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CATHY~MOM OF DAVID GIRAUD♫ THINKING OF YOU December 31, 2008
 

"It's the end of another year and so many thoughts go
swirling through our minds.  For many, it has been a
difficult year - job loss, loss of friends, loss of a home,
loss of health, and possibly one of the most lasting
losses of all - the loss of a child.  For some there will
be no celebration at the end of the year - only a lot
of tears for those dreams that were stolen away so
unexpectedly.
How does a person move on?  How can a person move
into the New Year with joy when so much sorrow
surrounds the heart?  It's not easy, but it helps to
remind yourself often that you are never, ever alone in
your pain.  There are times when we feel alone, but the
truth is that we are surrounded by hope and it is there
for us whenever we call out for help.
Look at nature in any season and be reminded of the
One who is in charge.   Look at the majesty of the
starry sky at night and know that you are counted among
the stars.  Listen to the sounds of the wind rustling through
the trees and hear the whisper of God letting you know He
is by your side.  Look for the rainbow painting the sky
and be assured that you have not been forgotten.  Remind
yourself often that hope is stronger than your pain!" -C. Hinton

"For every tear you cry, there is a seed of hope being watered."

--Clara Hinton

"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me."  --Psalm 61:a 

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Clara Hinton

Edwina~Troys mum Thinking of you as the new year approaches December 29, 2008
 

MY NEW YEARS WISH TO YOU

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May peace fill all the empty spaces around you
And within, may contentment answer all your wishes.

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May comfort be yours, warm and soft like a sigh.
And may the coming year
show you that every day is really a first day,
a new year.

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CATHY~MOM OF DAVID GIRAUD♫ THINKING OF YOU FOR THE HOLIDAY~ December 13, 2008
 

GOD BLESS YOU, KATHY, AND YOUR FAMILY FOR THIS HOLIDAY. I KNOW HOW HARD THIS IS, AND I AM HERE FOR YOU, MY PRECIOUS FRIEND. YOU CAN CALL ME OR EMAIL, AND I WILL CALL YOU, ANYTIME!! MAY GOD HOLD YOU TIGHT IN HIS TENDER ARMS, GIVING YOU COMFORT, STRENGTH, AND PEACE.

LOVE AND MANY HUGS,

CATHY AND FAMILY~♥~

Edwina ~ Troys Mum Thinking of you at Christmas December 9, 2008
 

marybjosh@bellsouth.net Shining Stars December 5, 2008
 
 
kathy when I read the candle you lite for your precious Ryan it touched my heart so much-We were looking at the same bright stars and the moon night before last-Josh and I,like you and Ryan use to love to take in the beautiful sunsets and sunrises-As for the moon and the stars we would sit on the porch and look up to Heaven and take in all the beauties-You are right-some do not stop to take in the beauties of this world and to enjoy all the gifts Our Lord sends us everyday-Josh and Ryan are waiting for us in Heaven-Kathy ,we can only imagine how beautiful it is in Heaven-Looking forward to the day Ryan and Josh can show us around Heaven-Every day we wake is one day closer to the day we see Josh and Ryan again-Knowing that Ryan,Josh all the precious Angels in Heaven are waiting for us for a beautiful reunion-Love to You and Ryan from Me and Josh
Wanda and Sweet William Parents of Chancey Maurice Jackson November 29, 2008
 

Dear Kathy and family,

 We found a need to come to the river as they searched for your son. Praying for the best. We joined you in a journey we all wish was different.We will be forever linked by the love for your son.Our sons lost their life in the river,but found forever peace in Jesus. sincerely Wanda and  Sweet William

Debi Collins Mom to Angel Andrew November 23, 2008
 

Kathy,

I just wanted to thank you for visiting Andrew's site and writing such heartfelt words. You and your family remain on my prayer list. Yes, the first year of "firsts" is not easy, nor is it predictable. We all face this void and unbelievable pain in different ways; in reading your words, I can sense your inner need to comprehend Ryan's death. It's been three years for me...I STILL WONDER WHY ANDREW HAD TO LEAVE US AT ONLY 18 YEARS OLD. I do know that God has plans and I will never question him. I just don't always understand Kathy, and I'm sure in time, that you will be more at peace with this unimaginable loss, yet still...that pain remains.

How is the little boy that Ryan saved? Heaven needed a hero...you are so, so right in saying so.  I would like to know more about this young boy and Ryan's undeniable strength in putting his own life at risk in order to save another. What a wonderful young man you raised.

Feel free to email me at anytime...debi.lynne@hotmail.com.

Again, may God Bless You and your family. Ryan and Andrew are buddies; I feel certain that they have met.

