We didn't do much this morning. Some cleaning up, some relaxing. Got a few groceries. Saw a few funny (meaning different than home) things at the store I was gonna mention, just to be funny. We were planning on dinner with the Erath's (again). Then I checked my email and everything changed. I can't be funny now.
I have lost a good friend.
|Alaina, Animal Lover Extraordinaire|
6 children have lost their mother. That is what hurts the most. I mean, I will miss her for sure. But I think I can handle my own grief. I have lots of practice. Too much, in fact. But my heart breaks for the kids.
I know this blog is about our adventures in Germany, but this day will be remembered by me forever. And that it happened when I am so far from home. I can't bring meals to the family, or help them clean or do whatever it is we do when we are helpless but just want to reach out.
I met Alaina several years ago at a homeschooling group. She took a special liking to Lea right away. She taught a geography class to the kids and gave Lea some extra help along the way. She was shy in person, but very chatty on Yahoo groups and Facebook! She was just so....peaceful. That is how I will always remember her.
Wait...now I am remembering how she tormented me because I was afraid of her creepy chickens!! She posted these pics on my Facebook:
Now this song comes to mind:
Alaina, you made me laugh. You made me rethink things, more peacefully. You will be missed, My Friend.