Thursday, June 2, 2011

Nathan Carter Williams

I wrote this post almost a month ago and was not quite ready to post it. But, I wanted to share this sweet little guy with you. I hope you enjoy.

Friends,

This past week on May 28, my nephew Nathan passed away suddenly. It was a hard week here at the Williams home as we prepared for the funeral and reflected on the meaning of life. Nate was one of my dearest friends. He, his parents, Stephen and Jenny and sister, Ashley, have been nothing but wonderful to Brian and I as we have started our own family. They are such great friends.

Below are a few of my favorite photos of Nate. He LOVED his Uncle Brian (he called him "Bian") and I know Brian felt similarly.





This last photo of Nate holding Baby Jo is a killer. We will cherish it forever.

The funeral was amazing. It was filled with memories of Nathan and the amazing life he lived. He loved to tease, joke and play. As I have thought about Nate this week I feel nothing but love. It makes me consider my life and my relationships with those closest to me. He was never offended or moody but always treated everyone the same. What a tribute. It was great to see people come from all over to honor a boy who had touched their lives.

We love Nate and miss him dearly. We know that he, his parents and sister will be together as a family after this life, we know he will live free of any physical challenges he had while here on the earth, we know he is watching over us and sending us love daily. Believing in God and believing in a plan of what happens after life here ends really means a lot when you loose someone you love. I have felt God's love and peace this week, it has been wonderful and hard all at the same time.

We will miss our Nato always, we love him so much. Thanks for letting me share. Love you.

Andrea
(Or as Nate would say, "Anea.")


11 comments:

Christin said...

So sorry for your loss, thanks for sharing. love you!

hanner said...

this was a really sweet post. any reminder of the beauty of the atonement and forever families is always such a great thing. i'm sorry for you and your family's loss.

Alison said...

i love that picture from your wedding! so sweet.

Steve and Jen said...

I love your words in this post! You know he loved you all! We need to form a club of WHO MISSES NATE :-) See you soon!

Brandon & Shelly said...

We think of him daily. Thanks for the post.

Jen said...

Thanks for sharing that Andrea. We were so sad that we didn't get to go to his funeral. We heard amazing things about it and especially your talk! Nate was an awesome kid and we're ALL going to miss him. Can't wait to see you at that family reunion!

Mame said...

Andrea, a beautiful post. I am so sorry for your loss, and so grateful you have the Gospel in your live. that we know of what is to come makes all the difference.

Jessica Dahlquist said...

I'm was so sorry to hear about his passing. What a special tribute to this brave little boy. Thanks for sharing about his life.

Sharon said...

So sorry to hear about your loss. We too lost a friend last week. Our good friend from highschool lost his wife. It was such a shock and so sad. She left behind 4 kids, the same ages as ours, and her husband. Gary is at the funeral today in AZ. So hard, but so thankful for the peace that comes from prayer and knowing that this is not truly the end.

Merry said...

I am sorry to hear about your loss. But thank you for sharing your thoughts on the plan of salvation. It really helps to know that God watches over his little ones.

Lisa Martin said...

I think about Nathan often. We had him in our clas when he was in kindergarten. I have missed him dearly since the family moved from the Spring/Conroe area. Nathan was greatly loved and will be dearly missed.

Lisa Martin