Friday, November 7, 2008

Celebrating a precious life

Balloon Post 1

 

November 3, 2008 was an amazingly joyful day. I was filled with much of the same peace I felt the day that Benjamin was buried.

 

Balloon Post 2

 

I had been planning for a while, even more carefully than for other birthdays, because I felt like this is part of what would create Benjamin's place in our family here on earth. I wanted us to start traditions that we can continue through the years so that he will always be included in our lives.

 

Balloon Post 3

 

Wonderful friends and family joined in the celebration from many other places. . . . .

 

Balloon Post 5

 

In Hawaii there is a tradition that started in the early 1900’s when the islands were only accessible by boat. As you were sailing away from the island you would drop your lei in the water and hope that it would return to the island. This was symbolic of your own hope to return to the Hawaiian Islands someday.

My sweet brother and sister-in-law used this tradition to celebrate Benjamin (since balloons were hard to come by), making their own lei with plumeria from the temple grounds. They talked about our Savior and that He made it possible for us to be with our families forever through the Atonement and resurrection. Then they walked to the beach where they threw the lei into the water and watched it return to shore. And it did return to shore.

My sister wrote ,"We felt that this was symbolic of the fact that we will all get to be with Benjamin again through the love of our Heavenly Father and our Savior."

 

Balloon Post 4

 

Even my very-busy student siblings took time to get the balloons, write notes, and send them off!

Oh, how wonderful you all are!

 

Balloon Post 6

 

Everyone sent me the most amazing pictures after doing this. Each one made my heart swell with love and gratitude. Thank you, beloved family, for remembering our Benjamin!

I'll post tomorrow about our balloon release at the cemetary and other celebrating. . . .

 

(Thank you to the Larsen family for this beautiful idea.)

8 comments:

Maria said...[Reply to comment]

What a sweet idea. And how wonderful that temples dot the earth and that members of your family are so close to them. You have a very loving family.

Mom/Nana/A. Nancy said...[Reply to comment]

Beautiful presentation, Michelle! It made me want to give everyone a big hug. Benjamin has brought a LOT of love into our family. It was great being part of the balloon launch. Look forward to that post.

The Grand High Budge Mom said...[Reply to comment]

You did such a beautiful arrangement of pictures for each location, Michelle! Thank you for involving us in this wonderful way to honor Benjamin--

Devin and Melinda said...[Reply to comment]

Great idea! It will be something the kids will look forward to every year...a way for the cousins to remember Benjamin too. Beautifully done!

Becky said...[Reply to comment]

VERY nice and beautiful, Michelle. This way we all can feel so much closer to Benjamin and to you guys, too. Amazing how our love grows this way.

Awesome presentation, too!

Laura said...[Reply to comment]

I didn't know you had family here in Hawaii! I wrote Benjamin's name in the sand at temple beach!
What a wonderful request to let the family all share in the day thinking of Benjamin.

{hug}

Kara said...[Reply to comment]

What a wonderful way to remember him! Cute post...

Jen said...[Reply to comment]

I love the post, Michelle,
it was great to get to participate and I love seeing what others did to commemorate the day as well.