Remembered With Love

Today I’ve been reminiscing about my dear sister, who passed away 40 years ago. It is her birth date today, November 3. One sister texted “Happy Birthday to Audrey.” I sent emoticons, finding some that reminded me of her and things she liked. No words, just the pictures. The other sister said “She would have been 58 today, and she was born in ’58, does that count as a golden birthday of sorts?”

It brought a chuckle. We each have our gifts, interests and talents.

Audrey certainly had exceptional talent. A sister dearly loved remains a treasure in my heart. Imprinted there for life. I’m sure she impacted many people profoundly in her short life of 18 years. Even my two oldest brothers comment on her birthday occasionally if I go out to the fields for a combine ride.

The pictures I found were:

Four sisters.

Snow skis.

A painting easel and brush.

A plane.

A beach umbrella.


The flag of Germany.

A telescope.

Reel-to-reel movie projector.

A necklace with a golden pendant.

A tennis ball.

A taco.

The globe.

A chicken.

Two girls dancing together.

Painting fingernails.

A red heart.

My last look from upstairs, spring of 2015.

I would pick a few more…. baton, white boots with huge black pom-poms, a German high school textbook, record player, friends, bonfire, the Hamilton High school band playing, “Victors” as they marched, homemade pizza, big roomy cardigan sweaters, German exchange students, clarinet, TV, sisters doing hair, macrame with twine, MSU symbol, tall shiny brown fashion boots, scarf, suitcase,  journal…

A white Bible.

Did you get a picture in your head? Do you hear something? Can you smell them? Are you able to imagine a texture? Does your mouth water? Anything bring a tear to your eye?

I celebrate the gift of Audrey today. I thank God for the experience. I praise Him for the hope of heaven.

If you knew Audrey, you’ll know what some of these symbols mean and I welcome you to comment…


I’d love it if you commented on a loved one who went on ahead; share what reminds you of them? Pictures, objects, smells, sounds….

I’ve written other stories about Audrey-you can read them if you wish…

About Myrna Folkert

Myrna is an author who desires to use her gifts to glorify God. She's created this blog to tell stories of her childhood, musings about life, motherless daughters, grief and loss, faith in God, her family history, and facts about the Long QT syndrome. She also has a hearing condition called Tinnitus. Doing interviews with motherless daughters like herself are of great interest. Join in discussions by following this blog and commenting. She would love to hear your stories about life. Myrna is a Christ follower, wife, mother, sister, friend, aunt, and cousin. She was an elementary school teacher for 27 years; now works in her church, and a few other volunteer activities such as Hospice doing "Life Reviews" and Vigils. Myrna loves to read, write, listen to music, go to concerts, and take pictures. Her favorite pastime is boating with her husband near the beautiful shores of West Michigan.
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7 Responses to Remembered With Love

  1. ebforeman says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Myrna. A beautiful way to remember someone you love. Your encouragement about our memories of loved ones is timely as the day my nephew went to be with Jesus is coming soon — Monday, November 14. You’ve given me an idea to find emoticons that reflect memories and to share them with my sister and her children.


  2. tabitha59reachingout says:

    How sad that you lost a dear sister when she was so young. Thanks for sharing, Myrna. I’m sure she was lovely. 🙂


  3. Anonymous says:

    No, I didn’t know your sister but the emoticons paint a lovely picture of her. Thanks for sharing your memories so lovingly.

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  4. Michele says:

    The baton and white boots brought me an immediate picture of Audrey! Thanks for sharing! Hugs to you today as you remember your dear sister!


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