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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Nicole said...

I am so sorry. My thought are with you, holding you up through this time.

sourfleed said...

Natalie - you are a shining example of faith in the Lord. May God be with you and your family. My heart is absolutely broken for you.

sepa said...

our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your family. rest in peace, sweet gavin.

Tara said...

Natalie,
I wish he could still be here with all of you. My heart goes out to you with empathy and sadness.

Terra Dawn said...

He is an absolutely beautiful little boy. Hugs and prayers to your whole family.

Kristi said...

our prayers are with you. You are such an amazing woman of faith and a mother.

Dawn said...

I'm so sorry Natalie. My thoughts and prayers will still be upon you and your family. Your faith has been such an inspiration to me. May God bless you and your family.

TanuvasaCasa said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Natalie and Richie. I am at a loss for words.

Natalie said...

Oh Nat, my heart is broken for you. To have to loose another Gavin . . . I don't words. You and your family will still be in my prayers.

Christi said...

My heart is breaking. Peace be with you and yours.

the swope family said...

Continuing to pray for your entire family. May God be with you all through this time that most of us can't even imagine. God Bless you baby Gavin.

Curdie said...

God have mercy on us all. I'm so sorry and will continue to pray for your family with tears.

Hi! My name is Janet. said...

we do not grieve as those without hope. I am both grieving and rejoicing in the hope that we have with you and your family today.

Abby said...

Your faith is amazing, as was your small son. Praying for you and your family.

Leslie said...

God is good. And sweet baby Gavin is in his loving arms right now. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. What a blessing for you to have him the short time you did. I am thinking of you and your family and will continue to pray for you. What a blessing to have the gosple in your life to know that you will live together again. May God carry you through this difficult time.

Dawn @ My Home Sweet Home said...

I am so sorry. My family has been praying for yours.

John said...

Our thoughts and prayers have been and will continue to be with you and your family. How lucky are we to know that b/c of the atonement and resurrection of Jesus Christ that we will see our loved ones again.

Amelia . Lyon said...

Oh Natalie, I am SO SORRY. May God bring you and your family peace during this time of heartache. I love you, from one mother to another, my thoughts will be with you today. PLEASE let me know if there is ANYTHING we can do for you!

David said...

My heart breaks for your family, but I find strength in your closing line, and believe it with my whole soul. They way you've dealt with this tragic challenge reminds me of a line in one of my favorite songs by Dave Carol called Now, "When there's no way out, there's still a way through..."

You have built a connection and now have someone deeply tied to you on the other side loving you and pulling for you. You'll make it through.

Kathryn said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May God be with you and grant you peace and comfort. Much love in Him!

Dena said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss. Gavin was a very blessed little boy to have been loved so deeply,even if for such a short time.

You and your family will remain in our prayers.

Couture Parties said...

My heart just broke when I read this. I am so sorry for your loss. May you find peace.

Lainey said...

Natalie,
My heart just broke. I spent the past few days praying for Gavin and your family and I will continue to do so. Thank you for your unflinching faith. You inspire me. He inspired me. God bless.

jen said...

I am so sorry for your loss. We are crying for you.

Nisa said...

You are right, but I'm sure it is still hard. Hang in there and keep holding to that amazing faith of yours. You are a light on a hill to so many. You and your sweet little boy have touched my life for the better. It's not much comfort now I'm sure, but I hope it will be someday.

Jackie said...

tears are streaming down my face! So sorry for your loss (and mine as I felt such a connection). Life is so delicate and this reminds me that our children are not ours to keep but rather to hold. So happy that your faith supports you through this difficult time. God Bless.

Joshua said...

condolences.

Adana said...

Dear Natalie - your courage and faith have been absolutely incredible. I never met Gavin, and yet I feel this loss so deeply. I am happy that he is resting peacefully and I will hold your family in my heart.

Deanna said...

I am so sorry. My family and I are brokenhearted for you. May your faith continue to sustain you through your heartache.

Paige said...

Natalie, I am so deeply sad for you but I know the Lord is with you and your family at this hard time! I pray that he will be there to comfort you in times of grief and sorrow. My prayers will continue to be with you and your sweet family.

Cherron said...

I'm so, so sorry. I've been holding my children extra tight while following your story and praying for your sweet little guy. My thoughts are with you.

nicole green said...

i'm so sorry to hear this. :( i was really pulling for him to get better. i wish nothing but the best for you and your family during this hard time. <3 lots of love.

