Monday, November 12, 2007

Sandi's Gifts

With the wake and funeral behind us, we all have been exposed to the tremendous impact Sandi had on so many lives. The way she touched the hearts of the students at the Possibilities Center is amazing. I hope they will all remember the gift she left with them of her memory and inspiration. She has also left a gift for my wife and I, one of tolerance, compassion and love as we start the healing process together.
I had a vision while I was talking with my mom about the impact Sandi had on so many lives. I keep picturing that when Todd took her life, instead of it being like blowing out a candle, it was more like the release of a hundred thousand sparks into the air, with each one of those sparks being a gift that rose up into the sky to find it's rightful recipient. I know many of those gifts landed on me, my wife and my kids, but I was touched to see how many landed throughout the community showing the strength Sandi had.
The comforting thought is that there are still many more sparks still floating around and just as many people who are yet to be touched by Sandi's amazing life.
Sandi, thank you for your gifts, your friendship, and your love. You will be in our hearts and thoughts forever.


Anonymous said...

I wish that I could have know Sandi, I have heard so much about her over the past week. If she was anything like you and your family, Steve, then she was amazing!!! We have been truly blessed to know you guys and will continue to keep you all in our prayers.

Terri, Todd, Micah, Moriah

Greg Gdowski said...

My wife and I met Sandi about 6 months ago when we joined her puppy agility class. Sandi's love for her dogs was really something special. I was frequently the person that helped her with Aero during training. Seeing her weekly was something I really looked forward to and is something I am going to greatly miss. Her loss has profoundly effected both myself and my wife as well as the entire group that worked with Sandi at agility class.

Sandi was trully one of the nicest people I have ever met. Our prayers are with you and the entire family.

Greg and Martha Gdowski

Lindsay said...

Our prayers are with you and your family.
-The Coopers

Terri Brown said...

Dearest Steve, Sue, Sarah and Cade...Words cannot begin to express how deeply saddened I am to read of Sandi's death. I was visiting the blog quite frequently for awhile, then time got away from me and this has been my first visit since camping ended. My fingers feel numb, my eyes are filled with tears and my heart feels heavy. I cannot imagine the agony this terrible circumstance has brought about. As you know, I met Sandi this past summer on the campground and continously would mistake her for Sue! What a joy she was to be around and to get to know.
I just wanted to let you know I was thinking of you and hope that you are finding the strength in each other and through your wonderful family to get through this awful time. Each sunrise is a reflection of Sandi's beautiful smile. Cherish her in your hearts forever. She has touched many lives and her beauty will never be forgotten.
Our deepest sympathies,
Terri, Bill and Andrew Brown

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