Saturday, April 7, 2012


A picture truly is worth a thousand words sometimes...
Another touching aspect to the photo above is the fact that it was in no way posed, prompted or encouraged. In fact, I had kept Nate close to a nearby bench so the family could visit the headstone for a good amount of time. Once every one started to meander around, Nate took the initiative to pull his heavy oxygen backpack across the ground until he reached his buddy. This is what we saw when he reached Samuel's headstone...a moment between these two precious souls who shared so much in common.

I couldn't be there for Samuel's funeral for a couple of reasons, one being that we were scheduled to be there 3 weeks afterward for appts. But I really hated missing his funeral...more than anything, I hated not being there for his family. So, I instantly thanked God when I found out that Samuel's headstone was placed the day Nate got out of the hospital this week. I was so thankful to be there for this incredibly thankful.

It was an emotional night, to say the least. The headstone and bench were designed by his father, and they were absolutely perfect in every aspect. We ate "Cars movie" decorated cookies in memory of Samuel and released balloons with messages from all of us. Nate even drew a smiley face and wrote his name so Samuel would know it was from him. And then after we released the balloons, he yelled up at the sky "Catch the balloons, Samuel!!" It was a good evening...and emotional one, but an amazing one as well. I miss this little heart is still sad that he is not here with us but elated that he is experiencing complete happiness and joy in heaven. 

I look forward to the day we meet again some day, sweet boy...


Wanda on April 7, 2012 at 9:28 PM said...

Sad but beautifully said!

Geraldine & Travis said...

Amber, thank you for sharing so much of your life with so many people who love you. We weep with you and rejoice with you at appropriate times. Your children are so precious and I know it's because they have precious parents who are blessed by the Lord of glory. Our prayers are always with you.
Love, A. Ger & U. Trav

Anonymous said...

This picture is so bitter sweet. It shows the amazing friendship these two boys had and how much Samuel is missed. We love and miss you Samuel!

Kyla on April 9, 2012 at 10:37 AM said...

So precious and poignant!

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