Monday, November 4, 2013

Remembering Grace

Today is Grace McDonnell's 8th birthday... her first in Heaven. Grace is remembered for being a kind and gentle soul who lived life to the fullest. Her parents, Chris and Lynn say that she loved the beach, school and drawing more than anything. When she grew up she wanted to live on the beach and be a painter.

At her funeral, Grace's older brother Jack got a sharpie, and together with his family and their closest friends, they covered Grace's casket with heartfelt messages and their own artwork of things Grace loved - lighthouses, ice cream cones, peace signs and seagulls. They wanted their last memories of her to be full of life and color, just like Grace lived.

Lynn's last memories of Grace was watching her school bus pull away, heading off to Sandy Hook Elementary one Friday morning. Grace smiled and blew kisses to her mom from the window as Lynn waved goodbye. She takes comfort in knowing that Grace is up in Heaven with her friends, teacher and principal. Until they meet again, Lynn promised that she's going to take on the world for her girl - she has nothing to lose, and everything to gain...

Happy 8th Birthday, Grace! We will never forget... 

1 comment :

Anne B. said...

Beautiful Grace with the soulful eyes of a little one with a beautiful heart! I love that her family shared her love of art in such a way. I'm sure her Momma WILL make a huge difference in this world, in memory of her precious girl gone way too soon. Happy Birthday Grace! We will never forget!