09 January, 2010

Funeral Information.

Our little Gavin's funeral will be held
on Wednesday, January 13th.
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Services will be conducted at the Laie North Chapel
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
55-600 Naniloa Loop in Laie
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Receiving line: 10-11am
Funeral Service: 11:30am
Graveside Service (for family and close friends): 1pm
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We want you to know that ALL
are welcome to attend the services.
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We are SO deeply grateful to each of you
and we would love to see/meet any who are able to attend.
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As soon as my head stops spinning,
I'll be back.
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I have a million things to tell you.
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In the mean time,
please know that our hearts are full of peace
and the love of God.
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We know that this miracle of peace and comfort
is a direct result of the faith and love you
have extended in our family's behalf.
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THANK YOU.
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As soon as I'm more lucid,
I promise to return to tell you just how grateful I really am.
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Again, God is good.
So good.

124 comments:

Hi! I'm Kirsten... said...

I can't fathom how you are able to have the perspective you do Natalie. I wouldn't be the same. And I grew up as a "good little church girl". But know that you've changed my life in a few short days. Your faith and spirit are inspiring.

Blessings to you and your family. I am sure Gavin is now watching over all of you.

Nia said...

Wow. I am amazed by your faith and your willingness to share your feelings of faith and hope with everyone. You have changed me too. Your example and Gavin's life has put mine into proper perspective. Mahalo so much.

We will continue to pray for you and your family.

Deanna said...

Your faith and strength continue to inspire. Please, take your time coming back--we will wait and keep Gavin and your family in our hearts in the meantime.

The Cricket on the Hearth said...

How blessed we are to know that "Families are Forever" is not just a nice idea or a catchy phrase we decorate our walls with... it is real and true. May the Lord bless you and keep you, and make His face to shine upon you.

Stephanie said...

Stay strong Natalie. Stay strong.

erin said...

natalie, my thoughts continue to be with your family through this difficult time. i would like to make a donation in gavin's name. please let me know or post where you would like it to be made. if you don't get to this immediately, i understand, no rush.

leisa said...

Oh Natalie,
My thoughts and prayers are ever with you and your husbands and your boys.

Val McCormick Photography said...

Natalie, I am so very sorry for all you have endured. My heart and prayers continue for you and your family.

SoFlaPhotog said...

My endless prayers and heart will be there with you and your loved ones. Rosie

Karey said...

Many many many of us will be attending Gavin's funeral in spirit! Even though we don't know each other personally, you've allowed us to know you so intimately, and we wish we could be there to give you a hug and offer our support.

Morgan said...

You are so strong, Natalie. You've certainly been an inspiration to me. I so wish that I could attend the services for Gavin. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

dedeetsyshop said...

I am thinking and praying for your family EVERYDAY! My heart goes out to you,as I cannot imagine what you are going through! Your strength inspires me and your faith has filled my heart up as well! *hugs*

Deanna

The Photography of Lindsay Alexander said...

Praying for your family daily. Your praise amidst this store is so inspiring and affirming.

Natalee said...

Dearest Nat,
I am sorry for all that you have gone through. Your testimony and strength have been such an example and inspiration for me. Your children are so blessed to have such a rock of a mother. May peace be yours as you grieve and heal. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be sent your way. How blessed we are to know that families can be togeter forever and that one day you can hold Gavin in your arms once more. We wish we could be there to support you in Laie. We'll be there in spirit.
Our deepest ALOHA,
Natalee and Rex

Anonymous said...

My heart and prayers continue to be with you and your family.

I will be with you in spirit on Wed.

God Bless all of you.

--Marilyn
Northern VA

Sarah said...

Hey Nat, wish I could be there on Wed to give you a great big HUG!!! You are on my mind, and still in our prayers. I love you!
xoxoxoxoxo
Sarah Banks

Truly Silkes said...

Dear Natalie, my heart is broken for you and your family, can't get you out of my head. If only I could do something. While I find your faith very inspiring, I myself have questions and hold grudges about why God needed Gavin more.
Strength to you girl, and your wonderful family. Will be with you in my thoughts on Wednesday.
Silke & family
Germany

Hi! My name is Janet. said...

Dear Natalie,

I feel like I can call you friend, even though we've never met. You share your love and family so freely with the blog/twitter world, and though some would hesitate to be so open with things so personal, I for one, am grateful.

