At lunch I put on the video that I made - it had the two videos from my blog together on one DVD. I was getting sad cause every time I looked around, nobody was paying any attention to it. Thursday I had someone ask me how old Rachel was. She was there helping for a community service project and didn't realize what we were doing. So it was on my heart to make sure that everyone knew what we were doing, but also that in case we were all getting too task oriented, that we would be reminded of why we were there.. and so when nobody was watching it, I started crying.
And that was right before this happened at 1:00...
And it still did. Just like our 'storm' with Rachel.
Carrie noticed me from a distance and came and put her arm around me as we both looked up... she noticed my pain and fear because she knows. She & her husband (who was also there) lost their son Ethan 7 years ago and although I didn't know her before, has been a huge source of encouragement to me these past few months.
I started to get discouraged... everyone was saying it wouldn't last long. But all I could see was the rain. It was too real to ignore and it had completely stopped all progress. And if it was just rain, we could've kept going, but the lightening wouldn't allow it. And so we all gathered inside and under tents and waited for the storm to pass.... I saw blue skies in the distance and thought for sure they were going to bring that rainbow that I joked about months ago. It never came, but soon the storm moved and we were blessed with the rest of the day of sun! Within minutes everyone was back to work, as if nothing happened. I stood there watching this and realized that before the storm, I was actually in a really sad frame of mind... but after the storm, I was so thankful. And so the storm was really a blessing to me... and while there was no rainbow in the sky, I had one in my heart.
Soon after, we put up Rachel's Memorial sign... it's amazing. The pictures don't do it justice at all - but I would say that's true of the entire playground.
A beautiful playground to add to Rachel's Legacy. This picture just doesn't do it justice, the entire playground is absolutely breathtaking. Everyone who walked around the corner and saw it for the first time would go "wow". Next week, we'll put up the sign in the top of the entry arch!
In 3 days, we built and ark! And so without further adieu...
The Rachel Alice Aube Memorial Playground!
We miss you like crazy Rachel....