The photo I've included here says it all. My dad would egg Kathy on. She didn't require much. She would do something crazy. My mom and Bob would watch it all unfold and be the best audience. I have no idea how many vacations they took together, but I'm pretty sure they left a trail of laughter wherever they went.
When I opened Facebook the day my niece Abbey posted this pic, it took my breath away. My dad was still so vigorous and handsome. Gosh I miss him.
I was sad at Kathy's service but definitely not for her. I heard a song over the weekend that said, "Only the living regret the leaving." No. my sadness was not for Kathy. It was for Bob and for Kathy's children and grandchildren. Kathy is in Heaven. I have no doubt about that. The other thing I have no doubt about is that Kathy lived life well and to the full. That "abundant life" Jesus promised? Kathy took Him at HIs word.
"And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope." I Thessalonians 4:13
We miss our friend. But we grieve with hope. I'm so thankful for that.