sending our love

Monday, February 23, 2009

In honor of Brenham's first birthday Robb and I will be launching a single balloon on Saturday at the cemetery where Brenham is buried. Attached to the balloon will be messages written to Brenham from the both of us and our families. We would love for all of you who have grown to love Brenham as we have throughout this past year to celebrate his Heaven going with us by writing a message in the comment section of this post to be included in the launch. If you have never commented before, please let this be the one time you try it out. I will treasure these messages for as long as I live.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for walking through this past year with us, for your prayers and support. We have been blessed.

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78 Responses to “ sending our love ”

Kates said...

Little Angel, though you were with Mom and Dad for so little time, you have made such an impact on their lives. In turn, they have effected/helped so many others. You are such a miracle to "pay it forward" as you have from heavan. Love from WI. Kate

Rebekah said...

Oh, sweet Brenham (I can't do this without crying...) We are sad that we haven't had the privilege of watching you grow and learn. Your short little life has been an inspiration to all that have happened upon your mommy's blog. Her love for you is in comparable and the number of hearts she's touched uncountable.

We all stand in remembrance of you on your birthday. Your life has been missed on earth...but how thankful we are that you are dancing with Jesus. Keep dancing baby...keep dancing.

Buckets of Love,

Jaclyn said...

Dear Little Brenham,
Even though you were only here on earth just to say hello before you went to heaven, you have touched so many people! Someday when I get to heaven I hope I get the pleasure of meeting you. Your mommy is such a strong person! She could have become bitter and turned her back on God, but she hasn't...instead she is allowing God to work through her and is an encouragement to others. She is letting her light shine. God's plans are so much more than we can see here on earth. Happy Birthday Baby Brenham! Your life will always be remembered.

Jami said...

Brenham, though your earthly time was short, you have touched so many people. I started reading about you and your sweet Mommy and Daddy on accident one day when I stumbled upon your Mommy's site. But, I know that it wasn't an accident. God had a plan for me to know you and your sweet family. You will never be forgotten, you are in my prayers daily, and we will all see you when we get there!

Jenn said...

Dearest Angel Brenham,

Do you realize just how much you have touched so many lives? Do you realize what a special Mommy and Daddy you have? You and your amazing parents have made me hug my little baby boy just a little tighter each night. My best friend is up there in heaven. Her name is Eliza and she passed away 6years ago Feb. 21st. Say hi to her for me if you see her please. Thank you for teaching us all so much. You accomplished more in your short time on Earth than many of us ever will. I am sending a package out to your Mommy today in honor of you.

jenni said...

Sweet baby boy,
Though your time on this Earth was brief, your memory lives on. You have touched the hearts of more people than you can possibly imagine, little angel. We know that you are home with the Lord looking down on all of us, especially your wonderful parents. You are inspiring so many people to do good in this world and to help others and we can only thank you, and your mom and dad, for that.

Happy birthday sweet Brenham… you are remembered this day, and everyday… and are loved by those whose lives you’ve touched.

xoxo, Jenni

Alli said...

Sweet Little Man,
With only staying on this earth for a short while, you sure made a huge impact in this world. You touched your momma and daddy's lives so much, and in turn, they have been able to touch so many other lives. I'm sure by now you have realized how awesome your parents are. I know that as your parents are praying for the next little blessing to come into their lives, you are being the best big brother and son in Heaven....watching over your growing family!!! How awesome each day must be for you to be able to walk the sweet streets Heaven!!! Don't forget to share your love down here with your parents...either by visiting them in a dream, a memory, or even a small breeze. Happy Birthday, dear Brenham!!!
All my love,
Your Friend in SC,
Alli Ransom

Jill said...

sweet boy,
what a wonderful party you must be having in heaven! your mommy and daddy were kind enough to share you with strangers...and we have fallen in love with you! you are missed here on this earth, but i know that God has and will continue to do amazing things through you.
happy birthday!

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Cara Elise said...

