Monday, December 24, 2012

beauty from ashes

We buried our sons together on October 30th 2012.  We purchased a huge glazed pot in 2007 to commemorate Oliver's first birthday, with the intention to bury Oliver's ashes there.  As we had been moving around a bit, we decided to keep it empty until we were more settled.

When we brought our precious little Noah home from the hospital, we knew that it was only fitting for him to be buried along with his big brother.  With heavy hearts and overflowing eyes, we laid our two boys to rest together.

I have managed to keep a "Little Gem" Magnolia alive over the past few years too, and it seemed only fitting that this tree be planted in the pot as a memorial to our two precious little gems.

And out of these ashes, this mourning, out of our heaviness, comes this beauty...

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,

To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.


  1. Beautiful pieces of your heart Nikki, I love you and hope more than anything that this Christmas fills you with spirit and Joy.. Happy Christmas 2012 Budimans! We love you all very much!

  2. "...that He may be glorified." This is exactly the words God gave me for you when you first told me of the loss of Noah. Somewhere in this grief would be glory for Him. What beauty in your lives, like this magnolia flower, will come in place of your ashes? Only God knows, He is the gardener and He is growing whatever He desires in you. Thank you for blooming here on your blog for all to see so that we can glorify God and give praise to our Father in Heaven. Love your beautiful heart Nicole xo


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