Friday, January 23, 2009

Pauline Memorial Service

Today brought the Pauline children together.

Jonah, Jenny, Robbie, and Joey
It was a memorial service for their Uncle Robert, who passed away last month. Robert lived all his 70 years with Cerebral Palsy, due to complications at birth.

You can see how the Pauline children have grown in numbers.

Jonah, Jenny with her son Phoenix, Robbie and Katie with Charlie and Avery, Joey

Jenny and PhoenixI love these older pictures sitting on the table up front.

Ernie and Deedee
(our lives have not been the same since she passed away in 2003)
Robbie, Uncle Bob, Jenny, and Joey
Jenny, Deedee, Ernie, Robbie, Jonah, Joey, and Uncle BobAnd of course Ernie Pauline who was our bishop in the 1990s
along with his wife Christi
After his brother's sudden passing, Ernie prayed for comfort. He shared with us this evening some thoughts and images that he feels a loving God placed in his heart. Here is a brief part of Ernie's thoughts in his own words:

"...Robert reluctantly turned and walked briefly into a place of God's rest. He began to realize the freedom of his movement and at the same moment found himself amidst a throng of family and friends. For the first time in 70 years, Bobby spoke to them unabated and with unfettered arms he embraced his mother and father and said, "I did the best I could! Thank you for all you did to love and serve me in my mortal life. it is wonderful to be together again...He looked upon the multitude of family and friends who came to greet him. He said to them all, "I had a wonderful life. It was the life God prepared for me. It was the life I needed to lead me back to God's presence and back to you. I wish everyone that we've left behind could see us now."


grandmapeg said...

I love the words and thoughts of Ernie about his brother. As one that has a sibling with disabilities, these thoughts and words are very comforting. Thanks for sharing this.

Anonymous said...

I love what Ernie said about his brother. Gives such great hope. I can't wait until I can have a similar experience with Daniel. How cool it will be.

Dad and Susan said...

Jill, this was a very touching post. I loved Ernie's thoughts. Much food for thought--deep thought. Thanks for sharing. Love, Dad and Susan

Ammy Moore said...

I could just hear Brother Pauline's voice saying that as I read it. It was good to see pictures of the Pauline family. I think of them quite often. Thank you for this post. :)

Jill said...

Thank you Ammy. I thought of you during the service last night since you were part of our ward family.
Thank you for all the nice comments today on this post.

lindsay lark said...

Thanks for this post- I love that family beyond words.

Jill said...

I know what you mean Lindsay.
Thanks for reading. :)

Luke and Nat said...

I miss seeing this cute family around...I actually included DeeDee in my RS lesson a little while back...i still have one of her handouts that went with my lesson and used fun to see these pix, thanks for sharing! :)

Lisa said...

The Pauline's are so beloved and cherished. This post evokes so many different emotions for me. I didn't know them well, but in the short time we had the privilege of associating with them; we were blessed with their love & kindness that is unique to them.

I never knew about Robert; but now that I see all of this and couple it together with my experiences and memories; I understand more fully why they are so uniquely capable of having CHARITY. That was their GIFT. We all know it. We've all felt it & had the privilege of being blessed by their influence and love for us regardless of how well they knew any of us.

For those who are their true friends, I can only imagine how deep that vein of friendship flows. Tthank you for sharing.

~ Jenny & Phoenix ~ said...

OH miss Jill you have no idea how much it meant to have the two of you there that evening. There was an overload of emotions within me that night and seeing your beautiful face gave me so much comfort. I love you beyond words.