February 28, 1970 - January 10, 2001


IN MEMORY OF.....DANIEL SCOTT FORRESTER......"DANNY".....30 years old.....February 28, 1970 - January 10, 2001 @ 10:31 p.m......Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.....New Jersey, USA..... "Don't cry that it's over ~ smile that it happened".....Danny is known for his COURAGE.....

Walk by faith, not by sight.

2 Corinthians 5:7


If I were King of the Forest,
Not queen, not duke, not prince.
My regal robes of the forest,
would be satin, not cotton, not chintz.
I'd command each thing, be it fish or fowl.
With a woof and a woof and a royal growl - woof.
As I'd click my heel,
all the trees would kneel.
And the mountains bow
and the bulls kowtow.
And the sparrow would take wing
- If I - If I - were King!

Each rabbit would show respect to me.
The chipmunks genuflect to me.
Though my tail would lash,
I would show compash
For every underling!
If I - If I - were King!
Just King!

DANNY Arlene, Danny's Mom, in memory of her precious son 1970 - 2001

It's been three long years of missing you
I'm not quite sure just what to do.
My heart is torn, my tears won't end
My Son, my heart, my dearest friend.

I know your spirit is closer then it seems,
I see your signs, you're in my dreams.
Your smile, your love ~ lives on in my heart.
Even death can't keep us apart.
~ Mom

DANNY'S MEMORIAL DAY Christine Ross in memory of Lucas Christopher Ross 1979 - 2001

Danny left this earth not long ago,
On a day that's difficult to recall.
That day that ripped your heart out,
A pain not understood at all.

I know the deep wound it has left you,
You see, I have that open wound too. Luke was taken from me,
Just as your Danny was taken from you.

It doesn't matter how long it's been,
A year, a few years, or many more.
I share how it seems only yesterday,
Danny was with you and safe as before.

The days gone by are lonely echoes,
Of a much happier life and time,
I wish for you the comfort of memories,
Held forever in your heart and mind.

Just know that Danny is reaching out,
To announce that life is not through,
To tell you that the spirit never leaves,
and is always watching over you.

So on this special memorial day,
Let there be honor and memories and pride.
May you feel the spirit of everlasting love,
On this day that your sweet Danny died.

2002 - Christine Ross


HAPPY BIRTHDAY DANNY Christine Ross in memory of Lucas Christopher Ross 1979 - 2001

Candles may be brightly burning
Upon a special birthday cake.
Friends and family may be singing
To what appears an empty space.

You see, that space is only empty
To your normal human sight.
For your Dan is always near you
With a spirit that is bright.

To touch may not be possible
Although your Dan exists.
Not in a way you understand
But with a presence that persists.

So celebrate this special day,
The day your Dan was born.
Shout "Happy Birthday Danny!!!"
Even though you deeply mourn.

2002 - Christine, Luke's Mom

A BIRTHDAY UP IN HEAVEN Christine Ross in memory of Lucas Christopher Ross 1979 - 2001

A birthday up in heaven....
Imagine all the joy it brings
To blow out all your candles
And not wish for anything.

To hear the angels sing to you
A happy birthday song.
To know that everything is right
And nothing ever will be wrong.

To eat as much cake as you want
And not count the calories.
To open up your present...
A big box of memories.

To reach out from above the clouds
Retrieving a balloon.
To see it came from those you love
Knowing they will join you soon.

To realize on your birthday
You won't be counting years.
To smile and laugh and giggle
Never shedding any tears.

To travel down to earth again
As they celebrate your day.
To help them all to understand
You really didn't go away.

To finally have the one you've missed
Come running when you call.
A birthday up in heaven
.....Is waiting for us all.

2006 - Christine Ross


Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountain side
The summer's gone, and all the flowers are dying
'Tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bide.
But come ye back when summer's in the meadow
Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow
'Tis I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow
Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so.

And if you come, when all the flowers are dying
And I am dead, as dead I well may be
You'll come and find the place where I am lying
And kneel and say an "Ave" there for me.
And I shall hear, tho' soft you tread above me
And all my dreams will warm and sweeter be
If you'll not fail to tell me that you love me
I'll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.
I'll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.