Happy Birthday Brenham!! I hope you have an amazing birthday with all of your friends and family in heaven! Your parents are such strong, amazing people. Know that they love you and miss you dearly! Happy Birthday from Texas!!

Leah W said...

Dear Little Brenham,

I am so excited for the day when Jesus wipes the tears from your mama and daddy's faces and you all get to be together again.

What a wonderful day that will be.


Anonymous said...

I never seen you in person but in your mommy's pictures you are cute as a angel, which you are. Watching over us with your beautiful eyes. I am sure you do not enjoy watching your mom and dad suffer over their lost but there will be a day when you will see all your great family members and your loving neighbors. Have fun and remember to be like your family and keep striving for the one and only savior our Lord God!

Little Boys are Treasures
Little boys are treasures
Who are worth their weight in gold
And charm everyone around them
From the time they're hours old.
They're Mommy's little darling,
They're a special pal to Dad,
And they bring the very happiest days
A family's ever had!

With Love,

mak'n Changes said...

Sweet little boy, you are loved and missed! Until we meet again in heaven. Hold onto Jesus tight and squeeze his neck extra hard for me. See you in the heavens little boy.


LJFredricks said...

Sweet Boy! How precious for you to be spending your birthday in the loving arms of Jesus. Your time in the arms of mommy and daddy were brief and I know they miss you! We have missed out on getting to know you but have seen your mommy and daddy grow stronger in Jesus since they met you.
Many blessings to your family on this special day.

Jessica said...

Dear Brenham,
I still remember the joy your parents expressed to us when they told us they were pregnant. You couldn't have been blessed with more wonderful parents- no one could love you more. Even though your time here on Earth was short, you have touched many people's lives. As your parents wait anxiously to welcome baby bee home, always know that you are loved and missed. You will be a fabulous big brother, watching over your family from heaven. We look forward to meeting you one day.
Jason and Jessica

Anne said...

Brenham, even though I have never met you, I think about you and your parents all the time. I know you are watching over them everyday and handpicking a brother or sister for them. You are missed more and more by hundreds of people who have never even met you. We all look forward to meeting you someday. Love, Anne Burau

Chandler Boys Mom said...

sweet baby boy...i think about you and your mama and dad all the time. i have two sweet little boys and feel such a surge of thankfulness and love for them. you have touched so many people...people who have lost their own children as well as others who have not. your mama and daddy are such strong individuals and my heart aches for the patience they must gather up inside of them. one day they will hold your little face like i do my babies and there will be no more tears for anyone. you are such a little cutie and are loved by people you don't even know. happy birthday buddy!
Stephanie from Florida

Anonymous said...

Little Brenham,

You are one of the strongest little boys that I know. You have touched so many hearts and I know you have such a pure soul. It must be wonderful to know Jesus and to keep tabs on your beautiful parents. They miss you so much, but the time that you're spending apart from them is nothing compared to the time that you'll be able to spend together in Heaven. You are such a blessing in their lives, and in the lives of everyone who knows your story. Happy birthday, beautiful little boy!

Nicole said...

Dearest Brenham,
You are one of the CUTEST babies I have ever seen! So many people love you and miss you. Your Mommy and Daddy love you sooo much. I can't help but think about what it would be like to be attending your first birthday party this weekend and watch you dive into a Brenham-sized cake! Or how I'd love to come and babysit you so your Mom and Dad could go on a date. Or how entertaining it would be to watch you play with Dylan.
You have one of the best Mommy's in the whole world! She has a heart of gold. I don't think I've ever heard a negative word come out of her mouth. I know she would have been so patient and so sweet with you. Had you made it to your teenage years, I know yours would be the house everyone would want to be at, because you have those kinds of parents. The ones who always have fun and light up the room when they're in it. Your Dad may have even entertained your friends with his expert hula hooping skills.
I think of you often Brenham Jay. You have forever changed my life. Happy Early First Birthday!
Love, Auntie Nicole

Cara said...

Sweet little Brenham - happy birthday to you and your loving parents.

