Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Windsay Did It!

I wasn't going to add a second post but this little story had to be told.

Yesterday afternoon I was cleaning out the van. I vaccumed and washed all the windows and they were sparkling. When we got in the van with Grandpa and Grandma to head to the airport I was sitting in the back with Tanner. I then was noticing places that I had missed when I was cleaning the windows. In the back window I noticed what looked to be finger print marks. I then asked Tanner if he had touched them when he was in the van watching me. He said no Mommy, Windsay did it!!! Needless to say we all broke out in laughter and even he thought he was funny.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giggle this morning...!!!

I never realized that Tanner says Lindsay's name as Windsay. I enjoy all your entries Laura, thank you for sharing your heart today.

I'm Still praying
with all my love,

GarretJulie said...

My little man~ he has been so amazing through this whole thing! For a 3 year old being a in hospital and giving up his time at home to be there for his little sister! What an amazing big brother Lindsay has! I loved the story! Those are the ones that we will love to hear!!
Tanner, we are all so proud of you! You are a wonderful little man!! Lindsay loves you with all her heart and I am sure she misses you so much! I love you buddy and can't wait to see you on Saturday!!
Love you, Aunt Julie

Anonymous said...

Good Morning,

Thanks for sharing Tanner and Windsay with us. Please keep doing it. It truly is a blessing to see silly smiles, happy faces and read
priceless stories.

Praying for you all and checking on you every day!!

Love, hugs & prayers,

GrannyApple said...

Tanner you are such a funny guy. Thanks for talking to me on the phone today. I love hearing about your day with mommy. I have been watching videos of you and "Windsay" swimming in Granny and PopPop's "wittle" pool last summer. It made me very happy to see you and "Windsay" laughing and splashing. Aunt Julie will be bringing the pool and some pool toys up to your house this weekend. I love you very much and I miss "Windsay" very much too.
Hugs and kisses,

Anonymous said...

Dear Tanner
You are so funny with your little sayings. We were looking at pictures of you and "Windsay" when you were all up at Easter and were hunting Easter eggs in Jeff's yard. We treasure those moments we have with you.
We love you all very much.
Aunt Jeanne

Anonymous said...

Windsay left her finger print on all of our hearts!I have a feeling God's not done those little fingers. They still seem to be making marks!

Anonymous said...

Kepp sharing all the stories. All of your posts show such amazing courage and strength. Praise God for strong mom and dads and the little three year old boys who show us through.

Anonymous said...

As a new mom, I could not even imagine humanly going through what you all have had to endure these past few months. However, being a Christian, I know that our wonderful Father in Heaven was your strength. THANK YOU for sharing little "Windsay" with us! We continue to pray for you all.

Anonymous said...

Out of the mouths of babes! What a sweet, funny little guy you have, Laura! Thank you for sharing this little giggle with us. Thank you, too, for what you shared in the previous blog about going back to Boston. As hard as that was for you, I'm sure that will help in your healing process. Your strength and courgage are such a gift from the Lord. As always, know that you, Jon and Tanner are in my constant thoughts and prayers, as is your extended family.

Lisa Sheldon

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful story! Tanner is such a great inspiration. May God continue to mold him and shape him daily. Laura wow what an awesome servant's heart you all have. Going back to Boston and contining the Lord's work is....( I stand in awe) no words can express. May God continue to use Lindsay to bring more to the Kingdom. We continue to pray for your family daily and Faith loves the pictures you share, especially the smiles and joy we see on little faces.
Sharon Mumma

Anonymous said...

Dear Laura, Jon, and Tanner,
Than ks for keeping us informed of your progress through the grieving process with your little stories. I appreciate them so much. Not only did "windsay" touch the back window of your car, but also the lives of many of us...and her short life, as well as yours, will continue to be a testimony to our Lord. It will go on and on and on. The Lord used all of you to bless my heart.

Keep the stories coming!
Hugs from Mary Ella (MER)

Anonymous said...

