Saturday, February 27, 2010

Cooper's Bench

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.

The Songs of my Heart

These are some of my new favorite songs. They are the songs of my heart. I hope they will help you to feel what I feel. Most of all, how I look forward to the day I will see My Savior again. Because of him, I feel peace, I press forward in faith knowing I will be with Cooper again.
(I could not figure out how to post them on the blog, but I will list them.)
When He Calls My Name--Hillary Weeks
Just Let Me Cry--Hillary Weeks
Tender Behind the Mercy--Hillary Weeks
You Give--Hillary Weeks
There are so many more, but these are the ones that speak to me.