Friday, August 24, 2007

Our Dear Dana

Years ago, teaching Sunday School, I had the priviledge of meeting some of the most wonderful children the world has ever known. I would not know at the time, the seeds that were being sown for lifelong friendships.

Raven-haired and confident, yet uniquely reserved, Dana entered my life. (and forever captured my heart!) As years would pass, Dana would show herself as a true leader in every sense of the word. She was passionate, compassionate and the type of person everyone wanted to emulate. I recall holding a weeping Dana in my arms on a few occasions,one of which was when her father suffered a heart attack - Dana was still a very young girl. Her father is fine, and recently walked our sweet Dana down the aisle. It was the lovliest of days for two of the lovliest people.

I was with Dana on her very first mission trip, I had the honor of confirming Dana (and her equally magnificent three siblings), we have prayed together countless times and she has become a fiber in the tapestry of my life. Today, I am thankful for Dana. I watched the other day as she gave swim lessons to my daughter and remembered a time when I could hold her on my lap and keep her afloat. I was mesmerized by her beauty and the tenderness with which she approaches everything she does. So, today is in honor of Dana and her exceptional family - how blessed we are to call you friends.

The Kids of Mission Trip 2000 (this was the last time Dana and I missioned together)

Tha Day of Dana's Junior Prom

Dana and Michael got married!



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