I absolutely can not rid my heart and mind of sadness for the boy who lost his life this weekend and his family. Ross Barfuss, a 16 year old in my ward, was at the beach when he swam into the ocean to save the life of an 11 year old boy who he did not know. He has still not been found. I lost my mother at a young age, so I have felt the pain of death, but now that I am a mother it just doesn't seem possible for life to continue after losing a child. I haven't been able to sleep, and my mind has been clouded with thought of sadness and death, until tonight when I saw his mother on the news and she said
"We'll miss Ross, we always will, but home is not a building, home is in your heart, and that's where Ross is."
What courage and strength this amazing woman has, and what faith in our Heavenly Fathers plan for families to be together for eternity. My sister also helped me realize that there should be no sadness for Ross. He is in a better place. The prayers that have gone out to this family have been numberless I'm sure, but please join me in continuing them.
I just still can't believe that the words of the mother who lost her son were the words I needed to hear to feel comfort. Here is the link to the video of this amazing woman and family.