October 15th was a beautiful day this year, there was warmth and blue sky and sunshine abounding but the thing that made it so beautiful was not the weather- it was the sense of community that filled the grassy field at Long's Park as we all gathered together- all 700 of us!- to shout to the sky, with wildflower seeds and green balloons, that our children are loved, they are missed and they are remembered.
If you weren't able to join us at the park, we invite you to hop over to youtube to watch two videos we created. One is a video recording of Stephanie speaking about remembrance and Beth reading each sweet name as the balloons float up into the sky http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIWt8V9Y_nw and the other is a montage of stunning photographs taken at the event by Grace Photos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9C6XN8LIvw&feature=youtu.be.
If you were a guest at the gathering and you would like to download a free image of your family from the event, please check your email for a link to our password protected album. There are 3 or 4 times more pictures in that album than time allowed us to share in the video, so please peruse the album for more amazing images. Email Stephanie if you are unable to access the album for some reason.
Thank you to everyone who joined us that day and helped make it such a tender, sacred, moving evening. We are already excitedly looking forward to next year's gathering on October 15, 2014. We hope to see you there.