07 January, 2010

Gavin David Bruce Norton



Gavin David Bruce Norton
October 24, 2009-January 7, 2010

For the last few days,
our baby was the most
loved and prayed for baby
in the world.

Thank you for that.
God is real.
God is good.


Because of the atoning sacrifice and resurrection of
Jesus Christ,
we will live together again.

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Cathy and David Photographers said...

Love and prayers, and encouragement of faith sent from us to you.

Rebecca Diamond said...

We've never met. I read about your trials and have been praying ever since, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Know that as the world prayed with you, we also weep with you, and continue to pray for the strength of your family. Gavin is now delivered into the perfect embrace of our Lord and waits for you there. Your faith and belief in the will of God is an inspiration of faith to us all. My thoughts, prayers and heart are with you always.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your son is with the Lord now and you will be together again.

I will pray for you and your family.

Christine

tara said...

My thoughts are with you and your family. I am truely sorry for your loss.

The Linfords said...

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for being such an example.

erin said...

i am so sorry for your loss natalie. your family continues to be in my thoughts & prayers.

Web Designz by Kristi said...

I am so sorry for the loss of baby Gavin. Love and prayers sent to you and your family!

Stephanie said...

As I was waiting for your page to load, I had a thought of seeing another breakthrough for your little Gavin. With tears streaming down, I hurt for you. As a mother of a 10-week old baby boy, I feel like I just lost him after seeing your post. I'm in awe of your faith because even though God is in control of things, I'd have admit that my anger would take over. I'm glad to see your shining example of what being a Christian should be, even in times of utmost tragedy. I will think you and your faith should I be tested to this degree. May you, Richie, and your beautiful boys be held by the love of the Lord during this time. God bless you angel Gavin.

Roon-bop said...

Though I only know you through following your blog, I wish to send you my sincerest condolences. I was truly sad to read of your loss. May the comfort of your family and friends help you through this difficult time.

Jessalee said...

I am so profoundly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers continue for you and your family during this heartbreaking time and beyond.

Shaina said...

Natalie, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I know that Gavin is in God's arms right now.

Duet Diva said...

Oh Natalie, I just found your blog through a tweet of my friends. Praying for you RIGHT now girl. My God place His powerful peace over you today!

Angie said...

I learned of your story on Twitter just today. I immediately became a follower (@TheDiaperBaker) as I wanted to send as much support as possible. I have retweeted previous tweets from others and sent some of my own. You and your family will remain in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort and strength in knowing Gavin is in a wonderful place. Your continuous faith is inspiring.

Many blessings,
Angie

Mart -n- Marci said...

Our hearts and thoughts are with you. I'm so sorry.

Stephanie Lockwood said...

We are praying for your family during this difficult time. I have a baby that was born on October 18th and I can't imagine going through this with my little guy. I pray for strength for you family. Be strong and remember that it was a gift that God let you have him in your life even if it was just a little while. His life had purpose and meaning even if it doesn't seem that way now.

Corissa said...

your images and words make me cry. they are beautiful. i pray for your family as you make it through this difficult time.

JAR Photography & Design said...

I don't know you, and you don't know be... but through the power of Face Book, a mutual friend requested prayers for you and drew me to your blog. I have been following EVERY DAY... anxiously awaiting news. I am very sadden this morning to read this, my heart is broken and my eyes are teary. I am so sorry for your loss and cannot imagine what you are going through especially as a mother. You are so strong and your faith is unbelievable!

Yes we do not know each other, but I was here with you through it all and I am feeling sorrow for your family. Stay strong.

Nicole said...

An acquaintance of mine lost her baby this week too, She posted this quote and it made me think of you:

Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality. ~Emily Dickinson

Anonymous said...

Rich and Natalie:

Prayers for Gavin, and your family. My deepest sympathies fro your loss. As parents, we never expect our children to pass before us.

Please know that Gad has chosen Gavin to join him in that special place.

{lindy baker cakes} said...

Natalie,
I can't imagine what you are feeling at this moment. To say you are an amazing person is an understatement. I have never heard or witnessed anyone with such faith, courage, and wisdom in such a time of trial. Thank you for sharing this part of your life with so many. You have truly changed me through your example and I'll be forever
grateful. Our prayers to you do not stop here. Our family will continue to pray for you. All our love.

Karey said...

My mama heart is breaking for you now. You and your family will continue to be in our prayers. Maybe this has already come to mind, but this conference talk (url below) really helped my cousin (and me) when she lost a little one at three months.
http://www.lds.org/conference/talk/display/0,5232,23-1-439-25,00.html

Jen and Bern said...

Praying for your family during this very sad time. Your words have encouraged me, yet I feel I should say something to encourage you. We do know the God of Hope. Praying for peace during this time for you. God Bless.

