Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What is normal?

We buried my brother in law. To watch my husband grieve is one of the hardest things I'll ever do.  At times it didn't feel real...almost like we were in a bad movie. We are trying to get back to normal this week. He will return to work and I am going to start promoting my release, A Hold on His Heart. (What is normal anyway? Will things ever feel right again?)  But first, I thought I'd make one more tribute to him.

He is loved. He is missed.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

He is missed.

Two days ago we experienced a great loss. My brother in law was killed in a motorcycle accident. He was 27 years old and had two daughters.

He had left for work early Thursday morning. Since it was foggy, he had his headlight on, and as always, he wore his helmet. Since he lived in a small town, the road he travelled on was a 2 lane highway and visibility was bad because it was foggy that morning. There was a person in the oncoming lane who decided to pass an 18 wheeler. My brother in law and the person driving the vehicle never saw each other coming until it was too late. It was a head on collision and they say he probably died instantly, which is the one thing that is comforting when it comes to this tragedy.

His name was Jimmy Ray, but we all called him JR. He and my sweet husband didn't always see eye to eye, but they loved each other, and had their love of music in common. JR was 27 years old and had a lot of life and happiness left in him when he passed away. I think of the young boy he was when I first met him. He had a loving heart and would give you the shirt off of his back if you needed it. He had a great sense of humor and was always quick with a joke. He will be missed and I can only hope that this huge loss will one day not be as hard as it is today.

Please keep him and my husband and his family in your thoughts and prayers. If I've learned anything from this is this...always treasure the time you have and the people you love. I want everyone to know how much I appreciate all of you and love you as well. Be safe.