Please know that I am still praying for you, and your blog friends will be patient as you grieve. Your hope in this situation has glorified God, and I pray that many have learned of his love as you so bravely bare your heart to the world.

May the peace and comfort of the Holy Spirit surround your family especially through this week.

Love,
Janet

Jonathan Canlas said...

we might, MIGHT just be getting on a plane...

either way. we love you guys and are still praying for you.

Scarlett Lillian said...

I wish I lived closer to be able to attend. Please know that I'll be with you in spirit and next time our paths cross I want to give you a big hug! God is using your story in a BIG way and your faith is inspiring the world!

Emily Ruth said...

Sending love and prayers from San Diego.
emily childers

Jackie said...

You are amazing. I've been so touched by your strength and testimony. I've been thinking about you so much.

Bethany said...

Amazing talk you might already be familiar with...felt impressed to send you the link for some time in the future when you're up to reading it ("But If Not" by Lance Wickman): http://lds.org/conference/talk/display/0,5232,23-1-315-10,00.html. Hold on tight Natalie. So touched by your faith and humble submission to God's sometimes incomprehensible will. Praying for your family to be wrapped tightly in the Savior's arms, especially these next few days, weeks, months.

Shari said...

Natlie,

Wish we were able to fly over for the services, but know that our hearts and prayers continue to be with you and your family. Thank you for sharing your strength and faith with all of us. You have no idea how much this has touched me...

BIG hugs from Huntington Beach,

Shari

PhotoChick said...

Dear Natalie,

I am so sorry... Sorry for so many ways... I'm sorry that I have been so consumed with the busy-ness of our family... So busy that I haven't made the time to keep up with everything going on with you... So much has happened in such a short amount of time... I just can't tell you how sorry I am that I didn't know, and even more so about all that has happeded. I am so very sorry...

My husband and I both send you our love, prayers, and condolences. I cannot imagine what it's like to lose a child. We will certainly continue to pray for your family.

Thanks to you Natalie, we have a sense of renewed faith and thankfulness to God for our own child. Your own faith is so amazing -- so strong, absolute, and Spirit-filled! You have certainly touch hearts and lives around the world. I can personally attest to that. Natalie, you have renewed my own faith beyond belief!

Love, hugs, and many prayers from across the many miles. I wish I could be there in person, but unfortunately I will only be there in Spriit and Prayers.

Love Always -- Amanda

Brady and Rachel said...

Natalie, I wish more than anything right now I could be there to experience what I know will be one very spiritual and amazing dedication to an amazing sweet little angel and his beautiful family. If my own husband didn't have eye surgery going on, I think I would be on a plane right away. My in-laws will be there, and please know my heart will be there along with them. It brings us some comfort to know of the peace and love you are feeling through our prayers. So grateful. The above comment by Bethany surprised me, because late last night I had you on my mind and stumbled across the same talk and thought about sharing it with you. I was too worried whether or not I would be overstepping any boundaries to actually send it, and thought I would sleep on it and if I still felt that I should, I would send it in the morning. I'm so glad to see she got the same impression and followed through. It does bring peace. Part of one paragraph that really stuck out was this
"....Please do not despair when fervent prayers have been offered and priesthood blessings performed and your loved one makes no improvement or even passes from mortality. Take comfort in the knowledge that you did everything you could. Such faith, fasting, and blessing could not be in vain! That your child did not recover in spite of all that was done in his behalf can and should be the basis for peace and reassurance to all who love him! The Lord—who inspires the blessings and who hears every earnest prayer—called him home nonetheless. All the experiences of prayer, fasting, and faith may well have been more for our benefit than for his." Elder Wickman then shares a personal experience of praying for his own sweet child, and that child's return home to his Father in Heaven. You are a light to the world Natalie! We will continue to pray for peace and love for your family.

utdaisy said...

