Saturday, November 8, 2008

Celebration at the cemetary

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I worried beforehand about the "Santa Claus" syndrome with this, that my children would ask if the balloons really got to Benjamin. (Hummer had already said that he thought Benjamin would pop his!) But a friend had wisely told me, "Just tell them the truth--the balloons will not get to heaven, but Benjamin will see them and know about them."


Exacto with balloons ~ Fluffy writing a note to Benjamin ~ special bracelets Jaime made for Benjamin's brothers

Hummer's note reads "H z noys and yoo r noys too" (H is nice and you are nice, too). :)


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It was one of those days that seem too good for this earth. A celestial day.


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There was a feeling of deep peace and joy. Someone suggested that we sing "I Am a Child of God" as the balloons lifted.




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It was a beautiful gift from Father in Heaven that this tree was in full glory that day, just like the day of Benjamin's burial. I loved feeling close to that time again. I never would have expected that before going through this experience! To wish I could go back to that? Yes. That was the last time I saw his face and touched his soft head. I want to remember that vividly, and the sight of this magnificent tree was a blessing!




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  Nature’s first green is gold,

  Her hardest hue to hold.

  Her early leaf’s a flower;

  But only so an hour.

  Then leaf subsides to leaf.

  So Eden sank to grief,

  So dawn goes down to day.

  Nothing gold can stay.

  - Robert Frost






After the balloons were out of sight, the children enjoyed the leaves that were on the ground. It truly was a celebratory day.

A year since an angel joined our family! We love you, Benjamin! Stay close. . . .

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snbjork said...[Reply to comment]

Wow, what a great idea for Benjamin's birthday celebration. You and your family are so creative! I wish I could have been there.

Emily said...[Reply to comment]

How beautiful. We always release a balloon for Gabriel on his birthday. We kiss it before we release it and sing 'Families Can Be Together Forever'. My kids were 4 and 5 when Gabriel was stillborn 6 years ago. Recently they told me that they always thought Gabriel caught the balloons and had them with him. I think that is such a great image.

I wanted to let you know that my site is the SandWritten names site and although I am in Maryland my sister lives in Laie and writes the names for me there at Temple Beach. That is where Benjamin's name was written. She was hesitant when I asked her to start doing this but I told her it is a peaceful comforting thing. I appreciate your comments to let her know that also. People who havent' had a loss don't know how important it is for us to see our babies names.

I hope today is gentle for you. peace- emily

Andre said...[Reply to comment]

It looks like it was a beautiful time. I love the picture of you looking up at the balloons with a satisfied look on your face. I already decided that on Austin's birthday I want to release balloons too so don't think I copy you on everything!

Becky said...[Reply to comment]

Happy Birthday, Benjamin! Wonderful to celebrate you. Your mom did a super job.

Amy Kay said...[Reply to comment]

That is amazing, you are so great. If you would let me know, I could send balloons from here in either Tallahassee, or I could try to get to the temple to release some. I love the leaves pictures, one of my favorite things to do. Just let me know. I want you to know I can feel Heavenly Father's love through your family. I love and miss you guys.
{{{HUGS}}}, Amy

Jen said...[Reply to comment]

Happy Birthday Benjamin! We love you.

Andrea said...[Reply to comment]

That was a celebration. It was a great day. Thank you for including me. I love the other celebrations that you posted. You have been working hard.
You are such a great example.