Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cade's Tribute

    If you're here for the iPad2 Giveaway, please click here:

   Yes, people think we're nuts. My husband and I set aside money to buy an iPad2 just to advertise this event, and honor our son who passed away.
    If you're here for the blogfest, I'm going to post everyone's links in a couple of hours.  I had just over ten more people signup late last night (woo hoo!) and I want to give them time to finish their posts.

   On a side note: Oh my gosh!!!!!  I am sooooo excited.  I just had to get that out.  My book will be released tomorrow--WOW.  And to top that off, I went to twitter today, and Santa Claus is following me.  How epic is that?
    Anyway, to hold you for a minute, while I compile the list for the blogfest, I thought I would show you a few things.
    Tomorrow, I will be sharing pictures from the time written about in my journal.  I've never shared Zeke's picture with people, but I'm going to do it now.  You can see him in the below video, but I really wanted you to see how beautiful he is/was (for his birthday tomorrow).  I hope he can see all of this.  I've worked so hard--for years--to bring him this tribute.
    Also, for the first fifty copies of my book sold through Abe Books and Barnes and Noble, I will give a free CD of our music, the same music written about in "The Golden Sky."
   Additionally, 5% profit from every copy sold tomorrow, will go to help people struggling to deal with infant loss.
    If you'd like to read a guest post I wrote for today, please go here (thanks Dee):
    If you'd like to read a review, please go here:

    And now, for the special tribute just before the blogfest, here's Cade's tribute (now maybe you'll understand why I ran away with him when I was seventeen--he's so handsome and sweet):

    Here's Cade's speech from my journal (in case this is hard to hear or too sad to watch):
    "When I first found out I was having a boy," Cade cleared his throat, "I was in St. George. Elisa called me on the phone and told me how excited she was to have a boy, because that was what she'd always wanted. The next day was so great. Then, I got another phone call. They'd found some complications—something to do with his heart, but they didn't know. So, I came back, and we went to the University of Utah with Elisa's mom and dad.
    "When they first told us his problems, it was hard to accept . . . it wasn't real. They did the chromosome test, and it came back okay. Rather than terminating the pregnancy, we decided to give him a chance. Every day Elisa would sing to him. We loved him as much as we could, because we didn't know if he'd make it after he was born.
    "Well, the day finally came that he was born. They said he'd probably pass in the first twenty-four hours, but he was still here, even after the surgery, weeks later. He seemed to be doing better, and then struggled for a bit. He had trials his whole life. At that point I remember wondering, 'Why does something like this happen?' I thought, 'He tried making an evolutionary leap for man, and just tripped, and didn't quite make it.' It was just yesterday that it dawned on me: he didn't trip, and he didn't fail; he changed every person he came across. And that was more of an evolutionary step for man than he ever could have made in any other way.
    "He's the biggest hero of my life. I've never known someone who tried so hard to hang on. It seems to be the only reason he hung on wasn't for him . . . it was for us. He loved us so much . . . and his life had a meaning. I love him so much! I love you, Zeke."