Though I just met you this week in cyberspace, I have been so touched by your words...I do not know if it's because I have frequently visited PCMC with my son since we prepared for his first surgery when he was only a few months old and have felt the strong spirit within the walls of that sacred edifice...or if it is because I have mourned with TOO MANY of my dear friends who have been through very similar experiences...or because my own baby Shea is only a few months older than your baby Gavin...or just because I'm a mom too. Regardless of the reason, I just want you to know that you have been an inspiring example of love, humility, faith and strength in the face of probably one of the biggest adversities we could be asked to face in this life. I know that right now it may not seem like it, but I know that this mortal life is just a blip on the continuum of eternity...the day will come all too soon when your baby Gavin will meet you again. In the mean time he will be watching over your sweet family, cheering you ALL on, in the arms of his uncle Gavin. Until that day comes, I hope you continue to find peace in your soul through Christ our Savior. May the Lord continue to bless you with the strength and peace you will need to carry those of your family left behind to that finish line where baby Gavin will meet you. Our love and prayers will continue to be with you...

sharibug said...

My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. I am grateful for the knowledge that we have to know that Families Can Be Together Forever. That Gavin has another mission to fulfill and will be actively engaged in the Lord's work. He will be your guardian angel and will always watch over you and your family. I am grateful for your testimony and for your strength. You are a beacon to the world showing your love and compassion to all. And despite your sadness and grieving, you still are out there strengthening those who would grieve with you. There is peace and comfort to be had through the Lord Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father from the Holy Spirit. May these gifts be yours as you travel through this very difficult time.
Our love to you and your family, and our prayers continue to that end. (Jon's Mom)

kimsueellen said...

Nat, my husband and I are gonna try to come. I was amazed at the speakers in church today. So many people in my ward have heard about your story, and their hearts were with mine today in remembering your sweet family, and the faith and hope that you have given us all on behalf of the gospel plan. Gavin continues to touch my heart in ways I cannot explain. Our tears flow with yours. Our arms are wrapped around you with Heavenly Father in a tremendous love for you and for Richie, and for the boys. Please know our minds and hearts are heavy with thoughts of you.

Much love.

Sam and Lacey said...

Natalie and Family-

I am SO sorry for your loss. My heart is breaking for you. I struggle to find the right words. I wish I couldn't relate but nearly two years ago we said goodbye to our sweet daughter for the time being. Your words are inspiring. God is GOOD. I am greateful that you have felt such peace around you at this time. The veil is very thin. Hang in there. When you are ready there is a group of angel mom's that have a private blog to share feelings on. Please email me at laceytorgerson@yahoo.com when you feel ready. Your precious son Gavin is beatiful. I wish we could come.

Kahilau said...

Nortons,
I wish I could be there to. The spirit is going to be breath taking! I cannot remember the last time our little town suffered the loss of s little baby. I know everyone there is feeling for you as well as many around the world. Thank you for your example to the world of what a strong relationship with Heavenly Father looks like. My prayers will be with you on that day as the are everyday! May your strength continue and may peace flow like a river! Love you all.

Moneylish said...

Norton Family,
I hope in the coming days and months that you will be able to find peace and comfort. Thank you for pouring your heart out to us in your blog, your a strong woman and mother. May our Heavenly Father bless you with peace and always remember that Familys especially your family. Will be together forever.

God Bless You

Laura said...

It is only with God's help that you are able to be so at peace, and I pray that you continue to feel His love and grace through all of this. If I were still living in Hawaii, I'd be there with you, to pay my respects and to tell you in person how much I admire you and your strength. Because I'm back in Minnesota now, I have to tell you from afar. God bless you and your family. My prayers continue.

Ams said...

Praying for you and your family...
sending all of my love to you!

shawnandfarrah said...

Natalie, you and your sweet special family consume my thoughts and prayers. I love you. You have obviously been so blessed with a unique strength that I cannot begin to even understand or comprehend. You have changed my life...one of many lives...really. I wish I could hug you.

lovingmylife said...

You are amazing and I pray that God will continue to hold you closely! Stay strong in the Lord.

alma and nicole smith said...

i cant even imagine what you are going through right now, but please know that our continued prayers are with you. you don't know me, but i know you as a sister in the church, and i pray for you and your precious family. thank you for sharing your strength and faith and lifting others at this difficult time in your life. God be with you.

Mummy Outnumbered said...

Sending so much love your way. Will be thinking of you Wednesday. He is at peace now but forever in your heart.x

Denae said...

Natalie our hearts & thoughts are with you guys. You are an incredible example of faith & hope. I can not imagine the ways in which your heart is breaking right now, but you still feel the peace. There is the hope. We wish we could be there with you Wednesday to show our love & support.

Emily Hill said...

