We spent the day at the beach celebrating Ryan's birthday, although he wasn't with us in body he certainly was in spirit. For the last 7 years this is how we have celebrated with our son, He went on to be with Jesus shortly after his 21st birthday, I like to say he's in the ministry with our Lord now.
This is always a difficult time for our family but with God's grace and mercy we carry on, although sometimes just barely, we still do. From the 1st year after Ryan left us we have celebrated his birthday, we have tried to always make it a very joyful event. This year we chose the beach and we thought you might like to join in the fun even if only in pictures.
Our hope is that maybe someone will be helped in this post, if you have lost someone very close to you it can be heart breaking to celebrate anything connected with the person you grieve for but Ryan was such a joy on this earth to all who met him that we have always thought it would be a shame to only grieve over him so we celebrate his life!
As his family we always have the thought that we don't ever want him to think we don't miss him, so we feel like we keep some sadness to make sure he knows we will always for our lives miss him terribly, but maybe celebrating and enjoying everything about him is a better way to miss him. We hope he thinks so.