Sunday, October 30, 2011

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72 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful series of photos!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I LOVE the baby/toddler pictures. So cute.

the mama bird diaries said...

What sweet pictures. I so wish he could be with you right now.

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

They get cuter every year.

Ok, I prefer infants but the kids grow so fast !~!~

PeachPrenni said...

I LOVED all the pics! They put a huge smile on my face. Jack was SUCH a beautiful baby! He had over a decade of wonderful Halloweens; you can see the joy on his face. I'll be thinking about you tomorrow; I know it wil be hard. Blessings & Love, Annie

The Empress said...

tears, as always.

My boy was also Buzz Lightyear.

Tears for you, my friend.

Beth C. said...

I've been thinking of you today as we finished our Halloween preparations. Thanks for sharing pictures of your precious memories! My favorite was Dorothy and the Scary Doctor! Such characters!

ipenka said...

These were some great Halloween photos.

I'm very sorry for your loss.

Danielle said...

Praying great comfort for your family as you face this "first".

Lady Jennie said...

I loved looking at these pictures. Jack categorized his candy? (grin)

Courage for this first Halloween my friend. Another blogging friend of mine who lost her daughter says that each day she gets through is one day closer to when she will see her again.

Varda said...

Beautiful pictures of your beautiful children through the years. I am thinking of you every landmark day, special day and holiday as you face them for the first time this year through the lens of your loss, Jack-less. Hugs to year this Halloween.

kristi said...

Great pictures.

Renee said...

Love the pic of Jack with the candy sorted in groups. Very cool! I hope that Margaret enjoys the day today. A little fun will do her (and you) good.

Take care!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What wonderful memories! I hope you can look at these beautiful photos with a smile and a warm heart. Maybe not today, but one day, I promise.

Mrs. E said...

I can't imagine how tough it was to sort through these pictures, sort through the years. Every "first" without him hurts. Here's hoping that all of you find a bit of a smile somewhere today. You gave me one. What adorable costumes and kids.

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e/Mrs. Seaman) said...

Jack looks a little ticked in one--Darth Vader? Was it because he had to remove the hat/helmet?

Love the one of him sorting his candy, so much loot!

Is Margaret dressing up today?

OSMA said...

Such beautiful kids and great costumes. I love the pic with the mad doctor and Dorothy. Thinking of you tons today, and hoping you get a wink from somewhere to again let you know Jack is close. I'm just so sorry and yes, this whole thing sucks more than anything I've ever known.

xoxo.
Erin

Nichole@40daysof said...

The panda is my absolute favorite. Those cheeks!

Clare said...

Love this series of photos. I separated my candy just like Jack did.

Pip said...

Have been thinking of you today Anna - I know you'll find a way through this day as well. With so much love xx

Cat Alford said...

Both your kiddos are so, so cute, Anna!!!! Jack definitely knows how to pick a good costume. :) The baby pics are just too sweet. His face hardly changed at all! I know this weekend was probably so difficult for you, but I hope you got out and that Margaret had a fun Halloween.

xoxo
Cat

Leah C said...

Adorable lil' trick-or-treaters...and my heart just breaks. Hugs & prayers...

luv2run said...

Sweet sweet boy!!!!

The pictures look similar to mine in the sense that when they were young, they were innocent thomas the tank engines and grew into blood and gore! Looks like tons of fun times and happy memories!

We will be thinking of Jack as we trick or treat and praying for your family on this night without yoru beautiful boy!

luv2run

Marinka said...

Adorable pictures. We had many of the same ones. (Except I was Dorothy one year. Shh!)

Mariann Alicea said...

Gorgeous photos -- Our kids are so the same age -- the costumes match year after year. You, Tim and Margaret are in my heart and in my thoughts and prayers every single day. Tender hugs -- Mariann Alicea PS - I found your blog a couple of days ago -- the kids want me to ask if we could visit with you and margaret.
majr0328@aol.com or 703-295-0749

DawnGes said...

