Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sam's Tree in the Children's Park

Tyler has a park dedicated to all children, including those who have gone to heaven and those with special needs, called The Children's Park of Tyler.  I knew about the park because it's a beautiful place, and many of my friends have had family pictures taken there.  We drive by it when we visit Stephen at work.  Before Sam was born, we took the girls there on a Saturday.  The paved sidewalks are lined with stones engraved with children's names.  There are trees planted in honor and memory of children.  When we were there, I remember thinking what a sweet tribute it is for these children, but how sad for their families that there is a need for a place like that.

"Behold, children are a gift from the Lord."  Psalm 127:3

After Sam passed away, Stephen's co-workers donated a tree to the park in Sam's memory.  We went back to the park in April to choose the place where they would plant the tree.

We chose this area in a back corner of the park.  There is a shaded sitting area nearby, and when you stand in this spot, you can see the entire park.

We chose a white dogwood tree, which was planted in May, and the stone that holds Sam's plaque was placed then also. 

Last week, the plaque was placed.  

The cemetery where Sam is buried is in Bertram, about four hours from here, so I can't just go visit whenever I want to.  I am so thankful that we have a place now where I can go and just be to honor and remember our sweet Sam.

One thing I have been reminded about over and over again throughout our journey with Sam is God's creative providence.  Stay with me here...Trent's high school band director's wife's brother and his wife are the couple who founded the children's park.  God has certainly used his people to bless us.

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