This year, we started a new tradition. We went up to Cooper's grave, and lit candles. With Grandpa's generator, we lit Coop's little Christmas tree, and lights along the edge of the hill. We can see the lights from our home, and it helps us feel closer to Cooper.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
This is the framed photo that is at Cooper's preschool. They were gracious enough to ask us if they could hang a picture of him on the wall.
Quinn and I have set up an account in Cooper's name. This will help those in need of assistance with tuition for their little preschooler. We will contribute monthly to this fund. If you are interested in donating, please contact us via e-mail at email@example.com.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
If you weren't able to make it to the funeral, the link below will take you to where you can download and view the program.
Paula Hart, a dear friend of ours, came to our home in early August. Our hearts connected and she experienced the sweet feeling of peace and reverence that resides in our home. Through her amazing talent, she was inspired to design a magnificent heart, which represents the change of heart we all have had because of Cooper's love.
We would like to share with you the sweet note that she sent to us after we received this beautiful heart:
August 13, 2009
Dear Quinn, Jana, Hunter, Carson, Kennedy, Duncan, Lincoln, and Cooper,
This whimsical, free form heart was a design I had been tinkering with for some time. Only very recently did I begin to apply it to some copper wire; twisting, bending, pulling, distressing, polishing, and transforming that simple wire into something special. Three weeks ago that wire heart was just another trial and error at the work bench.
After Cooper's accident, I searched my own heart for something, some token to share, to extend my love to all of you. On a whim, I put the two finished hearts I had on cords and threw them in my purse, thinking that they were far to simple to bring any comfort and that I possibly would decide not to share my homemade trinkets.
Upon arriving at your home, I knew I needed to share my simple gifts and when I gave Jana the heart, I found myself asking if we could call the design "Cooper's Heart". At the time I did not realize how much this would come to mean to me.
That evening in your home was one of the most sacred experiences of my life. The peace and comfort that filled me as I entered was amazing and I can only compare it to the feelings I have when I am in the temple. You were all yourselves, but there was an overwhelming feeling of love that wrapped itself around every breath. We were blessed by the invitation to stay for family prayer, and we were humbly taught as Quinn shared his testimony of Jesus Christ with a niece and nephew who were present.
This same amazing, enveloping comfort was freely offered at the funeral. There are no words to describe the spirit that was conveyed during that meeting.
To me, Cooper's heart has become a talisman. A physical reminder of who and what I have the potential to be if I choose to accept my divine heritage. It will forever remind me of the love, comfort, peace, and reverence I experienced while I was among you and the infinite love our Father in Heaven has for each of us.
Mere verbiage is far too limited to express my gratitude sufficiently for the beautiful gifts I have received from all of you. I love you, and again attempt to express my sincerest thankfulness for changing my life through your faith.
You can view Cooper's Heart at http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33132404&ref=em or visit Paula's personal Blog at hartofthemountain.blogspot.com where you can see Cooper's heart in the right hand column of her page.
At Cooper's preschool, we decided to help others who may be in need of assistance in beginning their education by setting up a scholarship fund.
Cooper adored his school and his teacher Mrs. Shaack, and we wanted his love for the school to continue through helping others to have the same blessing.
Stay posted, we will give more information at a later date.