My brother was 2 years younger than me but instead he seemed more like an older brother than a little brother…he was always there to comfort me and protect me starting when we were little kids. I remember always being scared of the dark as a little girl and so I would go to his room and get in bed with him because I felt safe when I was with him. We would scratch each others backs and sing songs but ultimately he would fall sound asleep first 🙂 Once at a restaurant when I was around 6 and he was only 4…I didn’t want to go the bathroom by myself…mom said “The bathroom is right there you’ll be fine”…but Tim knew I was scared so he took my hand and said “I take you Kari”. Mom says I always called him “my little tweetheart”. As a teenager I remember breaking up with a boyfriend and being devastated and thinking life was over…Tim just held me in his arms and told me everything would be alright. As a teenager of only 17 years…Tim led our family to the gospel…The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and I am forever indebted to him for this. The peace and comfort this brings to me and to our entire family….to know that we are sons and daughters of God and that there is a plan…the plan of Salvation and that we can be an eternal family and live forever together is the best gift anyone could ever give….I have a testimony of these things and through this experience, as hard as it has been, has strengthened my testimony and I feel at peace. My cute brother Tim lived his life to the fullest and experienced many fun and exciting things. He raced Gocarts, road a Harley, road dirt bikes, rock climbed, mountain biked, golfed, started his own business from scratch, invented many games, went to Hawaii many times with his sweeheart, He wanted to act and played scrooge in their local community theatre and brought tears to everyone’s eyes, he wanted to be a magician and trained at the Magic Castle in L.A. and performed, he would set his mind to do something and he would do it. He loved everyone and judged no one, he was tender and kind and yet had a fiesty spirit about him as well. He had the best sense of humor of anyone I have ever known and loved to play practical jokes. He was always creating something and sharing it with everyone. Tim was very giving and loving at all times and was an incredible friend to all who met him. Tim married his sweetheart and Angel… Liz…. almost 25 yeras ago and they have 8 beautiful children (7 boys and 1 girl). They are all so precious to us. We have had some amazing fun times with them…going to Lake Powell, having gigantic holiday celebrations with them, sledding, singing, playing game after game, but most of all laughing and loving one another everyday! I will miss you my sweet brother more than you will know…but I know that we will be together again. Loving you foreverKarin
Our Brother is in the arms of the Savior
Those of you who have followed our blog know that our brother Tim Cummings has been fighting cancer for over a year now.
Last night he slipped away in his sleep and returned to our
Father in Heaven.
Oh, so sad, I feel really bad that you lost your beloved brother. Your tribute to him has given me goose bumps and really touched me. I lost a brother that was only 51 six years ago, he was one of my big brother's, but I always felt that he was my little brother and that he needed protecting. Funny how things seem, I miss him so much. I am one of 10 children so I know what it is to be blessed with such a large family. Your brothers children are so lucky to have each other and you too!
I'm so behind on catching up on blogs, and when I read this today I started crying. Your brother and you ladies have been in my prayers over these last many months. Please know how sorry I am, but it makes me joyful to see the faith that you (and he) shared that will give you so much comfort. You will be with him again, that is something we can all be sure of.
Leigh Ann says
Just found your blog, I'm saddened by the loss of your brother. Sending love and prayers for you and your extended family.
I read about your brother Tim on one of your previous post and what you said touched my heart. I will be remembering your family in my prayers. May Gods arms of comfort surround you all.Kathysue
Rambling Girl says
Sorry for your loss of your brother. What a wonderful man he was from your tribute.
Will be keeping you in my prayers during this time of healing.
Jen R. says
I am so sorry for your loss. He sounded like a wonderful man.
Madison Lane says
I am so sad to hear this news. I have been following your blog for some time, but was a little behind on the latest news. I have two younger brothers myself, and I just want to send my condolences to your entire family. I am so glad you have the great memories and you can share them with us all.
The Barefoot Shutterbug says
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am praying that you will be blessed with many sweet memories of Tim. God bless you all. Love, Jodi
M.L. @ The House of Whimsy says
I am sorry to read of your brother's passing. I loved reading this tribute that you wrote here. What a precious soul he was. Blessings of peace and comfort to you and your extended family.
I will pray for you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. He sounded like the perfect brother.
Please accept my condolences on the loss of your brother. I'm so glad we have a Father in Heaven.
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss…your brother sounds like a wonderful person and I know he will be missed by all that knew him. I will keep you and your entire family in my prayers.
Its So Very Cheri says
I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute to your Lil/BIG hearted brother.
