Sunday, October 11, 2009

Noah's Service

Saturday morning we had a small graveside service for our Noah. It was a cloudy, cool day with beautiful fall leaves and crisp air. We invited a small group of close friends. After an opening prayer, Nate shared some of his thoughts about our sweet boy and also about our Savior Jesus Christ. Our little group sang "I Feel My Savior's Love" and then I read a letter that was written to Noah.

Our wonderful and supportive bishop then dedicated the grave and we placed flowers on the tiny casket. There was a beautiful moment during the service when the sun broke through the clouds...it was really neat. Jansen and Natalie were a handful, but as our bishop's wife pointed out, that's life in a family and our young kids are simply full of personality and spirit and we wouldn't have it any other way.

We took a walk through the cemetery with the kids after finishing the service and had a wonderful time being together as a family. Life is beautiful and we are blessed. Thank you, thank you from a place deep in our hearts for all your prayers, service, support and love. We have certainly felt it and have been buoyed up by it. Thank you, Monica, for taking such special pictures for us that day. There is a little video I put together at the bottom of the blog that kind of goes through the whole morning.


22 comments:

kiki comin said...

that was the sweetest video i have ever seen. what a beautiful cemetary..and sweet pictures. love you guys.

Kyle and Janel said...

You have such a beautiful family. You can see the love you all have for eachother in all those amazing pictures! Love you.

Meggin said...

That video was amazingly sweet. I am bawling my eyes out right now. Thanks again for your incredible examples of testimony and faith. You inspire me to be a better person!

Gazdik Family said...

Jessica, I can't beleive how well you put thoughts and images together. I feel such reverence and peace and love just by reading and watching the video. I guess it is not that hard to creat something like that, being such honest, reverent, sweet (and funny)family that you are.
You and Nate just radient strong faith and eternal happiness!!

Camp Chris said...

Beautiful. Love you.

Annie said...

What a beautiful post. It looks like it was Ohio fall at it's best and such a beautiful cemetery. You look beautiful too! I absolutely love the dress and the flower in your hair. Those pictures are just amazing. Such a beautiful tribute to your baby boy.

David and Kristi Gailey said...

Jessica, Nate, and family,

We are heart broken to hear of your loss. I can't stop crying from your beautiful post. You have such an amazing outlook on life. What a blessing it is to know that you are an eternal family and that you will be with Noah again someday. Our deepest love and prayers go out to you. Thanks for being such wonderful examples to us. We love and miss you!

Dave, Kristi, and boys

Kandice, Paul & Girls said...

Beautiful! Thank you.

TravisandTaryn Barrett said...

Whoever didn't tear up watching that movie and thinking about what you guys are going through right now is crazy. It looks like it was a beautiful day and that one tree is gorgeous. Keep up the faith and stay strong.

Shane's Angie said...

A beautiful tribute. What an amazingly picturesque place for your little Noah. The pictures were breathetaking, the music was inspiring, and the message was of course the sweetest part of all. An eternal family that will all be together again someday. I held it together pretty well until the picture of just you in front of the cemetary. Love you Jess. My prayers continue in your behalf.

Sara said...

What a sweet video to remember that gorgeous day. The pictures were absolutely beautiful...I continue to be amazed by your example of faith and strength. You have a beautiful family. It's times like this that I am so incredibly grateful to have the knowledge of the plan of salvation and eternal life. What a beautiful blessing...

Melinda said...

The service looked beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

The Andersons said...

Oh my, Jessica, that was so beautiful. You and Nate are such wonderful parents and you truly can see and feel how much love you have for Noah, Natalie and Jansen. You are an amazing family and such a strong example to us all. We continue to keep you in our prayers and thoughts. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Michael said...

Wow, that was the sweetest tribute I have ever seen! You exemplify all the qualities of our savior, you are amazingly strong and beautiful!

J & M Squared said...

That last comment was from me, under Michael's profile...oops:)

Meg said...

Jess, so sweet. What a great tribute! Love you so much

Lindsey said...

I'm a little late, but I've been thinking about you and wondering how the service went. Thanks for sharing. It sounds like it was a very nice service and what a nice video to have. And btw you looked so pretty. Your whole family is very good looking.

Kami said...

The pictures look great! Oh how I love fall. And you're a total hottie... wowsers! Love you to pieces.

Amanda said...

Wow Jessica. That was really powerful. Thank you for sharing your special day with us through this post.

Jan said...

What a sweet moment, you have captured forever. It's true what you say in the end. Moments like these though hard do bring us closer to heaven. Love you.

Scott and Melanie said...

That was a beautiful post. I'm so sorry to hear about everything you have been going through. I miss you and your sweet family. I'll be keeping you guys in my prayers.

Tina said...

Dear Sweet Jessica!!
I was wondering where you had been; now to find out you were in Utah having a fun time, and then I had visitors and so I haven't checked your blog in awhile and I was SHOCKED to see your news. I've been crying at my computer for the past 15 minutes reading everything and watching your sweet video. Cloey walked in and found me in this state and gave me a hug and asked questions and then said, "It's going to be okay Mom!"
I wish I could do something for you. I love the name and how it has such a beautiful meaning. The little white outfit was adorable and even the best seamstress can't compare to a father's love. It was incredible that Nate did that. You are in my thoughts and prayers. What a wonderful mom you are!!!