a delight remembered

We said goodbye to my beautiful aunt this past week.  After a year of battling pancreatic cancer, she is finally reunited with her parents, her sister (Aunt Doreen), and her brother (Daddy) in heaven.  Although I am happy that she no longer has to struggle or be in pain, my heart grieves for the loss of another beautiful soul from this world.  I love her and I miss her so very much right now.

*I am going to be honest right now, I am a blubbering mess as I write this post.*

“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” ~Kahlil Gibran

Aunt Karin was a delight to all she met.  She spoke her heart and eloquently expressed her thoughts on life and love to all she came in contact.  She became even more outspoken as the year progressed, and she taught us how to live in the present.  Her wisdom touched many and inspired us to live fully.  She showed what it meant to live in grace and how to be gracious. She taught us what it looks like to fight and that “time is a precious commodity and it is worth fighting for.”  She exuded peace and lived in the Spirit.

I will forever cherish the moments God gave us together as a family, and the extra time I was able to spend with her and Uncle Jerry this year as a spoon bearer.  I will forever cherish our talks, our accidental naps and her morning, cinnamon coffee.  I will forever cherish the peace of her presence.  I will forever cherish the wisdom and grace she imparted to all of us.

I hold it true, whate’er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
‘Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.

~Tennyson

I loved her and she loved us.  Tomorrow we remember her life and celebrate her well deserved homecoming.  And so my heart grieves and will continue to grieve, but I will forever cherish the delight of having had a beautiful Aunt Karin.