Like many others my prayers, thoughts, love and support will be there in spirit on Wednesday. Your strength and faith never ceases to amaze me.

Cheryl said...

Just wanted to let you know we're here and we are continually praying for you and your family. We love you guys. See you Wednesday.

Jill said...

We are thinking about you, and sending only good thoughts your way. We wish we could be there to support you on Wednesday, but like so many others we'll be there in heart :)

Jill
Cedar Hills, Ut

c r y s t a l said...

Continuing to lift your family up in prayer each and every day.

Kara & the Boys said...

You do not know me....I learned of your blog from Pam Grant's blog (her husband is my dentist). I was deeply touched by the strength you portrayed through your posts despite the obvious terror you were experiencing. There is a talk by Elder Holland which says that if we could put aside the veil, we would see the legions of heaven running to our aid. I pray for your family. Good luck and God bless you.

Akata, Walter & Rachael Aitu said...

Natalie, you and Richie are such an inspiration to me, when we were at CITO together around campus & now through your blog. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and faith even during such a hard time. My prayers are with you...Lots of aloha to your whole family.
Rachael

Jen and Bryan said...

Natalie, I am friends with Jaime and Dan Prigmore (your hubby's name is SO familiar to me. I'm sure if I saw a picture...) from Poway. She sent me your blog and asked me to include you in our prayers. Even though I don't know you, our lives seem to be fairly similar (I have a baby right now as well and am also a photographer). I am SO very sorry for your loss. I hope you continue to have peace through this hard time and we will continue to pray for you and your darling family.
Jennifer (Meacham) Wyeth

Bri or Aaron said...

Hey Natalie,
I'm sorry to hear about your son. You are in our prayers.
Love,
Brianna Olsen (Smith)

Frances said...

Your strength is amazing and your faith is inspiring.

My prayers continue to be with you and your sweet family.

Much love and prayers -- Frances

Flip-flop Mama said...

I am sorry. Praying for God's peace for you and your family

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

I read about your sweet Gavin on MckMama's blog. I have had a chance to read of your journey and my heart is breaking for you tonight. Praying God's comfort and peace for you and your family...may you continually feel His arms around you.

In His Grace,
Kelly Gerken
Sufficient Grace Ministries
http://sufficientgrace-kelly.blogspot.com

skt said...

Natalie - I came across your blog through design mom and am so heartsick for you and your family. I hope you find peace and comfort during this tragic time. Sweet, sweet little Gavin is so precious and so loved and will be reunited with your family one day.

Carli said...

you are such a model of faith in christ. if I were in your spot, I don't know if I could be so strong. thank you for being an example of true faith during your time of sorrow. I am prayig for peace for you and your family.

Launa said...

Will be praying for you and your family that you find peace and solace. Beautiful pictures, especially of your beautiful little gift Gavin!

Amanda said...

I read your blog back to the beginning of Gavin's sickness, and my heart stopped. I thought I was reading a post from my own life--the details sounded SO familiar. Our son, at 8 weeks, was also diagnosed with Pertussis. We originally thought he had a bad case of RSV, but a blood test ruled that out, and after some internet research, we found Pertussis. Our tests came back a WEEK later, after he was already hospitalized.

Our son made it thru his bout, but I am so terribly sorry that God chose to take Gavin home. I have never seen anything more terrible happen to an 8 week old baby than to watch my son fight for breath and air over every coughing fit. Gavin IS healed in heaven, and you will see him again.

From a mother who has experienced part of your heartache, I grieve with you tonight over your loss, and my prayers will be with you.

Amanda

RMMama said...

Many prayers to you mama. Your faith will keep you close to baby Gavin. Don't lose sight of that.

mjb624 said...

Dear Norton Family,
I am a friend of a friend- and heard about your loss this past week. Since then I have been praying and fasting for you and your family to be comforted in this time of loss. I know that Heavenly Father is watching over you and your family. I was a stressed out mother of ONE....and realized how simple and easy my life is! To think that such a beautiful and amazing family could go through this just humbles me. I hope you know that your little Gavin will be with you and that the love of Everyone who has heard of your story will help time pass. WE love you and pray that you will not be alone in this time. TAke care and keep loving your other Beautiful and special kids of our Heavenly Father! Sincerely,
Julie B.

Ikesmom said...

