Friday, August 18, 2006

A Memory of Tim

Today is my birthday (Sandy) and I'm remembering all the thoughtful things Tim did in his quiet way. On every special occasion he would give us a card and include some encouraging words. My favorite birthday card from Tim hangs on a small bulletin board on the wall right next to my bed and is the first thing I see in the morning. I keep encouraging thoughts on 3X5 cards on it to remind me of God's promises each morning and areas that I'm trying to grow in. I also keep my favorite notes and cards from Sal and the kids. Tim gave me this card for my birthday two years ago. I scanned the picture on the front, but couldn't figure out how to paste it onto the blog. On the front is a black and white photo of an adult hand holding a small child's hand. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Above the picture are the words: "For as long as I can remember," and below it says: "you've always been there for me." And inside it says "Happy Birthday to a Wonderful Mother". Was I not there enough for him these past two years? Did I listen too much to those voices telling me to let go too soon? How did I not see the severity of the battle he was fighting? I trusted God and prayed for him daily. I shared all the things God had taught me through the years that I battled depression. I had every confidence that God loved Tim and would bring him through in His time. I shared scripture and books that had ministered to me and he always thanked me and encouraged me to speak into his life whenever I had something to share. I had experienced God miraculously speaking into my thoughts when I had concluded that ending Todd's and my life was the solution to the difficulties that my husband and 3 other kids (at the time) lived with on a daily basis. If God could intervene in my life in such a dramatic way and show me how deceived I had been in thinking that my plan was a "solution", surely He could intervene with Tim. I had experienced God's loving care in so many areas in Sal's and my lives, surely God was lovingly directing all the events in Tim's life. God had a different plan for Tim and for us and His promise is to work it for our good. I've experienced God's goodness so many times after trials and difficulties. I can only conclude that God allowed this to happen and will use it to fulfill His sovereign plan in each of the groups who knew Tim and will work it to our family's good. There is the possibly that God was very merciful to Tim and to us by not allowing Tim to battle Bipolar for the rest of his days on earth or for his family to watch two members deal with severe mental illness.
Tim would always include a personal note in his cards to me which I treasure so much, particularly now. Here's what he shared in this card two years ago.

Your birthday provides an opportunity to thank and encourage you, to let you knowthat each year I am more blessed and challenged by your life.

This year I have seen you grow in humility-admitting your own shortcomings as you share counsel.

I have seen you grow in patience- and we daily provide you many opportunities for growth in this!

I have seen you grow in wisdom- as you seek to practically apply the truth of thegospel.

Thanks for sharing your time, wisdom, and love with me this year! As I return to Philly, I hope to grow and learn from the way you take time to be still before the Lord.

Thanks for sharing your time, wisdom, and love with me this year! As I return to Philly, I hope to grow and learn from the way you take time to be still before the Lord.

Each of our kids is so unique and such a blessing from the Lord. Tim was not the result of our parenting, but of God's creating. We used to look at each other and say, "where did this kid come from?" Our other kids had our sin natures and similar struggles that we had growing up. Tim was far beyond us in godliness and we learned from him. I'm reminded of I Cor. 4:7b "What do you have that you did not receive?" Tim didn't boast. I don't think he realized what he had received was any different from the rest of us. God used the gifts He had given Tim to be an example to many of us of what a godly life looked like. We were truly blessed to have Tim for 26 years. God chose to bless us with him and I will be forever greatful!

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

You give and take away,
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say,
"Lord, blessed be Your name!"

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

One fun memory from our courtship...

One memory I love from our courtship is when Tim was about to tell his friends that we were courting. We were sitting in his car in the parking lot of the dorm after church that week, and he looked at me with these slightly excited, slightly nervous eyes and said, "Are you ready to do this?" I grinned back and said, "I think so." We both smiled and walked into Biblical's Dorm.

About ten minutes later I heard this amazing squeeling and cheering as I realized the "cat was out of the bag" - and when I came back into the room, the girls immediately steered me into the kitchen to hear all the "details"... good times. (I miss you girls!!)

Marriage and romance are such precious gifts that God gives us... how fun to get a chance to celebrate with friends in just the possibilities of God's goodness!

On the rest of the background... well - I was going to spend some time sharing a little about my relationship with Tim, but I'll wait on that a little...

I love talking about what God's done in my life through Tim... so if you would like to contact me to hear about some of what God did through Tim or have specific questions, let me know! I'd love to talk to you! I set up a new e-mail account just for this purpose, so feel free to e-mail me at:

I'll be sharing more good memories of Tim as I think of them - please feel free to jog my memory by leaving some more of your own!!