It's hard to believe we're approaching the fourth anniversary of Erin's death. December the 18th. The date still stands before me, defiantly, daring me to march confidently through it. Go into the holiday season. Join with the masses and participate in Decking the Halls and Ho Ho Ho-ing and Jingling those Bells! Well, four years later, I must admit I'm still a work in progress. 'Tis the season, you know.
Thanks to the ongoing support of each of you, I continue to find my way. Stumbling occasionally is part of the process which, I'm sure, will challenge me for the rest of my days. That's OK. I know you'll hang in there with me, and when I look at all we've accomplished together since Erin's death, I can't help but smile. Her light has continued to shine through the actions of this community that has come together at blood drives, volleyball tournaments and other activities to help others currently facing challenges in their lives. I have some exciting news to share with you at the beginning of the new year. It's going to be pretty great!
The annual Candle Lighting ceremony of The Compassionate Friends bereaved parents group is this evening. At 7:00pm, families around the world light candles in memory of dear children who've passed from this world too soon. Dave and I will be with other families this evening at our local Chapter's ceremony.
Please consider pausing this evening at 7:00. Take a moment from the hustle and bustle. Light a candle (if you still have the one from the 2011 blood drive - perfect) and think of all children who have moved on from this life. I can think of several from within our little community.
Mention their names. Don't be afraid. When you do, they live on.
P.S. Don't you think today's snow is pretty fitting for Erin Elizabeth?