Jill said...

I pulled over, sobbing...sobbing. I'm so sorry no words can express how I feel. I'm so grateful for the knowledge of the gospel and the knowledge that we will live with our loved ones again...you and your darling family are in my thoughts and prayers constantly.

ashmae said...

Natalie and Richie,
I'm so sorry. We've been thinking so much of you. Thank you for your examples. We'll still be praying for you guys. -Carl and Ash

kara said...

i am So sorry...so so so sorry. my heart is just aching for you. Godspeed little gavin, godspeed.
you will ever continue to be in my thoughts and prayers, natalie. love you. thank. you. for. your. amazing. example.

listen to this song when you get a minute....it's beautiful..& made just for gavin...


(Godspeed, dixie chicks)

"Dragon tales and the water is wide
Pirate's sail and lost boys fly
Fish bite moonbeams every night
And I love you

Godspeed, little man
Sweet dreams, little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Godspeed
Sweet dreams

The rocket racer's all tuckered out
Superman's in pajamas on the couch
Goodnight moon, will find the mouse
And I love you

Godspeed, little man
Sweet dreams, little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Godspeed
Sweet dreams

God bless mommy and match box cars
God bless dad and thanks for the stars
God hears "Amen," wherever we are
And I love you

Godspeed, little man
Sweet dreams, little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Godspeed
Godspeed
Godspeed
Sweet dreams"

Godspeed Gavin.

Reflections by the Hill said...

Your loss is our loss. Praying for your family. God Bless.

Cristina said...

I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers. Thank you for sharing your faith with the world and allowing God to be uplifted in the midst of such a touch situation. Please know that baby Gavin's precious life has touched many! God bless you!

Marg said...

I am so sorry things turned out this way but God must have a greater plan for baby Gavin and FAMILIES ARE FOREVER! - you will be with him again someday. God bless and comfort you and your family.

michelle said...

you have such strength and love. and you are a true inspiration as a mother. my heart is with you and your family.

Clint Parsley said...

My heart aches as your loss brings to mind the loss of my own son. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God watch over you and the ones you love.

Danna said...

Tears are falling all over the world. My heart breaks for you . I know you will keep each other strong. Your family will be in my thoughts.

Erica said...

My heart is broken for you and your family. Prayers will continue for you during this heart wrenching time. From a mommy with an angel baby, know that they are never far. Hang in there. I know you don't know me, but I am here if you need to talk. Love to all of you.

Alex Rodriguez said...

We will keep praying!

Kara said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Aimee said...

Oh Natalie! I just started to read your blog last night because I saw someone tweet about it. I am so sorry that you have to go through this. I am praying for you and your family during this most difficult time.

Athena said...

I am so heartbroken. So sorry for your loss.

Gary Simmons said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Natalie. I can't imagine what you are feeling, but my thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

a mermaid said...

Natalie- our hearts are broken but we are honored to know you and stregthened by your courage and faith. Stephanie

dkdrury said...

I'm so, so sorry for your loss. I'll continue praying for your family.

Everyday Mommy© said...

Our deepest sympathy and prayers for you and your family.

In Christ Alone,
jules @ everydaymommy

Alisa Greig said...

may God's hand continue to be upon you and your family, i am truly heartbroken for you right now, continuing to pray.

Shannon Kilstrom Photography said...

I'm so, so sorry. My heart aches for you and your family. I have been praying for Gavin and for you all and I continue to hold you in prayer. May God hold you and give you comfort until you are able to hold your sweet boy in your arms again.

Annie said...

I'm so, so sorry. My mama heart is broken for you.

Sue said...

I am crying here...I only found your blog two days ago and already was inspired by your family and your will for Gavin to survive. I hope you can not find peace knowing his suffering is over and he is procted from any more suffering.
Take time to yourselves and hopefully you find peace

Damaris said...

there are no words. I am so so so sorry. I am so sorry.

Anonymous said...

Oh I am so sorry. There are no words. I will pray for peace for you and the family. God is taking good care of Gavin for you until you meet again.

Mackenzie

ashley said...

nat- my heart is breaking for you and your family, i am so sorry to hear this sad news. we are still praying for you all. he must have been a mighty strong spirit to be called back to live with heavenly father again so soon. we love you.

Bonnie said...

