I’d been waiting for the news.
Holly would be meeting Jesus soon and when I rolled over on Sunday morning, October 16, 2022 around 6:30am and my phone lit up, I knew it had happened.
In the blink of an eye, my sweet friend, my porch girl, my HGTV cohort, my music buddy had left this earth and immediately looked into the face of her Savior. Hollys relationship with Jesus was intimate but bold! She loves Jesus BIG and it was no secret. She was my all time favorite worshipper and I always wanted her sitting in front of or by me during a worship set because she felt the music in her whole body and she was not ashamed.
I took a deep breath and read the news.
Now what do I do?
The dog was staring at me. He wanted to eat and to be let out.
I didn’t want to wake Steve so I got up, fed Duke and silently left our room to make some coffee.
It was going to be a hard day.
I was immediately met in the kitchen by 3 little men and Courtney.
They wake up ready to play.
I didn’t want to play.
I wanted to be sad even for just a few minutes.
I started making my coffee and I looked over to Courtney and said “I just got the news about Holly.”
Jack wanted to know the news. So I knelt down in front of him and explained that our friend Holly (Gracie’s Mommy) went to live with Jesus in heaven.
He immediately started jumping up and down.
“BB!!!!!!!!!” (my grandma name)
“You’ll get to see Holly in heaven!!!!!”
“Isn’t that great??”
“Yes buddy. That is absolutely the best news. But I’m really sad because I’ll miss her.”
I grabbed my coffee and Duke and retreated to the porch. It was a beautiful morning and it was my first Sunday singing in church.
I just needed a minute, but a little knock came from the door.
A sweet little face was plastered to the window mouthing “please let me come out with you.” (We have child locks on the door knobs)
He grabs a blanket from the basket and crawls into the chair with me.
“Did Jesus make Holly all better?”
“Yes baby. Holly is all better. As soon as she closed her eyes in the hospital, she opened them in heaven. And guess what?”
“Today is her birthday!”
He asked, “How will she celebrate her birthday in heaven?”
I asked him to close his eyes and think about the best birthday party EVER. He smiles as his eyes are closed and a smile comes to his face.
“I bet Jesus throws the best birthday parties.”
“BB, who will go to her party?”
“Everyone,” I replied.
“Papa Peewee? (my dad) ? Will he go to Hollys party?”
“Yes baby. I’m positive Papa PeeWee will go to Hollys Birthday Party.”
“Can I write Gracie a letter so she’s not so sad?”
“Of course we can.”
“If Holly is feeling better and had a great birthday party, heaven must be great.”
“Heaven is great.”
Tears, all I got are tears and prayers.