Today, my aunt went to be with the Lord. My dearest aunt has won her battle with cancer. She is whole, and she is healed. All of these sweet truths don't take away the searing pain of loss. Marianne was more than just an aunt to me, she was an extension of my own mom, since she is my mom's best friend. I will forever be thankful for who Marianne will always be to me. She is such a picture of strength, grace, and unwavering love. And I am so thankful that Billy got to meet her, and I will be sure to pass on her legacy to my children.
Today, Billy was baptized at church. We have waited for this day for two years, and the wait was totally worth it. After an emotional morning, we stood in front of our church, and Murray talked about all three of our children. The two we see, and celebrate their earthly baptisms, and these brothers' sister, who is no doubt being smothered in love by my aunt today. The thought of Marianne holding Nan as they watched Billy's baptism together is almost too wonderful for my heart to imagine. I'm not sure there is a better way to honor Marianne, than to post a bunch of pictures from today.
We sang a new (or at least it's new to me) hymn today. I thought the refrain was so perfect for me, for today. And it is exactly what Marianne and Nan are singing together today.
"We will feast in the house of Zion
We will sing with our hearts restored
He has done great things, we will say together
We will feast and weep no more"