Monday, September 16, 2013

Ode to 'Ria

 In this job we are used to people coming and going.

Kids come, kids leave.

We've had to say good-bye to fellow employees.  It just seems part of the job.


But knowing that doesn't make this good-bye any easier.

Maria has been a part of our family for 2+ years.  She came in to be our assistant, and to help out these troubled kids.

But what she ended up doing is becoming a sister and friend to Paul and I, an adoptive aunt to 3 Suvar children, and an immense help in so many times of need.

As I have said before, making friends isn't my forte.  And someone who basically lives with you who isn't flesh and blood.  Well...

But I am so very thankful that God placed the very person that we needed, right when we needed her.

Maria, we love you, you have become a part of our Suvar family, whether you like it or not.

 Maria and our kids at the park, just a few weeks before her illness.

 While Maria recovered from a bone marrow transplant, we kept the home fires burning, waiting for her return...and we let her know it, too!
 Hannah on her 4th birthday with the gifts from Maria
 One of my most favorite pictures of our crazy, dysfunctional family.
 Bowling on our house trip

 Celebrating birthdays...
 And Christmas...

and mourning at fish funerals.

 'Ria, we are so very excited for you and what God has in store for you next.  Don't make yourself scarce around these parts.

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