About the Author

Sara Frankl entered into the arms of Jesus on September 24, 2011, but her legacy of choosing joy lives on. Her blog, Gitzen Girl, is about her commitment to embracing the story God had for her. Her illness stripped her of the potential for a job and family and status,...

Recent Posts

Reader Interactions

Comments

  1. Sara, what compelling words….You are such an inspiration to live better, be better and do better by each other. I love you sweet friend….this was an amazing tribute to your parents and an inspiration to all parents out there….

  2. So glad to see you featured here, Sara. The more people that know of you the more people that will be blessed by your words and your beautiful spirit. This post was incredible and challenged me, as a mom, to do a better job at being a couple. Sometimes we moms get so wrapped up in BEING moms that we forget how it all happened.
    I know your loss is still so raw and I’m praying for God’s comfort for you. I didn’t know about the card idea but think it’s wonderful and love everyone who took part.

  3. Just simply beautiful, Sara. Thank you so much for sharing your heart with us xx

  4. I am so sorry about your dad. My mom passed away 6 years ago, and I know how difficult it can be to lose a parent.
    This is a beautiful story. You gave me one of those ugly cries where it’s running out of your eyes and nose and everywhere. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I feel so lucky and honored to remember reading this before and know it was one of the first times I recall thinking, “she’s a writer…” This piece will remain one of my favorites… for or so many reasons…

  6. This is such a precious thing to share. Love those memories. I just shred about my grandparents passing away (2 years ago). They were married for almost 63 years. My Grandpa died first, and then my grandma, not even a month later (she was in excellent health, but her heart was not without him) What a sweet heritage you have to share with your family.

  7. I read these words, “The dance would eventually end…But it was never on pause in my mind.” And I think of your dad slipping home to Jesus and how the dance never really ends. Shedding some tears with you this morning, praying God continues to comfort you, asking Him to dance with your heart until you dance in the arms of your daddy again. We love you, sweet Sara, so much and we’re so grateful to be part of all of your journey–the happy and hard.

  8. While reading this, I started to get teary eyed. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful moment, and I am so sorry about your loss.

  9. I too remember my parents slow-dancing in the kitchen as dinner cooked. My sister and I would sometimes squish between them and we would all laugh. Thank you, Sara, for sharing this beautiful memory.
    Praying that you and your family would continue to know God’s love and comfort.

  10. SARA,
    WHAT A LOVELY TRIBUTE TO YOUR PARENTS, ESPECIALLY YOUR DAD. SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS HON, KNOW IT MUST BE REALLY HARD WITH A DAD LIKE HIM.
    I BELIEVE YOU ARE SO RIGHT ABOUT THE SECURITY IT GIVES CHILDREN TO HAVE PARENTS WHO REALLY LOVE EACH OTHER. MY PARENTS DIVORCED WHEN I WAS 3 YRS. OLD AND SECURITY WAS A BIG ISSUE FOR ME.
    I AM HAPPY TO REPORT MY CHILDREN HAVE HAPPILY MARRIED PARENTS FOR ALMOST 40 YRS. NOW, THAT STILL LOVE EACH OTHER. WE AREN’T ENDURING WE ARE ENJOYING OUR MARRIAGE.
    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THAT SWEET TRIBUTE, IT WAS A BLESSING TO READ ESPECIALLY IN THIS DAY AND AGE.
    HOPE YOU HAVE A GOOD DAY HON,
    NELLIE

  11. My prayers are with you Sarah. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful heart with us. Your story touched my heart…my husband does the same thing with me! I love it when he pulls me into his arms to dance with me…and our 2 yr old pulls at my leg to get into a baby sandwich dance. 🙂 Precious memories…may God bless you today!

  12. Oh but that is so beautiful. And will stay on my mind and heart for a long long time. Brought tears to my eyes. I want that for my daughter. I want it so badly. And I love that it’s in my power to give her, I just had not thought of it that way before. So thank you. A million times thank you, to you and your parents. My daughter will thank you one day too.

  13. Show your child you will forever love them by forever loving one another. WE are coming up on our 53rd anniversary in Nov. and we try to do this….exactly what you said! Example is the best teacher! This was a BEAUTIFUL post! XO, Pinky

  14. Ohhhh precious . . . reminds me as a mom to make these memories with my children. Thank you for sharing & may God give you the peace that passes ALL understanding as we dance through this life to eternity.

  15. I too have have lost loved ones ,and i’ll never forget”the gathering place the big kitchen on the farm” for some reason the kitchen was the place to be. How i miss those precious moments .I know that my loved ones have gone to be with the Lord.I miss my mom so much ,she was my insperation.

  16. So inspiring. Thanks for sharing this beautiful story about your parents. They were wonderful parents.

  17. What a beautiful testament to your parents love and your Dad’s life.
    I always feel sad for couples who seem to only have their children in common, it’s like they’ve forgotten about loving each other. Thank-you for this reminder of how important it is.

  18. I could see the chaos and dancing in my mind! Family feels good! And you remind me….to be “IN” every moment that God gives me with my husband and kids.
    Still praying for you friend. He sounds like a great dad!

  19. That is beautiful and such a treasured memory! So sorry for the loss of your dad. I’m so thankful we were here to do what we could to encourage you during this time!

  20. This was just beyond beautiful!!!!! You truly are an inspiration and so is your Dad! That picture is gorgeous! Your Dad was a good man, and I don’t even have to have known him to know that, the picture says it all, and of course, the dance!!