Cheryl said...

Continuing to send lots of love and prayers to you and Richie. Your strong faith, beautiful spirit, motherly love and encouraging words is inspiring. We love you, Cheryl, Chris, and Luke.

mikaela said...

I heard of your story through a friend of mine and read through your blog last night. Tears began streaming down my face as I read your most recent update this morning. Yesterday you said in faith that you knew Gavin would leave the hospital a vision of health, and even though it wasn't the way anyone would have wanted, he entered into heaven in absolutely perfect health, getting rid of his earthly body. What a blessing to know he is happy and healthy now, resting with the father.

Thank you so much for your faith. I have unfortunately had friends walking similar journeys, but none have had the perspective that you have. Your faithfulness is amazing.

I love the hope that you have. And God is faithful, I know that. His word is full of His faithfulness displayed. Time and time again, God is faithful in the midst of chaos and pain, and in good times and bad times. I have no doubt that he will continue to be faithful to you his precious daughter and your family.

ma'elePHOTO said...

Natalie!!! I am soo sorry for your loss!!! My heart is aching for you now!!!! Thank you for your faith and your testimony!! Sooo grateful for this Gospel. Grateful for His Son. Grateful for His Eternal Plan! 'Ofa Lahi 'Atu!!!

Larry Reeves said...

Natalie and Richie: I feel so deeply sorry for you and your loss. I know you will see Gavin again...he and his uncle Gavin are up hanging out and doing lots of work on the other side. We will continue to pray for your family.
All our love,
Larry, Melanie and Family.

Emily Weaver Brown said...

Natalie, I am so deeply heart broken for you and your family. So sorry for your loss.

May the Lord Jesus Christ bless you and keep you. The He lift His countenance upon you and give you peace.

Paul - USA said...

I am so sorry for your loss, he was in my prayers and your family will continue to be in mine during this difficult time. Your trust and surrender in Christ is an amazing witness.

Christina said...

Another heart breaking -- Gavin touched so many in such a short time. Prayers are with you and your family

angela said...

Natalie,

I will continue to pray for you as well as your family during this time.

katieo said...

oh, my heart breaks for you.
For a little time there I felt like Gavin was one of my little relatives.

Thank you for sharing your shining faith with all of us. Your whole family will be in our prayers.

Andre and Lexi said...

Natalie and family, I am so sorry for your loss, how sweet the atonement is, knowing that you will see your little guy again and be able to raise him in the next life. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of heartache and pain. I know Gavin is looking down from above, so happy he isnt in pain anymore and Im sure he is sitting on Jesus lap. God be with you.

Anonymous said...

Dearest Natalie and family
Oh my heart breaks for you. You don't know me but I first read your blog last night and cried my eyes out for you. I prayed fervently for him to recover but also for strength for you and your husband. I am so sorry for your loss. He must've just needed a body to get to the next step. He must have been one of the chosen ones who stood by the Savior's side and who needed to go back as soon as possible. The Lord knew you could handle his passing bc of your great faith and He knew you would take the most tender care of this sweet soul. I know I've never met you but I love you and your little boy, Gavin. I will continue to pray for you and I know also that bc of the Plan of Salvation you will be with him again and you will be able to raise him. Much love in the Gospel
Amanda Jones

The Tafuna Family said...

I know that nothing will take away the pain you feel right now. But I hope that through this your testimony's strength, which has been so evident through your previous posts, holds true. Gavin did leave the hospital in a vision of health. He is ok. Just maybe not the way you had hoped for. But that precious little boy will be waiting for you on the other side to pick up where you left off and continue to raise him from babe to boyhood. He is blessed to have a mother like you.
Heavenly Father loves you Natalie.

AlliSMiles said...

Natalie,

I can't imagine the pain you're experiencing. May God bless you with the comfort of the atonement and faith in knowledge of life after this one. Thank you for your inspiration and for so openly sharing your faith here. My prayers are with you.

Anonymous said...

I am so so sorry. Tonite I lift a glass to Gavin and his amazing family.

ds said...

So very sorry for you loss, I was praying for your little angel. God bless Gavin and your family in this time of sorrow, but know that he will always be with you, and in the hearts of so many others who prayed for him.

Rachel said...

I don't know you but I lost a baby last year and I feel for you. The ache does not go away but you will learn to find joy again. Your family is in our prayers.

Eric said...

I'm tearing up at work after reading this post. God bless your family in this difficult time. Prayers and thoughts from Rhode Island.

Amanda said...

My prayers, my heart are completely with you during this time. I pray for healing, and I too know that because of Jesus you WILL live together again.

gina said...

My prayers are with you during this difficult time. What a glorious day that will be when you are reunited again in heaven!!

Alicia said...

