I recently heard the following saying:
They say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.
I don’t know the author of this saying, but I find it to be profound.
I believe in eternal life and wholeheartedly know that life goes far beyond this world. Yet, I get the gist of this saying and, from an earthly perspective, it rings true for me.
I think, in part, it’s what compels me to write this blog, share stories about Ian and speak his name whenever I can. Could there be anything more torturous to a mom and dad’s soul than to think that their child will be forgotten?
A few days ago, we were given a monumental gift.
Our nephew Kellen and his wife, Jazmine, gave their beautiful newborn son a special middle name. Jeremy Ian Kaimana Ventura-Ho. Each part of this great name carries special meaning. Of course, they had me at “Ian.”