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Laura VanHoorn

Oh, Heather! You are so thoughtful to make the plaques for the family. That is sooo your way of ministering, and I love that! I am not LDS, so the scriptures are not familiar, but your whole post left me teary to read the story.

Bless you for your ministry, and bless the family as they journey on without their loved one.

Diana

What a very touching tribute to the Wright family. I had tears flowing as I read this post. I, too, am so grateful of the knowledge that families can be together forever. Thank you for sharing these sweet tender thoughts. I know I feel uplifted and want to improve my own life. I love the scripture she shared. I'm going to make sure that one is marked in my scriptures so I can turn to it when I need that reminder.
By the way, your plaques are beautiful! What a sweet person you are to make those for the family. I know I would have been honored to receive one.

Marcy

Oh my what a wonderful post Heather. Thank you for sharing those quotes and feelings.

Experiences like these truly put a proper perspective on life.

You, your family and Dave's family are in my prayers.

Dawn

Wow, What a week for you. Thanks for sharing. As I read your post I felt so grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are so blessed to have the knowledge of families being together for ever. You are wonderful and so caring and there is a special place for you in the here after for all the good that you share with so many. What a wonderful example you are.

Kristyn

Heather, THANK-You for sharing this with us. My heart aches for all of you. We never know what life can bring. We do know that we can be together forever, and that brings such peace. It doesn't take away the sadness, but it brings comfort.
The other night we were visiting a family in our ward. They were so fun to get to know. Anyways after we left the husband went on his motorcyle. He is now on life support fighting for his life. It has been a complete shock to us. We were just talking and laughing with them an hour before it happened. We never know when the Lord is going to need us. That quote by Pres. Monson is much needed for us these past two day's. Thanks Heather. Those plaques are great. Again thanks for the reminders.

amber m.

I love those plaques. What an amazing, thoughtful gift.

You've been on my mind all weekend. Thanks for sharing your week with us...if only to remind us how life is fragile and to love our families.

Susannah Harris

Thank you thank you thank you Heather for sharing the funeral for Dave with us. I was so frustrated that I could not be there and I have been checking your blog a couple times a day because I knew that you would share with us and that you would share a lot so we could feel like we were there. Thank you. I have also been meaning to tell you how sorry I am for the loss of Dave and that I have been thinking especially about your sister and Derrick and the whole Wright family. I never met Dave's wife, but I have shed a few tears this week just thinking of her and what she is going through. Again, thanks for sharing and I miss you tons!

Susannah

P.S.
Thanks for being so kind to my sister, she enjoys your friendship.

Brooke Kynaston

Heather, that was the most beautiful tribute. I sobbed as I read it. I felt like i was at the funeral. Thank you for sharing that it made a difference in my life.

Ashley Owen

Thank you for going into detail about the funeral services. I have been torn up about this too, I think anyone you meet in life affects you in more ways than you know! Thank you for having pictures, and sharing the great words. I have been sick thinking about Kelli and I am so glad that she is holding up strong, I don't think I could! God Bless!!

Jodi

Heath,
Thank you so much for that post... As I type this, tears are flowing freely and I have not been able to quit thinking about this tragedy. I am so heart sick for Kelli and their whole family... Kelli is an example to us all and I will continue to keep her in my prayers.

Thank you for all of the amazing quotes and, as Susannah said, making us feel like we were there. You are so sweet and kind to make those beautiful gifts for their family and I can only imagine how much that must have meant to them at such a trying time. Thank you for being you... Love ya.

Jodi

Lynn C.

Heather.....I am struggling to find the words. The right words. I just LOVE the things you did for the family all involved. That is SO you. You are a sweetheart right down to the core. For you to let the tears freely flow, shows me how truly REAL you are. I was SO touched that you would write down bits and pieces from the talks and share them with us all..I am SO uplifted and motivated to be better.. To do better...and to think like I should.
I too am grateful for the knowledge that I have. Thanks for sharing your testimony whenever you can. That is awesome. And as we have been told....it is recorded in heaven.

Bonnieb

Thanks for sharing something so special. I love to read your testimony. I'm so grateful for the knowlege that families are forever.
I just wanted to share "vinyl" quote I read on the wall of my MIL's friend's home. I want to put it in our home, too. I loved it, and thought of the good you could do with it.
"Because someone we love is in
Heaven, we feel Heaven in our
Home."

Tracy

Thanks for sharing, thanks for your Testimony,
thanks for being you!

Amy N.

