Donna Mae Shick
May 10, 1937 - August 10, 2012
When the news came of her death I was overwhelmed with grief. Suffering a sudden loss fills you with the regret of I wish...I wish I would have called last week, I wish I would have mailed this card, I wish I would have had one more chance to say "I love you". I was unprepared for the grief that flooded my soul. Thanks to my precious family who rallied around I was able to go to the memorial service with my Mom (her sister), brother and youngest son.
|Take off your shoes Rachel!|
When I went to bed that night I could hear her laughing and saying funny things that always made me smile. When I was in the bed I was thinking of all her favorite things, and in my mind I was planning on going to the store to make her a goodie basket to leave as a surprise when we left. As I was dreaming I then had to come back to reality and realize there was no need to leave the basket, as we were there to say goodbye. I felt a pain like I have never felt and as I lay in the room where I slept many times I began to cry and beg God for His comfort during this time. I asked Him to please show me that Aunt Donna was there with us and most of all I begged God to show me His love. Little did I know just how much love he had in store for me....
|Her love for antique cars and a favorite color|
|Her Love Sign Is A Dime|
That afternoon my heart was filled with compassion for my brothers and sisters who could not join me. I was texting them through out the day and I had them heavy on my heart, I knew they wanted to be there too. As I was cleaning out a dresser in the guest room my heart was heavy for my sister who sacrificed so I could be there and yet I knew she longed to be there as well. As I was cleaning out the drawer I found photos of my boys, cards and countless treasures she kept. When I reached the bottom of the dresser there was yet another sign of God's love. My sisters love sign is a dime and there in the bottom of the dresser drawer was a single dime. God knew my heart was heavy for her and he left me that treasure so I could tell her; "God loves you too Sissy and you were a special part of Aunt Donna's heart as well."
|His Love Sign Is A Blue Bird|
|Black Squirrels Can Also Be a Love Sign|
The cell service was not great at Aunt Donna's so I would go sit in the car where I could make a call every now and then and text. I called my sister and as we were talking a little back squirrel kept running around the van. I was laughing because it was just going nuts running around the van. I told my sister about how funny it was acting. My sister said; "What color is he?" I said; "Strange enough black, I've never seen a black on before!" She laughed and said; "Did you know Aunt Donna's love sign was a black squirrel!" Oh, my heart jumped for joy over another treasure from Christ. No one knew my prayer but God did and in His gracious way gave me joy unspeakable and full of Glory.
|Mom, God Loves You Too!|
|Aunt Donna, you will be missed|
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow--not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love.