Karin – What lovely words about Tim. My sister heard the news from her friend who is a neighbor to the Cummings. My heart and prayers go to the Cummings and their family.
Their family was full of smiles and laughter whenever I was in their home. Hopefully the smiles and laughter won't stay away for long.
I'm so sorry for your loss.
Karlee (Larson) Lemon
P.S. Please hug the kids for me. It always breaks my heart when younger children lose their parents.
So sorry for your loss. May you and your loved ones be comforted. May he rest in peace.
~CC Catherine says
Karin, I'm so sorry for your loss. May your precious memories that you shared with us keep Tim in your heart. In Deepest Sympathy, may God continue to bless and strenthen you and Tim's family. ~CC Catherine
~The Robin's Nest~ says
What a lovely tribute to your brother Tim. It reminded me so much of my relationship with my brother. I am sad for you, his wife and his precious children. May God bless you and comfort you all.
I am so sorry for your loss, your family will be in my prayers!
Small House says
This is my first time visiting your blog. And I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. Your tribute to him was beautiful. Eternity is an incredible gift and blessing. What a loving Father in Heaven we have. Please accept my deepest sympathys.
Julie Harward says
Ohhhhh…bless your sweet heart! He is a handsome man and such a good brother! I too had 2 brothers pass away from cancer…one would have been 50 the day of his funeral and the other 53. My heart still aches for them so I send you all my love, understanding and big hugs! May you feel peace and always have them with you! Julie
The Style Sister says
My heart is full of love and gratitude to all of you my sweet blogging friends. Thank you for your kind and comforting words and your prayers I feel them.
Hugs and Love,
Beth at Aunties says
I am so sorry for your loss of your brother being in your life here on earth…now. Your tribute and love for Tim brought tears to me eyes, even as it did the first time I clicked and read about him and his beautiful family. He sounds amazing and like he left behind beautiful cherished memories and family. I am so grateful for the plan of Happiness and that we KNOW we can be forever.
What would we do without the gospel?
Much love and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.
Bless your heart!
(It has been 6 years since my sister Marcy returned home from Brain cancer. My bil is in stage four of Renal lung cancer and my 22 year old nephew has brain cancer. My heart leaps when I hear another family is going though this ordeal.)
Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com says
Lovely heartfelt words. Very precious! So glad to know you were close and have such loving wonderful memories. They will be treasured.
Oh Karin, my heart goes out to you and your family. I know from reading your updates along the way, and now your wonderful tribute, how very strong your love for Tim is. I will be praying for you and thanking God that Tim is with Him now and no longer in pain.
I am so, so very sorry.
I do not know what to say to comfort you.
He has returned to be with Heavenly Father and one day he will reunite with his family here on earth.
Oh, I have tears in my eyes.
FOR THE SAKE OF TIME says
May God bless you and your fammily during this sad time. I am sorry for your loss but glad he had found his way to the Lord so that he can be in heaven forever.
Lanette of Cottage Elements says
Karin, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your brother. I know how much you loved him and how special he was. I think he was pretty privileged to have you as a sister, too. My God comfort you in your time of loss!
I am so sorry to hear about your brother. Your touching tribute to him is so beautiful and I'm sure he knew how much you loved him. What a precious gift he was to your entire family.
I'm truly sorry for your loss. What a wonderful brother and beautiful family. May you feel peace and love around you. My best wishes are with you and your family.
Sweet blessings to you!
Deck The Halls Of Home with Joy
So sorry for your loss. Your brother sounded like a wonderful person and the 'perfect' brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Cynthia K. says
Karin – Your brother sounds wonderful and I know he would be so proud to have this tender, loving tribute that you gave him. Beautiful. I lost my brother (and mother and husband) within the last year. My brother in March, so I know how painful it is and I care for you and will be praying for the entire family…
The Lord is very near the brokenhearted. Receive his comfort and peace….
Cynthia K. (Beauty and Blessings)
Joanne Kennedy says
I am so sorry for your loss. I can not even begin to understand how heart broken you all must be. I know if my brother passed away I would crushed.
While there is now an empty space in the hearts of his family and friends here on Earth, they are celebrating in Heaven. They have welcomed another angel home.
It is always a blessing when we know that those who have left us are safe in Gods arms.
You and your family will be in my prayers.
You are very blessed to have had such a wonder brother and to have peace of mind that you will all be together again one day.
marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says
What a precious tribute to your brother. My eyes are filled with tears for you. I am so sorry for your loss, but so happy for all of your wonderful memories. God. Bless. Hugs, Marty