We sent balloons with messages up on Emma's first birthedy too. It felt so good to watch her fathers fly directly to heaven.

*sigh* will be thinking of you

Emmaly said...

Dear Brenham,

You were a blessing to your parents and I know one day they will be up in heaven having so much fun with you.

Nancy said...

Dear Brenham,

You are such a special little boy to be loved by so many. Even though you aren't here to celebrate your first birthday with your family, you are loved just the same. Give my two little angels a hug for me...

Carrie said...

Dear Brenham,
You have touched many people in the last year. Know that you are loved and you are missed.

Niki said...

dearest brenham,
i just wanted to let you know that you and your mom and dad are responsible for an extremely close relationship i have with God. your mom's awesome strength and amazing love for Christ is so awesome. she has pulled so many people closer to the Lord through you. be proud baby. she pulled me from a teenage feeling of having no hope to being more than overjoyed with my life. have the best birthday ever up there with Jesus buddy. i'm sure everyone is planning a party for you sweetie.
with love,

Darci said...

Sweet Brenham,
I think about you almost as much as I think about my own precious angels. My hope is that you are all playing together in Heaven. You are truly a blessing to your parents and I know they think about you and miss you everyday. Happy Birthday.

Ryan and Lydia said...

Sweet Brenham, You have touched and changed so may are very special! We are so grateful that your parents have shared you with all of us. You have the best Mommy and Daddy ever, and I know they miss you so much! I remember when Ryan came home and told me that you were growing in your mommy's tummy. I do not think that I have ever been so excited for someone! I had to call your mommy right away to congratulate her. I know that they wanted you so much. I wish that I could watch you grow and play with Avery. I am sure that your mommy would always have you dressed so a little man. They would have had so much fun with you! Happy 1st Birthday Brenham!
Love-Ryan, Lydia, & Avery

Seeker of the Narrow Gate said...

Brenham - Look forward to meeting you in heaven. I am praying for your mommy today.
Andrea in FL

tscarter7 said...

Dear sweet little Brenham, We love you even tho we don't know you or your parents. We pray for God's peace for your parents. We know they miss you but are comforted knowing you are safe in the arms of Jesus. My mommy went to heaven when I was only four. I'm sure she would love to hold you. Her name is Gerry. We love you.

Anonymous said...

You are such an amazing little boy. There are some people who live to be one hundred years old and never positively affect 1 person; yet you have positively affected untold amounts of people in your short time here. You have an amazing mommy and daddy who are so strong. Just wanted you to know that I will be thinking of you on your birthday. It is a special one because not only is it your earthly birthday, it is also the celebration of the day you entered Heaven. You are so loved.

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Mae said...

Baby Brenham
I don’t know your parents but I do know they love and miss you very much. You have changed their lives forever even though you were only here for a short time. Not only are you loved and missed by the people that know you but also by the people who do not. Our lives are changed too. I pray for you and your family often and will include extra prays for them as your birthday approaches. You will forever be missed. Happy Birthday Angel! Much love from CO.

Anonymous said...


You were a beautiful boy who was too good for this earth. But you were also a special boy, for I truly believe that you saved your Mommy's life. You are so very loved, and I hope that you know that. Actually, I know that you do.

Heaven has a special place for angels like you.

Anonymous said...


You have touched my heart in so many ways, your Mommy and Daddy are so strong and courageous. I feel so blessed to hear about you and to see your pictures. Your life will never be forgotten!

Happy Birthday Brenham!


ricci said...

Precious Brenham, You have blessed and help so many people in your short stay. I don’t know you mommy and daddy but they are wonderful Godly parents as you know. Through this you have given them a gift to share the word of God and help other parents with there loss. I will continue to pray for your mommy and daddy.
Happy Birthday Brenham

Emily said...

I've never commented before but have been following your blog for a few months now and your story is so special and inspirational.

Dear Brenham,
Though you were here for only a short time, you have touched the hearts of so many people who didn't even know you. Enjoy your first birthday with all your angel friends!


