Austin and I had him before we were married. He was our practice run at keeping something alive. He happily, and then not so happily, and then completely perplexed, and then in complete disbelief, watched us bring home four babies. He protected us from numerous strangers. Most of them were harmless but there were a few I have no doubt weren't so harmless. He kept the kids out of the way of more than one snake. He knew I was pregnant before I did and made sure I didn't do anything harmful. I could go on and on about all he did for us. He left a very sad family behind.
Makenna was talking to me about how sad she is. We were on the way to town, yesterday and she was telling me that she was crying earlier and sad. Then, she said "But, I am a lot better since I talked to God." I asked her what she meant. What she said helped me more than she will ever know. "I was so sad and I prayed about it. I told God how much I missed Sapo and God told me that Sapo feels much better. If you listen hard in your head, you can hear God answer you. He is in heaven, now. That's where you go when you are too tired to live anymore. It's a great place."
As parents, we feel like we are supposed to teach the life lessons. I feel like I learn just as much from them as they do from me. Maybe more.