(Originally published on Monday, June 11, 2007)
Natalie’s memorial service is over. It truly was uniquely a blogger’s send-off.
Her former pastor Brent spoke almost entirely in Nattie’s own words from this site. Her cousin Mark from Colorado Springs played the piano and sang the last song she posted here. Blogging buddies Heather and Joanne read a passage they had resurrected overnight from the crashed “Nattie Writes” on the Internet Archive. Another cousin, Laurie from Auberry, California, read several comments posted June 7 in response to the question on the W@H site—”What do you love about our Nattie Rose?” All brought laughs and tears in similar amounts.
Thank you to Nat’s Internet friends Valerie (Missouri), Joanne (Washington), Angie (Indiana), Cynthia (Illinois), Cheryl (Missouri), and Heather (Mississippi), who traveled to help us celebrate her life. We also appreciate the rest of you who joined us and our Natalie Rose, in spirit.
On a related note, the funeral director told me that the only person to get more guestbook entries on the Home’s website was Bill Gaither’s dad. Rock on, Nat!
I still do not intend to make this my blog, but I do have a few more things that I want to post in the not too distant future, so check back at your leisure.
Thank you for your prayers and good wishes.—Nattie’s Daddy
I am truly in awe over all that was shared and how many people Nat touched. I do not pretend to even try to fathom God’s plan in all of this, however, I do think that one small part of this plan was to show us how many people we touch over the course of our lives no matter how long or short they may be. We do appreciate the effort that you have put into keeping us up to date and sharing your heart here with us.
Posted by: Maria at June 11, 2007 09:21 PM
So glad you continue to write, truly. I have Nattie’s blog on my Bloglines, and I just don’t have the heart to delete it. My heart jumps whenever I see there’s been a new post. I won’t complain if you take it over.
Posted by: Lisa Gray at June 11, 2007 10:03 PM
I want you to know that W@H has been, and God willing will continue to be, a wonderful group of women who have supported and loved each other in a deep friendship. Many of those who attended Nattie’s memorial service were calling and posting those of us who could find no way to be there in person. I would not have thought it possible, but Nattie managed, even in returning Home to her heavenly Father, to bring us closer than we were before. That’s so Nattie.
And I concur with Lisa…I’m not ready to say goodbye to Nattie’s blog, to her words, to her impressions upon people. I welcome your posts, and thank you for connecting the ladies and other bloggers in sharing with us her prayer needs, your prayer needs, the update on the memorial service, etc. As long is it remains a source of celebrating her life and of peace for you, I will remain a loyal reader.
Peace be with you,
Posted by: Jamie at June 11, 2007 11:14 PM
Thank you for letting us who are far away share in remembering our dear Nattie. Though I only knew her through W@H I am grieving her physical absence from us, yet still rejoicing she’s with her Lord. Please keep us updated how you and the family are doing. I’ll continue reading as long as you desire to keep writing.
I agree with Jamie that through her death W@H is closer than ever, if that’s possible. Whenever I see someone being encouraged or prayed for I think of Nattie and her influence on our lives.
I miss you Nattie!!!11
Posted by: Jen at June 12, 2007 09:30 AM
My Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family!
Posted by: Kelly at June 12, 2007 09:44 AM
…we were sooo excited when we found her crashed journal entries and amazed that they gave the words to share at the memorial service.
I too, will keep checking here for updates.
Thank you sooo much for your gracious welcome of our presence during such a difficult & emotional time in your lives, it was an honor for us to be there, representing every single lovely WAH lady.
Sending Hugs & Love…
Posted by: Cynthia at June 12, 2007 10:52 AM
Thank you so much Nattie’s Daddy for keeping us “posted” and we welcome your future posts as I join the ranks of those who just can’t seem to bring herself to hit unsubscribe on bloglines…I miss her terribly and hitting that button, well, it just seems to FINAL. She was an amazing woman and I have no doubt that was thanks to having an amazing mommy and daddy. I look forward to your posts and thank you for including those of us who could not attend the memorial service. We were DEFINITELY there in Spirit.
Posted by: StephanieG at June 12, 2007 12:34 PM
The only reason Nat didn’t beat Bill’s dad is b/c some people still don’t know.
Thank you for letting us be a part of Nattie’s send off. Thank you for treating us like family this weekend. It was an honor I will never forget.
Posted by: Heather at June 12, 2007 02:09 PM
Dear Natalie’s Daddy,
May you be bathed in the warmth and comfort of Jesus’ love on this, YOUR day. Nattie wasn’t a special lady by accident; she was the product of parents who loved her dearly and taught her well.
Posted by: vickig97 at June 13, 2007 08:16 AM
I, too, have appreciated your updates and thoughts, and still check in on Nattie’s blog each day. We miss her, and the things you are sharing about her are solace to us all.
Posted by: Robin at June 13, 2007 11:36 AM
It was great to see you after sooooo many years. I am truly sorry for the circumstances in which we met again. I was honored to be able to help out in a small way to celebrate the beautiful life of a beautiful woman. I would encourage you to write as Nattie’s daddy.
I found a letter that mom wrote about her father. She wrote it in March of 1992 a month after he died. In that letter she mentioned how grandpa loved each of his grand-children. She mentioned that grandpa loved receiving letters from Natalie. It was nice to see that her writing skill was appreciated at a younger age. She touched a lot of lives. More lives than we will ever know.
Posted by: cousin mark at June 13, 2007 12:09 PM
I am glad I had the opportunity to meet you at Natalie’s memorial this weekend. I can’t even express how much we appreciate how you welcomed us with open arms. My anniversary is today, and when I heard it was also your birthday, it made today even more special for me, as now I will always have a connection of today with my beloved Natalie.
Posted by: Cheryl at June 13, 2007 02:10 PM
Prayers continue to go up for God’s comfort for you and your family!
Posted by: Nancy S. at June 13, 2007 02:41 PM