My Sister April

My Sister April


In a departure from my typical format, I explain why I haven’t released an episode in eight weeks. My sister April suddenly passed away on December 13. If you’d like to know more about the person she was, the miracle that brought her into my family, and the day that she left this earth, listen to this episode. I’ll be back with more guests beginning next week. Thanks for being patient and understanding.

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  • Keri Hurley
    Posted at 14:37h, 03 February Reply

    Thank you for sharing about your sister. I cried throughout this one. My youngest daughter is 29. As you spoke of April, she just reminds me so much of my daughter Kaitlyn!

    What a Blessing to know that she knew Jesus! I lost my mom in July and I can’t say for sure if my mom knew him . I have to trust that little things she said that could make it possible. We had time with her knowing it was a terminal diagnosis. My Kaitlyn literally crawled in bed with her, read the Bible and shared Billy Graham videos.

    We had witnessed to her for years. Anyway, I prayed for you often as I found out. Give yourself time to grieve and heal. It never goes away… that grief but the Lord helps us always as I’m sure you know.

    It truly was a Blessing to hear about her! I have one sister and three brothers. My brother Launey died five years ago from suicide. He had drug issues for years. My mom.

    I really want to love my sister more and share more of Christ with her. We have had our struggles over the last couple of years as I cared for my mom. She was worried my mom would run out of money. I ended up telling her and my brother that if mom ran out of money that she would live with me and my husband . That was 3 weeks before her terminal diagnosis.

    There was a lot of family drama at that time but the Lord helped me through all of it. My two daughters and my husband helped me tremendously with her.

    She left her four surviving kids a ridiculous amount of money when she died. I was furious and heartbroken. Sounds ridiculous I know. The Lord has told me now to pray for my sister now like I did for my mom. I will!

    I’m looking forward to your future podcasts and will continue praying for you. You have reminded me that I’m thankful for my sister and to continue in prayer for her. Didn’t mean to write a small book..

    • Alison Treat
      Posted at 11:04h, 04 February Reply

      Thank you, Keri. It’s good to know this can touch people, even if they didn’t know April personally. xoxo

  • Tricia smith
    Posted at 16:55h, 03 February Reply

    I can’t even imagine how hard this had to be for you to record. As I listened, the tears just flowed. I know April is rejoicing and it does give comfort. Through this all, I am learning to love better. To really take time to see and listen to people. Thank you for sharing your heart in such an articulate way. Praying for you and your family. 💔❤️

    • Alison Treat
      Posted at 11:02h, 04 February Reply

      Trish, I am learning to cherish the time with those who are here also. Thank you so much for your prayers and for loving April well. ❤️

  • Tim Madeira
    Posted at 22:19h, 03 February Reply


    Thank you so much for this episode. Memories came flooding back as I was listening… From the earliest time when you brought April home from the hospital, to sharing your family’s joy at the courthouse when she and Anne became a part of your family forever. April had a zest for life that few experience, and it literally overflowed from her!

    She took pleasure in both the big and small things… She was so excited to tell me about the new jet ski, as we would occasionally see each other out on the lake, and couldn’t wait to show it to me in person. She’s also the only one I ever knew who enjoyed worship practice as much as I did… always took a photo from the soundboard to post on social media, and constantly told me how much she enjoyed worshiping and serving. She was so excited when I got a new tambourine and passed my old one on to her, even though it was missing a few “jingles” because I would play it so hard!

    The last time I saw her was also at “The Gift”, when she called out “Mr Tim” and smiled (of course!) and waved as she was walking out.

    So many more thoughts and memories… we’ll share them again in eternity!

    • Alison Treat
      Posted at 11:11h, 04 February Reply

      Thank you for this comment, Tim. I remember you and Laura being there to share the joy of her adoption day. It’s a comfort to hear everyone’s memories of her.

  • Starr Ayers
    Posted at 19:44h, 07 February Reply

    Hi Alison,

    Thank you Alison for sharing this lovely tribute to your sister.. I know it was painful. I, too, have a sister named April—my only sibling.. I can’t imagine losing her.

    I suppose I’ve been living under a rock. I had no clue…Had just caught somewhere along the way that you were taking a break. I seldom see your FB posts. You know how that goes. I looked up your page and saw your pictures and your beautiful sister. May God grant you His overwhelming comfort and peace..

    Blessings, Starr

    • Alison Treat
      Posted at 09:48h, 08 February Reply

      Starr, I am grateful that I have other siblings to share this grief. Thank you so much for your kind words.

  • Cam Molineux
    Posted at 20:50h, 07 February Reply

    Oh, Alison, my heart goes out to you and to everyone who knew your amazing sister. I am so grateful that we do not mourn as those who have no hope. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of loss.

    • Alison Treat
      Posted at 09:49h, 08 February Reply

      Thank you so much, Cam. I’m grateful for that too!

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