I wish you were able to leave the world without a struggle and that you would have been able to enjoy your later years feeling healthy and more alive. Your keen ability to analyze people and philosophize wasn't always popular with those who knew you, but you made us think broadly and open our minds to things that really mattered in life. Even though you were a true rebel at heart, you were probably the most selfless and compassionate person most people will ever meet.
"I needed the quiet so He drew me aside, into the shadows where we could confide. Away
from the bustle where all day long, I hurried and worried when active and strong. I needed the quiet, though at first I rebelled, but ever so gently, my cross He upheld and whispered so sweetly of spiritual things. Weakened in body, my spirit took wings to heights never dreamed of when active and gay. He loved me so gently, He drew me away, I needed the quiet. No prison my bed, but a beautiful valley of blessings instead. A place to grow richer in Jesus to hide. I needed the quiet, so He drew me aside."
During this season, I will miss your kooky Christmas gifts that we loved to laugh about but they came from your heart and will be cherished forever.
You would be 73 today! Not wanting to be photographed most of the time, I caught this moment of you and Joseph, the light of your life.