Wow Heather... tears are just flowing freely after reading your post. I *love* that vinyl quote as well... it's also one of my most favorite songs as well, and carries such a deep meaning for me (and all of us!). I can't even fathom what a young mother is going through, but my heart just breaks at the thought of it all. ((HUGS)) You have a magnificent gift through words expressing everything. :)

Melanie in WY

I love that scripture that Kelli quoted from D&C 78 also. I found that scripture a week before my brother died of cancer. At that time, we thought he was recovering well. I called him and read the scripture to him over the phone. Since then I have read and reread it many times.

Bobbi-Jo Grunewald

What an amazingly touching post. I can't find the words. Your photos, your gifts, your words just make me feel as though I was there (which, since this is your journal) will be so meaningful to all those in the future you might read it. Those photos of his wife and daughter brought me to tears. What a reminder to appreciate those I love TODAY and to also be reminded of the joy of eternal families. You are truly a blessing to your family, friends, and everyone who feels your influence through this blog. Thanks for taking the time to share!

Christal

You have a way of bringing us into a situation and writing in such a way to make us feel and think so deeply. I can't stop crying. What a tribute the there family, to families, to Kelli and to the knowledge of having the gospel in our lives and knowing we will be together forever someday. I love that song and love the plaque. What a thoughtful wonderful idea and how blessed you will be for bringing that glimmer of peace to the wright family in such a sad time. You are a blessing to so many. Thanks for bringing the words from the funeral what great scriptures and quotes. You are the best love ya! Thanks for your example and testimony.

aleshia

Heather,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. When my brother passed away a few years ago someone gave this poem to us. Maybe you've heard it. If not please enjoy.

The Dash © 1998
by Linda Ellis

I read of a reverend who stood to speak
at the funeral of his friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
from the beginning...to the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth
and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that she spent alive on earth…
and now only those who loved her
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own;
the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard…
are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left.
(You could be at "dash mid-range.")

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what’s true and real,
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
and more often wear a smile…
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy’s being read
with your life’s actions to rehash...
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent your dash?

Beckie Reisen

Heather
Thank you so much for your inspiration. You always know the exact words to say.It was a beautiful tribute to the family. I truely felt the spirit through your words. You are such an amazing example. You and your family are in my prayers. We are so blessed to know that "We WILL be together forever someday" Can you imagine not having that knowledge in our lives. THanks for being YOU.

Jane

I too and crying for the loss of a loving husband and father. I don't know how one would cope without the knowledge of Eternal families. Thanks for your kind words, and for sharing them with those reading them.

The gift you made for the family was perfect, and one they will cherish always I am sure.

((hugs))

Alicia Westra

Heather,
I am a friend of Robyn Jacob and she directed me to your blog. I hope you don't mind my posting a comment to you. I knew Dave slightly from elementary school up through high school, so I was shocked to hear of his passing. Thank you so much for posting the pictures and quotes from the funeral. I was unable to go, but my thoughts were with his wife, daughter and family all day. I wish I had been able to go. It sounds like it was awesome. Thanks again.

Joanne

Wow Heather! I don't think anyone could read that post without shedding a tear and feeling the spirit. Thank you for sharing the messages from the funeral. They touched my heart and reminded me of my friend who lost her husband recently. I saw her today and wanted to do something nice for her for her birthday next month. I love the plaques you made and wonder whether I could make something similar...... they would be perfect. The scripture that Kelli read at the funeral is beautiful and I'll be sure to mark that in my scriptures. It's very poignant at a time like now. You are awesome that even through your own grief and sadness you are able to share these things to your blog readers - some of us you don't even know IRL. Although I feel I know you! May the Lord's tender mercies be on all of you who have been touched by this tragedy. xx

Natalie

Heather I am so sorry....I didn't know that you were this close to them. I remember talking about it at bunco and you didn't say anything about it. I really ache for the family, but it looks like the funeral was very amazing and some wonderful talks were given. I will always love the talk by Elder Bednar, the Tender Mercies. I read that shortly after having Bode and it meant so much to me. The gifts you made them are amazing and I am sure that they meant the world to them. I hope you are doing okay...love ya!

Jolene George

I can't help by cry while reading this. His funeral service was beautiful and I'm so glad you shared it. I know his family will be so appreciative of it later when they get a chance to read it. (((hugs to you and all his loved ones)))

aubri

Thanks for sharing this with your blog readers. We've experienced a tragic loss this week too, so your words really touched me. There was a man in Orem murderd by his son on father's day. They are part of my extended family.
Compassion from others is really one of the hugest things that helps heal grieving hearts. I'm so glad you notice that and that you show such love to others, especially this sweet family.
Hugs,
Aubri

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