Judson's Legacy

Empty Seat


Drake had the day off yesterday so we decided it was a great opportunity to take advantage of our annual passes that were gifted to us by several friends and head to Disney’s California Adventure as a family…a family minus one.

We had a wonderful time exploring the park and enjoying various attractions, but each time the three of us went on a ride together and it left an empty seat next to Drake or me, I felt the vacancy significantly in my heart.  Each empty seat would have been Judson’s seat.

I constantly imagined what it would be like to be wrapping my arm around a laughing, smiling, overexcited four year old boy seated next to me with the wind blowing his beautiful blonde hair as he pointed out all the sights and sounds that caught his attention.  But instead, Drake or I sat alone, and there was nothing, nothing but air beside us…

And a vivid reminder of our little buddy who vanished from our lives, leaving a huge hole in our hearts and an empty seat on every ride.

9 Responses to "Empty Seat"

  1. Sandy Mitchell says:

    I’m so sorry Christina. Thank God, that even though that seat is empty, our hearts are not. They will always be full of love for your sweet boy and eagerly anticipating the day you all are reunited. It can’t come soon enough!

    Lots of love,

  2. Lora says:

    We continue to think and pray for you all. I’m so sorry for your heartache.


  3. Allie says:

    Hey christine,

    we’re getting passes to that soon. I was curious as to where you lived. We are in laguna beach, and im a nanny to four children, we would love to meet you girls for lunch or something some time.


  4. Allyson Stevenson says:

    My thoughts are with you, as I know even daily tasks and events such as this one you described above come with such heartache…and are a reminder for you of your sweet son who is sorely missed. Keep your eyes fixed upon heaven sweet friend, and think of the seat that awaits you there!

  5. Dawn Mills says:

    My heart is with you. I can only imagine how Jud would have loved to see McQueen.
    Makinley’s Mommy…Dawn

  6. Jean and Gary Butler says:

    Oh Christina~Love your hearts. We know it still has to be so hard on you all not having Jud.Someday you’ll all be seated together with God…what an awesome day that will be!!!!!
    We love you so much~
    Jean and Gary

  7. Melissa Boice says:

    This is wonderful Christina. Thinking of you guys often and wishing you many more blessed moments. Take care.

    Kenji’s mommy

  8. Arlene Pellicane says:

    I’m so sorry Jud wasn’t with you to see Lightning. Wow, that would have been exciting. BUT, he is seeing Jesus which is far better for him!

  9. hh says:

    What a beautiful family you are! And ALWAYS a family of four….for all of eternity!!

    Love you all heaps and hope to hang out at Disneyland or California Adventure with you soon, before our passes run out!

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