I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you more than ever.

jessica lynn said...

thinking of you and your family at this time. baby gavin was truly loved during the time he was here with you. praying for inner peace for you.

Danielle said...

After seeing the post by a friend of mine, I have been praying for you, your family, Gavin and all of the medical teams that were working with you. My heart aches for you right now as you say goodbye. I continue to pray that God continues to give you and your family the strength that you need right now. I do not know you or your family, but I feel your love. May you have that love with you always.

Anonymous said...

God will continue to give you grace, strength and comfort as you grieve. Praying for you still.

tomiannie said...

Oh, Natalie -- I'm so very sorry. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Your faith is beautiful, and I know Heavenly Father and Jesus are with you even as they wrap their arms around your sweet baby boy.

Kristyn said...

your unwavering faith is an inspiration to all. may it continue to carry you through this most heartbreaking time.

Debbie said...

there are not words enough. You and your family will remain in my prayers.

snaphappee said...

I am so sorry. We are continuing to pray for your family.

Amy said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, as I know God will continue to give you strength and guidance.

KristanneV said...

Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. My deepest sympathies.

Anonymous said...

Sending up prayers that God will pour out His grace and love on your family as you grieve the loss of your precious wee Gavin.

Mindy Gough,
Ontario Canada

PhotosbyMillie said...

My prayers will continue for your strength, courage, and peace. Your Savior is there to succor you, and lift your pain.
Even though I dont know you, I love you and your family, and I am so sorry for your loss. He was too good for this world, and is now your personal guardian angle, and will be there to lift you up.
You have so many people out there loving you and still praying for you.

Anonymous said...

Guardian Angel Prayer
Angel of God, My Guardian Dear
to whom God's love commits me here.

Ever this day be at my side
to light and guard and rule and guide.

Amen.

allie said...

your baby and your faith have been more of an inspiration than you will ever be able to fathom.
your family...this world, has been blessed by this little angel.
i pray that the peace your little one has in his Heavenly Fathers arms follows you through your days.
God's continued blessings and peace.

Pablo said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, my deepest condolences..

Pablo

Nicole said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family.

Ashleigh said...

Families are forever. I know that. I love you, Nat, Richie and boys.

Benson & Sarah Garner said...

There are no words to express the loss I feel on your behalf and nothing I can think of saying seems like enough. I am praying for your family's comfort.

Cotter said...

I am so sorry! May your family feel peace at this difficult time.

Anonymous said...

Rest assured that in his dying, in his flight through
darkness toward a new light, he held you in his arms
and carried your closeness with him. And when he
arrived at God, your image was imprinted on his
joy-filled soul.
-- Molly Fumia

You do not know me, but I am a mother for 4. My heart breaks for you. May God's love warm and strengthen you during this difficult time.

Jodi in Minnesota

Shelly Nydegger Anderson said...

Nat I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for your example of faith that you have been to so many people including myself. What a blessing to have Heavenly Father's loving plan of an eternal family. We love you and are still praying for you and your family.

Marissa Vargason said...

Im so sorry for your loss! My prayers are with you and your family.

jordan said...

So sorry. I prayed for him.

lisa.waterstone said...

You will be with him again! He is now with his uncle Gavin, and in no more pain...

may God bless you and your family during this difficult time of goodbyes :(

mrs.leah.maria said...

My heart is screaming at God right now, for I can not fathom your pain. I can only find strength in that He took away Gavin's. Prayers from Minnesota.

Your faith is amazing and making me recognize the awesomeness of our God, even if I don't understand.

Estee said...

my heart and prayers are with you and your family.
xo
e

Julie Cannon said...

your faith is amazing. i/we will continue to pray for your family, for peace and understanding. let us all know what more we can do to comfort you guys in this time.

hannemanns said...

God be with you Nortons, may his spirit of peace and comfort abide with you. We love you and mourn with you.

Reachard family said...

My heart is breaking for your family. Gavin is the luckiest little boy to have parents with faith like yours. You truely are amazing. May you find peace and comfort on you journey ahead. God Bless your family and you will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Eliana B. said...

Natalie my prayers are with you and your family through this rough time.

Rebecca said...

Your baby remains the most loved and most prayed for baby in the world.

Your story has touched the deepest part of our hearts and we continue to pray for your family.

God's grace will be with you always and Gavin will shine down on you from heaven.

stephanie said...

To the entire Norton family,
My thoughts are with you. I admire your strength and clarity during this time.