You will live together again, and you will have moments when you can feel Gavin's presence near you. Treasure those moments and seek them out. You will find them. As more than two hundred others before me have said, I'm praying for you.

Alicia
(Matt Mildenstein's sister)

DOMINICI said...

Thank you for you shining example of faith in our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ. Like so many others you don't know me, but my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Sara*P said...

My heart is broken. I was up many times in the night with thoughts and prayers for your family. Your faith is more inspiring than I can put in to words. I am so thankful for your example and will continue to pray for your amazing family.

Pleasant Vonnoh said...

I am so very sorry for your loss! Your hope in our God is an amazing testimony! Thank you for that! Your family is in my prayers!

Heather Capener said...

Natty and Richie, my heart goes out to you both and your sweet family. May strength and peace fill your souls.
My love and prayers upon you and your family!

love you!

dixie said...

Your faith and strength amazes me. Thank you for allowing us all into your life. I will continue to pray for your family. You have a beautiful eternal family!

printergirl said...

Natalie, I am so sorry. My heart is broken for you and your family. God sent you an angel to bless your lives, even if only for a few short months. Thank you for sharing him with all of us. Your strength and faith in God's plans, even when we don't understand them, have lifted me up and I continue to pray for you all. Sending hugs to you.

Stephanie said...

Dear Natalie and family,

I just found your blog two days ago and I've found myself checking for updates many many times during the day.

This is the update I never wanted to read.

From one mother to another - I'm so sorry for you loss and my heart aches for you.

May you find the strength to carry on in the upcoming days, months and years.

Again, my deepest sympathies.

Stephanie in Ontario, Canada

TLCbull said...

What a legacy Gavin has left behind. He was able to unite through prayer hundreds of people from around the globe. Who knows how many lives he has touched in such a short time? I know he has touched me profoundly. I grieve for your loss, and yet feel the joy of knowing that Gavin is in the loving arms of the Creator. Thank you for allowing me to share your faith and the precious, beautiful spirit of your eternal son.
God Bless.

John and Marissa said...

There are no words...
May the Lord comfort you through this trying time and lift your sorrows.

Valerie said...

OMG!!! I am so deeply moved and touched by what is happening to your family... my eyes are crying right now... God bless you all... Valerie xxx

Bree said...

I have never met you but found your blog through a friend and I am so sorry to hear of your struggles and loss. I lost a child a few years back and a friend gave me the book Angel Children by Mary V. Hill. Its an LDS book talking about the salvation of children. It has brought me so much comfort and peace, I pray that you find that as well. Briana

Sarah said...

Love to all of you. May God grant you with the strength you and your sweet family need to endure this earthly pain. Families are Forever. We Love you Guys!

Aaron and Sarah Banks and Family

Desiree and Lars said...

We continue to pray for you and your family. What an amazing little angel you have watching over you. I hope you find comfort at this time. We are so sorry. Thank you for your example of faith, it has strengthened us all.

Anonymous said...

My heart breaks for you and your family. I know your faith in God will carry you all through this difficult time. I will continue that you will have peace and understanding.

Beth Daane said...

God Bless you and your family. I am so so sorry for your loss of your perfect baby.

carolynbeth said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I have a little boy born one week after your sweet Gavin. I can't imagine your heartache. I will hug my son a little tighter. You are an amazing person with an amazing testimony of our Savior. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kristy Reimer Photography said...

I am so so so sorry. I pray that you will feel comforted in this time of loss.

Bennett Family said...

Our hearts and thoughts are with you and Richie. We love you guys and we too know that you will be together with him again.

Cathy said...

So very sorry to hear your precious angel passed away. You and your family are still in my prayers. Your faith will keep you strong and yu will be reunited in heaven

TamPhotography said...

I can't even imagine how hard this has got to be for you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you for sure.

Tasha said...

I can't stop crying. I know you will find peace and healing in your faith. So many people prayed for Gavin and now mourn with you. May you feel all of our love around you and your family during this time.

Life with JJ, Starr and Spice said...

I am deeply sorry for your loss.

Heather Thorne said...

I'm so sorry for your loss and so inspired by your faith. Praying for peace for your family.

Amanda Suanne said...

We will continue to lift your family up in prayer during this hard time. As tough as it is, you are right knowing that you will be together again and Gavin will be perfect and whole in his makers arms. Better is one day in his courts than a thousand elsewhere... xoxo

Anonymous said...

Big Gavin and Little Gavin will be a beacon for many. Hold to the rod. No puka's. (no empty chairs)

Ali said...

I will continue to pray for you and your beloved family. I share your faith and knowledge of the atonement. He is yours forever.

Karen Lisa said...

My heart breaks for you and your family. Thoughts and prayers to you during this time.

Karen said...

Your faith, love and family - the ones you know and the ones you don't - will sustain you through this terrible time. Lots of love and prayers are still going on all over the world for your family. I am so saddened over the loss of your little one. He will always be in your heart.

