Sunday, November 6, 2011

November 3, 2011


. . . .It wasn’t! : ) But it was very chilly as we met at the zoo. Five of the 3- and 4-year-olds from church came to your party, and their moms and younger siblings.


We had cupcakes with pinwheels.


Your daddy and brothers and sister were there, too, and we all rode the train, and played games, and sang to you.

















Later, at home, I spent some time going through your memory box, holding the gown you wore, touching the little lock of hair that is so irresistibly soft and such a precious tangible proof that you are real.


When I touch those things I am filled with painful longing to hold you again and at the same time awe at the beauty you have brought to my life.


You strengthen our family immeasurably. We are unified in our desire to reach where you are.


President Faust said that we don’t know the extent to which ministering angels bless our lives. I feel certain you are ministering to us in ways we will only know after we too have crossed the veil.

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My heart is filled to overflowing with love for you and your siblings.

So grateful to be your eternal


Note: The party at the zoo was part of a special gift from two very kindhearted people. They are DC’s sponsors through the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and earlier this year –out of sheer generosity—they  gave our family a membership to the zoo and a gift certificate for a birthday party there. We wondered at first how we would use the party—it would have been perfect for Benjamin, we thought. Then I thought of my Sunbeams, and how they would love a day at the zoo, and the idea to use it for Benjamin’s birthday seemed perfect after all.


Chocolate on my Cranium said...[Reply to comment]

Beautiful! I am inspired by how you shared Benjamin's day with others . . . . and with us.

Annalisa said...[Reply to comment]

what a great party. how nice to receive such a gift.

Vauna said...[Reply to comment]

I'm so glad you do so many special things for Benjamin.
And how nice to share it with the sunbeams.
Our lesson in relief society yesterday was on the millennium and I've been thinking how wonderful it will be for those who have list young children to be able to to raise them.

Andre said...[Reply to comment]

Wow. Four years for you. I love this post. Actually, I love all your posts.

I wanted to FB friend you but didn't know if you wanted me to, so I will now! I really do want to stay in touch. Actually I would love for you to move here and be my next door neighbor.

See you on facebook soon!

The Hof family said...[Reply to comment]

Happy Birthday to Benjamin!
You are such an inspiration to me. I wish I could have spend that special day with you!
A birthday party at the zoo sounds like a lot of fun! What a great idea!

KW said...[Reply to comment]

What a great way to celebrate your Benjamin's birthday. What a special day for you!

Martie said...[Reply to comment]

What a beautiful idea! I love it. Love the pictures too. You're so special, Michelle.