Jaquilyn Shumate said...

Natalie + Family,

My heart goes out to you. I hope you are comforted during this difficult time. I am strengthened by your Testimony of Eternal families. Thank you for sharing your story with the world. You are inspiring.
I smile to think you will see your little boy again, and he will be healthy and strong.
With love,
Jaqui + Travis Shumate

Lisa Tassainer Gabaldon said...

Natlie! My heart is sadden by your lose! We are so sorry! Your in our thoughts and prayers & will forever be a example of strength & love!!!

Our prayers & thoughts are with you and your family!

Laureen said...

I am so very, very sorry...God must have needed him so badly...
You're all in my prayers, and your faith inspires me,

laureen (Williams Lake, British Columbia)

JLPierce Ohana said...

We love you guys- and you know he's being taken care of by his wonderful namesake. You've all been such great examples through all of this.

Trudy said...

God bless you in this time, as he has. Your testimony has been unbelievable. Thank you for sharing Gavin with all of us.

Shannon said...

I don't know you, but something about you and your sweet baby boy has struck a chord with me. I am deeply saddened by your loss. I will pray for you and your family during this difficult time. You WILL be with your baby boy again some day. Blessings to you and your family.

Alli Easley said...

He is literally in our Savior's arms right now Natalie. I hope that's some comfort to you. You and your family will stay in my family's prayers. ♥

Carey said...

Your faith is amazing as this terribly sad time. My heart is breaking for you and your family. I cannot imagine your grief.

Summer's World said...

Natalie and Richie-
I am so very very sorry for your loss. You will be together as a family again, but I cannot imagine the pain now. What a special little guy to just need to briefly come get a body. You are so faithful and will continue to be an example to so many people across the world. Thank you for praising the Lord in the very midst of your grief. You are trusting that He absolutely has a purpose and a plan. Thank you for that. All my sympathy, love, and prayers.
-Summer and Michael Schaefer

Amber in GA said...

My heart is heavy & broken for you all. You are still & will continue to be in my prayers. God can get us thru anything. I'm so sad & sorry...please take comfort that little Gavin is now in Paradise & now he can play with my little Jake. They are with Jesus, the best place to be...

Nicole Christensen said...

You continue to be my inspiration.
We love you.

Kevin Lavin said...

My heart is broken, Nat. I can't begin to imagine what you guys are going through right now. We love you all so very much.

Your brother,

Kevin

Christopher said...

Your little baby boy has strengthened the faith of so many over the last week. Because of baby Gavin many people have been brought closer to Christ and will continue to be blessed in ways that we cannot fully understand. There will come a day when you and Richie will have your entire family together.

Thank you Gavin for strengthening my faith in the atonement of Christ.

With Love,
Chris and Heather Crockett

kimsueellen said...

Natalie...all my love, from the deepest depths of my soul. Thank you for teaching all of us how to be better. Love you. Love....

Rosanna Herd said...

oh god.. my heart, soul, and eyes weep for my dear friends. You are soverign but the pain is deep. Please cover my friends with comfort, love, and grace.

[ b ] e c k e r said...

so sorry for your loss. so inspired by your faith.

Katie said...

So glad you have the peace that passes all understanding and the hope that only Jesus Christ can bring.

Praying that He wraps His loving arms around you during this difficult time.

LelahRae said...

I am so sorry, My heart brakes for you, Gavin is now in a safe, pain free place. He is in the arms of the angels sending you butterfly kisses telling you thank you for loving me so much. You will be together again someday. Keep the faith ,God bless you and your family

Christi said...

Angel by name love called him, seeing so fair
The sweet small frame;
Meet to be called, if ever man's child were,
Angel by name.

Rose-bright and warm from heaven's own heart he came,
And might not bear
The cloud that covers earth's wan face with shame.

His little light of life was all too rare
And soft a flame:
Heaven yearned for him till angels hailed him there
Angel by name.



The song that smiled upon his birthday here
Weeps on the grave that holds him undefiled
Whose loss makes bitterer than a soundless tear
The song that smiled.

His name crowned once the mightiest ever styled
Sovereign of arts, and angel: fate and fear
Knew then their master, and were reconciled.

But we saw born beneath some tenderer sphere
Gavin David Bruce Norton, an angel and a little child,
Whose loss bows down to weep upon his bier
The song that smiled.

