Friday, October 10, 2008

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Update on the house...
Someone looked at it on Wednesday and is coming back this morning at 11:00am. This will be the first person to see it a second time. Very encouraging!

Lukey...
I have been missing him so much the past couple of days. What a precious little guy. This morning I remembered one of his sweet smiles. It happened the morning of May 27, his heaven date. I had just walked out of my office and past his swing. I was looking at him as I passed by the swing and talking to him and he looked up at me with the biggest grin. It brought me to my knees... literally. I knelt down and kissed him on the forehead and stroked his hair and stayed there with him for a few minutes. If I linger too long on this thought regret will begin to creep in and haunt me. I wished I had picked him up. Ironically, the last time I held him was just before putting him in his swing that evening as I was getting ready to put Summer to bed. Same thing... I set him down, turned on the swing and music, and kissed him of the cheek. I'm so glad I did that. But, oh how I wish I could do it again today.

Here are some pics of our 'Little Man'.







Summer...

Thought you'd like to see some recent pics of Summer too. She definitely keeps us laughing and smiling!

Our little princess
The earrings, ring, and necklace broke before we got home... now that's quality!


A two-year-old shaving? She's just growing up too fast!


I'm ready to go shopping, Mom! My extra paci's are in my purse.
And how cool are these sunglasses?


I love Five Guys... I'm on my fourth burger! And this Sprite is awesome!


Summer and "Uncle Todd"
What do you call Todd the friendly cat, especially when the only other Todd you know is your Uncle Todd?
For Summer, that would be "Uncle Todd"... obviously!


Thanking God today that His mercy is renewed every morning...
































16 comments:

Mocha with Linda said...

Precious, precious pictures.

Baseballs and Tutu's said...

Hope you get an offer on the house. I know that would be a huge relief.

Praying for you in your grieving for Luke! I have said before but I can't imagine what you're going through. Praying for peace!

Love the pics of Summer...she is adorable!

m said...

May God continue to strengthen and encourage your family! I am certain that many days are not easy to even get out of bed...but I am thankful that I can pray for you and Nicol to be encouraged and lifted up in these days!

sheila said...

What precious, wonderful pics. of Baby Luke. I was hurting for your family the day I read your post and he was 6 mths old. It seems as if time stands still in some aspects and other times, it flies and you just want say wait, slow down. He is a beautiful boy. There is nothing I can say to help you and Nicol ease the pain and lonliness. Only God can come in and replace that breath-catching lonliness with peace and comfort. My prayer for your family today. Peace and grace peace in abundance : )
Thank you God for Summer's spirit, I pray you find the joy in all her smiles, attitudes and style. God be with you and Nicol this weekend. May God be honored by your words and testimony in tribute to Baby Luke.

marie said...

Thanking God with you for new mercies each day! I'm praying you and Nicol sense them in a powerful way.

Love the shaving picture! Summer has wonderful hair by the way!

Luke's picture are great...a story in every one! I especially love the yawn!

Even after all this time (33 years) I still remember how hard the first couple years were after my son passed away. I struggled with regrets too ~ that there wasn't one more kiss, one more snuggle, one more touch. I wasn't a believer then ~ but I know that long before I knew Him, He knew me, He loved me and He comforted me.

You're going to hurt and regret and long for what might have been ~ and He's going to comfort, encourage and love you each day, every hour, every minute. But you already know that ~ don't you! I'm so grateful that you know Him.

Have a blessed day!

Anonymous said...

Greg,

Your memories of Luke are precious treasures you'll keep forever. I am so glad that I have been able to meet your precious family, and now I am teaching Summer's Wed. night class at Tunnel Hill 1st Bptst. She's such a joy!

May you and Nicol continue to draw strength not only each day, but each moment from God for His grace is abundant and free.

Laura Wills (Justin and Whitney's mom)

Anonymous said...

Those pictures are so precious! I am sorry you have to hurt, I pray for you daily!

Tressa

Anna said...

What hopeful news that you have a "second showing"! Also, beautiful pictures. :)

Heather said...

