Comfort and Joy

I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will
give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
Jeremiah 31:13

Thursday, May 24, 2012


So sorry to have been so MIA these past few weeks.  The family took a trip to Memphis to try and find a house (along with a ton of other shower, graduations, Mother's Day, play dates...more on all that later though).  We did find a house!!!!  We are super excited about it and completely see God's hand in having the perfect house at the perfect time for us.  So far everything has gone smoothly so for that we are so thankful.

There will be lots of posts coming up about our 11 days in Memphis but I had to post about something I received in the mail when we returned.  Our good friends the Harrison's had a quilt made after they lost Evie of some of their favorite things of hers.  It included clothes, blankets, lovies, etc.  I fell in love with it when I first saw it and knew I had to do something similar with Forrest's stuff.  All of his blankets, clothes, and lovies were stored in a tupperware that I couldn't bear to let the other boys use but couldn't get rid of.  I sorted through it and sent it to the friend that made Evie's quilt.  It took a while because she is so busy making children's clothes and monogramming but the wait was worth it.  It came on Wednesday and it is perfect.  She did such a wonderful job capturing our memories with our sweet boy.
Quilt made of special blankets, shirts, & lovies of Forrest-such a treasure!
I love how she incorporated his name and dates.
Special squares from the quilt - tears of joy and sadness wrapped up in one
This was his Halloween outfit.  He was my lil punkin.  His Halloween outfit-my lil' punkin
One of our favorite nurses, Jay, made him two shirts.  One said "God has big plans for me!" and one said "Jesus loves you...but he loves me more!".  Nancy was afraid to put those in the quilt because they were made by Jay with just a sharpie and probably would wash away in the wash so she stitched those sayings instead.  I love it.
That He does!!!  So proud of my precious son and his life. Untitled
I keep looking at it and remembering the 55 beautiful days I had with my son.

The picture below shows the white blanket and little tag lovie.
This picture shows the polka dot blanket.
The striped blanket and blue blanket with a train in the corner.
Another of the polka dot blanket. PA150008
The train blanket.
The forest blanket.
Oh how I miss him and long to be with him again but I am truly so proud of his life and legacy.  What a treasure this quilt will be in the life of my family!


Anonymous said...

Oh Brittany, this is truly one of the sweetest things I have seen in such a long time! I love that Forrest! I am in awe of God's work and grace. I am going to print a picture of his blanket as a reminder of the reason I have been called to care for God's children. You and David are amazing Christians and parents. I consider it an honor to have been a part of that 55 days! Love y'all much, Kimberly Taylor Andrews

Anonymous said...

Hi Brittany -

My name is Casey McMillin (now Monteleone). I went to college with you (I was a Phi Mu with Stephanie - that's how I found your blog). I just felt the urge after reading such a sweet post to leave you a comment to let you k ow how much I admire you as a mom. I have a 14 month old son and can't imagine what you have been through with your family. You are such an amazing example of a wonderful Christian mother, and I find you so, so inspiring. Just thought you should know! Have a great weekend!


I live in Connecticut now, just outside NYC. Love reading about your adventures up north!

jennie brooks said...

That is amazing! So glad you had that done. What a special way to remember that special boy!

Emilee Odette Garrett said...

Oh, B...what a special treasure. This is such a beautiful way to remember such a beautiful little boy. It's perfect. Love to you...

EBW said...

What a sweet quilt! She did a great job! So curious as to where your new house is! Congrats. I know that's a huge weight off of your shoulders.

(Sorry for the deleted comment! I'm on my mom's computer - didn't realize it until after I hit 'post'.)

Ashley said...

I love the sweet and such an awesome idea. And I love seeing his beautiful pictures!

Laura Sessions said...

What a wonderful quilt. I love this idea, and it will be so special to you always.

Cozy Coleman said...

That quilt is awesome! I love it. So special for you to have. She did an amazing job!

steph said...

This is so beautiful!

Tim and Bridge said...

I love the quilt so much. What a treasure to have all his things that you love in one big scoopable hug. It will be so nice to see and touch those things and remember your special boy.

ashleywheatley said...

precious brit, this is amazing, such a treasure!!
so so special
love you

Ireland Family said...

This is such a great way to keep your little guy close! What a great idea!