Monday, March 31, 2008

Benjamin's Gravemarker

Another goal I have been working on since December is to have Benjamin's gravemarker designed, ordered and installed. We were in Texas visiting Becky and Daniel this past week and missed our traditional Sunday visit. So today the boys and I went up there after school, and we were so excited to see that it has finally been installed!
They did a wonderful job, even taking care to leave the bulb flowers undisturbed and transplanting the pansies to the sides of the stone.

It feels so good to have this beautiful, permanent marker for our precious son. The pictures on it are very meaningful to me. The building is the Mesa Arizona Temple, where DC and I were married and our eternal family was begun. The engraving of Jesus holding a baby represents to me "my fondest dream", the moment when He will restore Benjamin to our arms, never again to be separated.

I believe in Christ--He stands supreme.
From Him I'll gain my fondest dream.
And while I strive through grief and pain
His voice is heard: "Ye shall obtain."

I believe in Christ; so come what may,
With Him I'll stand in that great day
When on this earth He comes again
To rule among the sons of men.


Stephanie Johnson said...[Reply to comment]

Beautiful headstone. You look beautiful in the picture, Michelle. I like your hair.

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

It's beautiful! I am so happy that it turned out so close to the original one you designed. Sweet Benjamin will always be remembered in his Aunt Mandy's heart. I look forward to seeing him again, and I especially can't wait for the time that he can be in your arms again.

Tricia said...[Reply to comment]

That is a beautiful picture - I love it! What a great way for your kids to remember their brother.

Becky said...[Reply to comment]

It is so beautiful! It does look a lot like the original. We love sweet Benjamin so much. I love you, too, Michelle.

snbjork said...[Reply to comment]

Thank you for sharing pictures of the beautiful headstone! I couldn't get a good picture in my head when you were trying to describe it, but it is perfect! I especially love the picture of the Savior holding the child. What a wonderful reminder. I love you, Michelle. (Oh, and I agree with Stephanie in saying that you look great in that picture!).

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

It is beautiful! Wow! Wished we could have seen it while we were there. The pictures turned out great! I'm anxious to install our memorial marker too. Sweet Benjamin will never be forgotten! Thanks for sharing the pictures, sentiments and poem by Elder McConkie. You look great in the picture!

Maria said...[Reply to comment]

It is Beautiful!

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

It's Beautiful! You are amazing Michelle. You look great too!

JKM said...[Reply to comment]

What an appropriate headstone. I love it. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Glad that the tornado didn't cause you any more harm than it did. That would be hard to go through,without Chris there. His night didn't sound any better.
You are a great neice and what a great family you have.
Love, Aunt Kathie