I got blue flowers for his grave instead of red, white, and green. I waited too late and the only stuff left had sparkles and looked really fake - so blue it is. I think he would have liked being unique - at least that's what I'm telling myself so I don't feel like a failure.
My Aunt Kathy gave us an artificial tree she had that was too big for the space in her living room. I was so happy to get it, because otherwise, this would have been the year of the Charlie Brown tree at our house. Our tree now is one of the prettiest artificial trees that I've ever seen, and I'm so thankful to have it.
We were able to include a little bit of Gabe into our tree. I'm glad he is there.
This is the picture that Lauren took when I was 33 weeks pregnant with him. We have had it framed, used it at his funeral, and put it on his grave marker. I'm so thankful to have it and so thankful to Kim for having it made into an ornament.
This is another one Kim had made. It's of the day we went out to Gabe's spot with Kim and the kids. They let blue balloons go, "sending them up to Gabe in Heaven."
This ornament is one Debbie gave me last year for Christmas. It has Gabe's due date written on it.
Last week I went to a staff conference for Young Life. The speaker spoke four different times, the theme being struggles and trials we face, and why it's all so hard. He was great, and I really felt the Spirit working on me. It was all so timely and appropriate - funny how God does that, huh?
He also brought up the verse, Hebrews 12:2, "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." We are so quick to praise Jesus for being the author of our faith, but when it comes to the perfection of our faith, it doesn't feel good sometimes. We sure don't feel like praising. Some days it's easy to praise Him. Some days it is a struggle. But when I stop and really consider it, I'm so thankful that He finds us worthy of perfecting. I'd so much rather have struggles and grow than be dead in my faith and stagnant. I know that someday it will all be worth it, but right now, while we're still struggling to make sense of it all, please keep praying for us.