There are many things I’d love to say about this family. First, I miss them like crazy. Originally from Sweden, they spent a few short years here in the US filling many hearts with joy, and showing us all how to have courage in the midst of hard times. Last fall, they returned to Europe for good and I have been missing them ever since. Sofia and I bonded in a time of great suffering for their family (their oldest was diagnosed with Leukemia just a few months after I met them…you can read more about it on Jacob’s website). We journeyed through ups and downs together, faced personal fears together, and explored big dreams together, months later I’m still a little sad over the distance now between us. I’m so glad I have these photos of them during their last days here in the US.
Sofia is an inspiration. She inspired me to write and submit and essay about her journey to an essay contest for a respected blogger last fall, and out of hundreds of entries, the essay was chosen as one of the top-honored essays. I was really surprised to be named among the winners (I wasn’t crazy about my writing…it’s not easy to squeeze an epic tale into 800 words or less!), but I was grateful for the opportunity to share about the beauty and courage of her story. You’re welcome to read that essay here.
Sofia & family – I think of you often. We simply must conquer the 9 hour time difference between us so we can catch up over Skype on all the little things! I will keep praying for Jacob. Hugs from us to all of you. Miss you much!