Tuesday, January 24, 2012

In memory of Karen J. Emenheiser

Not to be confused with Karen L. Emenheiser.  Karen J. was my beautiful mother-in-law who died on this day, 4 years ago of Glioblastoma (brain cancer).  She was 54 years old.

During the short time my husband courted me, my mother-in-law demonstrated a Godly concern for the covenant we were about to make.  I admired her greatly, from the start, for her desire to ensure we were equally yoked (2 Corinthians 6:14) and taking our vow to each other, and to God, seriously. 

In 2005, Karen and I took an amazing 2-week trip to Paris, France and Germany.  Karen was full of life and very adventurous!

We ate mystery meat in Germany
Giggled like school girls at naked torsos
Watch the topless women dancers at the Moulin Rouge
Toured Versailles

Barrett and I are eternally grateful to the Lord for allowing us a rare opportunity to be stationed in PA, within 20 miles of both our families during Karen's illness.  We arrived 3 months prior to her death, where we were able to enjoy time with her before her return Home and be witnesses to her amazing example of Christian-death, involving an anticipation and eagerness to meet her Savior.

 Karen and her beautiful daughters.  She had fun with the wigs and LOVED being asked where she got her hair done!
 Karen and her pastor baptizing Barrett
  My two favorite Godly-women role models (Karen and my mother).

Both my daughters were born with 'angel kiss' birth marks between their eyes, on their forehead.  I like to think that angel was Karen.

"While I thought that I was learning how to live...I have been learning how to die."
(Leonardo da Vinci).