years old! We lost him when he was 67…much too young!! And now this day has been made sweeter and I’d like to think that my Dad was cheering from the great golf course up above when Jacob proposed to Jamie!
They have been together just under four years. They are good together! Meant to be! Inevitable!
I’ve always had two requirements, if you will, for Jacob’s wife:
1. She loves God.
2. She loves Megan, Jacob’s older sister who has autism.
(I did add in a 3rd one a few years back….that she’s orphan so that I don’t have to split time with other grandparents but that was just silly talk. Or was it?? ~wink~)
Seriously though, Jamie meets my “requirements”. She has a heart for service, just like Jacob. They both have a heart for missions, which we love and support! And she loves Megan. And Megan loves her (even though she asks every night, “When’s Jamie going home??” She does that because she is ready for bed but won’t go until we’re all going. :-))
Sadness can become joy!
Joy was scattered on that day, Friday January 31, 2014.