Stephanie said...

So very sorry for your loss. Inspired by your hope. Praying for comfort for you and your family.

stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

Holladay Photo said...

We are so saddened to hear this...please call on us for anything we can help with. Sending our love-
Patria and Mark

PhotoHack said...

I am so sorry for your loss. May God give you strength, courage and peace.

Tess said...

I am so sorry for your family's loss! My prayers are with you and yours through this very difficult time.

David Burke said...

I am so sorry for your loss. We have been praying and you are right you will be together again thanks to Jesus Christ and the work he did on the cross. I lost a daughter back in 1998 as well. She is welcoming Gavin.

Take care.

Wes and Rae Leytham said...

I send my sincere condolences. I will pray for you and your family during this time of sadness.

karlee said...

So sorry for your loss. God is good. Glad that you know that and you have the comfort and knowledge that you and Gavin will be together soon.

Stephanie said...
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mike steelman said...

May Jesus hold you close throughout this time, and comfort your family in ways I have no idea how. God bless you Natalie, and thank you for being an example of love.

Nick and Brittany said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, baby Gavin and the rest of your family!

stacy said...

So sorry for your loss.. I can't imagine your grief but I desperately hope you find comfort and peace in time.

jeffrey simms said...

God is good! You will see your little baby Gavin again!

jase said...

Natalie and Richie we love you guys and your boys so much!!

Manus Chau said...

I'm sorry. You have tremendous faith. I'm praying for you and your family.

sheena jibson said...

Natalie, I am so very sorry. I pray for God to bless you and your sweet family with the comfort and understanding that you need. Thank you for showing the world such a wonderful example of faith.

Martin said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to You and your family. Be strong in this difficult time.

jomama said...

i'm so so sorry. i've been so inspired by your strong faith and testimony and i prayed many times for gavin and your family. i'll continue to do so now.

Seth said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. Your faith in Him and your love for your son has been an inspiration to us. May God comfort you and your family during this difficult time.

jaclyn kaiser said...

natalie + richie,

i am in awe of your strength and peace. gavin was a beautiful baby boy and was so blessed to have you as parents. my heart is breaking for you right now and i pray for angels to surround you with peace and comfort. this song "son" by cloud cult made me think of you guys and i couldn't help but weep for you. love you guys and i know your baby boy is resting in the arms of jesus, full of peace and joy.

"i love my little boy
he's softer than the moon
his soul is made of setting suns
his heart is made of maple branches.

i don't know why he left me
he was only two years old
i will wait for him in the raspberry bushes while he makes snow angels in the clouds above me.

hey man my son is watching
hey man my son is watching

i'm not weak
but i'm not quite strong yet
i'm not brave
just a little confused
my little boy sleeps beneath the corn
i'll wake him when i'm feeling lonely.

hey man my son is watching
hey man my son is watching
hey man my son is watching
hey man my son is watching

i love my little boy.

you are my sunshine
my little sunshine
you make happy when skies are grey
you'll never now dear
how much i love you

the other night dear
you said you loved me
when i laid you down to sleep
when i woke up
you made you the sun rise
can i hold you in my dreams?

you are my sunshine
my little sunshine
you make happy when skies are grey
you'll never now dear
how much i love you"

Mom and Camera said...

My heart is aching for you. Now praying for a spirit of peace and comfort for your family as you mourn your baby son.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

I also learned of you on Twitter. I am so sorry for your loss of baby Gavin. Your faith has been sustaining you, but I can only imagine your pain. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Jan

Sarah Harper said...

Thank you for sharing your faith and your beautiful son with the world.

Love to you from Tennessee,

The Harper family

torri said...

I am so so sorry. I can't imagine how heartbreaking that must be especially after having so much faith in Gavin's recovery. But what a great thing is the plan of salvation, I can't imagine facing this loss without that knowledge. Your family will continue to be prayed for.

Periwinkle Jen said...

I just started reading your story yesterday. I admire your faith. I'm so sorry for your loss. I will continue to pray for you and your family.

Emilie said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine your sadness but I hope you'll find peace knowing that your little boy is now in heaven.

sue ann holland said...

Your strength and faith are amazing and a shining example for many. Continue to lean on Him during this difficult time. Your family is in my prayers. I'm so very sorry.

Jennifer Garbett said...

As a fellow photographer, mother of 3 and member of your faith...my heart aches for you and your families pain this day! I hope you can blow up those amazing black and white images of him to display at your home to remember how HARD Gavin fought...so the days when you are having a really hard time fighting yourself, he will give you peace and comfort to keep fighting through your grief!!

Thank you for your shining example of strength and faith. I pray for peace within your whole family, not just for today, but more importantly for the many months and years to come. Print off these messages of love and reference them often once you are forced to get back into the routine of life.

