Thursday, June 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Dylan!

Regarding the 1-year anniversary of the day she was diagnosed with cancer, a friend recently wrote "Today is not a bad day, or a sad day, or a mad day. Its a tribute to the strength and fortitude to overcome a challenge. It's a HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!"

I find myself inspired by her words. Although our circumstances are not the same, I've felt a similar "strength and fortitude" over the course of the past year that have gotten me through the roughest of days. In alot of ways, today was similar to everyday in the past year rolled into one. I woke up this morning by my cell phone bombarding me with texts, voicemails, and emails of family and friends all remembering with us and acknowledging the day. And though I could've easily stayed in bed and slept the day away, I didn't. I remembered those mornings in the first few months after Dylan's death that I spent just wanting to stay in bed.

But I didn't just stay in bed. I pressed on. We both did. As difficult as it was to do so without our amazing son, we did. Yes, it was challenging. And yes, some days were more difficult than others.

"Today is not a bad day." It's Dylan's birthday. And like anyone else's birthday, it's a celebration of his life, a celebration of him. There were times that I did find myself sad today, sad that Dylan's not here with us for this celebration. But it's still not a bad day or a mad day. It's Dylan's birthday. We just want to wish our precious son a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We love you and miss you dearly, with all our hearts. Thank you for the difference you've made in our lives; thank you for making us the best parents we could possibly be; thank you for gracing us with 6 beautiful days. May your celebration in Heaven be blessed with laughter and joy. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DYLAN!



bir said...

What a beautiful, precious memory you have in that video..


Lea said...

This is such an inspirational post.

Thank you and Happy Birthday Dylan - what a beauty!

Alison said...

Oh that face! Dylan you will be loved and missed so much you sweet angel.


Crystal said...

I have no words only tears. That little boy is such an inspiration and joy to look at. I love you dearly and absolutely hate that he is not here to enjoy "this" life. Knowing that he is well taken care of and having fun in heaven makes me smile thru the tears. I can only imagine the excitement of having such a blessed child in their presence. Well I guess I had words after all...

Anonymous said...

Kat, I have never seen that video. What a treasure! I love how his eyes follow the hand(I think it's Justin's?) He is such a sweetie, and missed very much.

Love, Jen

Emily said...

Happy birthday, Dylan. What a beautiful boy you are. ((hugs))to your mom.