five weeks ago, we were finishing up a birthday party for our sweet little Zoey, she was a day shy of being a year old. we read on facebook that up in Oregon, a family from our old church had been involved in a car wreck and two children had gone to be with Jesus. later that night, my mom came into the kitchen crying and told me who it was. honestly, I had no idea who she was talking about - as I never knew the dad or the boys, Devin & Dawson. I did remember the mom, we went to that same church when we were younger and I knew her sisters. to say I was sad, would be an under-statement. I cried that night for them.
since January 22, 2011 not a day has gone by that I haven't thought of those boys and their family. in fact, very few days have I kept from shedding a tear for them. I can't explain it. I never met them, but they have impacted my life. God has been revealing things to me (about myself) as I think about the family, and He's been bringing them to my mind for prayer - I'm sure.
a few days ago I saw that my friend, the boys' aunt, posted that saturday (today) would have been Devin's tenth birthday. the family would be wearing silly bands, a favorite of Devin's, in memory of him. she also mentioned anyone else wanting to participate could do so, and post photos. I knew immediately that we'd be participating.
as I thought about it, I felt that this was an opportunity to really show and share God's love. I got to talking to my friend and we decided to make a "party" of it. we'd gather up any of our friends who wanted to join us and we'd take photos to send our love to the entire family, in memory of: a son, a grandson, a nephew, a friend - a little boy who meant the world to so many people.
two little boys, who were very loved.today was the party, Happy Birthday Devin ...
we had to do a silly one!
it's kind of hard to see the silly bands, but if you click
on the photos you'll see them full size!