February 18, 2011

Not fade away.

 balloon release

We released balloons at the grave site today. It was the first time I'd seen them present the flag- he served in the Army- and as they played Taps I could hear Poppal humming it like he would do.

so many things right aobut this photo

So thankful for these photos, I took last fall.  

noah & poppal

Noah turned ten this week, and we got him a cell phone.

!!!

(He can only text and call family.) But it's been awesome, like, more than I thought. He watched his brothers and sister in the nursery at the church for us yesterday and today and would text Daddy if he needed anything. It was such a relief.

Tonight in the car on the way home he texted me, "Mommy can you see the fool moon?"

Yes, I could.

31 comments:

  1. Love those photos, so precious.

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  2. Great photos. I haven't been able to bring myself to do the balloons yet for my mom. I struggle too much at the cemetary to take my kids w/me.

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  3. wow, a cell phone. that's big kid stuff for sure. love the pictures, steph :-)

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  4. You have some amazing children, Steph :)

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  5. I bet Noah really feels like a big kid now. I hope things can calm down for you all now. ((hugs))

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  6. beautiful balloons!

    charlie and jamie each have old ipod touches/old iphone for games and stuff, and we let them get a free text app and when they have wifi (basically at home or at whole foods) they can text us. it's been SO BEAUTIFUL getting messages while out on a date night like "love you hope you are having fun" and goodnights while i was at blissdom. sometimes they even text me in the same room to say sweet things. absolutely love it. and the misspells are the BEST. <3

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  7. Military services are amazing. It's something that never leaves you. (((hugs)))

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  8. Phil's dad was military. The whole thing, taps, the 21 gun salute, the presentation of the the flag...it's all so beautiful and makes you so proud and so profoundly sad at the same time.

    I love it that it was so awesomely sunny and that there was a "fool moon" the same day.

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  9. Steph, thanks for loving my Dad! Aunt Diane

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  10. I haven't been on the computer as much the past few days. I'm so sorry to hear about Poppal passing.

    Hugs to you.

    Love the photos. And the fool moon? Too cute.

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  11. oh my heart, steph.

    (the pics are wonderful)

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  12. Beautiful balloons and fool moon. I love it.

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  13. Everything about this post is perfect. The balloon release, playing of Taps and the fool moon. Love it.

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  14. the fool moon was so beautiful last night.

    i remember when the girls each first got their cell phones and the cute texts I would get.

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  15. The photos brought tears to my eyes. What treasures to have.

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  16. Oh Happy Ten Mr Noah. And I am so sorry about Poppal, who you have such happy memories with... what a beautiful heritage your children have...

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  17. Not Fade Away. One of my most favorite songs ever.

    Still praying for ya, my friend.

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  18. I am so very sorry for your loss. Will be praying for comfort and peace. hugs to you.

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  19. I'm so very glad you have those photos too. Continued prayers.

    And a cell phone, wow! But I can already tell he's going to be super responsible with it. :)

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  20. hugs to you and your family. Remember that smile, it will help pick you up when you are feeling down. He looks like he had that effect on people.

    sorry for your loss.

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  21. Sending good thoughts your way!

    How special..balloons!
    Great pictures!

    And a cell phone! Jeremiah will turn 11 this year and has an iPod touch that he can't put down.... I'm sure his next quest will be a phone ( :

    Happy Birthday Noah!

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  22. we released balloons after my grandma passed in december, it was the most peaceful thing watching them float into the sky. they seemed to form a big "m" in the sky for her children who were watching from the ground, it was beautiful. I'm sorry to hear about your grandpa, those are great pictures. I'm so glad you're finding peace. Sending you hugs.

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  23. How fun that Noah has a cell phone now! I actually am looking forward to those days.

    P.S. I really like these pictures.

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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  24. I am so sorry for your loss.

    But please please in the future don't release balloons. There are so many ways we can honor our loved ones without releasing cheap bits of rubber that eventually deflate over the sea and kill dolphins (who mistake them for jelly fish).

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