Thursday, October 20, 2011

Our 2 year old

 This last Wednesday (the 12th) we celebrated our Angel, Andrew's birthday.  He would have turned 2.  It was a difficult day for me, but Eric was able to take the day off from school, so that helped me a lot.  We decided a few weeks ago that on Andrew's birthday we would make it a day of service and a day as a family.
 My Mom spoiled the kids and sent them a box of toys and treats for them to open on Andrew's birthday.  We really appreciated her thoughtfulness.
My sister, Sara, works at a skilled nursing center and she set up a program with the activities director of the facility for us to do a program.  We made a bunch of cookies and sang a bunch of songs to all of the residents.  
Sara played her guitar for a few of their songs.  I was so proud of the kids.  They loved passing out the cookies.
Sara and the kids with a few of the residents.
We went and had a picnic together and each got a balloon for Andrew.  They each sent a "message" up with their balloon.
We put stuff together for a missionary box and thank you cards, and then for dinner we let the each of the kids make their own pizza.  Tanner couldn't keep his hands off his and ended up kneading all of the sauce into his dough.  He loved it.
We made Andrew a Birthday cake.  We had a special day remembering our Buddy Boy.  We spent time watching our video of Andrew from his funeral.  We did stuff all day to remember Andrew and to try to serve and love other people (which especially helped me to not dwell on our loss).
Andrew is such a perfect boy.  We are so grateful for the time we had with Andrew.  He has forever changed our family, and I'm so grateful for the knowledge we have that we will see him again.  I know we will.  I try to live everyday worthy of this perfect boy.  I miss him so much!
Happy Birthday, Buddy Boy!


Ali said...

wow. 2 years old?! What a sweet day and a good tradition to do a day of service in little Andrew's memory. Your kids are so sweet and I love the balloons with messages for Andrew! We miss you guys!

Winders said...

What a wonderful, positive way to celebrate Andrew.

bowman family said...

What a beautiful way to pay tribute to a sweet boy. I am in awe of your strength!

Melanie said...

Happy Birthday Andrew! You are loved and missed.

What a special way to celebrate in his name. You guys are an inspiration.

The Thackers said...

Oh, Jenny...what a great way to remember Andrew. You guys continue to amaze me with your perfect hope and faith. We love you and miss you guys!! :-)

Kirsten said...

I echo what has already been said- what an incredible little family you all are and we have learned so much from you in our short time knowing each other! Andrew is blessed to be part of such a neat family.

Kirsten said...

oops, wasn't finished yet :)...but i was going to say that I can tell that you have also been blessed as a family by andrew! What a sweet little man.

Kirsten said...

Jenny, Just read your post called, "when it's dark enough." I LOVED it. I want to be just like you when i grow up!! :)

Laura and crew said...

I think only the very best of people are able to serve others and love others in the midst of their own trials...and you guys certainly do. I wish I could have known Andrew better. I feel SO LUCKY to know your family. You guys are really the cream of the crop!

MelissaR said...

Just wanted you to know that we've been thinking of you. What a beautiful way to remember your precious little boy. Love you guys!!!