Debi Collins               http://andrew-collins.last-memories.com

Debi Collins Mom to Angel Andrew November 15, 2008
 

My daughter decided to decorate for Christmas today.  For some reason, I thought of you and the fact that this will be your first Christmas without Ryan. I remember our first year..should we hang his stocking, should we allow herselves to be happy or should we simply visibly represent where our hearts, as a family actually were at that time. Andrew's stocking still hangs on the fireplace and I had two ornaments made for him as our first Christmas without him approached. One is hung on our tree, the first ornament that Kaitlyn hung today. The other is hung on the little tree at his grave site. On one side, the wording is: "I'm spending Christmas with Jesus this year." On the other, it reads//"In loving memory of Andrew Gene Collins: January 26th, 1987-July 16th, 2005."

That first year was overwhelming for me especially; I just couldn't seem to get myself into a mindset that would enable me to be there for my family and friends. In addition, My Daddy had just been diagnosed with lung cancer and was declining each day. I went to Andrew's grave everyday and cried and screamed like a mad woman. Now I realize that at that time, I had only just begun to understand. Healing comes with time.

You and your family will be in my heart, soul and prayers today and everday.

Debi Collins

http://andrew-collins.last-memories.com

shawn manikam's mum SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR LOSS November 11, 2008
 
MY DEAR FAMILY,
WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS HOW SAD I FEEL. I AM SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR LOSS .EACH TIME I MEET ANOTHER ANGEL MY HEART ACHES, IT IS NOT EASY TO BRING A CHILD IN TO THIS WORLD AND THEN SUDDENLY OUR CHILD IS TAKEN AWAY FROM US. I  TO LOST A SON IN A TRAGIC MOTOR CAR ACCIDENT 3 YEARS AGO SHAWN WAS MY ELDEST SON  .THE WORD OF GOD SAYS IN  (ISAIAH 57V1) JESUS SAYS THE ELECT ARE TAKEN AWAY AND NO ONE SEEMS TO UNDERSTAND WHY THEY ARE TAKEN AWAY BEFORE ANY EVIL COMES TO THEM.   BE ASSURED THAT ONE GLAD MORNING WE ALL OF LIFE IS OVER WE WILL SEE OUR PRECIOUS LOVED ONES AGAIN THAT IS GOD'S PROMISE TO US. OUR CHILDREN HAVE COME AND FINISHED THEIR RACE THEY ARE SAYING TO US COME ON FAMILY WE ARE IN A BETTER PLACE  OUR HOME IS READY AND WAITING FOR OUR FAMILY TO BE UNITED AGAIN. MANY TIMES WE MAY WANDER WHY ?WHY?WHY? WE NEVER GET OUR ANSWERS.BUT WE CAN THANK GOD FOR GIVING US OUR CHILDREN THANK HIM FOR SUSTAINING US WITH HIS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE THAT ONLY COMES FROM JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.ALSO THANK HIM FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO IS HERE TO COMFORT US IN TIMES OF SORROW. SO MY DEAR FAMILY YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS  AND PLEASE KNOW THAT WE CARE AND LOVE YOU WE MAY BE SO FAR AWAY FROM EACH OTHER ONE GLAD MORNING WE WILL MEET ON THE OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN.  SO EVERY DAY WHEN WE LOOK AT THE BRIGHT STARS IN THE SKY AND HOW BEAUTIFUL IT LOOKS WE MUST SAY TO OURSELVES IF THE OUTSIDE OF HEAVEN IS SO BEAUTIFUL HOW MORE BEAUTIFUL THE INSIDE OF HEAVEN MUST BE THAT IS WHY OUR CHILDREN WON'T COME BACK BECAUSE JESUS PROMISE THEM US A BETTER PLACE IN PARADISE.
SO DEAR FAMILY HERE'S WISHING YOU LOVE, PEACE AND MAY THE HOLY SPIRIT BE CLOSE TO YOU FOREVER
JANE
Debi Collins Mom to Angel Andrew November 1, 2008
 

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. No one should have to lose a child; it's just not the way we planned. Parents die first, or at least that's what I thought until my sister died 5 years ago. The pain in my own heart was overwhelming and to this day, I somehow knew that my Daddy would never get over her death...and he didn't. The truly sad thing is the fact that one year and a month after my only sister died of pancreatic cancer, my only son, 18, died five days after being ejected from his car in a terrible accident. Andrew died of blunt force trauma to his head. Eight months later, my Daddy, who had grieved himself into seclusion, died in his sleep.

