Written in response to learning of John’s death

I don’t know what to say, but I am so, so, so sorry!  I was putting Oonii to bed when Mum told me, which means I had a lot of space to think. All I could recount in my mind was everything you and John did for us, with my siblings, since the moment I met you all. I have so, so many memories, and I am ever so grateful for them.

I remember the first smells as you guys welcomed us into your home. I have memories of us kids raking the leaves on your large lawn and eventually jumping into the heaping piles. Your dogs, your kitchen, Thanksgiving dinners, your forested playground… and the smell of the motorcycle engine—these are just a few memories. I have so many more.

I am so grateful for you and John being a part of my life. I love you. I am here for you.

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Mikaela Kauffman

Mikaela is the goddaughter of John and Jeanie Boyce.

She sent these thoughts and memories to Jeanie, who passed them on to be shared in MennoExpressions.

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