Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Breakfast to Remember

4 years ago today I stopped at Denny's for breakfast with three of my favorite people ever.  We were on a road trip and were having a fabulous morning.  As usual, we had a great time at breakfast... I ordered a Denny's grand slam because I was extra pregnant and extra hungry... and I wouldn't be too surprised if someone at the table would have ordered a piece of pumpkin pie in lieu of breakfast :)  After consuming way too much coffee we hit the road.  Just a few hours later one of those favorite people-- the person sitting right in front of me in the car-- went to be with Jesus.


This morning Doug and I woke the kids up extra early.  We put them in the car and went to Denny's for a pre-work breakfast.  While drinking way too much coffee and consuming pancakes, bacon, and eggs we told them stories of Uncle Nathan's love of pumpkin pie for breakfast, how he loved to laugh, and how great it will be to see him in heaven one day.  Today we remember.  And as we remember we have extra hugs for our kids, we say the words 'I love you' more than usual, and we take time to enjoy the little everyday moments of life-- because you never know what tomorrow might bring.

We miss you like crazy Nate.  I sure hope they serve breakfast in heaven, because we all have a lot of catching up to do...

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your post Elissa, good to hear your way of remembering today. No Denny's here in San Cristobal but had time this morning to think and pray for all who mourn and remember Nate especially this day. Jacquie Block

Bonnie said...

Remembering with you. Thanks for sharing this special memory with us. Praying for you guys, especially today.

the Dees fam said...

Tears, prayers and cyber hugs for all of you.

The Koops said...

Thanks for this post - for allowing us this glimpse of life and joy before. This week we have been re-living and remembering - and keeping all who have been forever impacted in our thoughts and prayers.

with love and tears,
Sharon

Gord and Andrea said...

tears. thank you for posting.
andrea

danandchuck said...

Thinking of all of you today!

Irene said...

Precious Memories!

Kirsten said...

I have been thinking of you all today!

Janelle said...

xoxoxoxo

remembering with you today.

Rick and Sandy said...

Every time I hear "I Can Only Imagine" I remember clearly the Easter Sunday Nate sang this beautiful song. Today he is "walking by His side", for this we must rejoice, however sometimes this is easier said than done. Thinking of you and your families today.

Sandy

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing Elissa. I love you!

Andrianne

Anonymous said...

Thanks Elissa for your post. The tears ran down my face as I read it. You are right about enjoying the everyday moments with family. Our remembering started yesterday already but we are also remembering with all of you today. I think of how Nathan would have loved to play with Caleb and Emerson. We as a family will keep telling the stories about him to the next generation.
Mom T

Melissa said...

Thinking of you all today. Continuing on the breakfast tradition with your kids is a tangible way to honor his memory.

Lindsay said...

Thinking of you all today!

Kelsie-Lynn said...

Thinking of you all today as you remember Nate. I was so blessed to know him and am so blessed to call you my friend. Much love to you all.

Trev and Rebekah said...

I have tears in my eyes. What a beautiful post. You guys have been on our minds today! See you tomorrow!

Dan and Lynn said...

I still can't believe it's been four years...in some ways it feels like so long ago, and in other ways, like it was yesterday. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful post. Hugs & prayers to you and Doug, and the rest of your family!

Amy said...

Such a great picture :) I miss this guy. Thanks for the post.

kelly ens said...

Beautifully said.