A Thoughtful Place: A Birthday Tribute

3.26.2012

A Birthday Tribute

I will be taking the day off today to spend time with my family. We will be honoring a piece of us that is missing.

 

Tim and Shannon surprise grady from AZ!

march 26, 1970 – august 27, 2011

My big brother would have been 42 today. He is missed every single day. Among so many things, he was a talented and gifted writer. And for me, writing my blog each day has been a valuable way to grieve and to feel connected to my brother.

brilliant . . . hilarious . . . charming

I miss you, Tim. Thanks for watching over us. We plan to spend the day doing things you loved to do.

44 comments :

  1. Sounds like a great way to remember your brother. I will be keeping you in my prayers today....

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  2. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family today, Courtney.

    Love,
    Sue

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  3. I am so sorry Courtney that you had to lose such an important person in your life. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  4. May you have a little peace today Courtney, you and your family. Love and prayers are coming your way.
    Love,
    Mary

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  5. Thinking of you and your family today, Courtney, and hope you enjoy your day together celebrating your brother and his life.

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  6. Prayers to you and your family.

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  7. Courtney, I hope this is a beautiful day for you and your family. Praying for you.

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  8. I am so sorry to hear about your tremendous loss. I think doing things today that he would love to do are great ways to remember and heal. Best to you and your family.

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  9. thinking of you, courtney. april 1 marks the 16 year mark of losing my aunt (my mom's sis). i can't say that over time it is easier or she is less missed- it's certainly not the case.... but most of the tears have been cried and the memories bring smiles now. i am hoping you can smile through the tears as you celebrate his life.

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  10. Prayers to you and your family. Honor his memory by having a wonderful day and spend extra cuddle time with your children. Abundant Blessings!

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  11. So sorry to hear of your loss. I hope you and your family are able to find comfort in celebrating him today. God bless you!

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  12. More families should do as you do and celebrate the day.

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  13. Oh Courtney. I'm so sorry for your loss last year. I don't remember you writing about it? I think it's beautiful how you're remembering him today.

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  14. Dear Courtney,

    I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your brother Tim.

    Thinking of you!

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  15. Thinking of you today Courtney! I hope this day is a joy-filled celebration for your family:)
    All is grace,
    Kjersten

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  16. i've lost a sister not too long ago and i miss her everyday :)

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  17. I understand what it's like, I lost my brother four years ago. I talk about him all of the time and perhaps that's my way of being sure my kids (and his) don't ever forget what a wonderful guy he was. May the peace of God be with you today and always as you and your family remember him. If you ever need a friend, I am happy to listen!

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  18. Peace and love to you and your family.

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  19. I love you, dear friend. Praying for you.

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  20. enjoy your day, and your family. this touched my heart. i lost my brother last year, as well, to suicide. i turned 50 this year without him. he reached that milestone a year before me, so he was my BIG brother. we reached our one-year milestone of his death in early March and have celebrated all the holidays, and his birthday in November in much the way you are, honoring and remembering, keeping him with us in our hearts. love never dies. peaceful times be with you and your family today.

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  21. My older brother died almost 14 years ago and I try to do something in his honor on his birthday. He was a writer too! I miss him every day.

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  22. That sounds like a nice way to remember a loved one.

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  23. Enjoy your day with your family. My dad will have been gone two years this October, a day apart from his birthday. My entire family had dinner together on the anniversary and each brought a joke to the table. One of his favorite things was to start a night off with a joke. We miss him everyday.

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  24. Courtney, I know how hard this has been for all of you. Wishing you God's peace as you all gather together today to celebrate a wonderful man! I know he is smiling down watching you all enjoy the things that he did. Such a special way to remember him. God Bless!

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  25. Thinking of you and sending hugs. I know days like today aren't easy, but I love that you are celebrating him. Take care my friend!

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  26. My thoughts & prayers are with you today.

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  27. :( My thoughts are with you sweetie. He's looking down on you smiling, I know it.

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  28. I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your older brother. It is a wonderful idea to spend the day with your family honoring your brother's birthday and doing what he loved best. I lost my brother 16 years ago and my family gathers each year on his birthday to remember and celebrate. Thinking of you today.

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  29. So sorry to hear about your brother. It's nice to see you are keeping his memory alive by honoring him today.

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  30. Thinking of you, your family, and your dear brother today, Court. Sending love and long distance hugs to you. xxoo

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  31. Oh Courtney, I had no idea...no wonder you were having a tough time then. I really can't imagine what kind of pain that would be to loose a sibling, but thanks for always being such a great source of inspiration...nothing better than that as a tribute to your brother. I hope this day is filled with sweet memories of your brother and celebrating his life. Sending hugs your way, dear lady! (c:

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  32. praying for you friend - big virtual hug - may God bring you and your family peace xoxo - C

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  33. Hugs to you friend. Sending lots of love to you today. I know you touched a lot of hearts today by sharing your loss and the love you have for Tim. That takes a lot of courage. xo

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  34. I read your post this morning and have thought of you throughout the day. Love and a big hug to you my dear.

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  35. I hope you have a very good day. Happy Birthday Big Brother.

    Cindy Sue

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  36. When someting like that happens you never take your loved ones for granted. Sorry for your loss and I hope you had a great day celebrating your brother.
    Smiles!
    Maureen

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  37. So so sorry. Sounds like you feel his presence as I do with my MOM. Honor away and Happy Birthday!

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  38. I was so sorry to hear of your loss when we were emailing about other items a few months ago, my thoughts are with your family as you honor his life and continue to hold his memory dear. Janell

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  39. So sorry for your loss. I'm sure he is watching over all of you!

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  40. I am so glad you and the fam took the day off to celebrate, honor and remember Tim. You are such a strong soul! As always, you guys are in my prayers! xo

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  41. Good for you! I have a brother that was killed when I was 15 and it's hard to believe that I have lived nearly half my life without him. I need to tell my kids more about him and make sure they know him better, glad you are taking a day to remember him and celebrate his life.

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  42. I can't imagine. I hope you had a great day with your family.

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  43. Hugs to you Courtney. I'm so sorry for your loss and am glad you were able to take the day to celebrate him.

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  44. Courtney, I'm sorry I missed this very meaningful post. More importantly, I'm so sorry this is something you and your family have gone through. What a beautiful thing to celebrate his life. Praying it was a special day, as hard as it may have been. Each day is a gift. Thank you for reminding us in this way. You're very strong to share this. I've missed keeping up with your blog. Hope you are well.

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