Monday, August 25, 2008

There are no words

I cannot express the grief and sadness that myself, my family and our community have experienced over the past few days. On Friday 10 amazing people were lost in a tragic airplane accident near Moab, UT. One of those 10 people was my Aunt Valerie. Val is my dad's only sister and one of the most beautiful women I have ever known, inside and out. She will be deeply missed by all of us. Val is married to an equally amazing man and has 3 awesome sons, and 2 sweet little grandsons who will now grow up not knowing their amazing grandma. Many other families from Cedar are mourning the loss of their loved ones as well.
I don't think I will ever understand why such tragic things happen to such good people but I know with all my heart that each person lost in this accident had a place waiting for them with our Heavenly Father. I know that we will see Val again and it brings me great comfort to know that she is now taking care of Avery for me. I can't think of anyone I would trust her with more.
Val was featured recently in Elan Magazine and I found a link for their blog that shows pictures from the photo shoot. You will see what I mean about beautiful. She is absolutely gorgeous and adored by all that know her.

I remember growing up, when Val would babysit me she would love to do my hair. She never had a daughter and even though she loved doing things with her boys I think she really enjoyed spending time with her nieces. She had such a sweet spirit and loved planning gatherings for our family. It made her truly happy too see everyone together.

Please remember the families of these victims in your prayers. They will never be forgotten.


Tonya said...

Candi- No words can describe how sorry I am for your families loss! Val is a beautiful women and was no doubt well loved! I will keep you and your family in my prayers during this time of heartache and know, you are right, she is taking care of your sweet Avery now!

God Bless!

Tina said...

My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. It is truly a huge loss for our little community. May our Heavenly Father's arms wrap around you and your family at this time.

BRYAN'S YAYA said...

Candi - I am so sorry for your family's loss. It sounds as though your Aunt Val was very special to you, I can't imagine how your heart must be aching. Please take comfort in knowing that I will be praying for you and your family, praying that God will wrap you in his love and ease your sorrow.


YaYa to Bryan

Rae said...

Candi ~ I'm so sorry for the loss of your Aunt. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Jenny said...

I've been thinking about you a lot this week and the heartache you must be going through. Please know that we are praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

Amy Jo said...

I am so sorry, Candi. May God comfort you and your family during this very difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Leslie Mortensen said...

I think Val was one of the funniest people I knew. In July we took the youth on a hike and when we sat down to eat lunch Quinn asked her how she was doing and she said that she didn't think that she had ever drank so much water. Then she said that the only water she usually drank was the ice that melted in her diet coke. My other favorite thing about Val was her shoes. I have never seen someone with such cute shoes. I know you love her and we will be praying for your family.

Clare Dungey said...

I've just been looking at Val's picture - what a beautiful lady and she looks so much fun! Hold tight to your treasured memories and take comfort in the thought that she has your beautiful Avery in her arms. Hopefully she'll give my little Theo a squeeze too!

Bree & Joey said...

I have been sick ever since I heard about it. My Mom just loved Valerie and thought the world of her. I know I met her when I was younger, but even though I didn't know her, she would always ask my Mom how I was doing with the cancer. What an amazing and beautiful woman she is!!! My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at this time!!!

Jennifer said...

Prayers to you from me. Candi, I'm so very sorry to hear of this loss.

Kari said...

Candi, I found your blog through Bree's. I hope you don't mind. I am so sorry to hear about your aunt. Those lost in the plane crash will be deeply missed by the whole community.
Your daughter, Avery, is beautiful as are your posts. What an amazing dedication to her and your eternal life together.
My prayers are with your and your family.

Take care.

Kari (Hepworth) Tate

The Case Family said...


I am very sad to hear this tragic news. I saw the story break on the news and you see my heart belongs in Utah. I went to college(some of the best years of my life) there and when I hear stories like that all the way over here in Washington DC it hits so close to home. Like Val was a part of my family. I am genuinely sorry for this tragedy and as always I am grateful for your eternal perspective. It sheds a new light that we so easily forget. You and your family are in my prayers. God Bless you!