Natalie- I came across your blog, at random, through a facebook friend just a few days ago. I have been so touched by your unfailing strength and faith. You have been such an inspiration to me that I don't know that I'll ever be the same. My own son is just a few months younger than Gavin. I keep your sweet little Gavin's picture up on my computer... just a little reminder to keep my perspective and priorities in check. Thank you so much for sharing your story.

Praying for peace and healing for you and your family.

biedenblog said...

Though I do not know you, my heart aches for your loss. And yet how awesome to serve a God who is so much bigger than our pain. Thank you for being faithful in the midst of it all. Blessings and strength as you press on.

Amy
Ft. Wayne, IN

Kendra said...

I do not know you, but my thoughts and prayers are with you. Thank you for sharing your story and strength. I know you will be blessed for your faith and God will take special care of your little one.

Kendra
Provo, UT

Laureen said...

just wanted to say that I'm still thinking of you from British Columbia...and your strength is so inspiring,

laureen

The Reebs' said...

Norton Family,
I haven't met you, Im sure through friends we know each other. Im am so humbled and distraught and completely dazed when I read about your sweet baby Gavin. I have a 3 month old girl and from mother to mother I send you my deepest condolences and prayers. I cannot imagine even to the slightest what you went through and are currently going through. Thank you for showing all of us mothers what it is to be a strong faithful and hopeful woman. Your testimony is truly touching and will be an ongoing strength to mine and Im sure everyone who reads it. My family's prayers are with you and your family as you get through the rough road ahead. We are so grateful for the grace of God and the atonement of Jesus Christ. All our thoughts and prayers,
The Reebs

Jessica said...

Words can't express our heart felt sympathy. God bless you and your family. What a blessing to have the gospel, and know that after this short sojourn on earth you will be together again. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

I don't think it really means anything - but I have thought of you and your family every day. My heart is broken and hurts for you - at the same time, it is a HUGE reminder to me to be a better mother, a more patient mother, a more grateful mother - just to be more - for the moments that are less. I'm sure the service will be beautiful just like Gavin.
elle zober

Josh, Hayley, and Baby Channing said...

I have never had the privilege of knowing you but my husband has met Richie on a few occasions. I happened on your blog after reading a post on Erin Low's blog.

I cannot find the words to express our deepest sorry and heartfelt empathy for your family at this time. We will be praying for you. May God's love and mercy pour down upon you. May Christ's atoning sacrifice bring you peace.

Hayley

kayasmom said...

May God Bless you and hold you tight in his arms. I'm just so, so sorry for your loss. please know that we are praying for you, no, STORMING THE GATES OF HEAVEN for you and your family.

Courtney Low said...

I stumbled upon your blog and I cannot even begin to express how truly amazing you are. You have more strength and courage then anyone I know. I can't imagine how pleased the Lord is with you and I know he will carry you through this time. Our prayers are still with you and your family every single day. Thank you for being such an amazing example to all of us of bravery, love, strength, and so many many other things. You are truly an exceptional woman.

Lindsay B said...

I am so, so sorry Natalie. My heart just breaks for you. I truly admire you for your strength and optimism throughout your experience. You're amazing.

Pablo said...

Natalie,
My heart still suffers in pain because of your loss...It is very inspiring to see how you are going through this whole situation with faith and love.

Pablo

Anonymous said...

Natalie,

Just found your blog through Mckmama and read your story. Want you to know that your family is in my prayers. God bless your little man in heaven.

God grant you and your family comfort and love through these coming days and years. God bless.

Melissa

Cher said...

God bless you all!
You are all in my thoughts and prayers!

Cher

Jill said...

your faith is simply amazing.

Kris said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, but God is faithful. I know without a shadow of a doubt that God is faithful. He brought me through my valley of death, too. My son was 7 days old when he died almost 6 years ago. He has brought us through like nothing or no one else. I promise He will do the same for you, if you trust Him and lean on Him. It's the only way to make it through. Make that, HE'S the only way to make it through.

I am praying for your family. Prov 3:5-6.

BostonGirl said...

Natalie, I am sending thoughts and prayers for your family to have strength during this difficult time. We are all sad with you. But Gavin is happy in the arms of the Lord and you will all be together again.

Jayme said...

Natalie...

I'm so sorry for your loss. God is so faithful to hold us when we hurt.

Sarah said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I will be holding my son extra tight today. I cannot imagine what you are feeling, and pray that God will be miraculous in your life and that of your family.

