Hope, Happiness, Joy

Joseph was a gift from heaven when he was born on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 4:51 p.m. He was born the day before Thanksgiving and we called him our early turkey. We were so thankful for him and still are today. Joseph always loved his family and always said that it was great to be a part of this family and that he was so thankful that mom and dad got married so that he and Matthew (his best brother, born in 2005) could be born. Now with our two gifts from heaven our lives were complete and full of love. I kept their baby book full of details up to and beyond their first year of life, writing down special things they both would say and do, and still do so even today. Those precious notes are called their Memory Books and each would say, “Mom make sure you write this down so we can remember it.” I wrote down what they asked me to and so much more and am so grateful that I did. In addition to taking endless photographs and endless video for our family, each note in their memory book opens a chapter in my mind of memories that are precious and much of those special things they said are captured in those books and not in a photo or video. Joseph said so many things looking back in his Memory Book about Jesus since he was 6 years old and more so when he was diagnosed with a brain disease on January 24, 2013. That day brought me and my husband to our knees and was the worst news any parent could be told.

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