Friday, January 23, 2009


To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant,
and a time to pluck up that which is planted

Joel Caleb Morris
September 13, 2003- January 23, 2007

The Lord has brought this verse to my mind just of late, I read it a year ago or so, my heart is so at rest knowing that He has purposed every moment, we will not arrive one minute sooner than His plan and we will not stay one minute longer than His plan. Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. (Ez. 1:1) The Lord blessed our lives with Joel for 3 years, 4 months and 10 days. What a gift he is to our lives, then and now!! We miss you, Joel and I love you still!!!!!

A very Happy Birthday 7th Birthday to Hosanna Frances today!! What a "Little Princess" she is to our family. We'll share her party later this evening!

May your heart be blessed now by a three year old little boy as you watch this slide-show of Joel.........

Slide-show By John-Clay and music arranged and played by Caleb and Daniel, Elijah on the trumpet.


Marie said...

As much as you miss him as a mother and father I am sure your other children were devastated as well. I could see that as the slide show played. Your writing this blog will help keep him alive in all your hearts.

God Bless

Danielle said...

Praying for you all today!!


Love ya,
Dannie Mistina

Emma and Mommy said...

That slide show is beautiful! I haven't really been thinking too much about today being "the day" but the very first thing I thought of this morning was Joel! Then I remembered it was the 23rd. So I spent some time in prayer for your family. I hope today will be a day full of happy memories of Joel. I pray God will give you strength today, as always.

Happy birthday Hosanna! 7 already? Wow where has the time gone? What a little lady you are becoming. I hope its a wonderful birthday for a wonderful little girl!

Hannah said...

The slide show brings back so many memories of Joel - he is so precious.

You all are very much on our hearts and minds today...praying for you often.

Love y'all so much!!!

~Hannah B.

P.S. Happy birthday to Miss Hosanna! 7 years old already?!?! Wow! :)

-stephanie- said...

That is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Prayers for comfort and joy said for you today.

Happy 7th Birthday Hosanna. Can't wait to see pictures of your fun party.

Anonymous said...

Praying for you today.....

I was wondering if you could also offer support for this grieving mother who also lost her precious boy to NB on this very same day...

In Him...

Dottie said...

I was truly touched by your slide show.........and really don't know what to say except your in my prayers today and everyday. God Bless you and your family

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful slide show that so expresses your love for Joel and for each other as a family.

Paul Jacobs said...

On this day, a tragic anniversary, may you all continue to find peace and comfort in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul Jacobs

Anonymous said...

Morris Family~
Praying for you all today and every month on the 23rd.

Happy Birthday Miss Hosanna! May you feel Jesus especially close to you on your 7th birthday..


dr_bristow said...

I woke up this morning thinking of Joel, as I remembered that it was the day he went to be with the Lord two years ago. Praying for your family.

Nikki said...

You've been on my heart alot during this Jan month. Been checking on you often. I'm still praying for you and your entire crew. I loved the slideshow. It can't be watched without tears falling. You're on my heart. I'm so thankful for the gradual healing work that God is so faithful to do. Indeed you have a precious gift waiting for you at the gates of Heaven.

Happy Birthday to Hosanna and happy 2nd "birth day" to Joel.

Anonymous said...

Thinking about you, lovely slide show, the music is AWESOME. What tremendous talent in your family.
Remembering Joel today. He has made a lasting imprint on my heart. How are you dealing with his 2 year anniversary, Cindy?
I am so amazed at the birthday party for Hosanna; absolutely gorgeous!!She is such a doll! I just love your decorations and my 4 yo daughter said she wants a cake "just like that". Blessings to all of the precious Morris family!!It sure looked like you were all having a blast!

Alexis said...

I have followed your story for awhile, but don't think I've ever left a comment before. Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed Joel's slideshow, and that I'm praying for you guys.

Leslie said...

What precious and beautiful sons!

This journey and fiery trial is one we should never have had to experience.

Prayers your hearts are touched in some
priceless way today.

Thank you for your kind words to my
grieving daughter.

Tuesday Whitt's maternal Grammy

Laura Saputo said...

I am the proud mother of twin boys, Vincent and Anthony. Our "Vincey", the first born, was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma at age 3. We were all devastated when we heard this news. I viewed your baby Joel's slideshow, and I cried. What a beautiful blessing for your family! The photos bring reminders of our journey through this trying time of cancer with Vincent. Vincent and Anthony will be 5 on May 24th, 2009. We made it through this, and as one of our friends said, "He is a cancer kickin' warrior." Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

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