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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Cherry said...

Oh, Natalie, my heart breaks for you. My daughter had pertussis at 11 weeks old. She's still with us, but many were the moments I thought we might lose her. Gavin is so beautiful and so precious and you will see him again one day.

God bless you!

Anonymous said...

Natalie, there are simply no words that can adequately express my sorrow for your loss and my sadness for the grief you must be feeling. I cannot even begin to imagine. As I cuddled and prayed with my little Gavin last night, we were both hoping for a miracle. So hard to comprehend why these things happen but your faith is inspiring and I am absolutely moved to tears by it. I will continue to send you and your family all my love, thoughts and prayers.
Pascale Wowak

Brossettelewis said...

I'm so sorry. I'm happy you have our Savior to help you with your loss.

moosh in indy. said...

bah. so sorry darling.
thank you for showing your (our) faith so strong.
he'll be waiting for you.
xoxo

sania said...

I am so sorry for your loss. You are an amazing mother.

Shanae said...

I have been praying so much for your family. You are such a strong and amazing women. My heart goes out to you and your family at this time.

Unknown said...

I don't know you or your family. I just saw a tweet about you on design mom's account.

I cry for your loss.

My best friend lost her baby a month ago.

You are in my prayers. Your sweet son was blessed to have such a prayerful, faithful, loving, hopeful mommy.

May our Lord comfort you as only He can.

annie cat said...

I only recently discovered your blog. I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Please please I hope you and your family will stay strong.

Unknown said...

my heart is broken for you and you have been in my prayers again and again. May the Lord bring you peace that only He can give.

The Glass Fountain said...

We are praying for you and your precious family. May God bless you and keep you strong in this sad time. We don't always know why things happen, but we must trust in HIS will and not our own.

Brynne, Aaron and Cade said...

Words can not express how this sad news has hit me. I can not even imagine the effect of it for you and your family. You are continually in our prayers as Gavin was for some time.

Jessica said...

I am so sorry. I pray that God lifts you up and carries you through. You are in my prayers.

mircea said...

I cannot believe, but belief is everything that we've got! I am so very sorry for you! God bless his soul and may Him take care of your family!

Stephanie said...

your faith in God inspires me.

Unknown said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this hard time!

sandra said...

may the angels carry you through, may the spirit lift you and your family and may you always remember that Christ is our saviour and he has made it possible for you to return and live with son again. you are and always will be his mother, he will be taken care of until you return to live and take care of him again.

God Bless you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Oh Natalie...Twitter & FB is an amazing thing to connect fellow photogaphers and moms/parents who have never met face to face but share the same heart. MUCH, MUCH, MUCH LOVE to you today and strength beyond understanding as you travel back to see the boys. I hope you can feel all our hugs. Here's one more...

Brittney said...

i have so much empathy for you and your family. we lost our first baby boy december 2006. i'm not going to lie it's a really really difficult road ahead. it's been three years but you are going to be so blessed as well. i'm so sorry you have to go through this.

brittney kleiner

Lara said...

I'm so very sorry. I will be praying for you and your family.

Auntie Cake said...

My heart breaks for you and not only your family, but friends also during this difficult time. Nothing I can say or do will take your pain away, but just know that you are in my prayers. You were able to give glory to God during a most difficult time, I know He will hold your hand now.
Kate

Anonymous said...

Oh Natalie, though I don't personally know you, you've been in our thoughts and prayers. We will continue to pray for your family through this difficult time. Your little Gavin has touched our hearts, as has your testimony and your strength. God is real and families are eternal.

Tina Watchman

Jason said...

Natalie,

Your spirit and resolve inspires me... My heart absolutely breaks for you... I know that your faithfulness in the storm will be justly rewarded. Any condolence is grossly inadequate...

I will pray for your family.

Unknown said...

Love from Tennessee... hang in there

Rachelle said...

Best of luck to you. Your boys are lucky to have you and your perspective. Take it one day, one moment at a time.

Unknown said...

You are a beautiful example of faith in Christ. The promise of eternal family and lives will comfort you in the days and years ahead. Know that Gavin's little soul will be near to you, sweet mother. My own father has been gone over 11 years and in quiet, alone times I feel him close. May the Lord bless and keep your sweet family.
Grandma M

Melody said...

I am so sorry that you all had to go through all of this. Praise the Lord that you will see him again someday and that you have these beautiful photos of him to look at until then! We will be praying for your whole family and all that loved your precious little boy as well as those families you met while at the hospital. How fortunate they are to have met you while they were there too. During the hardest time you have such hope, faith and determination. I hope that was contagious!
Gavin did live! He just got an upgrade in accommodations. I wish it didn't hurt so much though.

JulieAnn said...

There are no words for now. Just know that there's another person praying for you and your family. May God be real and tangible to you at this time.

Designs by Jenai said...

My heart is broken by your story of your loss of little Gavin! However I am comforted knowing that you have such a strong sense of Faith and continue to trust in the Lord and you are not leaning onto your own understanding. We know this is not the hand of God, as he would never do anything to cause us pain and loss, that is the job of our enemy and I hate to see his work,especially on such a young innocent life.

