We continued...I was a bit uncomfortable having definitely changed the atmosphere around our conversation. I wanted to make it positive. I'm a different person now. If I could, I would take all of the lessons I've learned since September 2008 and be a better person without having Evan die. Alas, it was not meant to be. Evan continues to change me. He is the catalyst for much of my growth.
As more of my story unfolded, Hannah surprised me by blurting out that she had prayed for our family after Evan died. Her compassion for a family - my family- who she didn't know touches my heart. And the connection I feel with her solidifies.
Another family that goes to my chiropractor's church moved in three doors down from our old house not too long before we moved. We knocked on their door on Halloween 2008. They invited us in. We chatted for 10 minutes or so and the boys got treats. Our story unfolded a little bit. They had heard about us from our chiropractor. They didn't know we were neighbors. They had been praying for us. Hannah came to our neighbors after we had gone.
So many of our paths cross each other. It's a small world. And so much smaller with the personal connections and prayers we offer on behalf of others.