Jon & Laura,

I wanted to share with you how God used your family and your trial to encourage and bless our family. When we first heard about Lindsay's illness, we felt such compassion for you, mostly because of our great respect and love for Bill and Jan, and also, as parents ourselves, we understand the deep emotions that come with loving our children. But God touched our hearts in yet another way, too. Our family had gone through a tremendous trial. After being "at home" at our church for more than 4years, and having been actively involved in many ministries, in one day, because of the sins of others against us, we were betrayed, we were deeply hurt and, ultimately, abandoned by those we considered our friends. Bob and I wrestled with our faith so much. We literally screamed, "Is any of this real? Is the Christian life real? Is our faith real? This love of God, loving each other, God's love through us, brothers and sisters in Christ -- is any of that really true. We prayed so much for God to show us that faith is real. Then, in April (almost a year after this situation occured), we came to know you all through the blog. I found myself tuning in to the blog every day for updates, for prayer requests. But then, I started reading what others were saying. I witnessed the true ourpouring of love and faith, not just from your friends and family members, but also from many people who, like us, either didn't know you personally, or didn't know you very well. I was so touched by what other people wrote. I was enormously encouraged by your faith -- tears rolled down my face one day when I realized, THIS IS REAL, FAITH IS REAL, GOD IS REAL. Little Lindsay may never know how much she touched my heart and how much her situation and her family touched my heart. I began to feel again (not even realizing how numb I had been), but I fell in love with your little girl. God showed me through hundreds of people, that His love is real and it does flow through His people. God show me through you both what TRUE FAITH looks like. Although we had been attending one church or another since our situation occured, we were not willing to commit ourselves to any one church. That is, until recently. We now felt energized and healed enough to commit ourselves to another church family. We are ready now to serve Him in ministry once again. I am so deeply sorry for the heart break that your family has gone through, but I wanted you to know, that God has brought this encouragement to our family through you. This is already too long -- I'm sorry, but being brief isn't a strong point. But please know, that when I remember how our faith was stretched to the max, I will also remember how the Lord used your precious Lindsay (and your own demonstrated faith) to bring us back. Our love to you all. May our precious Lord abundantly bless you all. You remain in our prayers.

Kathy & Bob Garelick

Anonymous said...

Dear Laura, thanks for both stories you posted. The way you shared your heart of missing your little girl was so touching. I just loved the giggle I got from reading the second posting. I will continue to pray for you and ask that the Lord does give you the glimpse from heaven that you so need. Love Lynn W

Anonymous said...

so so cute. I love it. I am glad you can laugh about it, and smile when you think of her. The best way to heal-- laugh and cry when needed!
Love always,
Your friend Sibahan

Anonymous said...

I took a few minutes to catch up on your blog entries and cried AGAIN as I consider your loss, and in some very small and insignificant way feel it with you. I appreciate the way each of you are sharing your journey with us. I know each of you, Jon and Laura, Tanner, Bill, Jan and Zach, Phyl and Warren, and many other family members are grieving and that Lindsay left a void in your heart and lives. Your pain is evidence of her life and your love. I think Lindsay's blog is an instrument God is using to bring you through these deep waters. Thank you for blessing my heart along the way. Thank you Laura for not withdrawing but reaching out with the love of Christ to others even as your own heart weeps. Thank you for sharing your Tanner stories, laughter is good medicine. I am still praying for you all. Diane Hunt

Anonymous said...

Dear Jon and Laura,

Neil talks so often about Tanner. The last time I had to go to "Boston" for work, he asked if he could go with me so he could see his friend. When I reminded him that you went home to New Hampshire, he assured me that New Hampshire wasn't that far and it was really important to check on Tanner. It sounds like Tanner is being the beautiful little boy Neil had the pleasure to befriend and we hope someday, somehow, they can reconnect.

Our hearts and prayers are forever with your family...of course, Lindsay.

With Love, Joan Bowie

Anonymous said...

I was crying this morning about Lindsay and heard this song. Steven Curtis Chapman wrote it. It spoke to my heart and I hope it speaks to you.


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, oh no
And we can grieve with hope
'Cause we believe with hope
(There's a place by God's grace)
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, and ...

We have this hope as an anchor
'Cause we believe that everything
God promised us is true, so ...

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
We let go with hope

Thank you God for giving your Son to die on the cross for us so we have a hope and assurance of seeing Lindsay Bear's smile again.

To the Groen and Welte families,
you remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Susie and Steve

Anonymous said...

Jon, Laura, Tanner, & the Welte's Good to log on and catch up with you guys and know that God's presence is there. Such sweet tears that are shed, but always knowing that Lindsay is resting in our Father's arms. Just returned from Wednesday night prayer meeting and prayed for comfort and healing to continue.

Love to you all

Norma Jeffries