Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Memories of Lynda

I remember the first moment I held my first niece, Lynda Michelle.  At just 4 days old, she seems to melt into my arms.  I had never held such a beautiful baby.  At 10 years old, I hadn't held many babies.  She was not a tiny baby, but she was so cuddly and soft.  There was a moment when I knew I would do anything to protect her.  She was not my own yet she was a part of me.  Her mother was my idol and now she had an amazing little girl. 

Growing up, Lynda and her younger sister spent a lot of time visiting my parents.  I loved the excitement of preparing for their visit.  Mom and Dad would talk about everything they wanted to do with the girls.  Each spring, Mom would order chicks, but she would always wait for delivery until the girls were there.  We all loved the joy on their faces when they held them.  My mom would cry when the girls would go home.  She loved all her grandchildren, but Lynda and Donella had a very special place in her heart.  The rest of the summer would seem lifeless without the girls bringing wild flower bouquets from the walks on the property. 

Lynda grew up and her life expanded.  Visits became less frequent.  It is the manner of life.  She finished high school and got a job.  She began college.  She was surrounded by family and friends that loved her.  And then it was over.  In one moment, she was gone.  Another driver made a decision that changed life.  She choose to have another drink, then she got in her car.  The consequences were devastating.    In only one moment, Lynda was absent from the body and present with the Lord.  It doesn't seem right.  It isn't fair.  Yet it is.  There is a purpose.  I cannot see it, but I know that somehow, somewhere God used a tragedy to bring joy.  


Lynda's first Easter. 

Lynda would often sleep with me during their visits.

Playing games with family

Lynda Michelle Frein

11/14/77 - 4/13/00







8 comments:

Mosaic Momma said...

Feeling your grief through your words, Juanita. I'm sorry for the loss of her physical presence here with your family, but glad she is present with the Lord and knowing she is anticipating being reunited with you all.

Praying that God is close to you and your family today as you miss Lynda.

Heidi Friesner said...

Beautifully said, Juanita!! Remembering her through your words brought tears to my eyes! It's hard to know why a tragedy like this happens, but we are thankful for our living Saviour who will reunite us one day with those we have lost. Until then, they will remain in our hearts. Thinking of you...

Janelle said...

A few weeks before she died, she and her dad came to San Diego to visit, because she was considering moving here. I remember being so excited to have some one from my family close and I made sure she knew how welcome she would be to visit us as much as possible. About a month later, she was killed. I still feel the shock and sorrow as if it just happened. I miss her, even though I didn't know her as well as I would have liked. I grieve for us, but not for her. She is up in heaven with Lynette and Mom and Grandma and everyone else we can't wait to see. Someday we'll be reunited for all eternity. I can't wait!

Keeley said...

Oh Juanita, I'm so so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful post about her.

Julie said...

I'm so sorry - it just feels so wrong when a life is cut short like that. So wrong.

Amanda@runninghood said...

Juanita, thanks for sharing this with us. Beautiful post and I'm so sorry for your loss.

Caroline said...

lovely post. so sad. I am so sorry for you loss, she was so young.

Jill said...

I'm so sorry about your loss - it's so hard to understand why. Thoughts and prayers are with you!!