Birthday in Heaven

Happy Heavenly Birthday, my Jonathan

Published by Joni@GrieftoLife

Gotta love the 'About Me' sections of everything. I feel like I'm either in a one sided interview or trying to create a dating profile. "I like starry nights and long walks on the beach" Ha! All jokes aside, it is necessary to share your story. Especially in a place like this where you hope to reach people through your struggles. So here goes everything... Hi everyone 👋🏼 Grief is a journey, an ever changing and painful process. It can isolate you and make you feel more lonely than one could ever imagine. That is why I write and share my story. We need support. We need people that "get it." We need each other. I was married to the love of my life, just shy of 13 years. We went to school together, known him since elementary. He was my "boyfriend" in 5th grade. I even wrote "Joni Roberts" in my notebooks and cheered for him when he played basketball at recess 😂 We came back together when we went to the prom, as friends, our senior year in high school. That was in 1997. We started dating seriously in the summer of 1998. He asked me to be his wife in February of 1999. We said "I do" on October 2nd of the same year. We had our first child in October of 2000, our son. We had our daughter, 22 months later in August of 2002. In the time we were married, we went through more than most could go through in a lifetime. We never gave up on each other. In June of 2012, he and I were in a horrible car accident that claimed his life. In an instant, my entire world was shattered, leaving me a grieving single mother of two grieving children who are now teenagers. I'm walking day by day through life without the one that would be with me forever. I would have never imagined that this is where I would be in my life at 38 years old. But, I am doing everything I can to be strong, to raise our two children, to take this grief and use it to fuel the purpose for the rest of my days here on earth. ONE. DAY. AT. A. TIME. Today: I am in the waiting room for my first neurologist appointment. It is in the same office as my surgeon from the accident. I'm sitting here remembering myself horribly hurt and in a wheelchair and I'm overwhelmed with feelings but mostly reflecting on how far I've come. I love and miss my best friend every single day. I'm positive that won't change until we are together again. I am choosing to try and live my life in a way that would honor him and make him proud. Living With Purpose.

24 thoughts on “Birthday in Heaven

  1. Dear Joni
    I love it when you express your love like this to your former beloved husband. You carry all memories with you and for his birthday it is like giving him flowers with candle lights in your heart. This love will always be.
    Thanks for sharing, dear friend
    Didi

  2. Thanks for sharing… do not need to look to the heavens, for I suspect your husband is residing in your heart and not only can he hear your words of love but also feel it, no words necessary.. 🙂
    “There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, people we can’t live without but have to let go.”
    ? Nancy Stephan

      1. You are welcome… all you answers lie in your heart so keep a dream in your pocket and follow your heart and you can;t go wrong… 🙂
        “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched– they must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller

  3. Dear Joni,
    You can keep him happy if you think of, how you both lived together and that’s how he thinks of you in heaven .. Don’t worry he’s with you !! Happy Birthday to him and he has already got God’s blessings !!

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