In 2003, we moved from Texas to Minnesota. The boys were aged 8 and 6. The boys settled with their mom in the small town of Virginia in northern Minnesota and started attending a church in Embarrass, Minnesota.
Two of the friends they grew up with at that church were the Laulunen brothers, Everett Rainier and Gabriel. Can you imagine the irony? Another Everett!
Now, Everett and Gabriel have a lot of love for my Everett and Austin. The four of them developed a beautiful relationship in this small community. My boys had a special way about them and they have touched everyone that has gotten to know them in a profoundly powerful way. And Everett and Gabriel are two of them, unmistakenly. Everett Rainier was actually my Everett’s PCA (Patient Care Assistant) for a while.
Everett Rainier reached out to me the other day to say that his brother Gabe is a graphic designer and that it might be possible that Gabe would be interested in donating his time and services to design a logo for The Everett and Austin Project. So I asked him to approach Gabe about it and sure enough, Gabe reached out to me within minutes and volunteered his time and services to the project. He is working on a logo and a letterhead and more.
What a blessing!
God is good. So Gabe has been working on a logo for 2 days. He asked me for 3 words that I’d like to convey with it. I gave him 5 thoughts and asked if that was ok lol. He said sure. Here are the 5 thoughts that I hope it conveys when it is done: compassion, bravery, contentment, peace and to be in the moment.
Whatever he comes up with will be brilliant I am sure, because it is coming from someone who knew and loved the boys.
Now Everett Rainier is a singer and songwriter. He told me that he has been working on a song for my boys for over 2 years and just can’t seem to finish it yet. He says he usually writes songs in days or weeks but this one has gone on for over 2 years. I look forward to when he can feel like he can record a demo of it.
What a beautiful story, am I right? It’s so very moving to me what Everett and his brother Gabe are doing for this project. Very touching and comforting. The care that they are both taking with their contributions is remarkable and gives me chills.