Saturday, April 21, 2007

Remembering Zach...

Dear friends and family,

We wanted to take this opportunity to remember Joel's brother, Zach, who was taken from us way too soon in a tragic plane crash a year ago this weekend. This year has definitely been a roller coaster of emotions, as we are dealing with daily grief and loss, as well as joy and excitement at the arrival of our precious baby, Camden Zachary. Having this baby boy has been the most thrilling time of our lives, but it's also equally hard not be able to share our joy with Zach. He would have been the BEST Uncle, and we ache to know that he won't be able to hold Cam and get to know him, here on earth. Even though Zach isn't here with us anymore, we feel that he knows Camden already and will be rejoicing with us not only on his birthday, but throughout his life.

Joel and I are committed to teaching and showing Cam what kind of person Zach was. We are blessed to have his beautiful music, which Camden already loves. We're counting on those CD's to sooth any and all crying. :) Zach was the most hardworking, goal oriented, and musically talented person we know. His love of the Lord and his family are examples to us daily. Our prayer for Camden Zachary is that he grows up to be a fraction of the person his uncle was and is. Even in the womb, we have started to share our favorite stories and memories of Zach with our little man. Zach was an inspiration to all he came in contact with, and will continue to be an inspriation in his nephew's life.

Thank you to all who have been praying for our family during this time. Your prayers are truly felt. Your cards and words of sympathy mean so much to Joel and me. Hold your loved ones close, as we are reminded of how very short life is. We can't wait to hug and kiss on Cam in just 6 short weeks!!


Poppi said...

What a great man Zach was! The impact of his life will be felt for years to come, even by persons who never had the chance to know him personally. Nana and I feel so blest to have felt that impact first-hand, and forever.

Camden is such a blest boy to have the two of you as parents, and Zach's impact on his life as well.

We love you. Nana and Poppi

Anonymous said...

How lucky Camden is to have Zachary's name as part of his own. Zach made such an impact on the lives around him that I'm confident Camden WILL know Zach... through his music, pictures, and stories of love, fun and compassion that we all hold close to us.

Little Cam is SO LUCKY to have Hillary and Joel as parents, and even LUCKIER to have the amazing support system of family and friends that surround him even before he has been born! :-) Love you guys... Nat

Jan said...

Just checking in to see the progress. We love your tribute to Zach. We have thought of you and your family so much these past couple of weeks. Our love goes out to you as you share your love of Zach with Camden. And what an honor to carry his name.

Looking forward to meeting Camden in July in San Antonio!
Jan and Royce

The Novaks...

Camden loves to smile, laugh, and be a busy boy. Kendall has her daddy right where she wants him!!