Thank you so very much to all of you who have poured out your love on us over the past day and even weeks. I got to spend the last 10 years of my life with one of the most incredible men that the world has ever known. I haven't even gone a day without him and I can't imagine now going a lifetime. I miss him so much it literally takes my breath away. I titled my last post The Victory because there is no doubt that is what Joel obtained. It's not what we were praying, hoping and fighting for but we believe that getting to be with Jesus is the ultimate victory. I can recognize that even though every ounce of me wishes it hadn't happened this way. I would give anything to have him here with us. Anything.I have no idea what is next for our life. Many of you have already encouraged me to keep blogging and I always will. I will also do everything in my power, whatever that looks like, to continue to be Joel's voice and make sure that his life makes an impact. I started this blog and titled it "Joel and Sarah's journey". The other day when I was praying I was crying out to the Lord, please God let our journey just be beginning. Even though we continue our journey without him on this earth I do believe that somehow that prayer will be answered and that the story of my husband and my journey really is just beginning. My son and I will honor his life every single day and we will make sure that Joel's life will continue to bless others the way that it blessed our family so deeply. The only thing we do know is that life will never be the same. Our hearts are broken.
If you would like to be a part of helping us honor his life the details are below. Thank you so much for your prayers.
Friday, July 26th at 2:00pm Antioch Community Church 1330 E. Lindsay Norman, OK
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to The Joel Rodriguez Memorial Fund at any First Fidelity Bank location. Funds will be used in support of his son Milo.
With Hope-Steven Curtis Chapman
This is not at all how We thought it was supposed to be We had so many plans for you We had so many dreams And now you've gone away And left us with the memories of your smile And nothing we can say And nothing we can do Can take away the pain The pain of losing you, but ...
We can cry with hope We can say goodbye with hope Cause we know our goodbye is not the end And we can grieve with hope Cause we believe with hope There's a place where we'll see your face again We'll see your face again
And never have I known Anything so hard to understand And never have I questioned more The wisdom of God's plan But through the cloud of tears I see the Father's smile and say well done And I imagine you Where you wanted most to be Seeing all your dreams come true Cause now you're home And now you're free
We have this hope as an anchor Cause we believe that everything God promised us is true
So we can cry with hope And say goodbye with hope
We wait with hope And we ache with hope We hold on with hope