another christmas where our hearts are grateful for our eternal family, and for cooper who reminds us every day who we want to become, and for a baby jesus who we love and adore as we cary the light of christ in our hearts.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
We were all wondering what to be for Halloween, when Quinn suddenly thought of this amazing idea! We would be Cooper's Runners! Wear orange pants, and blue sweat bands.
We all dyed our pants to be orange or blue, or a little of both. It was a funny process, but they turned out great!
This year for Cooper's birthday, we all got new CTR rings.
Not only do these rings help us to choose the right, but they help us to think of Cooper.
(Cooper Think Rings)
They really remind us of who we want to be, and how we need to act so we can live with Cooper again.
Monday, October 4, 2010
this year was the first annual coopers run! it was so fun! there were so many people there! the feeling of the day was so peaceful! we could feel cooper all day! he was there, watching over us!
this has been such an amazing journey. lots of ups and downs, but at the end of the day, it has been a very beneficial experience. we as a family have grown in so many ways that we feel we couldn't have otherwise. we miss him so much every day, but we know where he is... and we know he is with us when we need him most!
after the run, we went up to little cooper's resting place, and watched the sun go down. Quinn found a bagpipist that came and played very sweet music while we were there. we as a family sat there in silence, thinking and pondering. we were all in tears by the end of it. good tears. we all thought a lot about cooper, and how much we miss him, and we thought about how lucky we are to have each other. we don't know what we would do if we didn't have each other.
we love, and are grateful to all of you who participated in the run in ANY way! thank you so much for your support!
Today was a PERFECT day! There are still no words to describe how our hearts are feeling, but we are taking it one moment, one heart beat, one breath at a time. We know where he is, and that is so comforting. We love each other, and we lean on each other more and more every day. We can hardly wait for the day to come when we will see him, and hug him again.
Thank you for all of the prayers, texts, notes, and other means of your condolences. We appreciate them all, and we love you!
Happy Birthday Cooper Hamblin Kofford! We love and miss you so much!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
EASTER falls perfectly in the spring when everything around us seems fresh and new. Spring has come with the anticipation of beautiful weather. With it, also brings evidence to our souls that we have a Savior who LIVES. We love him. We know he LOVES us. Through Him, a more than perfect plan was put into place. CHRIST died for each of us. But more importantly, He was RESURRECTED. He made it possible for the Plan of Happiness to give us HOPE. Hope for blessings yet to come and an ETERNITY filled with FAMILY.
Easter morning, our family went up to the cemetery, (in our pajamas) with bubble wands that were left by the easter bunny. Cooper had received one from him pre-school teacher, Mrs. Shack last May. With many thoughts of him, we ran around with bubbles magically floating in the air. It was an incredible sight.
Valentines... A time to reflect on those we love most. Cooper remains ever more in our HEARTS.
Christian Buss was Coopers best friend. He came to our home to play with Lincoln and Duncan one day. When he left, we found this drawing that he had created on Kennedy's art board.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Our experience with Cooper has definitely not been exclusive
to our family alone. Many many people whom we love and who have shown us extreme love in return, have shared their hearts with us, lightened our burdens, cried with us and mourned with us!
We still miss Cooper nearly every minute of everyday. But we are lifted and carried by those who have continued to extend their kindness towards our family. Let us share with you one of the most amazing things that has been done for us and has softened my heart each time I look at it...Coopers Bench!!
Our neighbors all contributed in giving us an incredible gift. They purchased a tree (which we can pick out in the spring) and with the meticulous creativity of Ben Sutorius and design of Jared Connor, a bench was made. It captures Cooper and his love for the outdoors PERFECTLY!! Ben fabricated it from steel rods and
molded them to look like the sticks that cooper loved collecting.
As you can see there is nothing in the world like it. Ben masterfully went to work and caught my vision ever more than I even expected. Its so perfect... more than perfect. Lastly the finishing touch. Shannon and Ben took Coopers flip flops, had a mold made and duplicated them in Bronze! (yes bronze!!) They sit perched on the bench as if cooper left them there and ran off to play.
There are no words to tell how my heart feels when I sit quietly on that sweet bench. Thank you to all my neighbors...especially Ben and Shannon. We love you all!
Sunday, February 21, 2010
These are some of the pictures that I just received from our baby-sitter. They are of Lincoln and Cooper playing in the yard last summer. Had a good long cry as I longed to see them play just once more. I miss my two little buddies, always together. Now I have (thankfully) just one.