A few months ago, I “met” a gal online, named SueZQue (aka Kim). She and I met through Laura’s Heavenly Homemakers blog, and I really enjoyed reading Kim’s blog and her comments. I could relate to so much of what she had to say, how she said it, and was inspired by her and encouraged by her.
And then I got a chance to help her with a new business venture. She wanted a website, Laura sent her my way, and we began working together to get one started. I began stockpiling a lot of fun notes in my saved email from her, as we wrote back and forth about name ideas and what she wanted in a website and hopefully a future home based business.
She wanted to get this site going, because she was looking forward to being a Mom some day, and she wanted to be able to stay home with those future kids. It was something I COMPLETELY related to, because I had done the same thing a decade ago when I started my business. It was exciting to share in HER excitement, and Laura and I were both enjoying getting email from her about her ideas and plans. (Yes, we talked about her behind her back, but it was all good, I promise!)
And then, Saturday morning, the phone rang and the world spun a little off-kilter. Tragic, tragic news. Laura called to tell me that Kim and her husband Gary were killed in their car… by a tornado. It’s been two days almost, and I still can’t comprehend it, AT ALL. My brain just keeps shutting down when I try to process the information. I find myself sitting on the couch, with my head shaking in disbelief. My kids keep looking at me as I wipe tears from my eyes.
Last night, I spent a couple of hours with google and the news websites, reading story after story (mostly repetitive) about the accident and the tornado. I had to quit once I found an article with a picture of the car.
Tonight, I sat reading the archives of Kim’s blog, and then found another one, and read those archives too. More tears flowed, especially when I read Kim’s “Gratituesday” posts, and her “Thursday Thirteen” posts. One TT post stood out to me… called “Thirteen Promises That God Has Given Me”. I just kept reading those verses and thinking about her and Gary, and praying (for the hundredth time) that God took them quickly. That she and he were praying together, and then gone. To Heaven. For their rewards.
The first promise Kim listed in her blog post is my favorite (although they are ALL good). My prayer is that tonight, and this next week, and month, and year, that Kim and Gary’s families will know and feel and be comforted by God’s Everlasting Love.