Sorting through memories, candy, costumes, and grief... Praying for each of you, Anna. xo - if you want one:)

Becky said...

Thinking of you this Halloween. Beautiful pictures!

Paula said...

I've been thinking about you/praying for you all weekend. I think I have that exact same mom with bee pic from when my guys were little. Ugh. The pumpkin Tim carves is kind of amazing. Hope it makes today suck a little less...
Keeping you in my heart today...

Stimey said...

These photos are magic. I loved every one. My thoughts are with you today.

Carrie Brown said...

I love these pictures. I can't wait to see this years pictures of Margaret! I laughed when I saw a very adult version of Margaret's costume pop up in my facebook feed:)
Carrie

Elisa @ What the Vita said...

My favorites: the bugs - the ladybug and the bee. SO SO SO cute! So happy you have all these pictures to look back on and remember :) xoox

Meredith Self said...

Smiling and crying. You are all beauties.

Thank you for sharing.

Mommy P said...

Tears & prayers for you. Thank you for helping me to appreciate every single second of my children's lives. Wish I could hug you.

Lindsay said...

thank you for sharing such sweet pictures/memories. praying for moments that make you smile today.

Reenie said...

Adorable pictures.

Leslie said...

I've been praying for you extra hard this weekend, Anna, Tim & Margaret. I HATE that your doing this without him this year. I'm so, so sorry.

I love these photos, how awesome. This was a perfect post. Sure it was hard to look through them all, but thank you for sharing them.

You and Tim make some PERFECTLY CUTE babies.

Lexilooo said...

I love the photo of J, sorting his candy into piles...I did the same thing!

Thinking of you all.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures. My thoughts and prayers are with you today. x

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

I have been thinking about this day and your family throughout the weekend. I can imagine the laughter and tears as you gathered these photos. Still prayin.

Anonymous said...

So cute! I love the contrast of the pictures of your kids with their candy - Jack with his sorted in neat piles and Margaret protectively huddled over hers.

Kitty Kruse said...

These are priceless! So many great memories. Love them all. I think I remember Margaret being Dorothy. Was that kindergarten? I have some more pictures of Jack I am working on pulling together for you. I'll bring them by sometime soon. Tell Margaret Bailey says hi and we are working on the Bieber thing, even though Bailey claims she can't stand him (while listening to his songs over and over). I'm sure today must be very hard. I'm glad you are using the pictures to remind you of all those happy memories. Anna still prays for you every single night: "I pray for Jack that he's having lots of fun up there and that he and his family don't miss each other too much." Hoping you can find some smiles and maybe even a little bit of laughter today.

kitty said...

Thank you for sharing fun memories of Jack and Margaret.

Anonymous said...

It's rare to see a big brother/little sister pairing like Jack and Margaret. I bet you never had to say, "Okay guys, act like you like eachother..." before taking their picture. I love the ones (both in this post and in others) where she's literally clinging to him...she just loves him that darn much.

Thinking of you guys today.

And OMG. Chubby penguin baby cuteness.

Anonymous said...

Your kiddos are just adorable. Adorable, Anna. I'm betting that Jack was beyond thrilled to dress as Thomas back in the day--was it for two years running? And I'm also betting that Margaret LOVED getting to wear eye makeup. I know I would have at that age.

love,
jbhat

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Looks like Jack had some wonderful Halloweens. Margaret and him look so cute. You are in my thoughts today and everyday. ((HUGS))

Aimee said...

Too much cuteness going on!!! Love cute lil Jack in the Bumblebee costume!!! Hehehe Jack sure made costumes even more appealing. ;) What a beautiful & special little boy he was. Happy Halloween Jack!!!!

LauraBeth said...

Anna... thank you so much for sharing these wonderful pictures and memories with us. I especially love the one of M and the candy corn, and the pirate pair... what a great duo they must have been that year. I also love the one of the two of them taken at the parade. (I also love the rodents on the stairs!)

(((HUGS))) to you this day, this night, from the other side of town

ella said...

Thinking of you and your family today, and always. Such sweet pictures.

