Tuesday, December 18, 2007

'Tis the season to remember the little ones...

Owen had his pediatrician appointment today... he's gained 10 ounces. I am in love with his rapidly growing belly, so soft and lovable. And his cheeks... they feel like warm, sweet butter. Oh, baby fat!

We are wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and want to thank everyone for checking in with the Marshalls throughout these last five months. We've been amazed to learn of the people who are reading this blog. The positive thoughts, prayers and energy have helped tremendously.

The thing that I am reminded of, seeing a collection box today at a children's consignment store that I stopped at to pick up items to accommodate our rapidly growing baby boy, is that there are so many children who need to be remembered every day but especially this time of year, when friends and family gather together to celebrate life, joy and togetherness. The little girl who the box was in honor of had been born with very serious complications. Her parents insurance money had recently run out...

I'd especially like to remember Katie Gerstenberger, who at age 12, passed away in August from cancer. Kelsey and I had the joy of meeting Katie at Andrea and Mike's 4th of July celebration, just before Owen was born. She was a beautiful young woman - so full of life. She is the cousin of Andrea, our beloved office manager at GFC and the daughter of Karen, a woman full of grace and compassion.

There are also the children who we love, and who are too numerous to list, who are especially thought of this time of year... Scott James' son, Justice, and Owen's cousins, Sara and Madison, pray each night for Owen's health. May the same blessing be bestowed upon them. Our little Lily Hethcote, who we saw this weekend, is a little bead of happiness. May her smile always remind us of her parents, our dear friends. And then there are the ones we know are on their way, including Baby Endo, the child of our friends, Mick and Corey. May this baby be as wonderful as his/her parents.

Life is such a gift.

Until next year,



karengberger said...

Thank you for remembering Katie so beautifully and lovingly. We rejoice with you at Owen's progress, and look forward to seeing all of you at the Gala.

Mommy to a Tater Tot said...

I have to tell you that I was introduced to your blog by a friend of mine. I read it weekly and you both are amazing parents. Owen couldnt be cuter and you have much to be thankful for this year. Although I dont know you guys, I pray for you both as well as Owen nightly with my baby girl. Wishing you a wonderful holiday!!