For so many reasons, this week away with my family (read Part 1 here) was peaceful, joyful, and in every way the perfect Sicilian vacation. In others, it was somber and tainted with grief. As many of you know, my youngest sister, Julia, died in a car accident this summer. This was our first real family vacation without her and we felt her absence at every turn. Although we have every confidence that Booie (our nickname for her) is in Heaven experiencing fullness of joy and rest, and although we have so much to be thankful for, we will be missing her the rest of our lives. I would be leaving the biggest thing out if I tried to write about this week and didn’t mention the thing that was most on our minds.
We continue to ask for your prayers as the weeks and months go by. We’d especially appreciate them tomorrow, March 23, which would have been Julia’s 20th birthday.
Here are some more photos from this week. Thank you, family, for coming so far and living life with us… newborn and all!
We took another walk on the beach mid-week and snapped some of these photos. Below are a couple of attempts at a family portrait… easier said than done!