Friday, June 4, 2010

Grief and Gratitude

This week has been hard.  Like Really hard!  We unfortunately had a tragic accident happen to our baby cousin and instead of getting to celebrate his first birthday yesterday, his parents had to hold his funeral  instead.(Little Chad's obituary: here) I feel so much anguish for his parents.  My heart aches for them.  I can't seem to keep the tears at bay.  I have had so many nightmares and so much anxiety over my own children- realizing how fast something like this can happen. Lives forever changed.  With something like this, however, I am reminded of how grateful I am for my blessings: my own family.  I love these people so much and feel we were perfectly matched to teach and love each other for this life and forever.  I do KNOW that we can be eternal families and that our Heavenly Father has a plan for us.  I know He wants us to be happy.  I am so thankful for my Savior and His gospel.  I guess I feel the need to acknowledge my blessings, express my love for my children, and show gratitude that we are all together today.   I hope that I will take the time to cherish every little moment.


Andrea said...

You could not have said it better Melissa! I've been feeling those same emotions this week. So, so very sad! The tears just come! It's true, life can change in seconds. always remeber to cherish those little moments with our children. Hold them a little tighter.

Thanks for the post.

Jamie said...

Just the reminder I needed today, thanks, Melissa.

The Lamoreaux Family said...

Hi Melissa
I often peek in at your blog but have never commented. I love your wit, your thoughtfulness and your photos!! I too have been so sad for Shawn and Karen and all of their family. What a tragedy. I couldn't get into the blog though to see the obituary. Do you know who I can email for an invite?

Melissa said...

Kristi- so great to hear from you!
You should be able to access the family blog by going to\

Also, I'd love an invite to your blog!

Melissa said...

Sorry Kristi. I wasn't aware that the smithspot was private. Send me your email and I can add y0u!

The Lamoreaux Family said...

Thanks Melissa, your invite is on it's way!!