Algernon Charles Swinburne

AKG said...

Hi Natalie and Richie!

All the best, love, strength and staying power for the following days, weeks and months coming from Germany!

AK

Amy said...

I am so sorry Natalie. I have been looking at your twitter page all morning waiting for an update. I now pray that you and your family will be comforted at this time.

Gavin has brought so much faith into my life the past few days. I think he came here on a mission to do just that for hundreds. What a choice spirit.

Crystal Chick said...

Oh Natalie, my heart is breaking for you. I know your precious baby isn't suffering anymore, but I know there is now heartache throughout your family. We will continue to pray for you and your family during this time.

Kim Townsend said...

My heart hurts for your family, but take solace in the Lord at this time. He will comfort your heart and guide you along. I can't imagine the pain of losing a child. I will pray for your strength and healing of your family.

carissa said...

baby gavin's courage and YOUR courage are inspiring...i cannot imagine what you have been through...i'm so grateful you have your faith to guide you through this time of loss...much love and peace to you...

Christi said...
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Jen said...

I'm so so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family.

Jullee and Fam said...

Natalie..my heart goes out to you and your family. Best wishes to you all.

Jenna said...

I met you right as you lost your brother, right before EFY started. You went on to lead EFY and strengthen the youth of the church. You amazed me, you're example changed me. You're so strong. I'm so sorry, I'll be praying for you and all of your family.

Anonymous said...

I don't have the words... simply sending prayers and hugs.

{aw} said...

"do i still think there will be a day when all wrongs are made right, when our souls find the completion they are looking for? i do. but when all things are made right, it won't be because of some preacher or snake-oil sales or politician or writer making promises in his book.

i think , instead, this will be done by Jesus. and it will be at a wedding. and there will be a feast"

-donald miller "a million miles in a thousand years"

praying for you and your family as you grieve your loss and praying you are continued to be filled with a hope of eternity, a mighty strength from the Lord to keep going, and a peace that passes all human understanding!

thank you for giving us the priviledge of praying for baby Gavin & your whole family!

stef j. said...

I love you so much... SO SO much. my heart grieves for you, and rejoices the next beat at your extraordinary faith. oh Nat, I'm so sorry for your pain and grief. love you, love you, love you!

Sarah Goblot said...

Prayers for you and Angel Gavin.

mimi charmante said...

Natalie and family~
While I do not know you, we are one family and it is a family where many people are incredibly saddened by the loss of your precious sweet baby. There are no words that will make you feel better, nothing that can be done to take away the pain. But we are here for you, you are in our thoughts, our prayers. You are not alone - and you never will be, for baby Gavin will always be with you. Today, tears flow for a little boy I never knew, and for his family who loved him so.
Much love and wishes of peace to you.
Kimberly

Charise Proctor said...

My heart is breaking for you and your family. Please know that you are surrounded with love, prayers and and hope for healing and strength during this very difficult time.

Andria of Andria Lewis Events said...

You are so right the he was the most prayed for baby. And now those prayers are showered on you, your husband your other boys. I'm a mom of a David, too (as you always will be).

Continue to be encouraged,

Andria

www.katfoleyphoto.com said...

hugs and more prayers to you and your sweet family.

Anonymous said...

Oh dear Natalie & Richie. I am at loss with words. You all have been so brave and full of hope. My heartfelt condolences.
Silke

Cassie Jacklin said...

My heart goes out to you and your family. I couldn't even begin to feel what you are feeling now. Stay Strong!

Erin said...

I am soooo sorry for your loss. I hope you find love and peace knowing you will get him back someday. What a happy day that will be. Keep the faith.

Bri!!! said...

I don't even know you but I am bawling right now. I'm so so sorry for your loss, but you INSPIRE me. Your faith and courage is what allowed you to birth this angel into the world to receive a body so he could return to the arms of the Father. I just can't imagine the heartbreak you are experiencing right now. You are a warrior mother. My prayers will now turn towards your family and the peace and love will surround you through this incredibly difficult trial. MUCH LOVE.

Kiki said...

I am so sorry for your loss, and I am so inspired by your faith.

Ally said...

Norton Family,
I am so so sorry, my heart breaks for you. May angels love and keep you.

Dorinda Peyton said...

I have prayed countless times that God would give me words at a time like this to heal the broken heart, words that would take away the agony and longing that you must feel. Since no words have come to me, I must assume that He keeps those for himself to share, that those words can only be found when one sits, broken, at His feet.