Much love and prayers...may you continue to find comfort in Him.

wenderful said...

So so very sorry for your loss of sweet Gavin here on earth. I pray that you are blessed with peace, hope, and faith while you are apart. Thank you for sharing your testimony on your blog. What a shining example you are of a daughter of God.

The Mom said...

You said yesterday: "I know my son is leaving this hospital a vision of health" -- and he DID! He just left his sick tired body behind.

God bless you. Our prayers continue for your peace and comfort. Gavin, the prayed-for baby, will never be forgotten.

Alice said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I'm not one that prays often but I did pray for you and your son. May the angels rush to greet him.

sarah wheeler said...

i am so very sorry for your loss, and i will continue to pray for your family...

Splendid! Photography said...

I haven't commented... I have prayed. We photographers are a family all our own... your family is so precious. God is soooo good and loving! He will continue to wrap his arms around you! Blessings!

Christy said...

There is nothing I can say to bring comfort at this time. But as you know God is good, and His will is perfect. You will forever be in my prayers! You have touched me so deeply with your faith and belief in Jesus Christ the Son of our Lord God Almighty.

Corey B said...

I am so so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I'm sure that Gavin's uncle has his arms around him and is taking over where you had to leave off.

Anonymous said...

You do not know me, but I am lifting you and your family up right now. Your faith is incredible and should be an example to all of us. You were so blessed with the very short time you had with your sweet Gavin, and God is blessed to have him now.

Allison

Heather said...

I am so sorry. I am crying and mourning with you. And holding my little ones tighter. Prayers and love still coming your way.

Brian Hancock said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Laura Barnett said...

I'm so sorry! You're an amazing woman. Thank you for being such a great example of faith in the Lord. I know the Lord is with you and I'll definitely keep you and your family in my prayers.

Beth Morgan said...

I am tears! Your faith...inspiring! I can't begin to understand your pain. I am praying the author and perfecter of your faith holds you near his heart and brings you comfort. I pray the peace of our Father to envelop you. You are such an encouragement. I know God has rich blessings ahead for you!

Stephanie Stearns Dulli said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I have been praying for him, and will continue to do so for your family.

Wendy said...

Richie & Natalie,
You probably don't know me, but I work at BYUH Fin. Services. I found out about this through Sia's Website and have been following. The Vaka Family is so sorry for your loss. My sister loss a 20 month old in April. I know Heavenly Father has a plan for your Gavin. Much Love, Wendy Vaka

David and Jenny said...

Richie and Natalie--
Our deepest heartfelt sympathy for your family. We love you. Thank you for your faith. God will strengthen your back for these burdens, and I believe He will make it up to you in His timing. Much aloha.
-Dave and Jenny Butler

"Many of the most important deprivations of mortality will be set right in the Millennium, which is the time for fulfilling all that is incomplete in the great plan of happiness for all of our Father’s worthy children. We know that will be true of temple ordinances. I believe it will also be true of family relationships and experiences."

--Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “The Great Plan of Happiness”, Ensign (CR), November 1993, p.72

Anonymous said...

Praying for you and yours. May God's love, joy and peace fill your hearts today.

Jeanette said...

I'm so very sorry :( my heart just breaks for you and your family

Melissa said...

So sorry that little Gavin didn't make it. But praise God that he doesn't have to suffer anymore b/c now he is with Jesus. Praying for your family. Thank you for being such an example of Faith! :)

Emmie {orange + barrel} said...

My heart is broken for you. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending love your way.

-Emerson

Gena Ciz (Alberta, Canada) said...

I am absolutely heart broken to hear about your loss! There are no words to explain how saddened I am to know little Gavin just couldn't hold on any longer! Praying for you, during this most difficult time. May God wrap his loving arms around you and your family and give you strength and hope for tomorrow! Sincere prayers and love!

Katrina Wheeler Photography said...

Sorry Natalie, my condolenses and prayers for you and your family. God is good, and you will see him again, praise god for that assurance! :) What a gorgeous precious baby he is.

Hil said...

I have been praying for your sweet baby Gavin over the last few days. I cried when I read this post today. We recently lost our baby boy at just 21 1/2 weeks pregnant. Burying your own child is something I wish on no one.

My heart goes out to you and your little family. It is times like this when you realize how truly important the atonement and resurrection really are in our lives. The thing that has gotten me through losing my son is hope. Hope that we will one day be together again.

My prayers and love are with you, from one grieving mother to another.

Shelly Nydegger Anderson said...