Prayers for you and your family as you walk through this time of saddness.

Yours in Christ!
Jenai

Frances said...

Dear Norton Family -- I am so sorry about the loss of your sweet baby Gavin.

I lift you up in prayer.

May the Lord comfort you and guide you through this dark valley.

Much love and prayers to you -- Frances

mary elizabeth said...

blessings natalie and family. my heart sunk when i read this post. may you never forget how blessed you are. gavin and gavin are now in heaven together waiting to see you again.
with love,
mary beth graff

Brion Hopkins said...

Prayers are with you and your family Natalie. Love you guys!

Kristi said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I stumbled upon your site from another blog I was on that told of your story. I'm a mother of two and I can't even imagine what you are going through. My eyes are completely filled with tears, and sadness for your family.

You are right though, God is good, and you will live together again. My thoughts and prayers will be with your family today. I'm sorry to have come to your blog on a day like today and if you don't mind, I might come back to visit to see how you are doing. Your photography is amazing too, I couldn't leave without saying that.

You are a true inspiration with your faith and devotion to the Lord. Deeply sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for peace for you and your family. Just know that Gavin is resting peacefully in the arms of Jesus today.

cassi said...

Natalie & Richie,
We are thinking and praying for your sweet family.
Love (your cousin),
Cassi and Nick Orme

Angie said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you, though I don't know you. Thank you for sharing your experience, my own testimony has been strengthened by yours. May you feel peace and the love of the Savior.

Jessica said...

What a lucky, gorgeous baby boy to have you as his mother.
I am so, so sorry Natalie...

Unknown said...

Came by through a friend's blog. May God give you and your family comfort during this time. May he wrap his loving arms around you and give you peace that only our Heavenly Father can give. Praying for you!

Kristin said...

I may not know you personally, but my heart aches for you. We were blessed with our baby girl two days after you welcomed your precious boy into the world. I can not begin to imagine what you are going through, my prayers are with you for peace and comfort during this time.

Laura said...

I too want to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. I know that some day we will know the "why" behind this. Meanwhile my thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time of loss.

Laura said...

I too want to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. I know that some day we will know the "why" behind this. Meanwhile my thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time of loss.

Von Orgill said...

Natalie and Richie,

Our prayers continue to be with you! Thank you for your wonderful example of faith! May you feel the peace that only a loving Savior can bring and may that future reunion be sweet beyond description.

With much aloha,

Von & Sherri

Rebecca said...

My heart is with you tonight, and I have been renewed by your Faith.

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
James 1:12


The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.
Psalm 145:18-19

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
John 16:33

Kathy said...

My soul aches for you. Baby Gavin is adorable. We will continue to lift you up in prayer

jill said...

my heart is breaking.

you are so strong.

you are so right. you will be with him again...forever.

thank you for your solid testimony.

it has truly strengthened mine.

you are loved by many.

-jill

Amanda Forbes said...

Natalie, my prayers are with you and your family! You are an inspiration to us all with your faith and strength! Please let me know if ther is ANYTHING I can do for you. Keep you chin up and know we are still praying for you and your family.

LuckyRedHen said...

Prayed for little Gavin from my knees in Seattle. Praying for you now as grief replaces the hope. XoxO

Stephanie said...

Although we will probably never meet in person, I am so grateful and honored that one day we will share a heavenly home, and that you will be reunited with your precious son and loving Savior there. Until then, may the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be a balm to your aching hearts. Thank you for this testimony that God is real.

Cas said...

I am heartbroken and completely at a loss for words. I imagine at this point that there are no words that will comfort you anyway. You are in my heart and in my prayers.

Tupu Wheeler said...

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

With warm aloha
Tupu Wheeler and ohana

sevenalstons said...

So, so sorry for your incredible loss. I honestly cannot even imagine... Will hug my five little and not so little ones extra long tonight. Your family is in my prayers.
~Jennifer in upstate ny

Anonymous said...

Dear Nataliel
You've been through the worst...I pray that your faith never leaves you and you always place your family first, as you evidently have. It WILL carry you...

It's A New Life..... said...

I am truly sorry to hear about the loss of you baby boy. He was a fighter that is for sure. There is a special place in heaven and in the Lords arms for little babies like your Gavin.
You are a very strong woman and I admire your strength. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

I am so very very sorry for the loss of your precious baby.

I do pray you will feel the arms of Jesus comforting and giving you and your precious family strength and all that is needed during this very difficult time.

Me and my boys said...

I found out about your sweet Gavin a few days ago through another photographer and have been praying for him and you. Continued prayers for you and your family. May God wrap his loving arms around you and yours through this and continue to remind you that you will be with your sweet little angel for eternity. Big hugs!

Anonymous said...

