Thursday, January 6, 2011

7 years closer to that day

A friend sent me an encouraging message yesterday on the 7th anniversary of Brady's homegoing. She wrote: "Just thinking of you and remembering where we were 7 years ago, and still thinking of the impact for His Savior that your precious Brady had in his life and in his death. Reunion in heaven will be oh so sweet, and we are all 7 years closer to that day." It's hard to believe 7 years have passed since Brady left his cancer behind and entered into glory. And yes, we are 7 years closer now than we were the day Brady left us on that January 5, 2004. How that lifts my heart!

Since that day, we have continued to celebrate Brady each year on January 5th. It has become sort of a Harasick family "holiday" you might say. Rich always takes the day off, and we usually do something as a family that reminds us of Brady. It might be a visit to a restaurant he liked, or even playing a game together that he enjoyed, like Clue Master Detective. It is usually simple and nice, and whatever we choose seems to be just the right way to remember him.

This year we started off with a visit to the Nethercutt Museum in Sylmar. The Nethercutt is one family's personal collection of vintage vehicles. We had a great time perusing all the amazing cars and the train they have. The Nethercutt is a great place to visit - it's free and such a unique place. If you want the full experience, you can make a reservation for the tour, also free.



Here's the early prototype of Dr. Wizzelmo (Drew's Mercury Sable)!


This was really cool - a vintage 1936 trailer!


You could even go inside - so neat!

Early prototype for the VW Bug - a 1946 sedan designed by a man with the last name Porsche.

In the late afternoon, Stephanie joined us, and we went to Tony's Bella Vista in Burbank for dinner. Brady used to love an Italian restaurant in La Crescenta called Dominick's, but since then we have discovered Tony's and like it a lot better. Tony's is the classic Italian restaurant that's been there forever - with the red vinyl booths, cheesy decor complete with fake grapes, and real robust Italians running the place. They have amazing pizza and giant house-made cheese ravioli. We always order the same thing: a large antipasto, an XL half sausage/half pepperoni pizza, an order of spaghetti and meatballs, and an order of cheese ravioli. That way you get to take home leftovers. :-) Their pizza is my favorite in L.A.




After filling up at Tony's, we went across the street to a great little Italian deli called Pinocchio's, and picked up some gelato to go for dessert later back at the house. The rest of the evening was spent talking near the fireplace, eating that wonderful gelato, and listening to the music from Brady's memorial service (Dave & Erin Hoffman singing "It is well with my soul"; Leticia Johnson singing "Amazing Grace"; and Jubilant Sykes singing an amazing song about waking up in heaven - "Just stepping on shore".) It was a wonderful day.

My dear husband is always so sweet and thoughtful on this day. Beautiful flowers and a card were delivered the day before. They came with all their blooms still shut and burst open on the next morning. I thought that was kind of like Brady's life - a dark day before he died and then blooming in heaven that next morning.


Rich also framed a copy of our favorite hymn "It is well with my soul." I asked him where he got the music and he answered "I ripped it out of our hymnal." I thought that was cute.


He also gave the family a framed photo of our little sponsored child, Isaac, that we have through Compassion International. We chose Isaac last year because he had the same birthday as Brady. I think in a strange way, he even kind of looks like Brady.



Brady, around age 8

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Brooke Johnson said...

Mrs H this is such a sweet post! So funny that you went to Bella Vista and because they're so close to our home! :) now I'll always remember Brady and your sweet family when we walk by :) much love to you guys!

Dodson Family said...

oh my goodness - I am crying - thanks for taking the time to do this. what a beautiful beautiful thing you do each year. I remember reading this last year or at least one of the years. I am so glad you keep this tradition. 7 years closer is awesome. your husband is a stud. what great gifts.

Michelle said...

Thanks for sharing- so sweet to see more into your amazing family. What an example you are to young moms like me. We can hold so tightly to our dear babies, but they truly belong to the Lord. Can't wait to meet Brady in glory!

Mommy Roth said...

Joy pours forth in your family. I also read Emma's post on FB and I love how your family longs for Heaven and reminds us that there is hope beyond this world. Your husband is a treasure, what a joy to have him by your side as he points you to Christ. Thanks for always sharing your heart with us! I love you!

Anonymous said...

what a lovely memory day, Karen.- Missy