Those who have known me the longest

March 17, 2015 | Posted in: Family, Home, Recognize and Remember

Earlier this month, a quiet day went by without the world knowing how this day changed my life.  I started to write a few words about the importance of this day on Facebook, but deleted the post when the few written words could not portray my heart’s feelings.  On March 12, 2014 my Dad, my only living parent entered his eternal home and the one who had known me the longest left this earth.  Just 14 months before, my Mom had also gone home.  As someone who always has longed to be known, losing the ones who had known me since my birth has brought deep grief.

The day my Dad died, I received a voice message from a friend assuring me that I was not an orphan and I appreciated her message.  I still had parents, they had been wonderful, caring and loving parents.  One of the things I loved about our relationship was the way they knew me.  Especially the way they knew that I needed to talk out my thoughts to process them, as well as other little nuances about me.  Who else knew these all of this ~ who else had been at my life events, who else knew me in this way?

My parents had life long friends that knew them before I existed.  They went to church with my parents over the years, shared meals, traveled together and did life together (as the saying now goes).  They watched each other grow from their 20’s and then all the changes that the years brought.  They buried parents, raised children, worked and retired, travel on many trips and spent every Friday together after both couples moved to Florida.  They had the relationship that everyone talks about today — a life long commitment to their friendship.

Not long ago, I was in Florida and went to spend a few hours with these dear friends of my parents.  I will admit to being a little cautious, because I did not want to feel that familiar feeling of grief that has been a constant presence in my life the last 2 years.  But I really wanted to be with them to once again, to be with someone who has known me from the beginning.

It was a sweet, familiar feeling to be hugged tightly when I arrived and to sit across the table and talk about our lives.  They asked questions of me and my family because they knew me, my family and my history and they were interested.  They gave me time to shed a few tears as we talked about my parents and they had shed a few of their own   They asked me over and over again to stay and genuinely seemed disappointed when I got ready to leave.  We took photos together and prayed together – not knowing when (or if) we might see each other again on this earth.  And it was sweet and hard and precious and familiar.

And once again I felt known by people who have known me since I was born.  I know that as I grow older I will feel this feeling less and less here on earth, making my longing for my heavenly home greater.  I am known by my God and it is in this relationship that I must lean into more and more to be known.   And in reality, He knew me first…

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…. Jeremiah 1:5




 Thank you Jim and Shirley for knowing me and loving me all of these years.  I love you both very much.

I am a humble receiver of the saving grace that Christ provided to me through his death and resurrection. My calling is as a wife to Bill, my husband of 34 years, a mother to 3 gifted daughters & 3 fine son-in-laws, and Grammie to my very sweet grandchildren. I love living in our community, spending time with people from all walks of life (I honestly can talk to anyone about anything) , studying and discussing God’s Word and always being with my family. Life and relationships are a gift that I treasure everyday.


  1. Maxine lifer haigh
    March 26, 2015

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    I knew you when you were a cute little blonde haired girl. When your parents moved to clarion and started going to our church (Monroe chapel). They asked me to babysit occasionally as I was a teenager then. You had a lovely house and I always thought Jim and Barb were a wonderful couple. I hope you have had a good life. Great pictures of you with my sister and brother in law!

      March 27, 2015

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      Maxine – I do remember you and I always though you were so beautiful with your hair that flipped up!! God is so faithful over the years and Jim & Shirley have meant so much to me over the years. I am so thankful for their presence in my life over the years. Many Blessings to you….

  2. Susan Beggan Paganie
    January 20, 2016

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    You inspire me Sandra! That must have been part of Gods plan, long before we knew each other, to bring you into my life to read these words that spoke straight to my heart!❤️ For some reason, I didn’t put this spin on the pain of not having my parents here. This week marks the 3rd anniversary of my mom being called home. She was the person who knew me best on earth and was my cheerleader in life. She was the best mom! I am not the same without my parents and my brother here with me. I am different. Yet I know this was also in Gods plan. He set you in my path to hear my heart and to remind me that He knew me long before my earthly parents and He is always right there with me even when I forget. I am not alone. I love your beauty inside and out!

    • Sandra
      January 20, 2016

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      Your words mean so much — thank you. Yes, I believe God orchestrated our meeting as we do have much in common (including pumps). Blessings to you my friend.

      • Pam
        November 1, 2016

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        That was awesome! So sweet and so needed for my heart.

        • Sandra
          November 1, 2016

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          God knows us best!
          Love, Sandy

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