Natalie,
you don't know me but I have followed your blog for awhile. My heart broke when I came back on to see if Baby Gavin had improved and instead I saw two dates. For some reason I have been extremely emotional about the whole situation. May be it is looking at those precious pictures. I can only try to understand how it is affecting you and your family. The world is crying with you and for you. Please know that you are being thought of and prayed for. You mentioned that on Christmas Eve you felt somewhat connected to another mother and in a way you are connected to her again. She too had to watch her precious son suffer in pain and then watch him go. Thank heavens for the gospel. Families are forever. I pray that you will be able to find the peace and comfort you need when the difficult times arise. Hold on to your faith.
April

Erinn said...

Bless your heart and home and may Christ be holding Gavin in his arms now.

Jessica N. said...

My heart is aching for you. You and your family is in my prayers.

Ryan,Erika,Kaylee and Khloe Pettersson said...

I can't even imagine what you are going through. My heart is broken for you. I'm happy to know that sweet little Gavin is now free of pain and happy. How special he was if they couldn't wait for him any longer. And YOU and no other got and get to be his mom. His closest friend and source of uncoditional love and comfort. I'm praying for you....

paula said...

the Vial family just heard our prayers of strength are being sent your way. Paula

Rachel Green said...

Looking at your picture with him all I see is you replaced with Jesus. Gavin is now resting on his Father's chest in peace. I know your heart is breaking but the amazing faith you have will forever keep you. My prayers are with you and your family during this time. He's such a beautiful boy.

Meghan said...

My heart goes out to you and your beautiful family. I love you, and so does the Lord.

Balser said...

I am friends with Kim Orlandini. I am so sorry you have to go through this! If you ever need anyone to talk to, I'm available. Two of my babies are angels now and at the time (and for a long time after) it was hard to understand why. I know I have grown a lot and it has gotten better over the years. Make sure to get plenty of blessings and lean on your husband and the Lord! Know that Heavenly Father has a plan for us and he does want us to be happy. You will be okay (eventually) and your son is being watched over by the very best until you can be with him again! "Put your cares in His hands and He'll put His peace in your hearts!" Good luck! The next few days, weeks, months will be hard. Remember the precious moments... (I don't write very well so hopefully I didn't say things out of place! Sorry if I did!)

inkyfamily said...

I am so sorry to hear about your sweet baby. I believe that you are choice parents to have such a perfect baby! How blessed we are to be able to be with those perfect babies again. My thoughts and prayers are with you!
Lots and lots of love!
Jenni (your cousin)

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

God bless you and your family.

Angie said...

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. You are living every parents worst nightmare and enduring far better than most of us ever would. Thank you for your example of faith. I KNOW you will hold baby Gavin again.

Katie said...

Isn't it amazing how many people have been touched by your journey? I found your blog through a post on facebook. I am so sorry to read about your family's loss. I read your blog while I was at work the other night. I work at University Hospital (next to Primary Childrens). While I was reading I wanted to run through the halls and find you and give you a huge hug. Your family has been in my prayers ever since. My heart broke when I got back on your blog and saw that your sweet baby had left you. Your faith is amazing. You said "I have total faith that my son will leave this hospital a healthy, vibrant little rascal just like his big brothers." Although I know it is not what you were praying for, but just know that your baby is now healthy and vibrant and that you will be able to raise him in the next life. As I was looking through your blog I realized I knew your husband while I was at BYUH. What a great guy. I am so sorry for your family’s loss.

Megan and Keli'i said...

We are so very sorry for the loss of baby Gavin. We love you, Nortons. God be with you all until you meet again.

Mei-Ling said...

Natalie, my prayers were, are and will be with you and your family.

Haley said...

How do you even begin to comment on the life of such a beautiful boy of someone you don't know. Maybe you shouldn't. Well, oh well. I'm going to anyway. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for your great example of faith.

jenny said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart just broke when I heard. As always, I'm so inspired and in awe of your strength and amazing faith. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Alyssa said...

So sorry for you and your family. Sending prayers right now. I hope God provides you comfort during this grief stricken time.

Debbie Mayes said...

You were on my heart yesterday morning so I sent you a twitter message...your faith is a shining example and the impact that it is having on the world around you is evident. Gavin is lucky to have you as a mom, just as much as you are lucky to have him. There's not much else that can be said in times like these but that you are in my prayers!

Brianna said...

I just wanted to thank you for letting me take care of your sweet baby. I have shed several tears for you, Richie and your other 3 beautiful boys and of course baby Gavin. Thank you for showing me the strength and courage you possess, you are such a beautiful person inside and out. You have such strong extended family support. Be strong, baby Gavin will be watching over you. I will continue to pray for you and your family during this very difficult time in your life. Brianna

Unknown said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss but I am comforted by the knowledge that baby Gavin is now in a better place looking down on you with love.

rachel said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I found your post through a mutual photographer friend and I am heartbroken for your family. the love that you seem to have in you and around you is awe inspiring. May you find peace.

Alice said...

The photographs and stories you have shared are full of love and beauty. You have shared such courage and love with the world, during this sad time. I pray for your continued strength, and much love to soothe you while you mourn and heal.

Renee said...

Prayers for you.

Hizzeather said...

Love & prayers to you and yours from California...during these times and always I am so thankful for the Gospel and the Plan of Salvation. You will be able to raise your son.

