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Happy Birthday Bear!

Greg (3 mo) 4-78 - NEWThirty-seven years ago today, I gave birth to this wonderful guy, our second of three sons.  Greg was always so full of hugs, smiles, and laughter. He loved life!

It has been ten years, three months, and one day since he left our world. I wonder what he would look like now – I have no current pictures.

Gifted with both intellect and an artistic talent, he was an emerging architect – I wonder what he could have created in those ten years.

He was the wonderful, loving father to our grandson – I wonder what amazing relationship he and his son would have now. Greg would have enjoyed watching him grow into someone who is so much like him.DSC00022 a

Too Cute - 5 moHe was a doting uncle – I wonder about the positive influence he would have had on his nephews, and how much he would have enjoyed meeting his little niece.

2-84 Todd Greg and RyanPlaying Pool 9-04 - CroppedHe was a caring brother who loved doing things with his brothers Todd and Ryan – I wonder about the all the great things they would have done together and the good times they would have shared.

Josh, Greg, Danny 12-01Greg was a good friend to just about everyone he met – I wonder how those friendships would have flourished.

Family Portrait 9-04He was a gentle, loving son to my husband and me. We are so blessed to have had twenty-six plus years with this amazing person. I miss him every moment of every day, but I have so many happy memories to bolster my spirits.

Happy Birthday, my beautiful son.




22 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Bear!

  1. What a wonderful tribute to your son! My heart broke when I read it – I cannot imagine the depth of your pain. But I firmly believe we see our loved ones again.
    My son, when he was four, asked me, “How will Grampa recognize me when I die and go to heaven?” His Grampa had died that year. I thought for a long moment because I had no quick answer. Finally I said, “He might first see you as you are now, but if he’s watching over you, and I think he is, he’ll recognize you.”
    Because you love him, your son will always be around.

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    1. Thank you for your heartfelt sentiments. My heart broke when we got the news, my life was turned upside down, and I prayed and begged God to send him back. When that didn’t work I yelled at God. My prayers now are that no one I know ever has to know that pain.
      Death is a tough subject to deal with when children are little. You handled it beautifully.


  2. Oh Michelle, I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful post. They never leave our hearts, do they? All those wonderings you do, all those milestones missed. Take care. Keep him there in your heart. 🙂

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  3. I’m so sorry for your loss, Michelle. I can see from the photos what a delightful child and young man your son was. This post is a beautiful tribute to him.

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  4. I’m so sorry for your loss Michelle, Greg sounds like a wonderful person and you must be such a strong person yourself to deal with this. Keep holding on to all those happy memories of him and stay strong. You’re in my prayers xx

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  5. Oh, Michelle, my heart is heavy reading this and I’m so sorry for your loss. But this is a beautiful tribute and gift to Greg and if he was anything like his Mom, then I know he was a wonderful human being. It’s amazing how everyone “sees” each other often around this virtual world, yet there is still so much we don’t know about each other. Thank you for sharing this part of you and I’m sending comforting hugs your way. xo ♥

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    1. Lauren, thank you so much for your comforting words. My heart aches with not having him here, and your sweet comments help lift my spirits. Thanks and sending hugs back to you.

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  6. Wonderful tribute. Heartfelt hugs, my dear Michelle… I can’t begin to imagine what it would be like to lose one of my daughters. Your post is a beautiful birthday present for Greg and for all of your family. A great tribute to a dear son from the heart of a who treasures the joys. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  7. Happy Birthday, sweet Greg!

    Michelle, my heart is with you today in celebrating your son’s wonderful life, and also the pain of missing him. This is truly a lovely tribute to him, and I know – I just know – he is with you now, smiling that handsome smile with his arm around you.

    Reading this post and watching the slides reminds me so much of my own son. I thought I couldn’t cherish him anymore than I already do, until today. Thank you.


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  8. Your son sounds like a great person. I’m so sorry for your loss. When someone we love leaves far too early we carry all those “what ifs” around with. It sounds as though he made his time here really count and all those who were touched by his life are truly blessed.

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