Tamara said...


Your story has brought me closer to God and helped me in so many ways. You have inspired my faith in a way that allows me to touch the lives of others in His name. May God Bless your family.

Anonymous said...

Your life has made an impact for Jesus!! Your mom & dad have shared with us (who know them and those that don't) what it means to live daily for Jesus!! Their faith has been made stronger. They have shared their journey, and how God was there--leading and picking them up and carrying them!! You have brought many lessons and blessings to your parents and others that read the blog.
Katie and Robb: This week-end, keep your eyes on Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith (Heb 12:2) We will remember you with more prayers this week-end.
Love and Prayers,
Joni & Kevin

Anonymous said...

I have never posted a comment, but I have enjoyed reading your blog for a long time. I just want you to know that my mother lost her first baby at ~27 weeks. I now can understand more about what she went through after reading your blog. I always knew my mom was the best mother ever, but I think her loss made her an even better mom because she wanted my brother and I so much. I'm sure your future children will feel the same way. ~ Casey

Anonymous said...

Dearest Baby Brenham,
I stumbled upon your mommy's blog a few weeks ago and read the entire thing in a matter of hours because I was so taken with you and in awe of your parents and their faith. You have changed lives baby boy- mine included. I think of you often and pray for you and your family daily.

Justine said...

Dear Brenham, Your mom and dad are such special people and love you so much!! Your life has touched so many others and you have brought so much glory to your heavenly Father! You are missed every day, but we are all so thankful to have "known" you!

Tricia said...

I have not commented in the past, but I have followed your blog for quite some time. Your story, your faith has been so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your life with all of us.

Happy heavenly birthday, Brenham.

Julie said...

Happy Birthday sweet Brenham! Your short life on Earth has made a huge impact. Not only did you save your Mommy's life, you have touched more lives than most who live well into their retirement. Have the greatest time celebrating in heaven and know there are many still here who can't wait to meet you someday!

Melissa said...

Baby Boy Brenham,
You made such an impact in your short life, and your parents have inspired me and so many other people. You will not soon be forgotten.

Amy said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Brenham! Know that you are loved not only by your amazing mommy and daddy, but by thousands of others that have been touched by your story. You will never be forgotten.

Sara said...

Sweet Brenham,
I have come to know you through your mommy and daddy's blog and you are one special little man. Being that you are in Heaven, you get asked to do a lot for a little guy. But I know that you are watching over your parents closely as they enter their next stage of parenthood - as they work towards getting you that little brother or sister! They love you and they miss you every day, just like I miss my Samuel. You might know him - he is another angel baby in Heaven.
Happy birthday, Brenham!

Anonymous said...

Baby boy, you have touch more lives, tugged on more hearts, and brought more tears to more lives than you can imagine. But you have also been more of a disciple of Christ than you know. Your sweet, short life has given eternal life to so many more.

Anonymous said...

brenham you are a muched loveded little boy you are a blessing to your mommy and your daddy and the whole world may you rest in peace little angel

lilmoxey said...

Sweet Brenham, I only know of your mommy and daddy through the sweet words that your mommy writes on this blog. You are so loved and missed. I'm praying for your parents. What a blessing your story has been to so many people.

The Davis' said...

Dear Baby Brenham,

I bet that no one could've imagined the strength and grace that your mommy and daddy have shown after losing someone as precious as you. The miracles that have came out of something so tragic...the number of people led to our Lord, those who've lost and never knew how to cope...the miracles go on and on. I stumbled across your mommy's blog a couple of months ago and consider myself so fortunate. Many of the thoughts and feelings explain exactly what I have felt during the last two years. My baby, Holden, will celebrate his second birthday in Heaven on March 21st. If you see him, please give him a hug and kiss from his Mommy and Daddy. Be sure to eat lots of cake and ice cream! Happy Birthday Brenham!

