Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Birthday Wishes

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to Andy, Happy Birthday to you...

Today is my brother's birthday...he would have been 34.  Wow, that seems old.  No offense to any of you, but it's weird for me to think that my big brother would have been 34.  He was only 22 when he passed away, and now to think, where has all of the time gone? 

I wonder if he would have been married by now, kids, job, living out his dreams, what part of the country would he be living in, who would he have voted for in the election?  Sadly, we will never know any of those things.  But the things I do know is that he was the most tender-hearted person that you would have ever known, he genuinely loved people, you could see his soul by looking into his eyes, and he was an incredible person that the world lost way too early. 

I know God has a plan, and sometimes we don't know the reason certain things happen, and I am okay with that.  I am not sure I want to know the reason why my brother died.  I just know that I serve a loving God and I am trying my best to show Him to others every single day, and I am learning to enjoy every single day that He gives me on this earth. 

This quote is on my brother's headstone, and it is very fitting for him.

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, 
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  
Let him step to the music which he hears;
however measured or far away." 
Henry David Thoreau

Happy Birthday, Andy...

16 comments:

Jenilee said...

We are still going through this as well so I know what you mean and your words were perfect. I love the saying that you had for him. I can't imagine Jason, my brother in law, in his 30's either. He'll always be the younger brother and young in our minds and hearts.

Erin said...

Beautiful post in remembrance of your brother. Hope you have a blessed day remembering the wonderful time you had with him.

Joye @ The Joyeful Journey said...

Oh Kate, this is such a beautiful post. The words on his headstone are really incredible. I'm sure he's marching to a wonderful drum now.

Veronica said...

It's so hard to know the reasons why things happen the way that they do but you are right, the Lord knows why. What an amazing gift you had in your brother. :)

Steph T. said...

You can hear your love for you brother in this post. He sounds like an amazing person! Hope you have a peace filled day remembering him.
Blessings

He & Me + 3 said...

What a beautiful post. It gave me chills. So true that things happen & we don't understand but God has a plan. What sweet memories you do have of him.

HappyascanB said...

What a sweet sweet post. Here's praying that you really feel the presence of your Abba father and Andy today!

Mom Putnam said...

My heart goes out to you and your mom today. Wow, doesnt seem like he would be that old but I remember him like you do too, kind and soft spoken and a genuine heart for people. Miss him. I am sure he would be married he was to adorable not to be, and he would have kids and be very happy physically and spiritually. You are alot like him Kate.

Stephanie said...

What a beautiful tribute to your brother....reminds me to be so thankful for and cherish my brothers.

Together We Save said...

Wonderful tribute!!

Kelly said...

What a precious post. He sounds like a wonderful young man!

Holly said...

Happy Birthday Andy. I thought of you today. I didn't know you like I know Kate but I knew you were a great person.

Sending you a (((hug))) Kate. Love you!!

Kristin said...

I hope you had a good day today, remembering your brother. I bet he would be so proud of you. It sounds like you are alot like him, in the the way that you love others too.

Becca said...

I can't imagine how difficult it is to lose a sibling. My heart goes out to you. {Hugs}

September said...

What beautiful words remembering your brother. I have been away from my blogging a bit, and was glad to see you had a good trip away.
He will always be your older brother. Love you Kate - thanks for posting and sharing.

Kari @ p.s. love.love. said...

What a beautiful quote for your brother. He sounds like a wonderful guy. I wish he were here with all of you today. I'm 34 and it seems a tad old sometimes ;o)