"The most precious jewels you will ever have around your neck are the arms of a child!"
This week a very dear friend, and teaching colleague of 25 years, passed away in her sleep. Totally unexpectedly. She wasn't even ill for one day.
Karen Clark was such a bright light, such a caring soul. She lived her life with love, kindness and quiet dignity. She was an amazing teacher and a steadfast friend. Even in the darkest of moments, Karen was a reminder of pure goodness. While Karen loved God, she didn't broadcast her faith. She just lived it. She spread love, His love, everywhere she went.
We are heartbroken, those of us who knew and loved Karen. Her students are grief-stricken.
We are all in shock.
* We are reminded that you can be here one day and gone the next.
* We are reminded that life is short, often much shorter than we want it to be.
* We are reminded to tell those we love that we love them, and to do it today!
So many reminders...so many life-lessons.
And in the midst of this profound grief, this little girl, sweet Annora Grace, has had her arms around my neck. Hugging me. Reminding me that "All is well"... even when it isn't.
Her hugs have been a reminder of God's love, even in the midst of pain.
As I look at Annora's pictures posted here, I am also reminded of my very dear, forever friend, Jackie. For Annora's first birthday, my thoughtful and sweet friend got her several darling outfits, all monogramed with Annora's initials.
Annora, or "Kissy" as we call her, is wearing one of our favorite outfits in this picture.
Thank you, dear Jackie, for your friendship and love and your prayers for sweet Annora Grace! You are such a treasure!
And this week, this little sweetie of 13 months is taking steps all on her own. Look out world, she is on her way!! Annora, and her hugs, have been been a bright spot in a very hard week.