My condolences for your loss. Even though it's temporary, it's still so hard. I am amazed by your faith. You are such an example to me and many others.

<3

Ginny said...

Sending you my prayers and asking our Heavenly Father to wrap his arms around you and your family.

Kathryn said...

You don't know me and I don't know you but I have been praying for you and your family. Upon learning the news I wanted to throw-up. How can I express in words how much comfort I wish to send your way? Just know that Gavin's story will always be with me. His legacy will live on in this lifetime and I'm thankful you will have him again in the next.

When times darkness and much mourning come, hold on tight to your knowledge that God is good. I'm thankful you have that. I'm thankful for your example of light and faith.

Destri said...

"They say that time in heaven is compared to 'the blink of an eye'
for us on this earth. Sometimes it helps me to think of my child
running ahead of me through a beautiful field of wildflowers and
butterflies; so happy and completely caught up in what she is
doing that when she looks behind her, I'll already be there."
~Author Unknown

You will hold him again.

All my love, prayers and thoughts.

Anne Mendenhall said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. Your faith is inspiring. May God be with you until you meet again.

Jennifer Eileen said...

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:27

Jesus replied, "You do not realise now what I am doing, but later you will understand."
John 13:7

Be still, and know that I am God
Psalm 46:10

Out in the Fields said...

I'm So sorry! Thank You Jesus that in this hour of pain and sorrow You are there and the hope of Eternity is strong in this family's hearts.

Anonymous said...

thinking of you and your beautiful family, praying for comfort

Shannon said...

So sorry to you and your family.

Although I don't know you at all, I can tell you are an incredible person and mother. Your strength throughout this ordeal is apparent.

My prayers are with you always.

karebear said...

I am in tears just imagining what you must feel to lose your son...I know that his uncle Gavin is with him now. My heart is with all of you. You've shown such strength when your brother passed and you show that same strength now. You have a solid testimony in our Lord Jesus Christ that strengthens me. Thank you.

The Amazing Trips said...

Gavin is an absolutely beautiful baby and I am so terribly sorry for your devastating loss. You are in my prayers and in my heart.

I wish for you strength and peace in the days to come.

Rebeccah Mildenstein said...

Your famliy is in our prayers and hearts. What an amazing family you are! Love Jared and Rebeccah Mildenstein

Anonymous said...

My deepest sympathies; we grieve with you.

Unknown said...

Dear Natalie,

I feel deeply sorry for the lost of your little baby boy. I hope that our prayers may lift you and your family up, that you may feel surrounded by the comfort and presence of God.

OhCaptain said...

I'm very sorry for your loss. {hug}

Nikki said...

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modestmuse said...

I am sorry to hear about baby Gavin and the loss to your family. What a wonderful thing to know that families are eternal. You, Richie and the boys have been such a beautiful example to me and I am honored to have prayed for Gavin and to continue to do so for your family. Thoughts and prayers from Argentina. Megan.

Brittany said...

I can't even find the words.....Please God comfort this mommy's broken heart and let her rest in your infinite embrace.

Cordie said...

I just barely came across your blog. I am extremely sad for your loss. What an example you are, thank goodness of our knowledge of life after death.

Sam said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours today. Your faith and amazing talents as a mother have inspired me, a usual non-believer. God Bless Baby Gavin.

Sarah said...

praying for you and your family! i can't even imagine. Thank you Lord for Jesus and Heaven!

Kayla R. said...

Our Prayers are with your family!!!

Unknown said...

I just read about your family on Babycenter and I wanted you to know your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I am so very sorry for your loss and I know that Gavin has a special place in heaven right now.

Monica said...

You are such an amazing woman of faith, who knows how many people came to know the Lord through following precious Gavin's fight and the response of a mommy whose hope is in the Lord and who finds her delight in Him. You have your feet firmly planted on the rock, and you will endure this storm because of that. Gavin is perfect and in Jesus' arms right now, happy and content in perfect love and peace, no more pain.

When you are able, you should listen to the song "If You Want Me To" by Ginny Owens.

The Lord bless you and keep you. May He make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. May He lift up His countenance upon you and GIVE YOU PEACE.

We will never stop praying for your family, and thanking God that He allowed us to be touched by the lives of such amazing people.

Lipscomb Family said...

You and your family have been a the forefront of my mind since i found out about Gavin. As a new mom, I cannot even begin to imagine what you are going through, but I am praying for you constantly. My heart aches with you and I am so so sorry. Your strength is inspiring and my faith is sharpened by yours.

Cheryl said...

I'm so sad and so sorry. God be with you as He lifts you up in your grief.

Vanessa said...

Your sorrow will be turned to joy... all in due time. You will hold your little Gavin again.

My baby is not much older than little Gavin, so this really hits home for me. I have been a selfish mother lately. Your story has inspired me to be better.

I cannot tell you enough how sorry I am. It doesn't seem fair that you lost Gavin, while I get to keep my Paxton. I am so, so, so sorry.

Prayers coming from Keller, Texas.

