The Stewart Family (minus Graham and McKenzie)
This past weekend we were in NJ for several days. We went for one main reason. Three years ago on May 23 Ryan's younger brother, Graham, was killed in a motorcycle accident. To say it was traumatic for our family is an understatement but no words truly suffice.
Ryan's family is and always has been very close. When this terrible event happened we all immediately gathered in NJ where it happened and where Ryan's family is from.
I was 8 months pregnant and on bedrest for preterm labor with Griffin. This made it a bit more difficult for us but there was no decision to be made. They have hospitals in NJ so up we went.
It was also Ryan's birthday which just made it more difficult for him and I think still does even though he would never say that.
This event has brought the family even closer together. I think we realize how precious each moment is. The silly things don't matter. Time together should not be wasted. It also has brought us closer to the Lord and to each other. I often hear about families torn apart by tragedy and I can't imagine how awful it must be to be going through such a terrible time and feel so alone. We must turn to each other in times of heartache. Isn't that why we have each other?
This weekend we got together to remember and to help each other deal with what still feels so recent. I think it helps.
I know it was something that I needed as well, with all the issues we have been dealing with. It is nice to be surrounded by people who love you.
I was so touched by the outpouring of love for Griffin this weekend. I watched him closely and I noticed almost everyone took a moment to share with him and let him know they loved him. I think most of it was subconscious. I think everyone has been thinking a lot about him lately and seeing him for the first time after all of this "stuff" happened it was a good time to share a moment with him. I am teary just writing this because I was so touched.
We really are immensely blessed.
We even got a good family photo out of the deal. That almost never happens!