"Grieving the loss of a child is a process, it begins the day your child passes and ends the day the parent joins them."
BJKarrer

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Treasure Each Moment


...July 4, 2009 was the last 4th of July we had with both Brad and Carly. We had such a good time that year. With the exception of Brad nearly blowing off his finger while setting off bottle rockets :/  Ashleigh wasn't with us that year, she was with friends, on vacation in California.  But, July 4, 2009 was the first, and sadly the last year that Carly used Sparklers. She was in awe of them. :)

So, as we go about our day today, our hearts will remain heavy. Missing both of those kids more than I could ever attempt to explain to anyone. Wishing more than anything we could do Sparklers with our sweet girl again this year and each year after. Wishing Brad was here, he'd be in his glory this year, now that Fireworks are legal in Michigan.

We will be heading to my brother and sister inlaws house (where we were in 2009) today and having fireworks there as well. It's going to be tough, I'm sure, but we will be surrounded by family, who will, I'm sure, be feeling our losses as well. And we'll be missing Ashleigh too. But, our hearts rest easy knowing she is happy with life aboard the USS Eisenhower. They are docked in Palma, Spain for the next several days. Boy, is she one excited Sailor!


Enjoy your July 4th 2012. Be safe. And always remember, Treasure Each Moment, make lots and LOTS of memories...one never knows what tomorrow may bring.

9 comments:

Cammie Heflin said...

Thinking of you always.

The VW's said...

Love, Hugs, and Prayers!

Eileen said...

I hope you found some peace and joy in your memories of this special day, surrounded by the love and support of family.

Cindy said...

I hope you had a good 4th and that more special memories were made.

Anna said...

I sent you a request on FB. I was reading your blog off and on when you lost your daughter and son, and home. I have something I'd like to send you.

Unknown said...

I sent you a friend request on Facebook a day or two ago. There wasn't a place to message you and it just occurred to me to leave a message here. I have been following your blog for a few years now. You and your sweet family remain in my prayers.

Kerimae said...

Thinking of you.

A Primitive Homestead said...

You are so right. Treasure each moment. July 4th 2012 was the first year my children were not all together with us to celebrate. The two oldest at home were out and about with friends. July 10th 2012 came just days later only to bring us the heart wrenching pain of the death of one of our oldest at home our son. Two day's later our other oldest at home our daughter over dosed. One at a funeral home one in the ER & our youngest at home. I am so sorry for the loss of your children.

Lindsay Marie said...

I was reading through the posts, starting when Carly passed away. I still think of you and pray for you. I live in Michigan and wish I could go to Brad and Carly's graves and lay some flowers or something at their graves, but you guys live several hours away from me. I'll make it happen someday. I know you haven't updated in a while, but in case you see my comment, I just wanted you to know that people are still thinking about you and praying for you.