Angie said...

I do not know your family ... I only learned of baby Gavin through a friend on Facebook. All I can say is that heaven is a luckier place ... though I wish he could have stayed with you and your family. Sending lots of support from Southern California. Thank you for sharing your story - god bless you!!! xo

Lisa said...

I'm so sorry about your loss. Such a loved and prayed for baby. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

My then two-month-old son was in the PICU at Primary's last February for RSV. I know how hard that is and how hard those Doctors and Nurses work. They truly are Angels.

Shnuggle said...

You are wonderful parents and will always have beautiful photos and memories of your gorgeous son.

He had more love than any child could ever hope for, and you should proud that you gave him so much love in his short life.

Our thoughts are with you,
Adam, Spread, Rose & Liam,
Northern Ireland

Unknown said...

My prayers are with you and your family.

robin mathis said...

dear sweet Natalie, Richie, Shelly, Annie and all of you who who so deeply love sweet baby Gavin; Although I didn't get to meet Gavin in person, I see his beautiful photos and love him too; such a strong, beautiful boy just like his brothers. my mother heart has been just broken over your immense loss, but at the same time so lifted and elevated through your willingness to share with the world his story and God's tender mercy and love for each and every one of us. I too, like my daughter Heather, picture your brother Gavin holding and loving his little nephew and welcoming him back to where he just so recently lived. I know they have a very special relationship and hope that thought will make you smile.
I wish I could be there to give you lots of hugs. In the meantime my prayers are still constantly with you and your families.

All my love, Robin

Rae said...

Dear Natalie,

I know of you through Molly Tanuvasa, a long-standing family friend of ours. When I heard of Gavin a few days ago, I, with the rest of so many others, prayed for you and your family and your precious baby son. I prayed fervently for you and wept when thinking of my own children and the overwhelming love I have for them....I take comfort, like you, in knowing that our Savior has made it possible for us to be together again, beyond this earthly life and the failings of our human bodies. I bear you my testimony that you will hold your son again, that your family will be one again, and that the grief will become bearable over time--it is not time that heals all wounds--it is God. Your Sunday morning will come.

All my love,
Rachel Boatright DeVault

Rebecca Waldron said...

My heart goes out to you and your family. You are constantly in my prayers. I'm sure baby Gavin was welcomed with open arms by many on the other side.

Ryan,Erika,Kaylee and Khloe Pettersson said...

I have commented once before but can't stop thinking of you. I just remebered these beautiful words I saw written on my friends funeral and the words said:
" One way to have a piece of heaven in your home is to have someone from your home in heaven. ..."

Love you, love your sweet little Baby boy and we are praying for you....

Jess said...

I am praying for you and your family. Cling to Jesus right now. May you find comfort and rest and know your family is loved.

Connie said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you. What amazing parents you must be to have been blessed with such a special little spirit from our Father in Heaven.

Lethy G. Mommy of 5. said...

I am so sorry for your loss. May God give your family peace that surpasses all understanding. I am thankful for your knowledge of Christ to realize that you will be reunited in him. No more pain for baby Gavin, R.I.P.

Maxim D. said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

Amber Fox said...

May God be with you during this difficult time. I am praying for you and your family.

Heather Capener said...

Natty, I don't know if my last comment posted, but I want you to know my heart and soul goes out to you and your family. May you all be filled with the peace that Unkie Gavin is watching over Baby Gavin until you can care for him again.

My love and prayers to you all

mbphotography said...

I am speechless! I have a little boy named Gavin and at the same age we were in Utah when it had happened and he was admitted into Primary Childrens with RSV and luckily he survived it with challenges over a week and with his Dad in Iraq and me with 2 little girls at home. I could not imagine the worse and I just did through this story! I just happened to stumble over this site to hear this and I am speechless to think that my lil' Gavin could have been your lil Gavin but I will make sure my lil Gavin will live for your lil Gavin. I am so sorry. thank God for eternal families! My prayers and thoughts sent your way!

Momma Tracy said...

I cry from the depths of my heart with you. Your walk of faith has been such an inspiration to me and to all those that have been praying with you! God is Good All the Time. I pray you feel God's comfort shower you minute by minute!! Rest is His Mighty Arms!! You are an incredible mother. I thank you for sharing this journey with us "strangers." May peace, love, and joy be your guide in the hard days ahead. I know Gavin plays in the house of the Lord. Blessings

Tracy Howland
Amarillo, TX

Heather Tullis Photography said...

My heart goes out to you and your family. I have been following your sweet posts about baby Gavin. You are so strong. I pray for you and your family.

goofy feet said...

i have 3 little crazy boys at home and lost a little baby girl (stillborn) back in May. it's been tough, but time & a testimony have slowly been healing me & i'm sure the same will happen for you.
i love your work. i'll continue to check in for great photography ideas and inspiration.

Kellene Maynard said...

Still praying for you during this tunnel of pain as you said. Your family is in my thoughts hourly. Love from WA.

I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.

