Tuesday, August 25, 2009
On Sunday night, After a wonderfully fun-filled weekend camping and boating with my husband and kiddos, I was preparing to upload photos and post about our great time together. Before blogging, I quickly checked my facebook page and was horrified to learn that a high school classmate's 10-year old son was involved in a tragic accident over the weekend and was clinging to life at St. Louis Children's Hospital.
Unfortunately, sweet Nolan passed away yesterday afternoon. It is a devastating loss for his entire family and the local community. Nolan was a 5th grader, a soccer player, a Catholic. His family is deeply grieving and mourning the loss of this beautiful 10-year old boy. One can only take solace in the fact that he is now perfect in Heaven and wrapped in God's arms.
This afternoon I saw this on a personalized plate...YNG4EVR. I immediately thought of Nolan.
On the eve of my 40th birthday, I also feel young. I think I spent so much time fretting over turning 40 that I lost a year of my life!!! Now that 40 is upon me, I reflect back and thank God for all of the blessings and lessons He has bestowed on me and vow to really begin living life. As I watch my little ones play, the lesson is not lost upon me that life is short; life is fragile; life is a precious gift meant to be unwrapped!!!
Blessings to all of you,
P.S. The daisy is believed to symbolize the innocence of youth. I thought this was an appropriate image to share in honor of Nolan.