27 January, 2010

huppy burfday.

Today is my brother's birthday.

He would have been 24 years old.


Don't be sad about the door decorating.
I'm CERTAIN that the crepe paper is better in Heaven.

He loves you.

So do I.



Carlotta said...

" The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not insurance against pain, and when that pain comes (and it will come, because we came here to earth to have pain among other things), when it comes, rejoice that you have the resource to deal with your pain." ~Carlfred Broderick
Found this quote, LOVED it and wanted to share.

Natalie. said...

Carlotta, that's beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Meg said...

I have been following your blog and I just have to say I admire you honesty and faith through such loses in life. I finally had to post, however because my mom always decorated my door for my birthday and now I do it for all that I love, and this just made me smile...I do agree that the crepe paper is better in Heaven, more color choices and bigger doors! Sending happy thoughts your way on a tough day,

Much love from meg in MN

Tiffany said...

Thank you Carlotta for sharing. That quote was remarkable.

SirEdmundHills said...

:) Your optimism is inspirational Nat...

Becca said...

Happy birthday to your beautiful brother. I am sorry he isn't with you, but it is wonderful that his life is celebrated.

You have a wonderful way with words and I am so grateful that you let me peek in on your blog from time to time. Thank you for your strength and graceful way with words and emotions. You have a blessed gift...and you are a blessing.

Von Orgill said...

I love you both and I am so grateful for the blessing of knowing you and feeling of the "specialness" I feel as I look at your picture!

God bless you both as you have blessed so many!

With love,


Annie Link said...

Dear Natalie,

There is no other person on this earth that I love more than I love you. From the very instant I knew you were on your way into my life you've been my happy thought, my miracle girl, my perfect piece of Heaven right here on earth--
And, wonder of wonders, you are STILL HERE (no small feat in this family. . .), still trailing clouds of glory, still making sure that the world shimmers wherever you go.

You have given me so many precious reasons to be happy to be alive--not the least of which is eating your delicious stardust.

I love you forever and ever and ever,

d d p h o t o g r a p h y said...

I didnt know until today that you had lost both of the Gavin's in your life..Im so sorry..I cant imagine the pain of having to go through that kind of loss twice, in such a short time..The common thread throughout all of it has been your unwavering faith & strength..

Thank you a thousand million times over and over again for reminding me of how blessed I am...for reminding me that this life is but a short time...for reminding me that with faith we can get through all trials..and for reminding me above everything and anything that we are truly loved more than we can comprehend..

I cant wait for you to be able to be with your Gavins again...I have a feeling they are both so proud of you and the way that you have handled all of this with such grace..

Thank you Natalie..truly.

Carlotta said...

I'm learning where you're ability to express yourself has come from, most definitely a gift from Heavenly Father and your mom has quite the way with words as well. They flow so beautifully and strike my heart each time she comments.
Amazing women you are!

Kristine from Canada said...

Oh the words your mother wrote........ Wow so beautiful................
Happy 24th birthday Gavin
So very handsome :)

About me said...

I love Gavin Happy Birthday!

BenLand said...

happy birthday fo your brother in heaven...and peace to your family here on earth.....

he shares a birthday with my little niece who has also passed on...hope they're celebrating together :)


Sarah said...

nat and Annie~ I found a website you might enjoy. goodgrief.com. Happy Birthday Gavin!!!

marta said...

hello darling natalie,
i've been reading your blog for a little while and i have to say you are just so courageous and beautiful inside and out. thank you for sharing these experiences with us. i just now realized that you had a brother that passed away as well. oh, my heart aches for your heartache. but i love that you said in one of your posts that you always pray. i will take that to heart. xoxoxo. we are thinking of you. praying for you.

Paul said...

Gavin is such a great person! So many memories talking story with him in my moms front yard.

Amber21 said...

Happy Blated Birthday Gavin you are missed and loved :)