after weeks of editing drawings and measurements, we are so pleased with the final product. "gulf coast monuments" in fort walton beach did a fantastic job.
the top part says "our gift from God" because that is what jonathan's name means. hence, the scripture at the bottom which reads "Every good and perfect gift is from above..." ~James 1:17
the picture we chose completely represents where we believe jonathan is now...in the arms of Jesus. i can't even explain it in words, but the feeling i felt when jonathan died in my arms and the moments that followed...i know with absolute certainty that there was a holy presence in our hospital room that night. i've never felt it so strongly before in my life and i haven't felt it as strongly since. God was with us.
and so, just over a year after jonathan's birth and death, the headstone also represents to us the final thing that needed to be done for our son, almost like a large granite bookend to the past year. there's not much left for us to do now; maybe occasionally wipe off any dirt left from a rainstorm, or pull any weeds around his plot, and bring him seasonal flowers and other items. sadly, this kind of maintenance takes the place of us caring for him like we would if he were here with us. how i'd love to give him a bath, or have the opportunity to change a dirty diaper, or clean off his muddy hands or face after he had played in the dirt. instead, we get to parent a headstone.
wow, the perspective i've gained from all of this.