Jennyc said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Angel. I am so glad that you have touched our lives. Reading about you has given me more faith and strenghth to face so much.

thank you
Jennifer, Mike, Coreena, and Milissa
"In Memory of Allison Lindsey"

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday sweet Brenham. You are missed by so many.
Give love to all the other angels with you in heaven, I know my girls are with you.

TashaSeriously said...

Sweet baby Brenhem. Such a small little heart, but so big in spirit. You have brought so much joy to the 2 loves of your life--your Mommy and Daddy. If any 2 people could love another person as they do you, the world would be a better place.

Praise be to God that you blessed your Katie and Robb with the great joy of being your parents. No 2 people could ever love you more.

Continue to grow, live and love in Heaven. You will forever be in the hearts of so many people here.

Jacki said...


Happy 1st Birthday little one! We are so sorry that we did not get to meet you when you came and left our earthly world so quickly last year! We are sad for your parents, but we are so happy that we know that you live with our dear Lord! I just can't imagine the party he will be throwing you this week!! Please know that we love you sooooo much! You will never be forgotten and live in our hearts forever!!

With love -
Jason, Jacki & your 2nd cousin Katelyn

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday sweet Brenham! Though you were here for such a short time, your precious little life has made such an impact on so many people. You have amazing parents who have been such a testament to God's love and faithfulness.

A Truly Grand Haven said...

Dearest Brenham,
You are such a cute special little boy! So many people love you and miss you tons.
Your Mom and Dad are such special people, and they love you so much.
I have been reading your Mommy's story from the very start.
In the last month I got to meet your mommy in person. She is such an amazing woman, who holds you so close to her hreat.
I am exciting to meet you some day in Heavan.
You have made an impact on my life and many others.

Happy Birthday Brenham!
The Parkers

Courtney said...

Baby are one of the most amazing little boys that I have ever seen. You have done so much to so many in so little time. It's just amazing. I truely believe you came to save your mommy's life. I think about you and pray for you and your family all the time. Happy 1st birthday to an amazing baby boy!

Anonymous said...

Brenham, your time here was for such a short time, but you touched so many hearts. Your Mommy and Daddy miss you so much, but they know that you are happy with Jesus. Happy 1st birthday. xoxoxo
p.s. If you have a chance, say hi to our little girl, Allison, and give her a hug from her Mommy and Daddy. Marcia and Kelly

jvanoss said...

Sweet, sweet Brenham,
Are you playing in a little stream in Heaven with you friends? You showed us again how precious life is. We are praying for your Mom and Dad, because their hearts long for you everyday. Precious One, you see Jesus!

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Brenham,
You have proved the saying "It's not the quantity of life but rather the quality of life that is important."
God has used your short lifetime to impact many and witness to many.

Anonymous said...

I love you and your parents very much. I wish you could be here for me to hold and play with. But you aren't and God had that planned.
Loving The you + family

Cynthia said...

Baby Brenham,

Your mommy and daddy miss you so much. You have no idea the impact you have had on others and what an awesome testimony you have. You parents great witnesses for Jesus! Happy Birthday! Thank you for the inspiration and encouragement that I have gotten thru you!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Brenham,

How I wish you could be here to celebrate with your parents, but I'm so thankful that you are in heaven with Jesus. You have such an amazing Mom and Dad. They are filled with such love for you. They have been so faithful in their love for God, even in the midst of such sadness. I pray that God will send such a peace to your parents as a gift on your birthday.



bri said...

Sweet little Brenham, Happpy Birthday Honey! We are down here holding your mommy and daddy's hands as they are missing you. We have grown to love you and miss you as well.

I just know your celebration in Heaven is only one GOD could Himself pull off! Blessings sweet ANGEL!

heidi michalak said...

Dear Precious Brenham,

You are missed so much and loved more than you can imagine. Your parents miss you so much and I know that they loved the little time they spent with will be in their hearts forever. Thinking of you today and forever.
Love, the Michalak family

heidi michalak said...

