I think it's safe to say that the last couple of weeks have been some of the most emotionally exhuasting we have ever seen. We have spent that time trying to do right by Brighton - trying to give him the dignity and respect his short but gigantic life so much deserves while at the same time trying not to worry about our daughter who is currently still in Ethiopia (at the same orphanage Brighton was at). We know God has her. But we still worry. We can't help it.
All of our efforts to make sure Brighton was treated in the manner we thought proper for him seem to have paid off. We received an email yesterday with some amazing photos - pictures of the grave marker that a local craftsman in Ethiopia had made for Brighton.
It is incredible. And man - it is BIG. Seems really fitting for him - his life had a big impact - his marker surely reflects that.
There is a picture of Brighton at the top with these words underneath:
Brighton Asher Hoffman
October 25, 2007 - January 8, 2008
"...let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these..."
Further down on the marker is a flat plate with the following inscribed on it:
son of Tymm & Laura Hoffman
It is simply beautiful. And right. And perfect. It helped to heal a tiny little piece of our hearts that still ache for him and what could've been.
We can't wait to visit it in person, in the country our son was born in - with his little sister in our arms.
Wow - what a journey the completion of our family has turned in to.