When we first moved to Calgary, it was a little overwhelming.?Ç¬† At first, as a family, we didn’t know how we were going to adapt to living in a bigger city.?Ç¬† Everything was so fast paced.?Ç¬† My wife and kids didn’t know anybody in our neighborhood.?Ç¬† It felt like quite the adventure.
?Ç¬†The Semi-trailer backed up to the front of our house and the moving company employees deployed the ramp.?Ç¬† Boxes started to move into the house.?Ç¬† My wife and I started directing the movers where to put what.?Ç¬† The kids were excited, running around in the back yard.?Ç¬†?Ç¬†
?Ç¬†That’s when we first met Kim, our next door neighbor.?Ç¬† She, and her two small girls came out the front door and cheerfully introduced themselves.?Ç¬† They were the only people in our cul-de-sac who did so.?Ç¬† What a wonderful family Kim has.?Ç¬† We met her husband Steve when he got home from work that evening.?Ç¬† They are two of the most friendly people we had ever met.?Ç¬† Always helpful.?Ç¬† Always a hello or goodbye.?Ç¬† You couldn’t ask for better neighbors.?Ç¬† They helped make our transition to Calgary a smoother one.
?Ç¬†Over the last few years, we have grown our frienship with Kim and Steve and their girls.?Ç¬† My daughter would often babysit for them if they needed a night together at the movies or dinner.?Ç¬† Our children would play together.?Ç¬† It was nice to have good friends nearby.
This evening, Steve knocked on our door and brought us some bad news.?Ç¬† He and Kim?Ç¬†were in a car accident this morning.?Ç¬† Kim passed away.?Ç¬†?Ç¬†?Ç¬†Its difficult to think that she is gone.?Ç¬† It’s one of those things that just hits you out of nowhere, unexpected.?Ç¬† My heart breaks when I think of those wonderful girls of hers who will have to grow up without their mother.?Ç¬† I can’t imagine what Steve must be going through.?Ç¬† I wish there was something I could do to make it better, but it’s just one of those hard lessons life teaches us.?Ç¬† She leaves behind two wonderful children, a good husband, a loving extended family and friends, and some very sad neighbors.?Ç¬† Thanks for making Calgary so friendly Kim.?Ç¬† We love you and will never forget you.
I know the gospel of Jesus Christ teaches about the afterlife, the resurrection, and that family ties extend beyond this earth life.?Ç¬† Somehow, that doesn’t offer me any comfort or relief from the cold hard reality Steve brought to our family tonight.