Saturday, September 1, 2012

Saying Goodbye {Frank}

Sending balloons up to heaven

June 14, 2012. Another difficult day. The day we buried our little boy. Thank you to Lindsay at Rock Paper Pictures for capturing the emotions of the day. While they make me very sad to look at them, I'm very thankful to have them. I put the photos together in a video to music - I spent a lot of time choosing the perfect songs...   

My mom asked if she could say a few words at the funeral. She's the most amazing writer so of course I said yes. Here's what she read - it could not be more perfect.

"Love. If love were the only necessity for survival in this world, Franklin John Schultes would have lived here forever.  No parents love their child more than Ben and Kristin love Franklin.  His big brothers, Prior Benjamin and Mason Joseph love him, giving him their favorite name, Baby Fwank.  His grandparents, his great grandparents, his aunts and uncles, his cousins, and all his extended family love him.  This abundance of love makes Franklin’s journey so difficult to understand. Yet Ben and Kristin are strong; this family is strong; and we have faith. “To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven…a time to be born and a time to die… a time to weep and a time to laugh…a time to mourn and a time to dance.” Baby Franklin is positive, pure energy.  We will allow Franklin John to make this world a better place by smiling more each day, by being more kind and understanding of others, by giving to others, by showing more gratitude for all we have, by laughing more with loved ones. We will see him in the clouds morphing in the blue sky and in the corn arising in the Iowa fields; in the fox chasing and the turtle ambling near Amy Drive; we will smell him in the peonies nodding and the Russian olives blooming; we will feel him in the breeze whispering and the sun warming; we will hear him in the thunder rumbling and the cardinal singing. Baby Frank will be with us, and we will be with him."

- Julia Wall (Grandma Julie) 6.14.12

It was a beautiful (but windy) day. After the service we had a very nice lunch at the park in Dedham. 


  1. i've been reading your blog for a while now. i think your boys are absolutely adorable. i have a daughter around your boys' age, and the thought of twins just exhausts me! i'm usually a silent reader, but i just wanted to comment. i know there is nothing i can say to make any of your pain lessen. i just want you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts.

    1. Awww - thank you so much for commenting. I really really appreciate it.

  2. I have only met you once (at Nicole's workshop), but I sat in my house and sobbed with tears streaming down my face watching your video of the funeral. You absolutely picked the right songs and those pictures capture the heartbreak of the day perfectly. I am so sorry for your loss and grief.


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