Sunday, March 15, 2009


5 years ago today, God called Jonathan Devore to celebrate his homegoing. Jonathan was a young man that loved the Lord, loved people and wanted his life to be used by God.
I am not sure why at such a young age, God was ready for him to come home but I do know this: that Jonathan heard His Lord say, “well done, my good and faithful servant.”
Please pray for Sam and Dottie, Kirsten, Lydia and David.
Pray for the many others whose lives were touched by Jonathan to say yes to Jesus and what He wants to do in their lives.
I love you,

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Happy 29th Birthday!

Another birthday comes and goes and instead of a cake and candles there are new flowers at the cemetery.
I am touched by friends who have contacted us today to let us know they remember you on your birthday as well.
And all the while you are celebrating with Jesus, the one who created you and shared you with us for a short time.
For that I continue to be thankful. God is good.
I love you.
I miss you.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

jonathan has been asking about "daddy's friend jonathan". we've had some precious conversations.
jonathan: "why did Jesus take Jonathan so soon?"
me: "Jesus was ready for him to come to heaven, Jesus was done with him on earth"
jonathan: "can we visit him next time we go to mississippi?"
me: "of course we can"
jonathan: "maybe his mom and dad can come and show me"
me: "well we will ask them"
jonathan: "which flower pot is he under"
me: "well he has a spot at the cemetery but that's just his earthly body, the good part went
up to Heaven to be with Jesus"
jonathan: "when is Jesus going to make me go to Heaven"
me: "well we don't know when Jesus will take us home to him so we have to make sure
we make good choices and tell everybody else about Jesus while we still can"
jonathan: "i sure hope daddy can see his friend soon"....."but not yet cause i would sure miss him"

jonathan you affected so many peoples lives in such an amazing way and continue to do so as time goes on. thank you! we miss you!

kristi anderson

Monday, July 7, 2008


Dear Jonathan...
I just finished reading another book, "The Letters of Jonathan Netanyahu." Jonathan or Yonatan (Yoni) was the commander of the Israeli force that freed that hostages at the Entebbe airport in July 1976. He was the only Israeli soldier killed during the operation. He began writing letters to his friends in Israel when he was 17 and his family moved to the States for his father's job. The last letter included in the book was written to his girlfriend a couple days before he flew to Uganda. It was a fascinating book both because of what he wrote about and the way in which he wrote. He is very close with his family and does not hesitate to express to them his love and respect for both his parents and his two younger brothers. There were several passages through out his letters that really spoke to me but only one that I will share today...

"Only rarely do I count the passing days in anticipation of some future event. When you do that, you lose the meaning of the moment - today, right now - and skip over weeks of your life longing for a day to come... which is a mistake, for there is always value to the present."

And this quote in turn reminded me of Matthew 6:33-34 "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

You are also a testimony to me of the importance of focusing on today. I don't want to miss out on the blessings of today by being so caught up in what is next. I don't want to take the places and people I see today for granted. I don't know how many tomorrows are out there so I am going to do my best to enjoy today to the fullest.

Thanks for continuing to challenge and encourage me.
Love you!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Jonathan... so this is really going to be a test for your memory. Mom emailed me that David and Drew took a couple of the eighth grade boys to a MBraves game last night. It reminded me of the game YEARS and YEARS ago that we went to with Todd and Lendon . I have such a clear memory of that night. It was the Jackson Mets back then. And the outing was organized by John who was the youth minister back then. We were in elementary school. I remember Todd and Lendon coming to pick us up. I remember meeting at the church parking lot and riding the vans over to the stadium on Lakeland Drive. I remember walking into the stadium. And I have a vague recollection that Bill was riding on someone's shoulders and he fell off or got dropped. I remember having lots of fun and thinking how cool we were because the big kids wanted to hang out with us!

I love seeing how the tradition continues and how David takes the initiative!!

Love you!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

4th of July

Dear Jonathan... I have some really clear memories of the 4th of July picnics at Grandpa Slick's. I remember the cart rides Dan and Patrick used to give us. I remember getting George stuck in the creek at least once usually two or three times during the jeep outing. I remember the piles of bbq ribs. I remember the elaborate watermelon carvings. I remember one year when we made a blueberry/strawberry cake decorated like the American flag. I remember lots of corn. I remember playing catch or bocce ball or croquet in the side yard. I remember hiking down the creek and walking across it on a fallen tree branch. I remember the whoopee cushion. I remember homemade ice cream. I remember the heat. And I remember the feeling of family... of love and acceptance... of laughter and fun... of being home.

I can't wait to be home.

I miss you lots. Every day. Some days more than others. But I always miss you.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

What He Can't Do Anymore...

