Friday, November 7, 2008

Life Sketch

Tomorrow Caleb would have been 3 months old. Days and dates like these are extra hard for me - commemorating that he was here and yet a stark reminder of his absence. I think it's a good day to share Caleb's life sketch that Jeremy and I wrote together. My brother did such a good job presenting it for us at the funeral that it's not quite the same when you read it yourself. But here it is typos, grammatical errors, and other flaws included because right now I can't make it through reading it without tears getting in the way.

Life Sketch.doc

17 comments:

Craig and Stephanie said...

Kristine,

Thank you so much for sharing this. You have amazing strength.

Our prayers continue to be with you. I'm so grateful that Heavenly Father has a plan and loves us so much.

Love,
Stephanie

Meg said...

Love you Kristine!

{Big Hug}

Stan and Jenn Nicolaysen said...

That was a beautiful life outline. Thank you for allowing people like me to read that. I have found continued faith in your strength and testimony. I think it is wonderful that Caleb's heart gets to stay on this earth and serve others. I hope you all are coping ok. I think of you often. I am so glad you have Jake and Julie to give you added peace. What special little kids!

jamieschip said...

Kris,

Thanks for sharing that. I'm in tears as I type this. You and your family are such an inspiration to us all. Baby Caleb will always be remembered in our hearts. I only hope that if, god forbid, I would go through losing a child, that I would be able to be as stable and strong as you and Jeremy. Thanks for your example.

Jenna said...

It was so touching to hear Brian read that. Thank you for posting this so we could read it again. We think of you often.

Rachel said...

It was just as beautiful reading it as hearing it at the service.
Keep up the great faith.

Anna said...

We miss and love little Caleb too. Thanks for giving us reminders of him. Sorry I didn't realize today was 3 months when I talked to you. Such a precious guy, we'll always remember him.

Jen Demaris said...

Kristine, Mark sent me your blog address today and I as SO excited to get in touch with you. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Reading your experience, and testimony put me to tears and I pray that the Lord sends you all the comfort needed at this time. You are a remarkable person Kristine, I have always known that! Your children are adorable, you guys are a beautiful eternal family.

Jen Demaris said...

By the way Clint and I live in the Portland area in Sherwood, and have been here for just over a year. Crazy you live in the same state! I would love to hear from you, if not I just wanted you to know I was truly touched reading your blog tonight. My prayers will be with you and your family.
Love, Jen (Foster)

Melissa Bell said...

Beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

My nicknames: Brady Boo/Brades said...

Kristine,
That was an amazing way to remember your sweet little boy!Anniversaries are hard, I know and Shalane's birthday is next week, so that will be tough too. We are blessed & comforted through our faith in the gospel. Isn't it wonderful to know how many people love and support you through this. Our blog is raunametcalf.blogspot.com we're the Metcalf Forever Family.
I don't have your e-mail so I wasn't sure how to link you-take care, Love Rauna

John and Sarah Sperry said...

Thank you for sharing this with us. You are a living example of how to respond to the ultimate trial. We love you guys and we know, as do you, that you will be with Caleb again.

love,
Sarah

Gorge Us Family said...

A beautiful life.

Andria said...

Kristine,

What a precious memoir. It was beautifully written and powerfully felt. My heart goes out to you and yours. A person's heart just means so much more now, doesn't it. Thank you for sharing...

Pink Posts said...

Kristine! I was looking for your address and look what google brought up! Your blog!! I am so excited! Now I can keep in touch with you. Caleb is so beautiful and I'm glad I finally got to see a picture of him. I appreciated all the info on the blog and especially the life sketch. What an amazing experience you have had, and the best part is you will be holding that little baby in your arms at the resurrection! I think it was not a coincidence we met up at the temple today. I was so happy to see you. And, I talked to Traci on the phone tonight and she got your address for me! I'll be in touch! Love, Peggy B

Ali Howell said...

Thank you for sharing this with us...i can't tell you how much peace i felt among all of my tears reading this. It is those special moments and those feelings of being prepared that none of us get to feel from outside a tragedy, but it is such a testimony builder to hear your story and know how strong you are and that Caleb is indeed watching over you...and nobody better to tell you than your other kids!
We love you!

Zippo said...

Thank you Kristine for sharing Calebs story. Thank you for being such a great example
.