Lacie and Stephen said...

Your blog was just brought to my attention through a Facebook friend. I am SO sorry for your loss! You seem like a woman of great faith, and I am greatful for that! The loss of a child is probably the hardest thing one can ever experience in life no matter what the situation was. When we lost our little girl unexpectedly in 2007, it was our faith and the family of God that got us through. I noticed you said several times how you knew he would come out of that hospital healthy. Take comfort in knowing that he is more healthy now than he ever could have been here on earth. He is not only healthy, but whole in his heavenly home! I pray for you as you greive you loss! I am only an email away if you should need anything!!! Praying and hugging you from Kansas!

Lacie Hutchins
Binksj33@yahoo.com
Wichita, KS

Leah said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and yours. Prayers of peace, strength, and healing.

Follow Your Art Photography said...

God IS good, even in times of despair....God is GOOD!

Draper said...

Here is a hymn that has brought me peace when I felt like I was in the caves of life. God is good and He loves your family.

Where can I turn for peace? Where is my solace
When other sources cease to make me whole?
When with a wounded heart, anger, or malice,
I draw myself apart, Searching my soul?

Where, when my aching grows, Where, when I languish,
Where, in my need to know, where can I run?
Where is the quiet hand to calm my anguish?
Who, who can understand? He, only One.

He answers privately, Reaches my reaching
In my Gethsemane, Savior and Friend.
Gentle the peace he finds for my beseeching.
Constant he is and kind, Love without end.

["Where Can I Turn for Peace?" Hymns, 1985, no. 129]

Heather Lee said...

Wish we could be there on that day, but we will be thinking of you guys. Your perspective through this has been so inspiring. We keep praying for you all.
heart,
Heather and Family

Casey Jensen said...

My heart is aching for you and your family. Your strength is inspiring. May God be with you and your loved ones.

Angie said...

We are on opposite sides of the country and have never met, yet I can't help but feel close to you. Your strong faith and sense of composure is inspirational. Although not physically, spiritually I will be with you as you lay your son to rest. Stay strong, Natalie. My thoughts and prayers continue to remain with you and your family.

Carrie said...

Natalie- I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful little Gavin. You and your family are in our prayers.

Abbie said...

Oh Natalie, I'm so sorry to hear about little Gavin. I have been following your blog off and on for a year and am so saddened to hear about your loss. Thank goodness for the plan of salvation and the knowledge that you will one day again be with Gavin. I am so sorry for the pain and hurt you must be experiencing. Please know our prayers are with you.

MixMingleGlow said...

Setting aside that time on Wednesday to cover you and your family in prayer from Florida.
"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Andrew David said...

My wife started to follow your story based on a tweet from Mike Colon. Both of us have cried for your family and hurt deeply even though we dont know you. I think a lot has to do with your wonderful pictures of little Gavin. My wife heard this song today from Kutless and cried as she thought of you. Its called: What Faith Can do.
http://musicremedy.com/audio/index.cfm?fuseaction=showaudioplayer&audioId=37996&quality=6

Krista Hansen said...

Your strength and faith is Amazing! You are helping so many people by sharing your most personal and tender thoughts. Thank you for that. I know that I have been touched by your faith.

Alisa Greig said...

such an amazing testimony you have natalie--God is good.

Monica said...

Natalie-

I was actually checking out all of your photography stuff (You do awesome work by the way)when I came across your story. I then began searching through all of your old posts and am just so sorry for your loss. Gavin is so beautiful and I can't imagine how hard this must be for you and your family. I have three boys and just don't know how I could be as strong as you are. But you have God on your side. I am praying for peace for you and your family.

Ramstein- Germany.

Tiffany said...

I am so sorry to hear this news. Thank God for your incredible faith in Him...It is not only inspiring but a gift from God Himself...one that will carry you through this incredibly rough (total understatement) time. I don't know you but feel like I do from reading your blog. I know you and your family are strong enough to get through this. You and your family will be in my prayers. And praise God that you can say "God is good." He absolutely is good. And you'll be blessed beyond measure (like Job who said "though you slay me, yet will I trust you"...later he was blessed far more than he could have imagined after having everything (kids included) taken away from him)...

much LOVE to you!!!!

Sarah said...

