Do you believe in symbolism when it comes to every day items and the significance we place on them as we go about life? I do, I guess. I’ve had a lemon tree in a pot on our porch ever since we moved. Technically, it was Jeseca’s lemon tree, but Christian said he wanted to take care of it shortly after she died and we’ve had it in the pot ever since. Over the past twelve months I’ve watered and nurtured it, hoping that the single lemon hanging three feet above the ground would indicate when it was time to be picked. But slowly, as if following my heart and the memories of a life that continue to fade, the tree has been dying.

That sounds sad, I guess, but it’s not. As I look around our apartment and see the new memories we’ve made, it shows me that life really does go on. We’re not victims of some malicious plan to ruin our lives. We’re victors. We are overcoming one of the hardest things to deal with in life…death. And all because of the hope we have in Christ. The boys know they will see their mom again, and they also know that we have a life to live, and we choose to dream big.

There are many instances in nature where death creates an opportunity for new life. We are seeing that in our lives, and while we don’t know where we’re being led, we trust that God will continue to use what some would consider a horrible tragedy for the best possible future for three Graves boys…

From his career in professional baseball to an attempt at professional golf and the tragic loss of his wife, Jon Graves is on the journey of his life.