Friday, October 14, 2011

The Blog Dog

Laura here...

Today we are celebrating another joyous occasion in the life of Gitz.  Riley, the blog mascot's Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Riley!!

Along with loving Sara, came loving a very special companion, Riley.  We want everyone to know that Riley is doing great and loving life. Linda, Susie's mom (the one in the middle of the picture below) and Riley are enjoying each other's company.

Linda loved Sara and assisted her by bringing her groceries and running errands as often as needed. Sara wanted to make sure Linda didn't get bored, so Riley is now making sure Linda has someone to pay attention to and treat as a king!

Happy Birthday Riley and thank you for helping bring JOY to Sara's life.  We love you!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." ~ William Arthur Ward

As I sit and try to find the words to say Thank you, I find myself under a lot of pressure since Sara was definitely the writer in the family!!

I began looking through one of Sara's journals where she kept many of the quotes that meant a lot to her. I found the one above about gratitude. Gratitude is being truly thankful from the heart.  That is how we, Sara's family feels...thankful from the heart.

Sara wrote a blog in August for (in)courage titled "Overwhelmed." In her writing she talked about how she got overwhelmed and how she wondered if that is also how Jesus felt in those days prior to dying on the cross.

Eucharisteo is how Jesus, at the Last Supper, showed us to transfigure all things - taking the pain that is given, giving thanks for it, and transforming it into a joy that fulfills all emptiness.
    ~Ann Voskamp

As I read through many of Sara's writings, she gave thanks for her pain, transforming into a joy that filled her emptiness.  Sara got it and she lived it!

So today, Sara's family is also giving thanks. Even in the midst of the pain we feel for the loss of our sweet Sara, we are thankful. Thankful to her for being a true disciple. Thankful to each of you for helping her carry out her purpose. And, thankful to Jesus for dying on the cross so that we may experience eternal life, together.

Sara wants us to be thankful...

Because this is where, together, I know we will find our joy.
   ~Sara Frankl, Gitzen Girl

Laura, Sara's sister :)