Hi Greg and Nicol. This is the crazy lady that bothered you during your lunch at Chikfila a week or so ago. The pictures are beautiful. I sent you an email to thesponbergfamily@gmail.com(not sure if you still use it) that had a link to my sister's house that is for sale(or rent possibly) in Nashville. She wasn't happy when I told you it was in Antioch as that isn't considered the better part of Nashville, it is in the Antioch on the Brentwood side of town (does that make it more appealing? I know nothing about Nashville myself I've only visited several times). It's just down the street from Christ Church. They're visiting from Chicago this weekend and checked on it this morning. It's been shown 10+ times, no one's really interested - - maybe God's waiting on your house to sell:). Regardless of where we live, whether it's in GA or TN, the jungles of Africa, or the arms of our Creator we know the plans He has for us. And we are assured that He knows far better than we do what we need and how He can be glorified thru each situation. Be stong! Embrace the grief, it will make your joy all that much sweeter. My heart is heavy each time I see Luke's picture. I wonder what the baby I lost (miscarried) looks like. I tend to imagine that baby as a boy, the brother my son longs for. At times, my pain still seems fresh and raw (it's been 5 years). I never got to hold that baby, so I can't fully relate to what you're experiencing. I'll often hear Nicol's songs on Moody and stop to say a prayer or I'll hear his name and think of you. Know that I'm praying for you now. God's grace be upon you each!

Diana said...

Thank you for sharing your Luke with us. Seeing those adorable pictures make us miss him and we never knew him. He is beautiful. Can't you just imagine that sweet smile as he is smiling into Jesus's face? Brings the tears!! Praying for strength and comfort in your grief!

Lee said...

Those pictures put tears on my cheeks! Continuing to lift your family in my prayers. There are no other words.

Sherri said...

I've read your blog for a few months now....never posted a comment. My heart goes out to you daily. I can't imagine what you have gone through. I look at pictures of Luke and think what an amazing baby I know he was. In his short life, I know he knew he was loved and he loved in return. He is now safe in the arms of Jesus and there is nothing I can say to take your pain away. You will meet him again some day and I will too. That is all we can hold on to in this world. Please know your family is loved by so many.
Cherish each moment with Summer as I know you do. I have three grown children and it seems like only yesterday they were her age. (I used to think my Mom was crazy when she said that but it's so true)
God Bless you all,
Sherri

Skerry said...

Your children are beautiful, thank you so much for sharing them. Continued thoughts and prayers for a quick sale of your home and for Nicole's album.

Tabatha said...

What amazing pictures!

Misty Rice-Baniewicz said...

Just this morning I said while getting dressed for church to my husband, as he was shaving, I applying my make-up and my 6 month old sat in the bathroom with us in her high chair... "one day she is going to say, I want to shave you daddy, can I shave you?"....

And to see little Summer with shave cream on her face brought a BIG SMILE to my face.

You are doing well... you are keeping focus on the MAIN THING "GOD".... the pain is real, its yours and you have all the rights to feel the way you feel with out apology.

I my heart feels weight for the pain for you and your family's lost. I could never say it enough. While talking with God the other day, and hearing in my head again what a friend said to me in an email about remember to "not question GOD" but trust and him and know that GREATER THINGS COME OUT OF THIS TO PLEASE AND HONOR HIM. So then as I remember that I pray to God and I tell him "God, I believe, please help with me with my disbelief. I am thankful and honored for the gifts in my life."

I pray each day for you and so many others out there..... I pray only the prayer I see to be best fit at this time...."THAT GOD PLEASE SOFTEN THIS PAIN IN YOUR HEARTS, COMFORT YOU WITH HIS TOUCH and BLESS YOU BEYONG YOUR OWN IMAGINATIONS".

When I see your photos with your son, and his head of hair (a ton of hair he had) and I read your words..... I am thankful that you got that smile and that touch and that kiss from Lukey when you did!!!!

God Bless you over and over again.....

Laura said...

So much life and such expressions. Luke is beautiful. Tears.....