Thursday, February 28, 2008

Let the Little Children Come to Me...

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:

Dedicated in Memory
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..."

Mark 10:14

Further down on the marker is a flat plate with the following inscribed on it:

Brighton Asher Hoffman
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.


Jill said...

That is amazing....I hope you are able to get his baby sister very, very soon!


Susan and Dan said...

Oh you guys ...this is heartbreaking, emotional, incredibly big...God has really given you guys a huge story to share! He has specifically chosen both of you to care for His sweet little boy! What an honor! Love you guys, Dan and Susan

Lauren said...

What a blessing for your family. I can't imagine what you must be feeling for your daughter, but I know that God is in control of all things. Praying for you :-)

God Bless


Cristy said...

I teared up reading the tribute to your son and picturing you holding your daughter at his grave.

His ways are high above ours and past finding out, and although I am not sure why you have gone through this loss, I see God being glorified in your family.

We will pray for saftey for your little girl and sppedy travels!

emily said...

Wow. What a wonderful tribute to your son. I can't wait to see that picture of your family visiting there too.

Paula said...

What a wonderful tribute, that will be so emotional to go there and see it. It gets me all choked up just thinking about it. I love the verse you chose, its perfect, just like he was.

Nicholas said...

Sigh... heartbreaking and truly beautiful. It will certainly make your journey to Ethiopia come full circle... The circle of life...

lcm0709 said...

That is awesome! I have chills.

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Denise Bryant said...

That grave marker is beautiful... How wonderful for them to do that. I can't believe I missed that you got a referral of a little girl! I will be keeping all 3 of you in my prayers. I'm sure I must have seen your sweet daughter at the orphanage when we went there, as our daughter was at the same orphanage!

Chris Sapp said...

How beautiful. Since I found your blog, I can't stop thinking of your son and your family.... God bless...

Pam Shaffer said...

I love your blog - It sounds like God is doing some truly incredible things in your lives.

I will be checking in daily to see what's going on with the adoption process.

Your treasure isn't money, it's these children. That beats money any day.

Lauren said...

Have you guys passed court yet with your daughter? Praying for you :-)