1. I will talk to God about how to rebuild relationship with my brother, who has chosen to estrange himself from all extended family due to his unforgiveness of his father (my step-dad). I will pray about it, let God give me a few idea, and then I will act on them.

  2. Today is my husband's birthday as well. I'm convinced only amazing and exceptional people were born on this day. And today, in honor of Noah, I will be sure that tonight at (kidless)dinner I will intentionally tell my husband how much I love and appreciate him and all he does for us. I will also put aside my never ending list to snuggle with my kids this afternoon give them my full attention. Thank you for this post. You are in my prayers today friend.

  3. Wonderful post and tribute to your son, Noah! I'm so sorry for your loss. Know that the Lord is using you even through this difficult experience. So much truth in the points you shared with us! This one resonated with me today: "And for those of us whose lives are fueled by productivity and efficiency, it’s tempting to put off people altogether in order to accomplish things. Today, remember that loving God and loving people is the most eternally productive way to live your life."
    I just wrote a devo today on this very subject! Have a truly blessed day, Sandy! And know God's using you!

  4. This weekend, I was a single mom (Craig was out of town) and somehow I was able to hear God's quiet voice that the messy house and undone work didn't matter as much as I thought I did. I was able to pour into my kids like I haven't been able to do in a long time. This post was such a confirmation of that and encouragement to continue on this same journey.

    Thank you.

  5. Beautiful post. I'm ashamed to say that I lose sight of it all the time. But, God's grace is sufficient, and each day is a blessing. I am blessed by your post and am going to meditate on it, and make an effort to re-focus my priorities. Happy Birthday Noah!

  6. Oh Sandy, I hear you loud and clear. I only wish I lived closer to you as I'd be there to give you a hug and a shoulder to lean on. No words needed friend.

    I cannot imagine having to deal with the death of a child or baby or whatever age they might be. My sister had 13 miscarriages and never was able to carry a baby to term. She has 13 babies in heaven.

    Noah would be proud of his mama. Sandy, you are able to comfort others who also share the loss of a child. I think of Melanie of The Bella Mella. Words from me would not be able to console as I've never suffered that loss. I think of 2 Corinthians 1:4. God comforts us in our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

    I'm thinking of you and praying for you Sandy.

    Love you,

  7. I'm shedding a few tears for Noah, for you, for instant perspective. I get this. The I got instant perspective in a cancer diagnosis part.

    Sending mucho love and hugs your way. If I were sitting across the table from you drinking coffee, I wouldn't say anything, I'd be way too busy hugging you!!

  8. Thinking of you today. I cannot imagine living through the loss of a child. Trusting God will use your testimony, and that of others, to bring me a better perspective on my life.

  9. Thanks for your blog on this painful subject, Sandy. It triggered, or reminded me how important celebrations are. Celebrations like birthdays, holidays, anniversaries (even anniversaries of a death or loss) and Sundays.

    Celebrations and traditions cause us to stop the necessary turning and churning patters of daily life, and help us focus on what really matters.

  10. There is a blog award for you on my blog, but NO pressure to follow the rules. Just wanted to let you know I think you are awesome!

  11. Thank you for sharing this. It is so very real, so very vulnerable, and so very true. I have taken it all to heart. Bless you, and bless little Noah.

    I hope you don't mind my sharing this with you…it is the link to a friends' blog who is doing a project that you might be interested in, to minister to those who have lost a child. Her story is compelling as well and she is wanting to use her pain and the pain of others to minister. Here is the link: http://homemakingirl.blogspot.com/2010/05/shalom-big-dream.html

  12. You are a very special lady. You share your loss with us and you views. I got alot of sight on how important we are to be in this world. Im sorry for your loss … but Im also thankful for your words. May God bless you and Happy 13th birthday , Noah. I know your having the best b-day possible. ~ winks ~ Have a beautiful day, Sandy.

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