Saturday, June 03, 2006

Shattered Dreams - Broken Hearts

I can't even begin to imagine what a mother from church is feeling right now. I don't ever want to know. Our entire church is in mourning.

A sweet, sweet girl - age 17 - was to graduate from high school yesterday. She was engaged to be married to a great guy who graduated a couple of years ago. He was in the Marines and she had enrolled in the U.S. Navy. They had their entire lives ahead of them - or so we thought.

He was in town for her graduation and both were killed four days before the graduation (on Memorial Day) in a most unfortunate fiery car accident.

Monache High's graduation last night (I was not present but heard) was touching. All of her classmates cried for her. Both had been quite involved in MHS sports. She was also a MHS cheerleader.

The church is crying too. Yes, we know that being absent from the body is to be present with the Lord -- but that does not make the pain any less. Comforting, yes. Less painful, no.

My heart breaks for her mother. It is always painful to lose a child but to lose a child who is about to graduate ... after you have seen that child excel.... I have no words. Only sadness and shock right now.

My youngest daughter, Jennifer, graduates from middle school next week.

I watched her sleep this morning and gently touched her cheek. I am so thankful for my children and wish that I could protect them always.

This tragedy reminds me again that life is precious.

Rest in peace, Jacqueline and Alex. God bless your sweet souls.


  1. so sad, Esther, my thoughts and prayers are with your community.

  2. thank u so much for droppin by muh blog. this post of urs broke muh so sorry .. i hope alex n jac r in a better place...

  3. The reality of death can appear in such tragic ways at times. This is so sad.

  4. Such a tragic story. My heart goes out to their family and friends. I have always believed, and still do, that there is a reason for everything that happens, although many times we cannot understand why. We cling to our faith.

  5. seriously sad but then thats how life is both sides

  6. I may get hit for saying this... but at least Jacqueline and Alex are together now. I believe that, wherever they are, they are happy, and they are waiting for the rest of their families to join them, so the party can start once more.

  7. Thank you, Elizabeth, manic, bhaswati, nishu and everyone else. I attended the funeral today. It was very sad but beautiful at the same time.

    Jeff: I believe that too. He was in the Marines and she had just taken the oath for the U.S. Navy. Who knows where they would have ended and what may have happened to them. Maybe this was for the best.

    Dama - I agree with you. They are together - forever - in a much better place. And since they were buried together, in one coffin, your words couldn't be more true.