Monday, February 14, 2011

A week end to honor Colin...we miss you

This week end found Darrell, Ben and I heading to Caronport SK.  We were on our way to Briercrest to honor my niece's husband.  Colin passed away this past July from Burkitts Lymphoma, a cancer that quickly took over his young, healthy body in a matter of only 11 months .  Our neice, Melissa, and  their two boys, are my new heroes as they face each day without the love of their lives.   Colin and Melissa both attended Briercrest College.  Colin was a proud member of the Briercrest hockey team, the Clippers.  Some of his former team mates came together to start  the Colin Burritt Memorial Scholarship and this past week end the college hosted an Alumni Tournament in Colin's honor.

You can follow their amazing journey on Melissa's blog.  Her strong faith in a God who loves her beyond belief, is her staying power as she faces a new chapter in her life.   God has given her a gift to write her thoughts down and to share her heart.....I hope you will be encouraged by her words.

This week end, as we were walking back and forth to the rink, her oldest who is 5, had my hand as we walked along.  He looked up at me and said, "My daddy was a Clipper you know."  With a lump in my throat I just said, "I know and he was one of the best Clippers ever and we are here to celebrate him this week end."

This will be my Mosaic Monday post for today, so head on over to Little Red House.

Here are a few more pictures from our week end :)  Thanks for stopping by.

Cousins playing in the tournament.

Melissa and her brother

Melissa and her family.  My hubby, Darrell, and her dad are brothers

Colin's brother and Corban

Ben and Keegan along the boards where Colin's jersey number is placed

Melissa  and Keegan

Colin's parents made the trip from BC for the week end.


Bettyann said...

Dear Dawna..I am very sorry to hear about your loss. What can one say when such a fine young man has lost his life to such an evil disease..Take care and kind thoughts winging their way from me.

Pondside said...

What a wonderful celebration for your grand-nephew to remember. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to read this, how very sad. I'm glad that so much love surrounds his wife and children, but still, what a terrible nightmare. :(

Lorrie said...

Dawna, thank you for posting these photos. I am so glad to see them. I've been thinking a lot about Colin and how much he is missed. Melissa has amazing strength, doesn't she?

The French Bear said...

Dawna, what a wonderful way to celebrate a precious life that was cut too short. It is comforting to know that his family is surrounded by loving and caring family and friends that will help them through this hard time. My thoughts and prayers will definitely include them all. Having such lovely photos and this wonderful tribute will help, it will be a comfort someday when the pain isn't so fresh, won't it?
Margaret B

Sheila said...

Lorrie posted about Colin and Melissa's blog and after reading Melissa's blog I was so amazed to see her courage and strength as she faced Colin's illness. He must have been an amazing person and I wish her and her young family all the best!

Jill said...

My first husband passed away young while I still had young children: 10, 8,5, and 5 months. My heart goes out to her. I'm glad you stopped by my blog.

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