Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Missing Mark

One year ago today I lost my brother Mark. I was blessed to spend his last day with him; although, at the time I did not know it was going to be his last day.

Mark was my baby brother. Born with many physical difficulties, he was the light of our family's life. He wanted to experience everything and was beyond smart.


Mark had the best deep chested chuckle and a great off-color sense of humor.



Mark and my son Joey were great friends, and I would imagine that today they are together in heaven thoroughly enjoying one another's company.



Mark was an expert at video games and even designed his own games and characters. He was a whiz at 3d design and could spout off technological information on the spot.

Mark was a good brother to me, and was always showing me cool things. I loved listening to him and was fascinated by his knowledge of things. My kids adored him and would sit at his side for hours watching him do things on the computer. I could call him with a question and he would always know the answer.



My husband and he became great friends, and I'll never forget the nights when Mark came to stay with us and they would go late into the night first one beating the other shortly followed by a heated rematch with lots of trash talk.



I loved Mark with all my heart and was devastated when after months of terrible illness he was suddenly taken from us. This is going to be a difficult day on so many levels as I miss my brother, remember my son, and ache for my parents whose pain I know all too well.

Mark, I love you! I'm so proud of you, and I hope you and Joey are well. We miss you like crazy EVERY single moment of EVERY single day! May your day bring you peace.

23 comments:

  1. Thinking of you today and hoping your happy memories outshine the pain of your loss.

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  2. So sorry for your pain!! I will be lifting you and your parents and family up in prayers!! Big Hugs -LORi

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  3. Sending massive amounts of prayers and hugs your way!!! Praying for peace and for joy to fill you even on the toughest of days.

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  4. I'll be thinking of you today.

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  5. I´m so sorry for your losses and the pain you are feeling. We lost one of our daughters seven years ago. Even though we long to see them again, aren´t we lucky to have known and loved persons who, unlike most of us, didn´t have to stay here for a very long time to learn what most of us take a lifetime? One day we will both have the pevilege to raise our children to maturaty, I so look forward to that day! Hugs!

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  6. I am so sorry for you losses and the sadness you feel today.You are a beautiful sister and mother.((HUGS))

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  7. Sending hugs and prayers your way!

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  8. I can't imagine how you must feel, Jen. I am so sorry for your losses! I am thinking of you and sending you big hugs from my side of the world!

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  9. Jen, I am so sorry for your losses; I hope the wonderful memories that you shared will be a comfort to you today and always.

    'Sending lots of hugs your way,

    Renee

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  10. Sending you a ton of hugs today!! I hope you are able to find some comfort in your beautiful memories of Joey and Mark!!! {{{{{HUGS}}}}}

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  11. I don't know how you feel, I have never lost an immediate family member. But, you are in my thoughts and prayers today. I hope that today will bring you wonderful memories and peace. Take Care.

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  12. Thinking of you today...

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  13. What a beautiful post. Mark sounded like a wonderful person. May your memories of him ease your pain. And know that he is having a great time with Joey. God bless you all.

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  14. susan mcl10:47 PM

    Peace be with your family!

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  15. I'm so reminded of my own pain as I read yours... The loved ones we've lost will never be forgotten and though we do move on but the pain can never be fully erased.

    Till the day we all meet in heaven...

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  16. Sorry for your loss. My sister, who was handicapped and in a wheelchair throughout her life, passed several years ago. I found peace in knowing that she was dancing and running and playing in heaven in ways she could not on earth.

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  17. So sorry for all you and your family have been through! Hugs to you and yours!!

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  18. You're in my prayers!! I just LOVE his wonderful smile! :)

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  19. So sorry for your loss. I remember you posting about him. He sounds remarkable.
    ~d

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  20. ((HUG)) to you Jen. This post teared me up as I read about your brother and son being in heaven together...As someone who has lost a sibling I know the "anniversary" can be a hard day. I am hoping you receive a sign from Mark that he misses you too. Peace and blessings..

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  21. ((HUG)) to you Jen. This post teared me up as I read about your brother and son being in heaven together...As someone who has lost a sibling I know the "anniversary" can be a hard day. I am hoping you receive a sign from Mark that he misses you too. Peace and blessings..

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  22. oh Jen, big gulp as I have a lump in my throat right now. Love you.

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  23. I love seeing these pictures of Mark, you have captured him well. Still thinking about you and praying for you. :)

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