Tuesday, January 7, 2014

We said good bye with lots of hellos

We had a whirl wide of a 24 hours this weekend . . . we flew to Washington D.C. on Saturday morning and were back in Atlanta by 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.  While it was a quick trip, it was full of wonderful moments. 

It always freaks me out when Getzy and I go anywhere together without our kids.  I pray for them and for us all to be safely reunited . . . even if it's just us going out to dinner.  So as we were seated on the plane on Saturday, we took a selfie to text to our oldest to tell them we were taking off and how much we loved them. 
We were so blessed to have friends pick us up at the airport and chauffeur us around while we were in town.  They are like one of the 12 people that actually read my blog so I told them I needed photos . . . and/or kisses. 
Our first stop was the Silver Dinner in Tyson's Corner, Virginia.  I used to work at an office in the area so it was so cool to be back there. 
It was nice to sit and catch up on old times with several of Getzy's fraternity brothers.  They kept arriving and our table kept expanding.  So many good laughs and great stories. 

We left there and headed to the Celebration of Life Service for our dear friend C.A.M. Wagoner.  His service was packed . . . like a full house with probably 700-800 people.  That just goes to show what an amazing man C.A.M. was . . . a friend to all.
It was amazing.  Yes, it was sad beyond words, but at the same time, extremely uplifting.  I laughed more than I cried.  That may sound odd, but there were several tribute speakers from all parts of C.A.M.'s life with wonderful stories to share. 
His handsome little son read John 3:16 . . . now that will melt any one's heart.  And his two beautiful daughters sang a song together called "Our God."  There is no other way to describe it other than they nailed it.  Their voices were strong and confident and simply amazing.  The pastor remarked how he'd never been to a funeral service where a song got a round of applause and a standing ovation.  It was moments like this that made this such a memorable experience. 

At the end of the service, they played a video montage of C.A.M.'s life . . . a much too short 42 years.  His wife painstakingly put it together to celebrate him, his friends and family.  It was set to music and started from birth.  It was beautiful and the tears started flowing.  C.A.M. was a drummer and loved music.  Here are the songs from the video in the order they were played.  I couldn't find The Lucky One by Edwin McCain so that is left out.  Music is part of who I am so this was especially moving to me.  The last song was the hardest as so many of the pictures were of him and his children and near the end.   
We were able to hug and love on his wife Becky briefly after the service.  She made me cry when she told me Kyle now has a guardian angel in heaven watching over him . . . C.A.M. and Becky are Kyle's godparents. 

Becky is truly the epitome of grace and love . . . a Proverbs 31 woman if there ever was one.  She is as beautiful on the inside as the outside.  I will pray for her and her children for years to come and hope that they find much happiness in life. 

We left the service and checked into our hotel.  A block of rooms were reserved at the Four Seasons in Georgetown . . . wow, what a beautiful hotel.  Being in D.C. was so nostalgic for me . . . it's where I felt like I discovered who I was and also where Getzy and I met. 

We did a quick change and headed out to dinner with Getzy's fraternity brothers to a restaurant in D.C. called The Oceanaire.  We had a private room and our service was outstanding.  It was a wonderful night sharing funny stories of C.A.M. and toasting his life. 
It has been several years since all these fellows have been together so we corralled everyone at the service from the fraternity to take a picture.  It turned out amazing.
If there is to be a good out of the sad, it's that so many folks were reunited from times gone by . . . and much discussion was had around getting together more often and not waiting for another tragedy to reconnect with friends.  

A recurring theme of C.A.M.'s service was his ability to make connections.  Remember that folks . . . life is better when we connect with people so take time to tell someone you care.  It might just make their day.

To all my friends near and far, I care about you and your family.  Please call or better yet, come visit.  And don't be surprised if my family and I show up to visit you one day soon!  Much love to you all in 2014!
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1 comment:

  1. Wow, such a lovely post. Sad, but so true. I'm glad we met through here and we are now friends!

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