Monday, April 28, 2008

A Tribute to My Sis

This is a picture my sister, Patty and me. Patty fought a brave battle against breast cancer for at least 2 years, but in the end, the Lord took her home to be with Him. Yesterday was the 5th anniversary of her death. The picture was taken almost 6 years ago at our parents' 50th Anniversary party, which turned out to be a little over 11 months before Patty passed away. Patty was a wonderful Christian wife and mother of 11 children...yes, you read that right, 11 children. At the time of her death they ranged from almost 4 years old to 21 years of age.

She was a year and a half YOUNGER than me, but was always the one I turned to when I had questions of a spiritual nature, even though she was my little sister. We all miss her greatly, and I still have moments when I think I'll just call Patty on the phone and ask about something that I'm sure she'll know the answer to.

Here is a picture of her husband, Randy and ALL of their children, taken about a year after her death.

Shanna, (standing next to her father in this picture), joined the Army after graduating High School. She spent a year in Iraq, and is now stationed in Alaska. She is also the mother of Patty's first grandchild, Ja'lyn, who turned one year old 3 days ago and sadly, never got to meet her her wonderful grandmother. Happy 1st Birthday, Ja'lyn!!!

Their oldest child, Tonia is now 26, Shanna will be 22 this Thursday, and the rest are as follows: Thomas is 19, Isaac 18, April 17, Sarah 15, Zach 14, Christina 13, (yes, there are 6 teenagers!), Zion 12, John Jacob, (JJ) is 10, and Isaiah will be 9 in May.

Yesterday, our pastor was preaching about how we all need to let ourselves be emotional at certain times in our lives. It brought me back to exactly 5 years ago, (which coincidentally was also a Sunday), when I went to church just hours after the call from my mother that my sister was gone, and bawled throughout the entire service. I was certainly being emotional then. I also remember that my cousin, Channing and his wife Dawn were there for the service, and Pastor Tom told me that morning that my cousin had accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior that very week. I told Channing the sad news about Patty, and added that I was sure she was jumping for joy over his salvation, up in heaven. Patty was all about spreading the Gospel and trying to get everyone she knew saved. I miss you Sis, and if you have any "pull" up there, could you possibly arrange for me to have the mansion next to yours when I get there?


Thomas said...

Wow this brings back so many good memories of our wonderful mother I can't believe its been 5 years already it doesn't seem that long at all. I can't wait to see her again.
I really miss you guys up there in Minnesota also and how much you remind me of my Mom. I really have to come up there and see you guys soon and I mean real soon.

I'm Losin' It! said...

Thanks for the comment, Thomas! And I really hope you do come to visit SOON! Bring your brother, Isaac with you too...and maybe my son, and my grandson...JK, but it sure would be nice to see them too.

Sarah said...

That was great, Jeannie. It was a nice tribute to your sister! I love that picture of you and her! That is so special to you, I am sure!

WOW~ that is amazing~ 11 kids!
That is great that you will see her again someday...we are here only for a moment.

Qtpies7 said...

I looked at the picture and it sure didn't seem like there were 11 kids there, I had to count, lol. I guess when you have a large family, it doesn't seem all that large as the number makes it seem.

This is a sweet tribute to your sister. I can see how much you miss her.

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