As you can imagine, Christmas without Luke is heartbreaking. We miss Luke every minute of the day. There's really nothing more to say. It's a terrible, empty feeling.
We are not alone in our loss. Our home has been flooded with cards, gifts, and messages. God has used His people to pray for us and care for us. Unbeknownst to us, some of our dearest friends (Audry, Emily, and Kelsey) contacted a bunch of our friends and family members and had them send yellow ornaments for a Christmas tree in memory of Luke. They collected 100+ ornaments from all over the country, and then last week they made a surprise visit to our house and set up the tree in our living room. Each ornament was selected with Luke in mind, with such thoughtfulness, so the tree is incredibly powerful and meaningful. Many have already asked if they could add an ornament to the tree. We would love that! We're going to keep the tree up, and there's plenty of room. You can send ornaments directly to us and we'll add them to our collection.
In this season, we are so grateful for Jesus. We are thankful that Luke's hope was not in this world, but that instead by God's grace he will live forever in heaven with Jesus. In the meantime, we ache and mourn, wishing things were different, but thankful that we will be reunited with Luke, in Christ, very soon.
James & Lu,
(for Sam, Jay, & Luke)