There were eight of us. Our Mother endearingly called us by the number of our births. I am Number 4 and Neomi was Number 5.
And because there were eight of us, from the same DNA, I am made up of eight parts. I feel that my siblings and I were woven together like eight strands of beautiful satin ribbon. The eight parts of a one-of-a-kind existence. A “Colin” child.
The first part of me left us on November 15th, exactly five years before Neomi, the 5th part of me, slipped away. The void I feel inside is tremendous. Because now, two parts of me are gone. And I miss their presence.
Thank God, I am not unraveled. Because six of those satin ribbons, are still braided together; for which I am most grateful. And, with God’s grace and in God’s strength, we will continue to go on. With the spirit of our sisters’ love and memory in our hearts.
I encourage Neomi’s satin ribbons; her Stars, Michelle and Taki, and your children, my beloved great-nephews and nieces, to cherish the legacy of your Mother: her strength, fortitude, bravery, determination, a good soldier in every sense of the word.
I encourage you and our entire family to take God’s hand and follow the path His Word lights up for each of us. With the hope of eternal life, that our loved ones are with Him, and that we will see them again.
Lastly, I thank all who were a part of Neomi’s life. I give special thanks to our niece #1, Lisa Jenkins, for being the rock they needed to get all their Mother’s wishes accomplished.
I thank everyone who rolled up your sleeves and helped with arrangements and serving. You all helped Michelle and Taki give their Mother the honorable and dignified tribute she deserved.
Thank you for your prayers, condolences, and words of encouragement to Neomi’s daughters, her grandchildren, my siblings, and me.
We are forever grateful for your kindness. In His Love,