Natalie, I'm so sorry. As I was thinking about everything you've been through, a thought came into my mind. What an honor and a blessing to be the mother of such a valiant spirit. A spirit that was so needed by our Father in Heaven to aid in his work on the other side. Heavenly father knew that you would be strong ...enough and have enough faith in his plan, that you would be willing to accept this choice spirit into your home, if only for a short time. Stay strong Natalie and understand that the Lord and Gavin needed you and your family. We love you! You continue to be in our prayers.

nicole said...

I feel so much for you and your most troubling times that you and your family have experienced. You are such a strong woman--your journey is inspirational for someone who is not religious. Thank you for letting us be a part of it and I am sending good thoughts your way.

Lara said...

Natalie and Richie and the rest of your boys. So sorry to hear the loss of little Gavin. But you had a choice spirit with you for these last two months but the Lord needed him home and he is a choice spirit that needed to be here for only a brief shining moment. We will continue to pray for you to be comforted by our loving Father in Heaven.

Holly | Reed Photographic said...

My heart is broken for you. All my love.

Kristi Crosson said...

I read all of your posts. My heart aches for your loss, but rests in hope and knowing that because of Jesus Christ your son has been made whole, and you will be with him for all eternity, rejoicing with the angels. My prayers are with and your family.

Teresa said...

My heart is breaking for you. Prayers have been lifted up and will continue to be. You and your precious little son will be together again and forever. I know it's just so hard that it can't be right now. Thank you for sharing Gavin with us. You have given so many a gift. I pray for strength and peace for your family.

Rachel Clare said...

I'm weeping at my desk right now, but at the same time, I know the reality and beauty of the Sealing Power. May that knowledge buoy you up during this hard time. Much love to you and yours.

Elaine said...

I don't have words to express my sorrow for your loss. May your faith in God help you through this difficult time.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

David and Jessi said...

My heart is broken. You are such an amazing family, so filled with faith and love and faith and love and love and faith and love...bless you

Anonymous said...

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary struggles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes - not on what is seen - but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
2 Thes 4:16-18

anymommy said...

Love and thoughts to you and your family. I am so sorry.

Tasha said...

I only stumbled across your blog a day or two ago but my heart right now aches for you and your family. Words really cannot express how very sorry I am for your loss. He isn't suffering anymore which can hopefully bring you some peace.

Beth@Pages of Our Life said...

Dear One,

Thank you for allowing us a small glimpse into your journey. Your thoughts have deeply enriched all of those who like you take each day one step at a time. I hope and pray that you and your family are carried on the wings of his all sufficient grace.

Sincerely,
Beth

Calee said...

I'm sure we've met somewhere at some point along the line, and I've read your blog several times over the past few months...I just want you to know that your incredible faith has strengthened, uplifted, and inspired me (and so many others). Thank you for your testimony and example. My heart aches for you and your family while overflowing with gratitude for the Savior. Your family will continue to be in my prayers.

Melanie said...

Oh my heart is breaking for you...just hold on to that faith and know that you'll be with him again...

Shelly Wutke said...

Heartfelt prayers for you and your family. Be in peace knowing he's with Jesus.

Najem Al said...

God bless you and your family. We continue to pray for you all.

Najem & family.
Scotland.

Mindy said...

Oh, Natalie! I'm just sitting here with tears streaming down my face. I know Heavenly Father loves you, and your family, and little Gavin is in His loving arms. You have such faith, and have taught us all so much. I will continue to pray for you. Sending all the love and hugs I can...

Pinky said...

so sorry for your loss, my heart is breaking...

Melissa said...

thank you for your strength and unwavering faith. you have been an amazing example to us all. i am so sorry that you have to go through this, but so grateful that you know that you will be together again. we will keep praying for you, we love you.

Melissa said...
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Midwest Mommy said...

I am so very sorry. My heart is breaking for you and the tears are flowing.

Laurel said...

oh i am so sorry. i'm brokenhearted. thank you for your example of hope and faith. you are loved.

Michelle said...

My heart aches for your family at this time. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers...just know he has no more pain and is in the Lord's arms now.

nely said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers. Your faith inspires me.

Louis Gray said...

Families can be together forever, and Gavin's home in the Celestial Kingdom is waiting for you and your family to join him. What a heartbreaking story, which in eternity, will be but a small moment. So sorry for your loss and wishing your family a way to cherish one another through this experience.

Sara Kelley said...

i came across your blog just a couple days ago through a tweet i read and i've been thinking and praying for gavin ever since...i'm a mother of 4 and my heart is breaking for you right now. i cannot even begin to understand your pain right now and probably forever. you and your family will continue to be in my prayers.

Janalin said...

Another person that doesn't know you... but will pray for you and your little angel. Your witness for Christ's love is amazing. hugs and prayers from Kansas-

Sweet Whispers Photography said...

oh natalie. may god hold you and your family as you travel on this heart breaking road. we will be surrounding you in love and light ... much love many blessings from boston. xooxoxox

Leilani Bascom said...