It has and will continue to be a privilege to pray for each of you. May you, as David did in 2 Samuel, rest in the knowledge that you will go to him in Heaven one day.

God bless each of you!

Anonymous said...

so sorry to hear about Gavin- was praying since I heard ( which may have already been'too late', yet I felt prompted to pray- and will continue to do so. God never lets go of us- so I know he is holding on to you, and your family, I am praying he will be your 'rearguard'.
Scripture God reminded me of:

But you will not leave in haste
or go in flight;
for the LORD will go before you,
the God of Israel will be your rear guard. Is 52: 12

Carrie said...

God Bless, so very sorry for your loss.

Sonja said...

I heard of your story yesterday, and in that short period of time I became invested in the fight for Gavins life. You are a true insipration of a family with outstanding faith. I will continue to keep your family in my prayers.

Alpana said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your precious little one. Hugs to your family.

Crystal said...

We don't know each other, but I recognized your name on Olivia Biddle's facebook posts and I think we had some mutual acquaintances. Were you a studen of Jan Shelton's? Or maybe you went to AF or Lone Peak? Not sure. Anyway, I just wanted to say I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. What a precious, precious little spirit. I'm feeling extremely touched and emotional over the photos and your words. As a mommy, how can any of us see another going through this and not want to hug our little ones tighter. Thank heavens for the gospel!! You will be together again someday. I know it. I'm so, so sorry.

The Lovely M said...

My heart is full of love and sympathy for you. Many prayers will continue to come your way. God is good and he can handle every way your grief comes. He trusts you to carry this burden, this heartbreak. I believe there is more peace and joy as you grow through this than you could now know. Unspeakable.

Corey Sewell said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Natalie. I just started reading about this yesterday and love how your faith has yet to be shaken. You and your family will remain in my prayers. I know the Lord will carry you all through and you all will be blessed.

amanda said...

Your strength and faith through all of this has been utterly amazing. I stand in awe. May you rest on the strength and knowledge that you will see your sweet boy again. I continue to pray for you, your husband and your sons.

Edward Weiland Photography said...

Heidi and I are so incredibly sad to hear that Gavin lost his battle. I wish there were words that could be said to ease your families pain and grief. Know that you have the love and support everybody around you. You will be in our prayers. Peace and Blessing. God Bless.

Anonymous said...

so so sorry for your loss.

~jenny said...

My heart is breaking for you and your family. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. You are an inspiration to mothers and photographers everywhere. Thank you for sharing your faith and testimony. May God pour out his blessings upon you and your family.

SuperAngel said...

I'm so sorry for your loss! my heart aches for y'all!
prayers for peace as you celebrate the life and love you had with him!
blessings and prayers!

GossamerJewelBox said...

Know always that your little angel has an automatic place in the Celestial kingdom, honey. Prayers for peace from our family to yours.

dailythread said...

I'm so sorry, Natalie, for you and your entire family. I'm praying for God's peace and comfort and mercy and grace. His grace is sufficient and I'm asking Him to hold you up today and in the days to come. he's with his namesake, now...one day you'll see them both again and there will be no sickness and no sorrow. That's all we can cling to.

Danielle Hobbs said...

I have no words that will help ease your pain during this time.... Your strength has touched my soul... God Bless sweet Gavin!

Andrea said...

Natalie, I am so so sorry for your loss. I will continue to keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. Know that Gavin is being comforted by his namesake at this very moment. You are a glowing example of strength and I know that with your strength and faith you will get through this. {{hugs}} my dear.

Lysa said...

God be with you and your family

The Tesimales said...

What a sweet baby boy called back to his most loving father in heaven. His life has made mine so much stronger. I will be a better mom because of little Gavin. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to pray for your little angel. The atonement is beautiful. I'm so grateful for the new found strength in my testimony and prayer. I love you all and will continue my prayers for you.

panacea911 said...

He will rock in the arms of an angel until you can take him...at least now all the discomfort and pain is gone. May God ease yours as well. You'll be in my prayers.

