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My granddaughter, Emily, was in Justine's class. Emily dearly loved your daughter. Justine made a real difference in her life. After Justine's death, Emily was truly distraught. I tried to console her by telling her that her that her teacher would "live on" if she would try to live out in life the things she had been taught by your daughter. Emily has agreed to try to do that.
I pray you will be comforted in knowing that although her sojourn on earth was all too brief, your daughter made a difference in my granddaughter's life. I also pray that the one who took Justine's life would soon be exposed and brought to justice.
I found my gratitude journal from 1998 and your name and our adventures filled almost every entry.
On my birthday I wrote I was thankful for:
"Justine coming to visit, going to dinner with Justine, going out dancing, a relaxing day, Justine and her friendship."
"Talking to Justine on the phone, smiles, a new year around the corner, life and friends."
On your birthday:
"Warm sunshine, Justine's B-day!, home made fahitas and cake, dancing, Justine's family."
The day before your birthday:
"Visit to Justine!!!, smell of carnations, relaxing great Friday!"
The day after your birthday:
"Spending the weekend with Justine, ride w/Adam, making V-day cards, sleeping in."
The next weekend:
"Heather's birthday!!!, Justine visiting, chocolate covered strawberries and brownies from Justine, hanging out on girls night out, shopping with Justine." "Breakfast with Justine, sleeping in, relaxing day watching movies, painting our toenails red."
The following weekend:
"ride with Adam to visit Justine, pictures, visiting Monticello, sunshine and beautiful day!, steak dinner w/Justine's family, shopping and sales with Justine, chocolate."
The following weekend:
"Justine visiting, shopping, sleeping in, spring break, flowers, breakfast with Justine, support from family and friends."
The following weekend:
"my angel- Justine, hot chocolate, loved ones, ride to Charlottesville with Adam, cooking dinner with Justine, making chocolate chip cookies, spending the night with Justine, finishing our laundry." "Antique shopping with Justine's Mom, dinner w/Justine's family, homemade pancakes and hashbrowns, spa night, relaxing day." "new haircut, ride to Roanoke w/Justine, hearing postcard song, spending time w/Justine."
The journal goes on and on and fills me with love and such happy memories. You will always be with me.
Someone touched by Justine
Not a day goes by that I don't pass the beautiful angel that stands as beautifully at the site of her death as she did in life. I've stopped there and prayed for a sign from Justine...something to enlighten us as to what really happened...and by whom. Having only spoken with her a few times, she truly was a gentle and obviously loving person. I know she lives on in a place where there is no more sadness or pain, and yet she aches for the loss you feel. She would tell you I'm fine, I love you, and please let love guide you throughout the rest of your lives without sorrow.
keeping the faith
Dear Swartz Family,
You are always in our thoughts. Not a day goes by that we don't think of all the wonderful memories of Justine. Justine was truly an angel in our life. I wish there was a way to find the answers that are needed. How could he have taken such a loving and caring life away from so many children that needed her? It just doesn't add up.
Justine you will always be in our hearts! The girls miss you so very much!
If tears could build a stairway And memories were a lane
We would walk right up to Heaven And bring you back again
No farewell words were spoken No time to say goodbye
You were gone before we knew it And only God knows why
Our hearts still ache in sadness And secret tears still flow
What it meant to lose you No one will ever know
But how we know you want us To mourn for you no more
To remember all the happy times Life still has much in store
Since you'll never be forgotten We pledge to you today
A hallowed place within our hearts Is where you'll always stay
We love and miss you Ms Swartz!!!!!
Happy Mother's Day Justine and Heidi,
I have found no greater joy than the mother daugther relationship. May "My Angel" live on in our hearts.
Justine, thank you for the honor of being your mother. I miss you so much. You are still in our hearts and minds every single day. Love, Mom
Happy Mother's Day Heidi.
I am sending you my love and am thinking about you today, as I do everyday.
Thank you for visiting Justine's website and for your continued love and support. We are working on restoring the previous Guest Book messages; they should be posted again soon.
The Swartz Family