Monday, August 11, 2008

August 11, 2008

It is very hard to believe that it has been 4 months....4 long months without his phone calls, 4 long months of disbelief, anger, and unanswered questions, and 4 long months of knowing that we will spend the rest of our lives without another Jim hug, hearing his laugh, or seeing his smiling face. It is hard to come to terms with all of this but we also know that Jim would want nothing more then for us and all of his friends and family to continue their lives knowing that he lived a wonderful life and though it was cut short way too early, he will continue to be with us and watch over us for the rest of our time.

Unfortunately there isn't much new to report as far as the case is concerned. The detectives are still working very hard to solve Jim's murder but there just aren't any updates to post right now, we just continue to pray that Jim's muderer will one day be brought to justice.

My mom has been very hard at work on Jim's memorial garden and has received many wonderful garden stepping stones. If you are interested in creating one, see my earlier post regarding where to get the kits... there will be tons of room for the stones in the garden so the more the better.

I have attached a bunch of pictures to show how the garden is progressing. The pathways between the various gardens will eventually be filled with gravel and the stepping stones placed throughout. It is really coming along very nicely and looks so beautiful.

In the picture below you will see that one of the gardens is shaped like a butterfly...something that has meant a lot to us throughout all of this. There are also a number of butterfly images throughout the garden. Also, the pond looks and sounds so wonderful. The plants are going in and soon fish will follow...something that my children are very much looking forward to, however keeping them out of the pond may be a problem. Finally, the last picture is of a piece of cement that Jim and I put our handprints in 1991. It is so wonderful that my mom still has it and that it can be included in the garden as well.

Continue praying that one day soon I will be able to post some good news....



  1. Hi,
    I am Teresa's friend and have been coming to the site to read the blogs as they are posted. I think the garden stones are a wonderful idea and would love to make one for the garden.
    I pray for you to have the courage and the strength to continue, and that Jim's murderer will be haunted daily by what they have done. With this said, I will leave you with a comment that was spoken by Ronald Regan.
    " You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, 'There is a price we will not pay'. There is a point beyond which they must not advance. This is the meaning of 'peace through strength'."

    Until justice is served,
    Peace Through Strength!

  2. Lorrie,

    You are wise and a such a dear person to write. We would love it so much if you would make a stepping stone for Jim's garden.

    Teresa's Sister, Joanne and most importantly..
    JIM's MOM