You continue to amaze and inspire - previously with your talent in photography, now with your incredible faith. Sending prayers your way.

Ani said...

My husband Matt Taylor went to school our there, and I think he knows you or your husband. I am a photographer, and follow your blog as well.
I am so so sorry to hear about your sweet son. We will be praying for your family during this difficult time.
How grateful are you to have the gospel in your life? I can tell that you have such strong faith, and you are so inspiring for more people than you know.
Keep your eternal perspective.

diana palmer said...

you. are. amazing.

Jill said...

so sorry for your loss. i will pray for your family~

JuliAnn said...

Your reality was my worst nightmare as I carried four children through the journey of extreme prematurity. My tears fall today for Gavin, for the pain that you are feeling and that I feared so much. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Your strength and courage are truly amazing.

Sonja Schoene said...

Dear Natalie,
I was led to your blog and Gavin's story by The Image Is Found and I have prayed fervently for your family in the last week. I can not fathom your grief, or your joy. Please know that I am awed by your strength and conviction in Christ.
I continue to hold you and your family in my prayers.

Sonja

Heather said...

Beautiful Natalie...unknown to me until last week, you have taken a constant place in my thoughts. You have become a true mother in the faith to so many in the past few days. THANK YOU for your courage in the middle of such great sorrow. Thank you for presenting our father God as He truly is; loving and good. Thank you for showing so many your heart and allowing us to stand with you in prayer.

My prayer for you today is that you would find hope in knowing "those who sow in tears will reap in joy."

Jacki said...

You don't need me to tell you but I will anyway. You are an inspiration in your love of the Lord. I am in awe of your ability to trust in the Heavenly Father's PERFECT will for your life. Thank you!

Susie Faye said...

I just spent the last 45 minutes reading your story. I don't even know you and probably will never meet you--but please know how touched I am by your faith. A life like Gavin's--though short--speaks volumes. I know that your family has touched hundreds of people. Thank you for sharing, even in your darkest hours of grief. I will pray for your continued peace and healing.

Sarah said...

Hi Natalie,
As I sit here in tears yet again after reading your update, I still can't begin to fathom the numbing pain you must feel over losing your sweet baby. I'm amazed at how you're able to see and feel God's grace through all of this...what a testament to the power of His love that you are. I know you have folks all over the world praying for you and your family right now...and I'd just like you to know that you also have a gal from Arkansas sending up fervent prayers on your behalf.

P and L said...

Oh, Nat. I am so, so sorry. You are in my prayers.

~L

Steph said...

Hey.. You don't really know me personally, but I was (am) a friend of your brother Gavin.
I just wanted to let you know that my heart brakes everytime I read your blog, but I am so inspired by your eloquence, faith and devotion. I am in awe of your courage and strength. You are truly a special woman, mother and daughter of God.
My family's prayers are with you.

annie said...

Hi..
I know you don't know me, I grew up in alpine and my sister is Allison Cosper Cox. I am overwhelmed with emotion as I read about what has happened. Words really can't express how sad I am for you. At the same time, I am completely and utterly amazed at your strength. You make me realize how much faith I have yet to gain. You really are amazing, and Gavin is absolutely beautiful. You are in my prayers.

Leesha said...

Norton family,
The Vial family is thinking of you, and as always we are thankful for the goodness we have received because of the love you share. I am sorry that I cannot be there for the funeral, I would love nothing more.
Love,
Alicia

RAY E said...

Dear Natalie, A letterwill soon come to you . It was sent to your folks home in Alpine. Our deepest love to you and Ritchie and your folks. My heart aches with you. You are right though...It is a tunnel to go through, and not a dark cave to stay in. I can testify that the Comforter is real, and will be with you always. The pain does get easier to bare.

Anonymous said...

I read about baby Gavin from a facebook friend. My heart is breaking for you. I admire your faith and I hope that it keeps you strong. I cannot imagine what you must be going through. I will keep you in my prayers!

Lindsay R said...

Natalie,
I'm sorry to hear about the news. We will continue to pray for your beautiful family. Your words are amazing and I am amazed by your strength and faith.
I'm looking forward to hearing your future words and seeing you around town.
Much love from us to your forever family.
Lindsay Rondo

Alex said...

I am so sorry for your precious Gavin being away from you for the meantime. He is with the Lord now.

When I read the update, my heart sank. I wanted to cry. I have a 2 month old. I feel for you.