Brady and Rachel said...

oh nat...Our prayers are always with you and your sweet family. My heart breaks for you all. Raliegh has lost more than any 6 year old should have to. I know that you (his strong parents) will help him through this, as I know your 3 strong boys will help you through this. Together, as a family, you will make it through and Gavin will be waiting for you, and watching over you, his parents and his 3 big brothers as you grow and become more like Christ in this life. I love you Nat and your entire family. I passed on some info to Jennifer that someone had asked me to get to you, though it may have come too late. I apologize if that is the case. I don't know how you will make it through, all I know is that you WILL make it through and be so much stronger for it! Godspeed Gavin.

Anonymous said...

He is gorgeous. My son was at Pcmc yesterday. I think of how we are connected even though we don't "know you.". We are thinking non stop of you. Is there a bank account set up so we could help you with expenses? Much love to your sweet family.

drago said...

i will kiss our baby gavin today with hopes your baby gavin can feel the love that we are sending to him.

Bill said...

Richie and Natalie:
I feel such tragic sorrow in your loss but also the hope and faith that you express. You are in our thoughts and prayers. I know Heavenly Father will continue to bless your family now and in the eternities.
Bill Neal

sherry said...

I'm so incredibly sorry Natalie, I was hoping and praying for a different outcome. May God give you strength and love.

proudmommy said...

I am so sorry for your loss ! My little girl was also born Oct. 24 2009 and I can't even begin to imagine losing her at only 10 weeks !

Doug Boutwell said...

My heart absolutely breaks for you and your family. Have strength. Have faith. Persevere. Our thoughts are with you.

Michelle said...

My sincerest sympathies! (((hugs))) I'm so sorry for your loss. I thank God for you and pray that He brings your family comfort.

Kristie said...

I am heartbroken for you and your family. Your are right you will see Gavin again. There will be NO EMPTY CHAIRS! Your family is forever.

Megan said...

You don't know, I don't know you and my words will not be able to bring your son back to you. I am impressed though by your faith and conviction throughout this whole thing and am grateful you wrote about this whole terrifying ordeal. I hope that your family is supported through this difficult time by those who love you and that Gavin stays a beautiful part of your family until you can be with him again. Good luck and thank you for sharing your strong testimony at this difficult time.

PamE said...

My deepest sympathies and prayers to you and your family that God will comfort you and everyone in your family, and that through your example everyone who witnessed your faithfulness will be able to seek God in their own lives.

God Bless you.

Hannah said...

I am so sorry for you loss. He is a beautiful little baby. Thank heavens for our gospel and your faith. You will hold him again.

Michael Sebastian said...

My wife and I ache for you. Sorry doesn't begin to cover it.

graciebelldesign said...

Your faith and courage are astounding and such an inspiration. You have been a light to many even in this difficult time. Praying for you without ceasing.

Britt Farris Photography said...

Your strength is amazing. Your love for God is inspiring. I am praying for your family!!

Laura and Kyle Green said...

I'm sorry, Natalie. You're sweet little one fought a good fight. Remember 'Together Forever'. What an incredible blessing it is. My heart goes out to you and your family. We'll be praying for you.

Love,
The Greens

Elspeth said...

Dear Natalie, I just read about your son on the Digital Photo site and immediately came across here to see how he was doing. When I saw the dates of his birth and passing, I burst into tears. However, what you have said is true. Within a few minutes of reading about him, I can tell that so much love and positivity poured in for him and to him from everyone - loved ones to complete strangers from all over the world. It's not how long we have been here on earth, but how we have touched and been touched, how we have loved and been loved that determines a life well lived. So no doubt that he lived a great life. Thank you for bringing him into the world. Love, Elspeth

Nicholas and Brittani said...

Richie and Natalie-
My name is Brittani, friends with Rachel Whetten. I am so sad to hear of your loss. We had several prayers as a family for you and your baby Gavin. We will continue to pray that you will be comforted through the next little while as it will be a very hard time. My heart aches for you and all your little boys. Thank you for displaying your faith and devotion to God for all the world to see even as you were not granted the specific miracle of health. I do not know you but I love your family and really hope that you will feel comfort.

Tamara said...

God Bless Gavin...he walks with the angels and you will walk with him again. Much love to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

Jolie Starrett said...

I have been following your story. I am heartbroken for you now, but conforted to know that you will see your Gavin again one day.

May prayers and blessings.

Jolie

Autumn and Derrick said...

I can't even tell you how sorry I am. My family has been praying for you and your family and we will continue. I pray that Heavenly Father will continue to give you the strength to continue being an inspiration to so many. Please let me know what I can do to help. You have my email address. I am so thankful for eternal families especially in times like these. Please send my love to Annie and Greg as well.

