by Jenny

We have six children. Jacob, Ben, Levi, Julia, Judah and Elizabeth. That's right all Bible names. We were special. Death wasn't suppose to visit us out of season. But it did. Jan. 29, 2009 my third son Levi, came to visit his dad after work that evening. They were having a discussion about the Lord, and down he went. Right then and there. Gone. We found out later he had an aneurysm. Wow. Thirty-one, healthy, strong, fit young man here one minute, gone the next.

I could give you all the hair raising details of the next few hours and days, but I only want to tell people this. We are still special, (everyone is) even more so than before. The Lord wanted one of mine! There are a lot of ways to look at that. Blessed or not so much. It's taken 2 and 1'2 years to begin to feel our family being restored to life. I felt blessed and confused, but proud, when my youngest daughter (who was devastated when her brother died) said, "I think we are just beginning to get the benefits of Levi's death". What!! Benefits!! Are you kidding me!? That was my first quick heartfelt reaction, but I paused and told her you are right. Yes, there are great benefits in this life to gain from suffering. We are different people for it. I have said it often, I won't let Levi's death be in vain. My whole family feels the same way. Being a spiritual family, we will do our best to learn every lesson the Lord has for us and give every comfort to those who need it. I would never ask him to come back to this crazy world; I can't change what happened, so we are learning to embrace the life we yet have. God Bless

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