Wednesday, December 9, 2015


It is hard to believe this will be our 5th Christmas without Sara.  It's also hard to fathom that this will be Sara's 5th Christmas in heaven.  I can only imagine!

As time goes by, it is ever important to be able to pull out all the memories and hold them close.  On my way to work this morning I started thinking of all the things that remind me of Sara, and things I knew were her favorites.  It is too hard to categorize them. . . much easier to just make a random list as they come to mind. . . . .

. . . singing, dancing, musical theater, laughing till it hurts, the color red, stars, nail polish, coloring books, scotchmallows, mashed potatoes, oreos and milk, Starbucks red Christmas cups, white chocolate mocha, everyone coming home for Christmas, playing games, bowling, time with friends, all the family being together, starbursts, kids camp, siblings and siblings in law, reading, Jesus, team sports (for the team not the sport), jokes, gerbera daisies, her journal, spoon rings, hoodies, White Christmas, the Rockettes, Sandlot, being Aunt Sara, hot pretzels from the movie theater, cherry coke, pancakes on Saturday mornings, snow, chocolate muffins, her special blanket, mounds of pillows, grandparents, patriotic colors, turkey sandwiches, pie crust (with no filling), crafts, fine point sharpies, making things for her friends, Philippians 4:13, pedicures, water ballet, gymnastics, a Minnie Mouse voice, talking, mascara, comfy pajamas, roommates, princesses, road trips, the beach, shopping, shoes, listening to music, curly hair, . . . . .

Every memory calls up more memories. . . .and I love it.  I remember when Sara was in high school and Sam, Heidi, and Kari were all away at college.  Her favorite part of Christmas was all of them coming home.  This picture reminds me of those times.  I have to say that was probably my favorite part of those Christmases too.  So thankful for the blessing of these four gifts, and the way God continues to abundantly bless!

 February 2011                                                            July 2015

                                                 Our newest blessing - Olivia Sara Steenhoek

1 comment:

  1. Someone shared this poem with me recently. I wanted to share it with you.

    I see the countless Christmas trees around the world below
    With tiny lights like Heaven's stars reflecting the snow.
    The sight is so spectacular- please wipe away the tear
    For I'm spending Christmas with Jesus this year.

    I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear
    But the sound of music can't compare with the Christmas choir up here
    I have no words to tell you the joys their voices bring
    For it's beyond description to hear the angels sing

    I know how much you miss me, I see the pain inside your heart
    But I am not so far away, we really aren't apart.
    So be happy for me dear ones you know I hold you dear
    And be glad I'm spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

    I sent you each a special gift for my heavenly home above,
    I sent you each a memory of my undying love.
    After all love is a gift more precious than pure gold.
    It was always most important in the stories Jesus told.

    Please love and keep each other as my Father said to do.
    For I can't count the blessing of love he has for each of you.
    So have a Merry Christmas and wipe away that tear.
    Remember I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.