Dear Precious Brenham,

You are missed so much and loved more than you can imagine. Your parents miss you so much and I know that they loved the little time they spent with will be in their hearts forever. Thinking of you today and forever.
Love, the Michalak family

Sheila Mahaney said...

Sweet Brenham
Happy Birhtday sweet angel. Yo have brought much to joy in your short life to many people. Your mommy is my cousin and I know she misses you so.. but with her strong faith she is doing great. Watch her and shower her with love and hug her this week as she remembers. My hope is that you have met Great Grandpa Westrate and that you are buddies. I know you are among angels in Heaven.
Sweet little boy- have a great birhtday this weekend

Erin said...

i have followed you mommys and daddys blog for quite some time. i am amazed on the strength they both have. this has been quite a year for them. you are in heaven looking down on them, giving them the strength to go on for they know some day they will see you again. you are in my thoughts very often. have a great birthday baby boy!

Anonymous said...

You... one tiny little person with such a fighting heart and powerful soul, YOU changed the world in merely minutes. Have an amazing birthday, I know you will for this is the day you met Jesus! We all can't wait to get up there and meet you, you are one little boy I will NEVER forget. Happy Birthday!

Erika said...

Sweetest Brenham~
I've been trying to find the right words for days, but everything I write never seems to say wonderful, sweet, beautiful, blessed, touching...your precious life was and how much of a difference it has made to a complete stranger. I hope you know there are a lot of people who love you very much, and you have the most amazing parents. Happy birthday sweet boy!
With love,

brandiandjason said...

I know you are in heaven with Jesus. Please comfort your mommy and daddy on Saturday, let them know that you are ok. Also my little boy went to Heaven last Wednesday, please play with him and let him know we love him.

"Lord, I never got to hold my baby and tell him about You, so can You please hold him and tell him about me?"


Megan from SD said...

Katie and Robb,
I took a trip to the cemetery yesterday to visit a friend on what would have been his 26th Birthday. He passed away 3 years ago from brain cancer. I smiled in knowing that Birthday parties in heaven must be indescribably wonderful. My friend loved babies and children, and today I will say a special prayer that he gives Brenham a big birthday hug today.
My heart is with you and Robb this weekend.

Abby*Lane said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Brenham. It's unbelievable how many lives you have touched!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Baby!
I was there the day you went to heaven, such a tiny perfect little boy. Although I'm so sad for your mommy and daddy, I'm sure you've had a peaceful first year with Jesus. He knows all the best nursery rhymes, lullaby songs, and peek-a-boo games. I'm sure playing with Jesus is better than any play-date down here. We all love you and miss you. Your mommy & daddy miss you the most. Send some sunshine their way today; they are such wonderful parents.
Kate R.

CARLA said...

Katie thank you sooo much for the baskets of hats and blankets they are all wonderful.... The cookies are very precious as well all the OB nurses are enjoying looking through all the great items. God Bless

Tami said...

Katie and Robb,

Feb 15 marked 3 years since my niece was delivered still born. We celebrated her birthday and sent balloons with messages on them to her too. When we sent our balloons to heaven to Kailyn I thought about you and your sweet Brenham. I thought about him this afternoon when I went to visit Kailyn's grave. Know that you are always in my thoughts and prayers.

Happy 1st Birthday Brenham. You are a very special little boy who is loved by so many.

Devin said...


Because of you, sweetie, I have had the privilege of meeting a brand new friend, and praying for your family. I hope you are enjoying Heaven--I know it is so wonderful that we can't even imagine! You are loved and missed by many. We will see you soon!


p.s. Give my little sweetie a hug for me, would you? And tell her that mommy misses her so very much, and I love her, and I can't wait to see her soon, too.

Anonymous said...

Your mommy and I were due at the same time. I remember the day you passed vividly. I remember crying and holding my belly thinking "Oh my God." I could not even imagine what your mom and dad must have been feeling then, and looking at my girls now, I can't imagine that it is any easier for them now. You are a very special boy and loved by so many. I hope one day I can meet you in heaven.