We are now home from TX. I have many stories to share, but the most important is Joy's memorial service. It was amazing to see the outpouring of people that she had an impact on and to read the abundance of cards and letters that my parents received. There were so many medical staff there, all expressing what a neat person Joy was. Her main transplant doctor was particularly touched by her service and is still a bit baffled as to why we were not so distraught - why Joy was so unafraid to die. He was amazed that she was able to sign her own DNR and make all of her own decisions about her medical care. Please pray that he realizes that God is the one that made the difference. My parents have talked with him and plan on keeping up a relationship with him. My brother, Josh, read a list of the reasons why he loves Joy and did an amazing job. You could see him struggling to stay composed, but he did awesome. Then my grandfather said a few things. (This is the grandfather who was married to my grandmother that passed away in August and that Joy was named after - and that Morgan is named after - Elizabeth) It was a beautiful service and opened with this video. It was produced by some friends of my parents. These people became friends with my parents when my brother Jeremy died. Their son had died just a few weeks before Jeremy. I wanted to share this with you and thank each of you for praying for Joy and my family. No laughing at the fashions or hairstyles!!!
I have discovered that while we were in TX I was so focused on caring for kids and making sure that my family was doing okay that I really never grieved for Joy. Now that I am home, she is constantly on my mind. I am still amazed that we will not have any more memories of her. She will never be older than 21 years and 15 days. But we know she is dancing in Heaven with her Savior and Jeremy and Grammy. And in a "blink of an eye" we will see her again. Thank you again for all of your prayers!!
From Mike and Jenn and the Six-pack!
UPDATE: Howard May is the one that produced the video, and he is putting the video and the audio from the service onto one CD. Let me know if you would like a copy.