1 Samuel 1:27-28

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry for your loss. I will pray for you and your family. I know our Lord is by your side during this time of grieving. We have love in our hearts for you.

Eiler Hansen said...

I'm weeping for your loss, and I don't even know you. But I know God and I know that He's able to give strength beyond all that we can ever comprehend.

Da Denninghoff's said...

I'm sorry! You are an amazing example to me. We will continue to pray for you and your family.

lorieloo said...

My heart is broken for you. Praying and mourning for you in California.

Ticklemedana said...

I flipped over here from My friend erin's blog. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. As much as it helps to know the Plan and to know you have a forever family, it doesn't always completely stop the heartache that losing one so young can bring. I am praying for your family.

Anonymous said...

When I clicked onto your link, I was listening to Gavin Rossdale's "Forever May You Run". THen I started to read about your Gavin. I could NOT believe you were able to write so beautifully through this seige. We all benefitted from it, so thank you. You are an amazingly graceful woman, mother. It is my wish that your Gavin forever runs alongside his brothers. Peace, Love Linda

Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke said...

I came to your blog for the first time today...a friend mentioned you on her blog. I am a fellow photographer and member of the same church. I just spent a large sum of time learning about you and your family on your blog. You have a beautiful testimony, and sharing your grief in an open honest way is so refreshing. You are a beautiful mother, and your baby is truly an angel.

Steve Gravano said...

My continued prayers for you and your family.

Erin said...

I am so sorry. I have no other words, except to say I am and will continue praying for you and your family.

Lani R. said...

I don't know you, but my younger sister, Robin M. sent me to your blog, and you and your family have been on my mind all day. I'm so sorry for your loss and sending lots of prayers your way.
With care,
Lani

mickisha said...

Natalie I was so sorry to hear about your loss. My little Claire was hospitalized at this same age for sepsis and it was such a shattering but spiritual experience.

Thank you for being willing to share your testimony and beliefs with others during this trying time. I admire you so much. I will be thinking of you and praying for your family.

Anonymous said...

May God bless you and your family. So sorry about your loss. My heart goes out to you and your courage through this incredibly tough time. He was very lucky to have you. What a hero you are.

jlydia said...

just the thought of you and your family brings tears to me.praying for you daily!you have an AMAZING faith and trust in God that is SO EXTREMELY inspiring.you and gavin have touched countless lives already and God will use this to touch countless more! wholeheartedly praying for your enitre family and the special people He has placed in your path who have been there for you along the way.

Sarah and Desmond said...

Even days after I am still so inpired by your strength. May you find peace during this difficult time. He was such a beautiful little boy and I know you will be reunited in Heaven.

kara jo haught said...

I cry and I ache and I pray to our father in heaven for you!!! You WILL hold your sweet baby again!

Michelle said...

My continued prayers for your family. Please accept my deepest condolences.

Anonymous said...

I don't have the right thing to say, but I've been thinking of your family and will continue to do so. You will be together again, and I hope that can bring some peace.

Christi said...

Your unwavering faith is inspiring and love for God is amazing! I am so sorry for your loss. I do not know you, but I know your pain. God is great and He is our strength!! I will pray for you and your family. Just know that Gavin will never know pain and sorrow and will be forever in peace and comfort with our Lord, Jesus Christ! Thank you Lord for your love and your mercy!!!

Rachelle said...

I just found your blog off of another blog I sometimes read, adailyscoop.blogspot.com. I went back many posts and read through what your family has been through and my heart aches for you and baby Gavin. I feel sorrow that I came two days late. I wish I could have joined in the prayers for this sweet boy. Your family is my prayers now and will be for a long time along with all the others who are suffering loss. Thank you for sharing your story. It is faith promoting.

Martha/Marti said...

My heart is hurting for you. May God hold you and help you through this awful time.
This song helped my friend when her baby passed away.
Glory Baby by Watermark

Glory baby you slipped away as fast as we could say baby…baby..
You were growing, what happened dear?
You disappeared on us baby…baby..
Heaven will hold you before we do
Heaven will keep you safe until we’re home with you…
Until we’re home with you…

Miss you everyday
Miss you in every way
But we know there’s a
day when we will hold you
We will hold you
You’ll kiss our tears away
When we’re home to stay
Can’t wait for the day when we will see you
We will see you
But baby let sweet Jesus hold you
‘till mom and dad can hold you…
You’ll just have heaven before we do
You’ll just have heaven before we do

Sweet little babies, it’s hard to
understand it ‘cause we’re hurting
We are hurting
But there is healing
And we know we’re stronger people through the growing
And in knowing-
That all things work together for our good
And God works His purposes just like He said He would…
Just like He said He would…

BRIDGE:
I can’t imagine heaven’s lullabies
and what they must sound like
But I will rest in knowing, heaven is your home
And it’s all you’ll ever know…all you’ll ever know…

Sarah Smith said...

i am so sorry and heartbroken for you and your family. i can not imagine what you are going through right now, having little one's of my own...i jus t can't imagine. i wish you much love and peace during this time. sending good thoughs your way.

Tasha said...