Kim Elkins said...

Not sure if you, or anyone else, is able to read these comments, but I'm going to hope you do.
I have had a business doing handpainted work for the past 12 years. I have some beautiful antique door panels that I often paint Bible verses or phrases onto. It would be the greatest of blessings to me if you would allow me to paint your "Rare Bird" poem onto one of them and send it to you.
I can ship it to a friend, business, whatever, I do not want your home address or anything else creepy :)
I am touched daily by your story, and would love to use my talent to celebrate your little boy.
kimelkins@bellsouth.net

Susan said...

Such sweet memories ~
I think my very favorite may be of scary Doctor Jack tormenting Dorothy.
Thinking of you today. And tonight.

Stephanie Bollini said...

I remember some of these costumes and seeing jack & margaret in them. I am thinking of you today as you go through this 1st of halloween and how hard it is.sending you love and prayers & hugs

lizzied said...

love love love love love love love!

Stefanie said...

What a fabulous photo gallery! A bittersweet thing...good luck getting through tonight.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Love the years of halloween smiles and fun...Jack is smiling down today wishing his sitter lots of fun.

Julie said...

Been thinking about you all day today. Though we don't know each other, this thing called motherhood bounds us all.

Julie

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you Anna. I can't imagine how hard holidays and "happy" occasions are. We've never met but I have prayed for you every single day.

S. Taylor said...

Thank you for sharing this and everything you share with us. I feel like I know your family so well...and yet I am just a stranger. I pray for your family daily.
The photo of Jack scaring his sister dressed as Dorthy and her expression while leaning back...priceless.
Hugs

Cynthia said...

Ouch it hurts so much....

Anonymous said...

My favorite is Jack scaring Margaret as Dorothy. Love their relationship. My heart aches for all of you!

Amy

Donna Karlinchak said...

I've been thinking about you! Halloween is so difficult...such a kid holiday. Today is a new day. Would love to chat sometime.

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

Love them!

agent99 said...

I HATE that you only got 12 Halloweens with Jack...but I LOVE that they were all fabulous. My favorite is Jack scaring his little sister.

mannahattamamma.com said...

The milestones and "big days" will be brutal (more brutal? who knows) this year...thank you again, as always, for letting us have this window into your family ...so uncanny to trace the costumes of a little baby, then little boy, then bigger boy - my boys were bugs, then thomas, then buzz...pirates, jedi (or sith) ...

Lynda DiPasquale said...

I've been reading your blog since you lost your sweet boy, Jack. Looking at these beautiful images from Halloweens past, I am reminded that for some occasions, there are simply no words. As I was out trick-or-treating yesterday with my kids, I was thinking of and praying for you, a woman I've never met and probably never will. I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family remain in the thoughts and prayers of countless people just like me. May God continue to hold you close.

vegan eden said...

yet another kick in the guts,


yet another brave and graceful sharing of incredible Jack..


yet another day tomorrow

keep breathing, we are all here listening, and falling in love with Jack

Tammy Daul said...

Beautiful pictures. I love the baby pic with the candy corn. I'm praying for your family.

~Kori~ said...

I had to smile at the picture of Jack grouping all his candy in like piles. I'm sure everyone does something with their candy and that's what I did with mine and I had forgotten about that until seeing that pic.

Such cute trick-or-treaters!!

:)

Heidi said...

I'm sorry, Anna. I'm so, so sorry that it's all changing for you. Thank you for these photos...so adorable.

Homevalley said...

I have been reading for weeks now, Anna, and today, these gorgeous photos brought me to tears and made me want to scream with the injustice of it all.

I am so, so sorry. I am praying for you and your family. I admire your faith.

Christen said...

All of these pictures are so precious.

Thinking of you and your family daily... never stopping praying for you guys.

NanaDiana said...

God bless you today. I know it must be bittersweet for you- xo Diana

SouthMainMuse said...

Looking through all these -- Jack looks so much like my sister's oldest. Some wonderful memories. Love almost protective look he has with his sister.