They had three years of days, these two sweet little cousins. Three years more of growing, of prayers for Baby Cousin’s hole in her heart. Of singing songs, and making silly faces, and hospital visits, and lots of NO visits and staying home and keeping our little kid sick germs to ourselves. Three more years of celebrating birthdays and miracles, and buying presents at Christmas, and drawing pictures for each other. Of taking Janessa’s picture to school for show ‘n’ tell and telling her friends about her miracle cousin. Of dancing so Janessa could watch, and ringing her chimes, and hunting through every store in VV and half the ones in GP, looking for the exactly right kind of rattle that Janessa could hold and play with.
Three years is done now.
We are left with Janessa’s toy car, forgotten at our house. With Ballet Bear, passed on down to Elianna. With empty hollow hearts and oh, so very many tears. Janessa was just here. Elianna was just dancing for her, just days ago, in our living room. And then — gone.
She’s lighting up Heaven now with that bright smile. No more oxygen. No more sickness, no more pain. Little legs that are strong and now SHE can do the running and jumping and twirling and dancing. Instead of praying at bedtime and asking God to make Janessa strong and healthy, Elianna thanks Him that He is taking care of her now and that she is safe with Jesus.
And she is.
Janessa Zofeya — “God sees, and is merciful” In her life, this was true. And in her death, it is still true.
58 — I’m thankful for the Michener family who took care of Uncle Paul. 59 — I’m thankful Grandma Siebert’s prayer for people who would care for him with LOVE was answered. 60 — I’m thankful Premier Jim Prentice admitted Redford’s decision to close Michener was wrong, and reversed it. 61 — I’m thankful Uncle Paul he was able to die in his home, surrounded by people who knew him and loved him. 62 — I’m thankful for the Hope that we have even in death. As we lowered his body into the grave, it was ok, because it was just a shell, and he is with the One who loves him more than we ever could!
The sorting process drives my neat-freak side a little crazy, and I still haven’t figured out a very good storage method, but the end result is that Elianna’s dresser is stocked for another season and I haven’t spent a penny.
I’m so thankful for all the hand-me-downs people have given us for her!
Well, I wrote a post, and then promptly lost it, and typing on my phone is a bit of a painful process, so I’ll just sum it up and leave this link and two screen shots of Jerry’s Facebook post that tells the story better than I can:
#38 — I am SO thankful this little 6 yr old boy is safe and back at home. #39 — I’m thankful Jerry & Laine & Julianne got to have a part in the exciting story. #40 — I’m thankful for how God answered prayer and led them right to this 6 yr old “needle in the haystack” (acres and acres of bush were being searched and miles of back roads all around his home area). #41 — I’m thankful for my own little prayer that was answered, that God would stop the rain before to got to New Fish Creek. (It was raining so hard on my way home from work at 8:20 that I could hardly see where to turn off the road. Yet a few miles north of us, the rain did not start until they had found the boy and gotten him safely into a vehicle.
I can’t imagine what his family felt as they searched for him all day. #42 — I’m so glad he didn’t spend the night outside, because the story could have been much different. #43 — I’m thankful for safety for Jerry, Laine, & Julie as they searched in the dark in the bush with no gun!