Nat-
Your faith is inspiring. You are in my thoughts and prayers every minute. When you wrote about how it you were "dreading, literally soul sick over, telling the boys" My Heart sank. I couldn't imagine having to tell those sweet boys this. I am praying for their understanding. Words can not express my condolences. You are an amazing woman and your husband and boys are so lucky to have you.

Freda said...

I don't even know you and my heart is breaking for you. You posess such strength and courage, I would have broken seeing my daughter like that. I'm praying for you and yours.

Tara said...

I'm praying for you and your family. Thank you for your faith and your outpouring love as you keep pointing others with your words to Christ through this difficult time.

Much Love,
Taraca

Kelli said...

wow. he's a beautiful baby. and you're such a beautiful, courageous mother. we're praying that you all can endure this.

Anonymous said...

I hope you can feel joy in knowing that in his few short weeks of life, little Gavin has helped touch and influence more people than most people do in a lifetime. I will never forget praying for this child with thousands of others. It has touched me deeply. Thank you for eliciting our faith and prayers in his behalf. We all feel a closeness to you all and hope you can feel his love from the other side of the veil.
Suzanne

mckenzie said...

Your story has truly touched me. I am jumping in and will keep your family in our prayers too. My heart is full for you and your family

Jenny said...

Your mother spoke in a RS meeting last fall, I sat and ate dinner with her. I cried with her as she spoke to us... I felt her love for me as well as Christ's love for me. I cry again at the love and prayers that have been offered for Gavin and your beautiful family. I will continue to pray... Always!

Alee and Brandon said...

We have never met, I am a friend of Rachel's and have been praying for your family. I am so incredibly sorry for your family's loss. I cannot begin to imagine how you feel and will continue to pray for your family. Your blog is an inspiration to me.

Anonymous said...

Natalie,

One thing I learned this week is that no matter how painful, joyful, full, or empty, God never changes. God is sovereign.

I have no idea the pain that you and your family must be going through but God is with you. May His love, mercy, and grace be enough for you--for it is written in His word. One day you will be reunited with Gavin as you will not only see him but also your savior!

Sara said...

I wish that I had words of comfort to share, but I don't think that such words exist. I am so sorry for your loss.

Doin' It Digital (Shannon C.) said...

I am so sorry!!!! I am so sad inside. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Gavin is in a good place and you will see and be with him again.

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Laura Novara said...

I'm sorry for your loss. My thought to you and your family.

eph2810 said...

Oh, Natalie, I am so sorry...May our Lord give you comfort and peace in the days to come. Praying for you and your family.

Baleboosteh said...

Praying that the Lord will strengthen and sustain you. I am so sorry.

leonie said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you. Sending you and your family love from Germany.

Anonymous said...

Natalie,

I know your strength. You and Richie will come together as you always have and get through this together. Take one day at a time and take comfort in your little angel's memory. He was beautiful in every way! I am sending you & your family healing thoughts. Thank you for inspiring mothers everywhere to embrace their most special role in life!

Heather

renee' said...

Your family was mentioned two times at our church services today in reference to how amazing and strong you have been and continue to be. Thanks for helping to strengthen us all. This is a tunnel, not a cave- very well said!

angela@spinachtiger said...

I found you by a fluke. It touched me. I am a believer. The only birth I ever witnessed was my friend's baby. I gave him his name, Gavin. He is 12 now. I know what it's like to love a child but not lose one. But he is not lost. Just a temporary separation. Thank you to little Gavin for touching my heart tonight.

Carrie said...

Every mother's worse nightmare. May the Lord comfort you in your time of loss. I am so so sorry.

*Emily* said...

Natalie-

I do not know you but want you to know how much I admire your strength and courage. You are the epitome of what a mother should be; strong, courageous, brave, protective, gentle, compassionate, and most of all loving. May god be with you and your family always. Gavin was blessed to have a mother like you!

MaggieGem said...

My heart felt prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time of tremendous loss. Words cannot express my deepest sympathies.

Anonymous said...

My heart is aching for you and your family. So sorry for your unimaginable loss. Praying for you all.

Anonymous said...

i am so sad for you and your family. you have an amazing attitude. gavin is an angel. bless you.

tiffanyjames said...

Natalie,
Your unwavering faith has always inspired me. Your workshop at the 2008 summer EFY on Christ literally changed my life. Thank you for being such beautiful example. Praying for you all.
tiffany

Anonymous said...

I'm so so sorry.

Barb said...

Dear Natalie,
I have been a reader of your blog for many months. I am shocked, heartbroken, and so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless Baby Gavin.

Sarah Gutierrez said...

I am deeply grieved to hear this news. Your family will be in my prayers. May God lift your spirit on wings like eagles and guide you through this time of sorrow.

Lyndsay said...

So sorry for your loss. I will say a prayer for your family.

Follow Your Art Photography said...

My heart aches for you and my prayers are with your family. God be with you and peace be with you.

CPK said...

I love you and your family Nat.

-Jack Jack

The Lazy House Wife said...

I am so sorry you had to feel this. Stay strong.

