remembering eddie.

by Janetha on July 3, 2011

in family time

i am trying to spend the very least amount of time online over this beautiful, sunny, hot three day weekend.  it feels pretty good. i had to take the time to post tonight’s post, though. it is something very important to me.

today marks two years since my brother & sister in law lost their baby (at 8 months pregnant) who we lovingly refer to as “peanut”, but he was named eddie a year ago today.

yesterday was a really special day. we went to the cemetery because eddie now has a special spot. yesterday his grave was dedicated. we remember him every day.. but yesterday was extra special.


you may remember last year when we took a hike to remember eddie—balloons in tow. we did it again this year.



eddie’s little bro—greyson. with my daddio.


and eddie’s big sis—izze. with her momma.


after the dedication, we let the balloons fly high in the sky, up to heaven, where eddie is waiting for the rest of us.


love you lots, little nephew of mine.

xo. janetha g.

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Carla in Sydney July 3, 2011 at 11:01 pm

What a beautiful tribute and what a close and strong family you have. RIP Eddie.

Christin@purplebirdblog July 3, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Rest in peace, sweet Eddie. What a lovely post, J! xo

Cheri Zinzer July 3, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Your post really touched my heart. Our first daughter died during a malaria outbreak at her orphanage in Vietnam before we could get her home. Even though the adoption was never finalized due to her death, little Elish will always be our first daughter. We spent 6 months loving her and waiting to bring her home. It is so cool that your family acknowledges and honors your nephew. I can attest to how much this must mean to your brother and sister-in-law. =)

Kristina @ spabettie July 3, 2011 at 11:51 pm

thank you for sharing, Janetha… this is such a sweet tribute.

Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA July 4, 2011 at 12:48 am

This is really beautiful how your family is remembering Eddie. My aunt lost a baby at six months recently and everyone just tried to act like nothing happened. Your brother and sister-in-law are so lucky to have loving family like you.

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 4, 2011 at 2:50 am

Oh I remember your tribute post from last year…and your family is in my prayers. The remembrance is beautiful. Sending much love to you all :)


Andrea@WellnessNotes July 4, 2011 at 3:22 am

What a wonderful way to remember Eddie. Sending you and your family lots of love.

cathy July 4, 2011 at 3:55 am

what a special family time together, for you all. yes, eddie will always be missed. i love the balloon tribute.
we had a spectacular long weekend here – love that sunshine that you’re enjoying, too! happy 4th of july!

MelissaNibbles July 4, 2011 at 4:25 am

I’m sorry for your families loss. It’s great that you do a tribute each year. Enjoy the 4th!

The Healthy Hipster July 4, 2011 at 4:45 am

Thanks for sharing, Janetha!

lindsay July 4, 2011 at 4:47 am

i think it is so important to remember the sweet innocence odf Eddie. He is loved here on earth and even more so in heaven.

katie July 4, 2011 at 5:48 am

I think that is so great you guys do that in memory of him, I know how hard that must have been for all of you and especially your sister, I can not imagine : (

What a beautiful way to remember him, love you xoxo

Lauren July 4, 2011 at 6:36 am

Thinking of you and your family today! May God be with you and may you all find peace and comfort in each others memories. :) <3 you!

Holly @ The Runny Egg July 4, 2011 at 6:37 am

This was so touching to read — I love how you honor Eddie’ memory with the balloons.

PBJenny July 4, 2011 at 7:12 am

Thinking of you, your family, and Eddie <3 *hugs*

Sarah July 4, 2011 at 7:41 am

This is so moving. Thank you for sharing.

Lindsay@ In Sweetness and In Health July 4, 2011 at 7:42 am

Wow that is so neat and special!

melissa July 4, 2011 at 7:48 am

It’s always so awesome to see how supportive your family is… definitely sending love and am reminded what I have to be thankful for! :)

momma b. July 4, 2011 at 7:52 am

Love this family of mine…..thanks neef perfect post xoxo….

Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn July 4, 2011 at 7:53 am

Oh my gosh :((( I am so so sorry. I hope that the love in the memory can help push away some of the pain mahdear!!

Heather (Heather's Dish) July 4, 2011 at 8:13 am

you know this strikes a special chord with me…what a beautiful way to remember a beautiful baby. he is so lucky to have a family who loves him so much :)

Carrie@shrinkingcarriewww July 4, 2011 at 9:08 am

What a very special tradition. Lots of love to your sweet family at this time.

Annette@EnjoyYourHealthyLife July 4, 2011 at 10:16 am

What a neat tradition! And beautiful memory of a little boy :)

Errign July 4, 2011 at 11:15 am

What a beautiful post, a beautiful family, and a beautiful tradition. Rest in peace, little Eddie.

Missy July 4, 2011 at 5:51 pm

How beautiful! Knowing you will see him again is such a blessing. It’s the only thing that gets me through the loss of my Mom. I am so glad to see you all have such a wonderful remembrance. :)

Niki (Life's a Payne) July 4, 2011 at 5:53 pm

What a beautiful tradition and such a heart-touching post! Thanks for sharing!

Ali July 5, 2011 at 4:27 am

What a great way to pay tribute to a precious child. Your posts regarding family always move me. You have an amazing lovely family and appears you all cherish that. May Eddie continue to watch over you all until you meet again.

Pure2raw twins July 5, 2011 at 6:44 am

what a lovely and sweet post! thinking of you and your family, and Eddie :)


Hope July 5, 2011 at 8:30 am

What a beautiful tribute to Eddie! I’m thinking of you and your family :)

Holly July 5, 2011 at 6:04 pm

I love this tradition that your family has. I remember it last year too. I think it is so beautiful!!
I’m sure that you nephew is smiling down on your family :)

Susan July 8, 2011 at 6:19 pm

I’ll never forget when you blogged about this two years ago, and it still feels utterly devastating. I think remembering him this way is a wonderful thing for your family to do. Lots of love to the Benson gang xoxoxoxo

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