Today was my sweet Victoria's 1st Birthday, but it hasn't been a day of celebrating.
This morning I received the news that my amazing niece, a person who was full of so much goodness and light, was stabbed to death last night in a park near her home. I am heartbroken over the loss, and the pain her family is going through, and the thought of someone enacting such cruelty. Brittni was an inspiration to everyone who knew her. Every conversation I ever had with her left me wanting to be a better person, to see more good in the world, and to have more faith in what I could not see. I am only calmed by the knowledge I have of Jesus Christ and the reality of the atonement. I know that although we are all hurting right now, Brittni is happy and well and having a glorious reunion with loved ones beyond the veil of this life. But, oh, how we are going to miss her until we can see her again.
As if that wasn't enough to emotional drain me for the day, my Grandpa has landed himself in the ICU tonight and is unresponsive. The family is all gathered and we are just waiting.
My heart is full of sadness tonight.