I pray that God will continue to give you strength. You will see Gavin again. In 2 Samuel 12:23 the bible gives us a glimpse that we shall see our children (loved ones) again when our Lord decides that it is also our time to join Him.

God bless you Natalie and your loved ones.

Know that he is in the glory of the Lord!

Alex

Becky said...

A Facebook friend of mine passed your blog on to me. Your strength is an inspiration. You have expressed your experiences here with such eloquence and grace - I am humbled. Please know that your family is still in the thoughts and prayers of many, including mine.

~Becky

Hannah Harris said...

I am so sorry to hear about baby Gavin. May you lean on the foundations you've learned about God and trust that He is still in control.

rebecca lopez said...

Natalie, I am so very sorry for your loss. Words cannot express the sadness I feel for you and your family. Keep your eyes on God; He will never leave you nor will He ever forsake you.

Aidan said...

Hi Natalie,

I was so sorry to hear your tragic news. My daughter, Sarah, died in April 2008 aged just 15 months so I know what you are going through.
I hope that you are getting the support & love that you'll need from family & friends, but I believe that you are.
My thoughts are with you.

Aidan (Dublin, Ireland)

wal said...

Dear natalie,
I only heard this news from dps today. I felt compelled to write this and say that I am really sad by this tragedy, Be strong and know that you have friends all arround the world supporting you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Natalie, your love and understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ is amazing and at the same time admirable. Please remember as I had mentioned in an earlier post that "God doesn't make mistakes". How great it is that baby Gavin is in the loving arms of his creator.

I pray that you and your family will continue to live your lives in good health and an understanding of God's plan that we sometimes can't fully understand but we can always know that He definitely loves us and pray for the day that we too can rejoice together in his kingdom.

God Bless,
Ray

Laurina said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and little Gavin...

bethany said...

Your sweet Gavin, what an angel. I am so sorry. All my love to you and your family. You are an inspiration to all.

Paul Gero said...

Natalie,
My deepest sympathies to you and your husband and the rest of your family...keeping you in thoughts and prayers.

Paul Gero

Ashleigh said...

Oh Natalie, I know you have no idea who I am, but I love you. Your warmth and strength at such a time as this truly amazes me. I am LDS as well, and I'm happy that you have an understanding that you and your baby will be united again, because families are truly forever. You are in my prayers, Natalie.

g*na said...

Wish I could be there. I am in spirit. Your favorite Gavins are together. Your brother will take care of your baby while you're away! My prayers and love are with you today. <3

Anonymous said...

Natalie <3 May the Lord comfort your Broken heart, May he continue to bless you with strength to 'live to tell about it', May you and your little family FEEL his compassion and know that he and your son are very close by. When my eternal companion passed just 2 years ago at the young age of 31, Elder Kikuchi, of the quorum of the 70, spoke to me and my children and reminded us that the 'veil' is as thin as you will allow it to be!! I believe this with all of my heart. May the Lord rebuild your broken heart and may you feel his LOVE!

All of our love and Prayers~

Tha Kahuhu Family-Utah

Nicomi said...

Natalie & Family! Do you know how amazing your son is/was? I have read many comments that said that he has a mission to complete on the other side. I think his mission was here on earth, that though i do not know him or you i have come closer to my Heavenly Father. I have followed your saga and said many prayers. what is so cool and amazing is this little boy brought so many people together in prayer. He united faiths in coming together in prayer. That is amazing. thank you for sharing your faith and helping me to find some more! May you feel His love daily and have peace that you WILL be with your son again!

Anonymous said...

Our most sincere condolences. Gavin is now an angel.

God bless you and your family!

harold of DuQuoin, IL

Creighton said...

Natalie, you may not remember me, but I drove all the way from Aiea to take your photomoms class several months back. I was totally blown away to hear about the loss of your son. Know that you and your family will are in our prayers in this your time of sorrow. Let me know if there is anything you need from this side of the island.

Creighton Barber

ingridd313 said...

Dear Natalie,
I have been inspired by all of your posts. I am SO sorry for your loss- I cannot even begin to fathom. I just want to say how amazing I think it is that even though Gavin had too short a life- he has inspired, encouraged, and strengthened so many in their faith in Jesus. That is more than most do in a lifetime. I am praying for you. Keep holding on to Jesus!