One year ago, July 8, 2011, at 10:00 PM, Aimee completed her long transition to citizenship in heaven. I have a treasured memory that needs retelling. During the afternoon, I was sitting with Aimee, loving her, doing some crying and some praying, trying to approach what she had claimed repeatedly, “Perfect peace.” There had been little or no response from her. I told her goodbye and that I loved her with all my heart. After considerable time, she said, most unexpectedly and audibly, “I love you, Daddy.” I don’t really know, but I like to think it was the last thing she said. It’s a truly precious memory.
by: Ron Goertzen, Daddy
Marta Goertzen is an entrepreneur, writer, and nature photographer. She daily explores the trails and beaches of the South Central Oregon Coast with her dogs. You can follow along on their adventures on Instagram. She is also the author of several books, and now with the Selah Journal: A reflective journal and mini-retreat. Start your own daily gratitude practice with our, “7 Days of Gratitude Challenge – A Gratitude Journal Starter Kit”.