Visit Rebekah's Page to get updates, read messages and send messages to Rebekah and her family through comments. This is a public "diary" of a family whose little girl started a battle with inoperable cancer in April 2005. In December 2007 our house burned down. And in September 2009 Mommy was diagnosed with a terminal disease (a genetic form of ALS) that took her to Heaven in July, 2011, leaving Daddy and two young girls to make it on their own. Over several years of ups and downs, you will get into our hearts, minds and souls as we share joys and sorrows. It can sometimes be very difficult to read. We hope it is also uplifting. Please find joy in what you read here.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

In Loving Memory:
Austin Winters (September 18th 2008)
A Very Short 10 Years

Austin was one of the honored children, along with Rebekah, for this year's Candlelighters Ride For A Child fundraser. The ride finished on September 13th, Austin died 5 days later. From Austin's local paper: An artist and friend met with Austin 3 days before his death: "The boy drifted in and out, but roused himself for a 20-minute conversation about heaven. Together, they dreamed of a place with sunny skies and plenty of open roads to ride motorcycles. This heavenly place, they decided, has no laws against speeding and bikers don't have to wear helmets." Read the whole story here.

It is very difficult for all of us who have similarly situated children. On one hand it slams our childrens' issues into our faces. It makes us face the fact that the odds are greater than not that we will have to deal with this too; we don't know if it will be tomorrow, next week, next month, or ??? It makes us do things parents should never EVER have to do like thing about their own child's funeral. And then on the other hand it makes us realize how lucky and special we are that we get one more day with our kiddo.

Either way we feel guilty. We feel guilty for rejoicing when there are others experiencing such loss. And we feel guilty for feeling "bad" when we still are blessed with the life of our little one.

As has often been said, it is not right, IT IS JUST NOT RIGHT.

The beautiful white rose that has touched so many of us in so many ways is by and used with permission from Australian photographer Lisa Hocking. Please see her blog and thank her for its use.


2 Shared:

At Wednesday, September 24, 2008 7:49:00 PM, Anonymous Darlene Left a thought...

I used to feel guilty too when I would hear of friends who experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage or other terrible circumstances, yet knowing what blessings God has given to us. I have a "small" understanding now due to our recent loss. I THANK GOD for the grace He gives to help us in our time of need! Ask and it will be given unto you.

At Sunday, September 28, 2008 6:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous Left a thought...

The irony that you talk about - you feel guilty no-matter what you do. Yet, in it all - God is there. When you rejoice and when you mourn. In the valleys and on the mountaintops. There are not many certainties in life, but that is one of them.


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