Sunday, July 8, 2012

Honoring Brighton

I wasn't gonna post tonight - a scheduled one ran this morning and truth be told... I am spent. 24+ hours traveling will do that to ya! But there is just something I can't erase from my mind's eye so I had to share it...

When you travel to Africa with me or Laura and we are in Ethiopia - you will ALWAYS have the opportunity to visit Brighton's grave. It's just something we do and hope to continue doing pretty regularly.

Things were no different on this trip.

When we arrived at the church - our incredible guide Nebiate told Laura and me to go down and have a moment to ourselves first before the team came down.

We did. And it was beautiful. Beautifully sorrowful, but beautiful to be standing at our son's grave together overlooking the city. We cried, prayed and cried some more. It had been 4 years since we had been there together. God was incredibly good to allow us this time together.

But then I looked up... and coming down the path towards us were the 26 other team members and Nebiate and another guide Sammy. And each one of them was holding a yellow rose.

"Keep it together, Tymm!" is what I had to keep telling myself.

Each team member walked down and paid their respects - they hugged us and cried with us and placed their roses on Brighton's grave.

As the last team member left, Laura and I placed our 2 roses the team had given us on top of Brighton's grave with the others and headed up to meet with the rest of the team.

To our teammates who did this - it is something we will never, ever forget.

THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!


april fjeld said...

It was an absolute honor that you shared such a private, special moment with us. Brighton has, and will continue, to touch so many lives. Thank you for sharing him with us. My heart breaks for you, but I am so proud of what you and Laura are doing in his honor.

La Dolce Vita: The Sweet Life said...

Love this so much. Such a special moment.

Can't believe that it has been 4 years. Will never forget your showing us his little photos at NMC. His little life has had such an impact. This was a beautiful way to honor that.