Thursday, October 15, 2009

Noah's Grave Marker & Remembrance Day

I had no idea what God had in store for us today. I went to work this morning, thinking about Noah. Today is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day. At about 10:30 I got an email from David telling me that Noah's grave marker was finally here. I couldn't believe it. All I could do was cry and thank God that he allowed it to arrive on such a special day as today.

Though we were both very anxious to see it, David and I decided we would wait and go see it together after work. Just a few minutes later a beautiful bouquet of fall flowers arrived for me at work. The card read, "David, Lisa, & Ethan - Just a little something to say we are thinking of you and remembering our nephew, Noah, and his siblings. We find joy in knowing they are all together in Heaven. We love you all! -J & E." I was so overwhelmed I started crying. Thank you Jason and Esther...the flowers are beautiful!

Just moments after that, my co-worker (that works at one of our other bank's branches) walked in on her lunch break. She has such a tender heart and I just think she is great! She gave me a sweet card and this beautiful Willow Tree figurine. Thank you, Lori!!!

During lunch I went to Hobby Lobby and bought several artificial fall flowers to go on Noah's grave. I was inspired by the bouquet that Jason and Esther had bought for us and I wanted Noah's flowers to look as similar as possible. So I put together a bouquet to put in his vase on his marker.

After lunch my co-workers gave me a card, a cute bag, and some little iron-ons representing each member of our family (including Noah). The card made me cry. It had a picture of a rainbow and the card said,

"God appearing at the strangest of places. Doing the strangest of things. Stretching smiles where there had hung only frowns. Placing twinkles where there were only tears. Hanging a bright star in a dark sky. Arching rainbows in the midst of thunderclouds.

Thinking of you and praying God will fill your day with unexpected blessings."

I can't tell you how perfectly appropriate that card was. God definitely filled my day with unexpected blessings.

I got a call in the afternoon from a floral shop saying they had left flowers for me at my front door at home. After work I drove straight home to get my camera and to get the flowers.

Another beautiful bouquet of lovely fall colored flowers. It made David and I both feel so loved. Thank you so much, Brien & Hannah!!! Thank you for thinking of us and our sweet Noah today.

I left my house and met David and Ethan at the cemetery. I pulled into the cemetery and saw beautiful geese walking around the graves.

We walked up to Noah's grave in the pouring down rain...and there it was...our sweet boy's beautiful name...

The vase is a temporary vase. Noah's vase will match his grave marker a bit better. They put this other one in temporarily until his arrives. About an hour after we visited the grave, Jason and Esther came to see it. They took a picture of us together....our first family picture.

It's a bitter sweet day. We are so thankful to have a place to remember our son. We just wish we had him in our arms instead.

I'm thinking of so many of you today who have lost a child. Love to all of you!


  1. I am so sorry for your loss. We lost our first born, our son Grayson, to SIDS almost 7 years ago.
    I am thinking of you and your family, you will be in our prayers!
    Love to y'all too - Kelley

  2. Lisa and David,

    The marker and flowers are absolutely beautiful!! Thank you for sharing this special moment with us. I am praying for you all and love you so much!

    Keri Beth :)

  3. Praising God that today was filled with blessings overflowing for you. What a beautiful marker for your sweet boy. Praying for you my friend.

  4. I Saw you blog on Angie and will keep reading I am so sorry for your lose but I have to say you have some amazing people around you and I think God for that

  5. I had tears in my eyes reading this, particularly when I saw Noah's grave marker. Oh Lisa, I'm so glad you felt so loved today! How sweet of all of those people to love on you today. :) The flowers are gorgeous, and I love the grave marker and how it has a vase with it. The picture on it is perfect. I love the pictures of Ethan looking at it. And your family picture- beautiful!

  6. Oh Lisa! I've got so much to say! First of all I'm so glad that God filled your day with so many blessings! The way your friends and co-workers reached out to you today was beautiful! And that Noah's marker would be ready on this day?? God is surely showing His greatness to you! Also I have almost an identical picture of geese in the cemetery from our last visit to Mary Grace's grave.
    Noah's marker is just beautiful and I love that you got to take a family picture...that made me realize that we don't have a family picture from after Mary Grace died (not including Isabel anyway- we have photos at the hospital but she was not there). We went to a really touching candlelight memorial last was a good end to a difficult day. *hugs*

  7. How special yesterday was for you! I'm so glad you were surprised with so many heart-warming thoughts and gifts. And that the marker is in is just perfect. Beautiful flowers you made. Praying for y'all!!!

  8. What a wonderful surprise on Remembrance Day!! His marker is beautiful and the flowers in the vase are so amazing and it is breathtaking. I am so glad so many people showed their support for you.

  9. Lisa, I'm so happy that you had folks remember you in such warm, gentle ways. That's precious. Noah's marker along with the flowers you put together are beautiful!!!!

    Love your new blog look, btw. Thinking of you.

  10. I'm so glad you had such a special day this week. The grave marker is beautiful, and I love the flowers you put together for Noah too!