Dear class of 2010/Makenzie’s friends & classmates,
On the eve of your first days of your senior year we wanted to write and send you our prayers and encouragement for the school year ahead.We never imagined we would go through the change in our life that we’ve gone through after the loss of Makenzie’s earthly life.
Sometimes it’s hard to believe she is not here. As some of you have written on Facebook, which describes our sentiments, “we wish we could rewind to 3 months ago and press pause.” The sadness we feel over not having Makenzie here is an ache that doesn’t go away. The joy that radiated from her lit up our family in ways that were breathtaking. As we try and figure out our new normal, we have “Makenzie Moments” when we cry, laugh and sometimes, fall apart. The dawning of the new school year brings many of the moments forward.
But, the God who created Makenzie and each of us is in control. Nothing that has happened is a surprise to Him. And we find this incredible joy in knowing Makenzie is in our future and is ahead of us. Everyday that passes is another day closer to being with her again.
Students, God has a purpose for each of you. We love your class (Makenzie’s class) and are so thankful for the love you have shown our family. Our prayer for each of you is to take this year of school and offer it totally to God. May each of your decisions, actions and words — in the classrooms, on the fields/courts, at home, with parents & friends — be made thinking of Christ first.
Above everything, live each day for Christ. Live above the noise. Live above the drama. Pray for your fellow classmates and set yourselves as examples for the younger students who look up to you and imitate your attitudes and behaviors.
Finally, we wanted to clarify what our family is doing so that you are in the know! We are moving to Minnesota and Nathan & Maddie will be attending new schools. We will be coming to Houston for the senior retreat at Carolina Creek. In November our family will travel to Ecuador to take all the shoes from the shoe drive that Makenzie had collected at LSA to the poor people of Quito. On the way, we will stop for a couple days in Houston and we hope to lead chapels at LSA. We also plan to attend your class of 2010 graduation. 🙂
Again, we love you. It sounds so cliché to tell you to make this a great senior year. But we desire this for you knowing that Makenzie would have wanted this for you as well.
Don’t take anything granted; live each day knowing that our God who created the world LOVES YOU!!!!
Gods blessings & all our love,
Pastor Todd & Kellie Stocker