Friday, July 10, 2009

Looking for Something Perfect

Noah and I are still in the process of looking for the perfect grave marker for sweet Magdalena. It is hard for us to really spend a lot of time on it, and I don't think that either of us likes looking or thinking so long about it. All we know right now is that it needs to have balloons on it. When learning that we needed some help thinking about it, Magdalena's Gigi immediately recognized that we needed to put balloons on it. That is one of the most perfect items to describe her. She loved her balloons! But through tears today I was looking again and came across this poem that I thought I would share. I have to stop looking for now. It is just too hard, but reading these words was a good reminder.


Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard him call;
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I found that place at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss;
Ah yes, these things, I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much;
Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.
Perhaps my time seems all too brief;
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.

Author: Linda Jo Jackson


  1. I know this must be such a hard time, even though you're excited about the joy of a new child. Know that none of us will ever forget Magdalena; what a precious, precious girl. So many people are looking forward to meeting her someday! I know that she will be Walt's angel. The Lord is so sweet, and that would be just like Him. Thinking about you!

  2. I love this poem and may God continue to give you comfort and also hope in the new life that is now within you.

    The line I like best is:
    If my parting has left a void,
    Then fill it with remembered joy.

    That line works for ALL of us who have lost loved ones.

    My sweet Granny always said to "bring popcorn to me while I'm alive and not flowers when I'm gone!" She loved life and so did sweet Magdalena.

    Yes, balloons would be perfect for her. I remember so many of the pics you posted of her looking up at the big, colorful balloons.

  3. This poem was on the prayer card for my Grandpa when he passed away. It is so sweet and a wonderful way to remember a loved one.

  4. It's a beautiful poem. And I couldn't agree more about the balloons...

  5. Ashley said it perfect. I will NEVER EVER forget Magdalena, her sweet face and her strong spirit. I am far away and don't know your family personally but have been deeply touched my Magdalena's life. Sadly, I even find it difficult to come back to the blog sometimes because I so miss the updates on how Magdalena is doing. Her life brought me closer to God and her passing made me angry with God. I am still growing in my faith, I am still learning, and Magdalena has been with me every step of the way. She will continue to guide me closer to God and to nurture my relationship with Jesus. Thank you Magdalena.

    Praying for you and your sweet family in California,

  6. Julie
    we are continuing to pray for you and Noah as you look forward to Walt's birth while still greiving this fresh loss!


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