Through it all, I always wonder why...why do things happen the way that they do, and why wasn't Andrew there to be a part of his older sister's wedding 10 months ago. Why won't he be here next May, when his baby sister graduates from HS? Where was he when all I wanted to do was sit and cry and scream??? He was there; I felt it and I sensed it. I also know that our sons' would never want us to grieve for extended periods of time, yet it's been three years, and on some days, I still wait for him to walk through the front door.

The death of your son is still very new to you, yet I read your words and view this memorial site, and I feel as if I not only knew him, but that I know the pain of those left behind as well. It's a void, a huge, open wound that people attempt to cover with a bandaid and it just doesn't work. Time really does begin to heal and will enable you to start to feel real emotions again...not just sadness and pain and disbelief. Time can be your friend, yet it can also bring back memories, that in my case, just seem place me further and further away from Andrew....I choose to see that as a sign that I am closer to my son than I was when he left us.

I pray for you to find the strength that you need to wake up each day and move forward; to love today, even if Ryan isn't here to love it with you...to smile at things that he said and laugh at something that he did...without crying yourself to sleep because the laughter died when he did.  I will keep you and your family in my heart, soul and prayers.

Please visit Andrew's site when and if you choose to. It would mean so much to me.

Prayers.....Debi Collins                  http://andrew-collins.last-memories.com

CATHY~MOM TO DAVID GIRAUD ON MY HEART♥ October 15, 2008
 

TO ALL WHO LOVE AND MISS PRECIOUS RYAN: MAY GOD SURROUND YOU WITH HIS LOVING ARMS, BRINGING YOU COMFORT, STRENGTH AND PEACE. WE ARE IN THIS JOURNEY TOGETHER, WE MAY NEVER MEET FACE TO FACE IN THIS LIFE, BUT WE MOST CERTAINLY WILL IN THE NEXT. WHAT A CELEABRATON THAT WILL BE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND WORDS ON OUR DAVID'S SITE. I HAD THOUGHT ABOUT MAKING IT PRIVATE, BUT I HAD SUCH AN OVERWHELMING RESPONSE NOT TOO, THAT I CHANGED MY MIND. OUR LOVE IS SO VERY DEEP, TO THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS, FOR OUR CHILDREN, AND WHEN WE SEE THEM AGAIN, WE WILL ALL HAVE A HUGE FAMILY REUNION!! LOVE YOU!! LIFTING YOU IN PRAYER!!

CATHY GIRAUD ( MOM OF DAVID GIRAUD)

Edwina ~ Troy's mum Thinking of you Ryan October 13, 2008
 

 

CATHY~MOM TO DAVID GIRAUD FALL & REMEMBERING YOUR RYAN~ October 1, 2008
 

YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TODAY AND EVERYDAY~MAY GOD BRING YOU, RYAN'S FAMILY, COMFORT, STRENGTH, AND PEACE IN THE COMING YEARS~

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CATHY~MOM TO DAVID GIRAUD Thinking of Ryan's Family September 18, 2008
 

Sometimes, when we're not at all expecting it, life takes a

sudden turn and we find ourselves facing pain that we never

before thought was possible.  Losses come into our lives and

can knock us flat on our feet and leave us feeling alone and

completely abandoned.

 

Not one of us can truly know how deep another's pain runs,

but there is one thing that is certain.  We have not been left

alone in our pain. 

 

Many times we can't begin to see the sun shining because

the tears are clouding our vision.  We fail to hear the song

of the birds chirping their melody because our ears only

hear the emptiness of our heart.  During moments like this,

it is important to remind ourselves that hope does not die -

ever!  We have been given hope in many different forms to

help fill the void in our lives while we find that place called

a "new normal" for us to learn how to grow and thrive once

again.

 

Look at the beauty in nature and be encouraged.  Glance at the

heavens and know that there is Someone watching over you.

Feel the gentle breeze brushing up against your cheek giving

you a tender kiss of encouragement. 

 

Life has a way of suddenly making things right again.  Just

when you least expect it a new door is opened, a problem

is resolved, and your heart feels love once again. -C. Hinton

 


Edwina ~ Troy Mitchell's mum Thinking of you September 2, 2008
 

My thoughts and prayers are with all who love and miss dear Ryan.

I wish there where something I could say to ease your heartache, I have my own precious angel son so I feel your pain every day, I only pray that you find some comfort knowing that others care and will remember dear Ryan, God bless Ryan and his family, Edwina Mitchell.

Della, Greg and Family Do not stand at my grave and weep August 11, 2008
 
Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow, I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain, I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush, I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight, I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom, I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing, I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there. I did not die.

          by Mary Elizabeth Frye (1905-2004),

 

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