My love to you, Natalie. My love to your Richie, your Raleigh, your Cardon, your Lincoln, your Gavin.

Love to you. You are all angels. God is in each of you. Love and love and love to you.

S Amalia said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your precious little one. Keep clinging to the truth. God is sovereign; God is all powerful and God is good.

Rom 2:28 and Psalm 16

Much love in Christ Jesus,
Sarah

Beanser said...

Natalie, I'm so very sorry about Gavin, I just don't know what to say, and I can't imagine the depth of your heartbrack right now. I just hope you, your husband and your other boys know that all thoughts and wishes are still coming your way. Gavin's story has touched so many people that never even knew him, his little life has had such purpose already. Bless xxx

Peanut said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Paula in Seattle

Lindsay said...

We love you guys so much. I wish I could give you a big hug right now.
Love
linds mcbride

Shannon Wermers (SW Photography) said...

There are no words to say, but know that you and your family are in my prayers. God Bless and may he give you his love, strength, and peace during this time.

lroah said...

My thoughts are with you and your family.

Beth L. said...

I'm so incredibly sorry for your loss and very thankful that you have the hope of seeing him again in heaven and that he is in heaven with Jesus. My heart breaks for you guys right now. I'm so incredibly sorry :(

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to you and your family.... Your families faith is astounding... and i will keep you & your family in my prayers!

kate said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet baby boy. I am praying for you and your family. May God comfort you with His peace and hope.

"You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle..."
Psalm 56:8

Leslie Houx said...

I am so sorry for your loss...I know that you will live with him again someday

the zeltner family said...

ive never met you, nor your husband and family, but here i sit, tears coming down my face. i cannot even imagine the sorrow. although heavenly father hears and answers all our prayers, sometimes the answer is no. what a comfort it is to know that baby gavin has passed this test, and is now in the arms of our heavenly father, and that glorious celestial kingdom. sometimes i think there are special spirits who have proven themselves so ardently in the previous existence, that they merely need to have a body to fulfill that commandment, but are only here a short time, because they have no more proving to do.
the only thing we can do is continue to be faithful, so that we may be worthy to return to where gavin and heavenly father now reside. i will continue to pray for you.
I have also submitted your and your husbands name to the San Diego temple.
your faith and endurance is a huge example and blessing in my life. i want to be just a little more valiant and faithful today, because of you.

Amber said...

I am so sorry for you loss. My heart is just breaking for you and your family. I was planning a lesson for church and gave across this and had to come back and share this with you. A fourth verse to I am a Child of God.




I am a child of God and He has called me home.
My earthly journey's through but still, I do not walk alone.
He leads me, guides me, walks beside me, helps me find the way.
He welcomed me with open arms. I live with Him today.


I am a child of God and I have gone ahead.
My earthly life was brief but oh, such peace and love you gave.
You loved me, held me, stood beside me and though I cannot stay.
You gave me much to help me and I live with Him today.


I am a child of God and I will wait for you.
Celestial glory shall be ours, if you can but endure.
I'll lead you, guide you, walk beside you.
Help you find the way.
I'll welcome you with open arms

One bright Celestial day.


--Donna Kulliard

A and R said...

hugs, hugs, hugs, hugs. Thank goodness for the knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Krista Hansen said...

My heart breaks for your family. May you somehow find peace at this time. Our family is still praying for yours.

Susi said...

Heavenly Father must have wonderful plans for a spirit as choice as Gavin. I am so sorry for your loss. I pray your faith and joy in this life will continue to grow. You are a wonderful Mom and you have a true understanding of heaven sent children. You, Richie and your boys were specially chosen for this mission. God bless you again and again. My family and I will continue to pray for all of you.
Susi Woodworth... Kristen Tu'ifua's Mom

Our Blog Spot said...

Oh, sweet beautiful baby Gavin. Auntie loves you so very much. You are so lucky to be one of the most loved little angels.

God speed. Until we meet again.

Natalie. Richie. Walter. Cardy. Link.
WE LOVE YOU. Thank you for being a part of our life.

Laura - Ex. Dir. said...

I am so terrible sorry for your loss of your sweet and beautiful little boy, Gavin. May your faith and your thoughts of him comfort you.

dominikakonopczak said...

I am so very sorry... I'll be praying for you.

I'm Erin said...

Norton Family,

I'm so so so sorry for your loss. Our prayers have been for sweet Gavin. My heart truly hurts for you and we'll continue praying for you during this difficult time.

Love, erin and Mark

Melanie said...

I can't even begin to understand your pain. Trust in knowing God is holding Gavin in his arms.

Yaminette said...

Yes, "you will live together again."
Wishing you and your family warmth in this trying season.

Geek said...

Words fail at times like these. I will give my 8 month old Dylan a heart felt hug tonight, in Gavin's memory.

