We gathered at the park in Chase, KS, for a candlelight vigil and service for Avery, my great niece. The little boy in the foreground looking up is Avery's big brother, Walon, releasing balloons in honor of his little sister. There is a beautiful sequence of photos of the release of the balloons, some perhaps technically better than this one--but this one tell the story of the gathered community of support, surrounding this family with love and shared grief. This small community has been wonderful in its support for the whole family, and it is deeply appreciated.
Tomorrow afternoon at 4pm, CST, there will be a memorial service. Jimmy and Marsha asked me to speak in the service. I can't adequately express how what it means to take part in a moment like this and to know that they entrust this to me. It will be hard. I love them very much and I hurt for them. It is hard to even type that.
I appreciate your kind words, prayers, and support for all of us. There is something special to me to know that there is support from all over the world, even if it is from a relatively small group of people. Thank you all.