Sunday, November 30, 2008


On November 30, 1964 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, a darling baby boy entered our lives. We named him James Bradley. James was Ron's mother's maiden last name, Bradley was my mother's maiden last name. Since we had several "Jim's" in the family, we decided to call him Brad. We loved him greatly. Unfortunately, we only had him for 20 months before he died. Although we had an autopsy done, we are not SURE of his cause of death. Technology is so much more advanced, now, that the cause could probably be determined...but at that time, there could only be speculation. The speculation was that he had picked up a virus somewhere and it had taken a path to his brain. He was not running a temperature, but he did start convulsing suddenly and they were not able to stop his convultions completely.
At the time of his death, Keith was 3 years old and Kevin was 4 1/2 months old. We were very sad at losing Brad, but there were the 2 brothers to raise; so, with God's grace and comfort we began moving on with our lives. Happy Birthday Brad!
On November 14, 1974 in Anderson, Indiana we were blessed with our sixth little boy. We were extremely glad to have him arrive...healthy and 'fine'. We named him Kirk Matthew. We had looked for a "K" name that was a little different from the 'norm', and Matthew seemed to be a good choice to go with Kirk.
It had been a few years since our last child, and all of his brothers were old enough to enjoy their baby brother. They liked to entertain him, and as he got older, he entertained them with each new thing he learned. He brought a lot of JOY to the family!
This year I was in Oregon with Karen on Kirk's birthday, so I did not get to blog about it on 'the day'. So I decided to share about him, now, on Brad's birthday.
Happy Birthday, Kirk! We love you so much!
{ I tried to get this written on November 30th, but I think it is already December 1st!}


Abby said...

What a sweet post.

Happy birthday to my friend Kirk!!

Karen said...

Great post! I'm glad you shared about Brad. So many people don't know his story.

Discursivelyhappy said...

Yeah, I am one that did not know Brad's story and always wondered. I am glad you shared.