Thank you from the depths of our hearts, friends. You helped us remember Kalkidan with sweet memories and laughter. There were tears, but not nearly as many as I feared. Jesus reached past our fear and gave us joy.
Last Thursday, on her birthday, we were surrounded by orange. Our entire family wore orange, even those far away, and every friend I saw that day also had on some orange. When I opened my email, there were pictures of friends wearing orange, and my phone chimed throughout the day with more pictures from friends.
Facebook was awash in orange. Each time I checked there were more pictures and it made me so happy. Instagram was also covered in orange with pictures from people we know and many we don’t. My dear friend’s daughter and her friends on the Bellhaven track team dressed in orange. My niece’s PT classmates at Regis wore orange. Annarose’s ballroom team at UI wore orange.
The staff of our church posted a FB picture all wearing orange. REACH ministries, which Kalkidan loved so much, dressed in orange, and we were so blessed that Intermountain, the program that led Kalkidan deeply into healing, posted a picture all wearing orange too.
It’s so fun to see all of the photos. You can see many of them by searching #rememberingkalkidan on Facebook and Instagram. Privacy settings on some posts may prevent you from seeing them, but there will still be plenty. You can also see the pictures we posted on my One Thankful Mom Instagram page and my One Thankful Mom Facebook page. There were many other pictures I planned to share that day, but the hours swept by in a rush; I’ll post more this week.
If you weren’t able to post a picture to social media last week, please still join us. These pictures make my heart happy and it is never too late to share this with us.
Flowers and candles were delivered, gifts and cards arrived in the mail, and one friend left a bouquet at Kalkidan’s cross. In the evening, a small group of friends came for cake and some sweet friends brought us a box containing 1,000 paper cranes – it is stunning.
Later that evening, thirty of Annarose’s friends college friends arrived, all wearing orange,with paper airplanes and balloons. They brought A LOT of energy to the party. I went to bed to the sounds of laughter and college kids jumping on the trampoline.
The day was so much better than I could have imagined. This is community – we were not alone in our sorrow – we were surrounded by love. We were held by so many – family, friends, and most of all, Jesus.
You loved us well. You, my friends, are the best.
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