Kristin said...

I am a perfect stranger, but found your blog through DPS. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful baby boy. May God bless you and keep you.
My prayers are with you.

Stephanie H. said...

Natalie, you are a stranger to me but a fellow sister and mother and I am crying tears of sorrow for you and your family right now. Your strength and courage and FAITH are uplifting and I hope the Spirit brings peace and healing to you.

jennifer said...

What a gorgeous perfect angel you got to hold in your arms. My heart is aching for you that he couldn't stay longer. May all the blessings of heaven pour on you, and your family, all of them.

Anonymous said...

No words....just prayers.

Claire said...

I am deeply saddened by you loss, but I am also deeply encouraged by your bravery and strenght to share your story in this time of sorrow. My heart is with your heart. Rest in Peace little Gavin.

Hilary said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Tiff and Meg said...

My heart is so heavy for you after reading your experience, yet I am so moved by your faith in God. Thank you thank you thank you for your example. Many prayers for you and your loved ones on the road ahead of you. You are amazing.

Alicia Nelson said...

I've been away, so I'm sorry I couldn't comment sooner, but I've been thinking about you, your family, and baby Gavin. Your strength and faith have been so inspiring to me and I know many many others. Following your story has renewed something in me I can't describe, and while I'm deeply sad for you, I'm also thankful you shared your thoughts, prayers and faith during this experinece. When I first started reading your blog, I thought I would be inspired by photography, and I had no clue what else I would be learning from such a Godly woman.
thank you and God Bless your family and baby Gavin.

Lisa said...

I don't even have anything to say, but that I'm sorry. I don't understand.

These last two weeks I have been participating in prayer and fasting with my church. On Thursday, Jan 7 I was at a special prayer service. At about 7:45, I was calling your name and Gavin's name up to the Lord. I can only trust that He KNOWS. What else do we have? Grieving with you.

Keri Bryant said...

Sending big hugs across the country and ocean from Connecticut. It's amazing that a total stranger's news can make you sob. I am so so very sorry, and b/c of reading this, I will hug my 4 kids much tighter tonite, and believe more solidly if you can, too: Families are forever.
With all the condolenscenes in my heart.
Keri

si tu veux said...

Prayers, Hugs, Faith, Hope, Peace, Comfort. May all be yours.

Natalie said...

I'm so sorry. I can't imagine what you must be feeling and going through.

Gaia said...

I'm so sorry for you and your family. My prayers are for you and your little angel. Love Gaia

Anonymous said...

God bless your family.

McLove said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful baby boy. We were told to pray for him through our friend Heidi and have been praying. We will continue to pray for you and your family at this difficult time. God bless you all.

Randi A. said...

I don't know you at all. I forget how I stumbled over here. But...

I am sending all of my love and prayers to you at this time. What a beautiful baby boy Gavin was. And what a beautiful testimony you have shared on this blog. You will be together again, and for that we can rejoice. I am so sorry for your pain. So, so, sorry!

-brittany- said...

Gavin is leaving more of a legacy than most people do after living a life of 80+ years.

I thought you might find comfort in http://audreycaroline.blogspot.com/2008/04/letter-to-my-daughter.html

I do not know this mom personally, but she reminds me SO much of you and this is the letter she wrote to her daughter after experiencing the death of her child. Angie is a believer just like you and is young and beautiful just like you as well. I hope you find comfort in her words.

Much Love & Many Prayers

-brittany-

Maly and Dan said...

i don't know you but I feel so close. my heart is broken. i'm so sad but feel the love of the Savior through your strength. my prayers are with you and your family.

Anonymous said...

i don't know you but I feel so close. my heart is broken. i'm so sad but feel the love of the Savior through your strength. my prayers are with you and your family.

Anonymous said...

i don't know you but I feel so close. my heart is broken. i'm so sad but feel the love of the Savior through your strength. my prayers are with you and your family.

LisaLisa said...

You are right...God is good! He will carry you and your family all the way. Trust in the Lord with all thy heart. I'm so sorry for your lost and I'm praying for you and your family. May God Be With You Always!!!

Unknown said...

I'm totally glacing through this blog I was refered to by my sister-in-law who knows your husband. I am so so sorry for your loss. I am crying for you. I relate to your story to an extent. When my little boy was 10 days old we found out that he had a blood clot in his brain 1/4 the size of his brain. He had to be admitted to the PICU at PCMC. It is so hard to see your little one like that. So sad. So amazing to see the blessings, and to FEEL the prayers. It's so true what you've said. I am so so sorry for your loss. Isn't it amazing like you said that you can be with him someday? I hope that you family continues to heal and be blessed from having little Gavin in your life for the time you did.

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

Natalie, my heart literally breaks for you right now. Our youngest son battled RSV last year and has just been diagnosed with it again, at 21 months old. We have been fortunate so far, but your circumstances remind me how vigilant we need to be and that every single moment is precious.

You are in the thoughts and prayers of thousands of people, and I hope that brings some comfort to you. Please reach out with any needs that you have as you adjust to the new normal ...

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