Happy Birthday, Dearest Friend!

Today, April 18, 2008, marks what would have been the 30th birthday of my best friend, Natalie Dyck.  This morning on my way to Court for work, I caught myself glance at the sky and whisper, “How are you, my friend?  You are missed!” 

I had an amazing evening with her parents tonight as we shared a meal and enjoyed watching the Rivercats (our local minor league baseball team) beat their opponents.  We laughed at the young children in the crowd as they did their best to catch every foul ball and participated with the rest of the stadium singing to the old favorite “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”…Never far though, were thoughts of Natalie! 

Each birthday that passes gets a little less difficult to face and driving home from the game tonight, I thought about how proud Natalie would be for the way that we loved her and continue to love her and celebrate memories of her life.  Natalie will always be missed but I am part of who I am today because of the deep impact she had on me in the twelve years I was blessed to know her. 

This June, I will remember back to eight years ago when God decided it was “her time.”  What that means exactly, I still don’t quite have a grasp on, but what I do know is that the Lord has been faithful to bring me from one side of sorrow and despair into a life that again knows deep joy.   I love you my friend!  I remember!

 

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Renee Garcia
    Apr 19, 2008 @ 13:10:47

    Gosh, I remember when that happened. I’m glad you were able to celebrate her on her birthday… and glad it’s getting easier for you.

    Reply

  2. camommy2kj
    Jun 16, 2008 @ 23:46:13

    Kelli, I miss you blogging! Where are you?!

    I just wanted to let you know that google reader is no longer recognizing my blogspot addy, so if you use it, be sure to update to http://www.myspecialks.com . TTYS! 🙂

    Reply

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