Monday, October 02, 2006

Welcome to the World Sweet......

Welcome to the World Sweet......Gabriel Griffin.

Today, at 4:10 pm, my dear sister Patti and her husband Jim welcomed to their beautiful family a precious little boy.

The events of the last week have been an emotional rollercoaster. On Sunday, September 24, we ran the Griffin Patrick 5/10K in memory of the first anniversay of Griffin Patricks birth and very sad death.

On Tuesday, September 26, 2006 our beloved Mother passed from our world into heaven.

Family and friends arrived to pay tribute to an amazing and very much loved woman, our very special Mom.

I will write more about my Mothers wake and funeral at another time, but I wanted to share one very speical moment for me.

During the second visiting time, the line of family and friends coming to pay their respects was out into the street, I look off to the side and I see my dear friend Laura Quinn and her husband, Mark arriving to give me a hug. I met Laura online when I was pregnant with Emma Sage and we have been friends online for the last [almost 6 years]. Laura came to give me a hug...............a gesture that has to be one of the most beautiful things anyone has ever done for me. At that moment, the power of Down syndrome in my life was never more precious. A gift, truly a gift.

"Autumn.....asks that we prepare for the future ~ that we be wise in the ways of garnering and keeping. But it also asks that we learn to let go ~ to acknowledge the beauty of sparseness." ~B.W. Overstreet

In Celebration of the birth of Gabriel Griffin I share with you some images of his birthday!

I love you Patti & Jim!

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Wearing the birthing necklace from her Running Momma friends

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The beauty of labor
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Welcome Sweet, Sweet Baby Boy.....our Mother's love filled the room with strength and peace.
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Big sister Kelsy waiting to cut the cord
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Mommy and Daddy marvaling at your newness.....
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Oh, how precious......
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Gabriel Griffin.......
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Kelsy, Connor and Fiona meeting their new baby brother.

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8lbs. 3ozs......of pure innocence and beauty.

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This smile, this celebration was so needed by all of us. Mommy, we so wish you were here, and we know you are smiling down on us from heaven.
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Auntie Betty, my Mothers sister who is over from Ireland........she looks so much like my Mother and her spirit is just as bright.










15 comments:

Rebecca said...

Welcome to the world Sir Gabriel Griffin~ what a fitting name for such a little prince.

I am so glad your arrival brought great joy to your family this week. I look forward to more photos of you little one in the future.

Anonymous said...

Welcome Gabriel Griffin. What a beautiful family you have been born into. You are all so blessed to have each other.

Peggy & Claire

Michelle said...

He is absolutely beautiful! Congrats Auntie!

Princess Morgan said...

The circle of life is an amazing, powerful thing. Two wonderful spirits leave this earth and a new sweet one enters. Celebrate the this miraculous time. Welcome Gabriel. Blessings!

Amy said...

I remember feeling Madison's presence and hearing her inner voice so strongly, when I was delivering Jack..reminding me that I don't have to choose between them..that her presence is right there and I can enter into the joy of his arrival and not be leaving her behind.
What a beautiful moment of love..I thought of this as your shared about Gabriel's arrival..and your mother.

Hugs,
Amy

Shelley said...

Congratulations - I hope that that old Irish blessing "May the road rise up to meet you ..." comes true for baby Gabriel Griffin.

Kim Ayres said...

Congratulations! New life is such a wonderful thing

Jeanne said...

Ah the beauty of life the cirlce game.
How precious and beautiful is every gift so fresh from Heaven.
God bless you and yours real good.
Love you
Jeanne ^j^

May this precious child have a life full of all the glorious blessings from God!
Congratulations to everyone!

chickpastor said...

Thanks for letting us see these...from a running mama friend (mamabeth). Much love and healing to your family.

Michelle said...

Welcome to the world sweet Gabriel! Congrats on the newest addition to your family!

jennifer said...

Congratulations. Thanks for the post. life is hard, but good. Thanks for the reminder.

AUNT JAN said...

TARA
THANKS FOR THE PIX. IT'S GREAT CUZ MAMIE CAN SEE THEM. YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT AN -- EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER -- WHEW!!!
I CAN PICTURE PHILLY, KENNY, AND GRIFFIN ALL WATCHING TOGETHER.
SEE YOU SATURDAY,
ALL OUR LOVE,
AUNT JAN

Lauren said...

What a blessing Gabriel is to your family and to all of us! We are so happy for all of you. Congratulations.
Love,
Lauren, Sam, & Hadley

Bennetts said...

You are an amazing woman! Thank for sharing your story and these pix. And I am sure your Mom was right there with you all. Peace, joy and comfort to you all.
Rose

Anonymous said...

Tara Marie what a bittersweet time for your family. I'm so sorry for the loss of you mother. I can't imagine how you must be feeling. Congratulations on the birth of your nephew Gabriel Griffin. I'm sure a little bit of your mother's spirit has come back down with him.

Adina and Yona (T21 board)