Hilde Heimdal said...

Sorry.....that was really sad......

The only hope is to be together forever...and that hope is not small !! :)

And...you know...you will see you baby again very soon....very very soon :)

God showed me a sign in the sky, two lions, that means Jesus 2 coming is very very soon :)

God bless you do much !!!

Hilde :)
Norway

Justina said...

I'm so so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family for continued strength through this difficult time.

Projectwoman said...

I am so sorry to hear the news.. Thoughts and prayers to you and yours...

michelle said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you and your family. You will see your sweet baby boy again and until then, he will live in your heart.
Your strength is remarkable and so is your love for your baby. Nothing can ever take that from you.

Emily said...

So sorry for your loss.... Will keep you and your family in my prayers!!! Stay strong

Emily.. Honolulu

Justin M. Bowen said...

Natalie, Justin and I have been praying for your family for a few days now and won't stop as you go through this loss. You have shown such grace and courage through your struggles over the past few years, and continue to inspire and make the world a better place. Your amazing, and Gavin IS so lucky to have such a wonderful family to be with forever.

Lindsay

rachel thurston said...

nat, I'm sitting at my computer weeping. it just doesn't seem fair. sometimes the miracle is that we have any faith at all. your faith and courage amazes me. you deserve everything good. all my love to you, your husband and your four sons. xo

Anonymous said...

Natalie and Richie,

May God instill the strength in you both to get through this heart breaking time. But what a beautiful thought it is to have that Gavin will always be with you and you will absolutely see his angelic presence one day. Rest in Peace little boy. Bless your dear family!

Katie said...

It is hard to muster up the words to express how sorry I am for you and your family. Know your Angel is with the Lord and my prayers are with you during this time.

Garth said...

We were almost in that situation last year too. My most sincere condolences and prayers! There is a bigger picture and he is needed on the other side.

The Carlson's said...

All of our prayers go out to you and your family right now. We know your heart is breaking, but what a wonderful thought to KNOW our Heavenly Father gets to hold such a wonderful little boy. No more pain, no more suffering in his presence. An angel to watch over you everyday until the day you meet again.

You are in our hearts always....

liz said...

Your strength and assurance in God amazes me. He is faithful to carry you through. Know that people all over the world are praying for you. You will see your sweet baby boy again, I have no doubt about that. Praise Jesus. Love in Christ.

Jaime Kae said...

I'm so sorry. I am weeping with you.

Anonymous said...

Like many others I heard of your situation through others on facebook. I've prayed for you since early this morning, and will continue to pray for YOU today. Gavin no longer needs our prayers as he is home and in God's rest. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Karla said...

There are no words to express the feelings... I am so sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you..and my tears freely fall. May the Lord comfort and carry you during this time. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your family.

tara said...

I am so sorry for your loss, and my heart breaks for you...breaks, i have tears in my eyes as I write this...sending you many thoughts and prayers. blessings from above, Tara

Anonymous said...

My sincere condolences to you and your family.

--Marilyn
Northern VA

Letty Thomas said...

Natalie, I have never met you or your family but your faith has touched my heart. my prayers are with you and your family. God bless you during this trying time in your life.

Barbie said...

What a beautiful example of loving God in the midst of unbearable suffering. Please know that you and your family will continue to be in our prayers. May God wrap His loving arms around you and keep you close in His care.

Mommy Melee said...

Your faith is beautiful. My love and condolences to you and your family.

MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

My family is praying for your family and oh how my mommy heart hurts for you!

We have also grieved the loss of our youngest son in Aug 2008. I can testify that God hurts with you, loves you and is ever faithful (even if our emotions are not)!

FIGHT for joy, dear Natalie.

Love in Christ,
Marsha

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

~I Thessalonians 4:13-18

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about your loss Natalie, our hearts go out to you and your family during this tough time.

haring-mendes said...

My most heartfelt sympathy. My prayers, and love are with you and your family.

Jonathan Canlas said...

Has there been any updates on where to send condolences/donations?

Stephanie said...

Thinking of you in your time of loss. You said in a post earlier this week that you knew your son would leave the hospital "a vision of health." And he has! With a brand new, perfectly healthy spiritual body. Blessings on you and your family.

Nicole said...

I just started following your story yesterday. And was saddened to find that the story didn't have the outcome I was hoping for. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and hope you can find some sort of peace. God is good and has a purpose for everything. This little angel had a purpose greater than Earth!

MKenoly said...

My heart aches... Our condolences go out to you and your family. May the Lord strengthen you through this difficult time.

stephanie said...

i am SO very sorry for your loss. you & your family will be in my thoughts & prayers.

iMaLLheaRt said...

I'm so sorry! It's taking a lot to not cry at work right now. Our family sends love to yours!

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