Hey Jonathan... So I wanted to tell you about this book... Beaufort. My friend, Mark, bought it a while back and loaned it to me to read. The preface starts out with a description of a game called "What He Can't Do Anymore" in which the narrator and his friends are listing all the different things their friend, Yonatan (Jonathan), can no longer do because he is dead. He will never break up with a girlfriend, get yelled at by his mother, drive to the beach, etc. etc. Never had I been more glad that I was reading the book in my own house... tears were streaming down my face. And suddenly all the things that you will never do began running through my head... there are the routine things... the adventures... and the family events... the stories... Of course, you don't miss doing those things. Of this I am confident. But we miss you being here. I miss sharing the routine and the extraordinary with you.

Anyway, when I first read the preface, I immediately thought "How dare Mark give me this book without some warning!" Seriously. I was all ready to call him and give him what for. And then I remembered that he had given me the book to read first. So he wasn't even aware of the connection it would have to me personally. And its not that I wouldn't have wanted to read the book... I just think I would have liked a warning.

The rest of the book was heavy and poignant and I found myself very emotionally involved. You find out more about the Yonatan which I will not share in case anyone wants to read the book. I also have Mark's copy of the movie but I haven't gotten up the nerve to watch it yet.

I miss you!
I love you!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Already June...

Hi Jonathan... I can't believe it has been nearly a month since I last wrote. Not because I haven't been thinking of you... rather the exact opposite. I have been so busy and thought of you so often that it is hard to sit down and put it into writing the things that remind me of you... the stories I remember... how often I talk about you. Sometime in the last month I told a friend that you were gone and he was shocked. He said, "You talk about him so often and as if he is here. I had no idea." I have a lot of funny stories to tell you... and pictures to share... oh and I just finished reading an incredibly powerful and moving book that I have got to tell you about... but I am in the middle of baking... so I will close now and write more later.
Love you!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Fanny Packs

Jonathan... so I may or may not have written about this before... but it is totally worth another mention... at your funeral, Jim told a great story about all the grief you gave him for wearing a fanny pack. It was quite funny and we all nodded and laughed knowingly. Every time I see someone wearing a fanny pack I think of you... and apparently I am not the only one. Emily Bracey Lewis sent a me a note a while back and then again this week telling me that she thinks of you and laughs every time she sees some poor guy wearing a fanny pack.

Well guess what! There is an all new fanny pack... guaranteed not to be as nerdy as the original fanny pack but I still don't think you would approve.

Here are a couple of pictures of a guy wearing one at a recent Israeli Independence Day Celebration...

From this angle, I'm thinking... ok... is he wearing a toolkit as a belt???

But then here... it is all clear. Nope... not a toolkit... Just the new and improved FANNY PACK!

What do you think? Want one for your next birthday?

Love you!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008


Hi Jonathan. Tonight began Israel's Memorial Day. It is nothing like the American one. Stores, restaurants, movie theatres close. At 8pm a siren sounds and the entire country stops for a minute. I was on the bus tonight coming home from tutoring and just before eight, the driver stopped in the road and turned the bus off. As the siren began, everyone on the bus stood, people stopped in the street to remember those who lost their lives for the sake of Israel be it as soldiers in the IDF or victims of terrorist attacks. I then went to Kikar Rabin where the municipality was hosting a memorial concert. A wide range of Israeli musicians performed songs to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Between songs, interviews with family members who have lost loved ones were shown. I understood very little, but it was extremely powerful to watch these parents, spouses, and siblings share. I watched one wife talk about her husband who died in June of 1967. Over 40 years ago. Four years of missing you has been difficult... I can't imagine forty.

There is a song by Jo Dee Messina that popped into my head during the ceremony. I doubt if it has ever even been played here in Israel... country music hasn't quite made it this far... but it seems quite appropriate for today.

"Heaven Was Needing a Hero"

I came by today to see you
I had to let you know
If I knew the last time that I held you was the last time
I'd have held you and never let go

It's kept me awake nights, wondering
Lie in the dark, just asking why
I've always been told
You won't be called home
Until it's your time

I guess heaven was needing a hero
Somebody just like you
Brave enough to stand up
For what you believe
And follow it through
When I try to make it make sense in my mind
The only conclusion I come to
Is heaven was needing a hero
Like you

I remember the last time I saw you
You held your head up proud
I laughed inside
When I saw how you were standing out in the crowd
You're such a part of who I am
Now that part will just be void
No matter how much I need you now
Heaven needed you more

Cause heaven was needing a hero
Somebody just like you
Brave enough to stand up
For what you believe
And follow it through
When I try to make it make sense in my mind
The only conclusion I come to
Is heaven was needing a hero
Like you

Heaven was needing a hero
and that's you

I love you!