Monday, September 28, 2009

About: Memories from 2 Years Ago...

"Hello...? Hi, dad. We've been at the college, I had to keep my phone off. What's up?"
(mom listening, starting to wilt)
"WHAT?! Are you sure?! WHEN?! How is he?!"
(Mom starts sobbing, leaning on the kitchen island...)
"Ok. Thanks for calling, Dad! I love you too... bye."

"What's wrong, Mom?" I asked.

"That was grandpa... he, uh"
(she shudders and cried more)
"said Isaac was in a motorcycle accident this afternoon."

I was stunned...
shocked is more like it, I suppose.

This was the beginning of two years of life without our Isaac. Many more to come.

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Two years ago, I heard this very conversation.

It was a hard one for sure... We didn't know Isaac's condition.

It was horrid.

He passed away on September 28th, 2007 from a "non-survivable" motorcycle accident he had in Roseville, California.

Today is a sad day of rememberance for my family and I.

Even in this... I know!

God is GOOD!

He has a plan for this... Even in this, we praise God for His mercies anew every morning!

This is the memorial video I made for his service.

May our Lord bless you this day,


Thoughts from a Young Man said...

I just want you to know that you and your family are in my prayers today. I can't imagine what you all must be going through right now. And it is so true...God's mercies are new every morning.

~Zach S.

Peter&Hannah said...

I'm praying for ya Emily, I'm always praying for ya.

Lauren Brittany said...

Just wanted you to know that we'll be praying for you and the rest of the Stone family this week.


Emily Elizabeth said...

Lovely video Emily. I had chill bumps the whole time watching it.

I can see how much he's missed, I'm praying for you and your family.


Jean Marie said...

Wow, Emily, I got chills just reading your description of "the call", and remembering back 2 years to all that followed.

I laughed and fought back tears through the video. You did such a wonderful job with it...I never got to see it, because we were in GA for the memorial service, something that I hated at the time.

I miss him for all that you miss him so, if that makes sense, and I praise God for His life.

Love you ... our Lord doeth all things well.

~ Jean Marie

Anna Grace said...

I'll never forget that night.
You all picked me up from BCC, amidst a flood of tears. It was so hard, frightening, uncertain...
But, my dear sister, the LORD has indeed carried us through the shadow of death and did not give us more than we could bear.
I rejoice to walk this path with you Emmy. Thankful for you,

Laura said...

The wound of death.
The love of God.
Such sweet balm.

Thank you for sharing Isaac with us.

We love you, especially today.
{{* *}}

Marci said...

I am praying for you and your family. I sit here weeping as I watch that precious beautiful memorial to your son and brother. I love the one of your Mom laughing with him. May God fill the hole in your hearts with His love and joy.

Anonymous said...

Sweet Emily,

That night was one of intense pain...and the days that followed were the hardest we've ever endured.

To lose a lose a lose a lose a father...a grandson...a nephew...a step-son....a cousin...a son-in-law...a brother-in-law...a employee...a co-worker...a neighbor...a church member...a part of the visible body of Christ...a martial arts lose the physical presence of our beloved Isaac was beyond comprehension and the physical loss caused crushing grief almost unbearable to the human spirit and physical body.

But...except for God...what would we do without the HOPE we have in our dear Lord Jesus Christ...the hope of seeing our Isaac once more when we, too, enter the gates of Glory and dance...with our Lord and with our Isaac...hands raised in exultant joy and glory, magnifying our great God and Redeemer!

The day is coming when our faith will be made sight! Joy does come in the morning - after the darkest hours of mourning. Time brings healing and we begin to be able to live in our new normal.

I have been so lost for the past two years plus...but the Lord has restored joy to my life...He is wiping away the tears from my eyes...I can surely rejoice in my Savior! Isaac is not lost...He is perfectly found at home and is entirely mature and complete. We miss him terribly, but we would not ask him to return to this world, would we, dear Emily?

We are still ambushed by grief and let the tears wash our hearts again and again, we will never 'get over it'...we will never be the same again...we will not forget...Isaac cannot be replaced...he was a one-of-a-kind, precious gift from God...full of laughter and love.

Isaac Nathaniel
Isaac means laughter
Nathaniel means gift of God

He lived up to his God's providence.

Love to you Isaac from your family...Mom, Dad, Anna, Emily and Olivia today and always. <3

Anonymous said...

Dear Emiy <3
Thank you, again, for the effort you put into this video of Isaac's life. What a treasure.
I love you <3 And I love Isaac SO....<3 Can't wait to see him again!