Cori Henderson said...

Natalie, I'm so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Dustin Izatt said...

I have no words but my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Leslie Walker said...

May God give you and your family the peace and strength to face the days ahead and may you find comfort in knowing that Gavin is now in God's hands. My heart breaks for your family. You are in our prayers.

Kerri McConnell Photography said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet boy. May God grant you comfort and strength.

Amy said...

My heart goes out to you and your family. Thank you for sharing this incredibly difficult journey. You faith I am certain has moved mountains.

ashley said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I pray you and Richie receive all the tender love and comfort you need at this time. Your family is such a good example to me and so many others. I want you to know you are an inspiration. I too am so grateful for the knowledge of the Savior and the atonement especially in times of trial. You are an amazing woman and I am proud to call you friend.

dianne - bunny trails said...

I'm so sorry. Praying for God's peace and comfort for you and your family. Thanking God that you will be reunited one day.

Jaime said...

I am so sorry for your loss. This has got to be such a hard time for you and your family. However, your optimism and faith is so encouraging. Baby Gavin is in heaven, in NO pain and you will see him again!
Praise Jesus!

ali said...

chloe says, "he is on a cloud now and so no more ouchies." we love you and wish peace and strength to you all, he is with good company, better than you can imagine right now. no heart breaks harder than a mothers for her child. aloha baby gavin

liko said...

although i never met gavin in person, i mourn with you. Heavenly Father really needed him on the other side. He was such a sweet spirit, too perfect for this world. love and comfort to you and your family. gavin is in a better place. he is comfortable and wants you to feel peace. and to be able to see him again will be wonderful, thank goodness for this Gospel and the plan of salvation. love you guys.

Heather said...

Natalie, as a mother of four, my heart breaks for you. But you are right. Because of Jesus, you WILL see Gavin again. One day your suffering will end...Revelation 21:3-4.

Until then, He is your shelter from the pain.
Psalm 91:1-2
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."

Praying for you and your family from Texas...

Rhonda Mankin said...

I am so sorry for your loss..:(((

kara said...

i am so so sorry for your loss + will continue to pray for your family.

Melinda said...

You are an amazing woman! Hope you your family can soon find peace.
Tears for you and your family.
I am so sorry!

millie holloman said...

I will continue to pray for you and your family during this time. Watching you go through this and maintain your faith in God has been a powerful testimony. Peace to you all!

Tyler and Erin said...

Prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for your strong faith and example.

Jessica Reeves said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for you and your family at this time and I know you'll get through it. He is now with our Heavenly Father and is happy! I will pray for peace and strength for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

My heart breaks for you and your family. But you are indeed correct you will all live together again. God Bless you all.

Tracy said...

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this difficult time.

Annie said...

My heart is breaking for you. Thank you for being such an inspiration of amazing faith.

When my world is shaking
Heaven stands
When my heart is breaking
I never leave Your hands
- "Your Hands" by JJ Heller

Anonymous said...

i only found your blog a few days ago, by chance. your burning, shining faith and passion was an inspiration to see. may the same faith, and the same blanket of prayers, hold you tight in these hard days.
praise God for his promise to us...

~Camille said...

Your faith in God is so refreshing. God bless each and every one of you. Praying for your comfort during this time. And I wholeheartedly agree that we will live together with our babies again. *hugs*

Tonya Peterson said...

I am typing through the tears. I am so sorry for your loss. We will still be praying for you and your family. He is a perfect angel and is living with our Heavenly Father and Jesus right now. Thank you so much for sharing such faith with all of us. I am touched and moved beyond words. Much love to your family.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. An angel is with us today - and he united hundreds in prayer and intention before he left the physical world, and continues to do so after. Miracles happen, even in times of loss and sorrow. Your strength is an inspiration. My prayers are with you and your family.

Ruth said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your precious little one, Gavin. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Donna "Champuru" said...

I am sorry for your loss, Natalie. We have been praying for you and your family and will continue to lift you up during this time. As many others have mentioned, thank you for being a testimony of faith and love for the Lord.

Jessica Mathews said...

I don't even know you, but learned of Gavin's struggle on Twitter. I was praying hard and am so so sorry for your loss. My heart is breaking for all of you. Sending you prayers and love from New Mexico.

Brendon said...

I'm so sorry that you have had to go through this. My heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time.

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