: Daniel Scott
Forrester (Danny)
years: 30

: Daniel Scott
Forrester (Danny)
years: 30


Today I spent the day with him,
Dressed up in our Sunday best,
Prayed there in the chapel
And knew that we were blessed.

Soaked up the morning sunlight,
Looked for bunny rabbit tracks,
Decorated Easter eggs
And hid them quietly in the back.

Ran through fields of flowers,
Had a picnic on the ground,
Searched for four leaf clovers
And yelled when they were found.

Walked hand in hand in nature,
Talked for hours 'neath the tree.
Today I spent the day with him,
Through all our memories.

2006 - Christine Ross
~ in memory of Lucas Christopher Ross 1979 - 2001
& Daniel Scott Forrester 1970 - 2001

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY FROM HEAVEN Tammy in memory of her brother Danny 1970 - 2001

I am sending you a message on this very special day,
That I am doing well, I am much more than okay!
I am so happy in Heaven, in God's love I shine,
(And you know, when I reached Heaven, I sort of "made it mine"),
I have lots of friends here, and family, too,
Grandmas and Grandpas, and Luke's here, it's true!
I'm really quite busy, there's so much to do,
To help me send you all those signs, I have acquired quite a crew!
I have much to thank you for, and could not let this day pass,
Without letting you know, your duties as a Mother you sure did surpass.
Let go of regrets and doubts, they rip you apart,
And know - at the end, Jesus lived in my Heart.
He welcomed me Home, where I reside in great style,
And the sun shines much brighter, which God says is due to my smile!
Mom, even though at times I might seem far away,
I actually travel with you every night and every day,
I know you miss me, and I miss you, too,
But please feel my love, I hate to see you so blue.
I wanted to give you a sign from above,
To let you know that your undying love,
Reaches the skies and touches my heart,
With our connection, are we really apart?........

Love from your son,


Happy Mother's Day 2004


at the Grand Canyon
Happy Birthday Danny!
Releasing Balloons To Our Boys
Arlene in Luke's Snowy Garden
Arlene In Lucas Lodge
Christine and Arlene
Chapel of the Holy Dove
Danny's Name
Chapel of the Holy Dove
Luke's Name
Chapel of the Holy Dove
Christine and Arlene
Grand Canyon
Crosses on Luke's Mile
Danny, Luke, Beau
Danny's Stone
On Luke's Mile
Luke's Stone
On Luke's Mile
Beau's Stone
On Luke's Mile


Christine and Robin are the most wonderful loving couple. Their love for Luke just radiates beyond their tears to their innermost souls. I was honored to stay with them. And I cannot explain in words how I felt to stand in Lukes steps, sleep under his quilt - made from his clothes, and sit on the bed that he leaned his head against when he peacefully left this earth and went on to his heavenly journey. We saw wonderful videos of Luke and felt his spirit all around us. His garden is full of love. Lucas Lodge and Christopher experience I will never forget.

Christine and Robin and Roger trudged through 3 feet of snow to place Dannys gold cross - out on the highway along with Lukes and Beaus. I stood on the edge of the road and watched them. I was overwhelmed watching Robin pounding the cross in the frozen ground and Christine on her knees in the snow, placing a huge rock with Dannys name on it at the foot of the cross. We then let balloons go up to the heavens, and Robin had the music of Luke and Dans CD playing in the car. The grace of God was all around us !!!

Next day - we spent at the Grand Canyon. Once again, the spiritual experience was indescribable. I prayed for all the group and all our kids. Christine & I thought of all of you.

I can write a book on the time I spent with Christine and Robin and Luke. They celebrated Dannys birthday a little early. A rainbow cake with a story to it. Christine gets signs like no tomorrow............(strange phrase isn't it?).

OUR KIDS ARE HAPPY - isn't that what we want more then anything else in the world.....for our kids to be perfect, and well, and happy. If you just for a second, put aside the feelings of missing them - and "trade it in" for their eternal happiness........then........know your prayers have been answered. I just know that I know that I know.......

Dannys forever Mom
2/28/70 - 1/10/01 (10:31pm)
non-hodgkins lymphoma
"Don't cry that it's over ~ smile that it happened"


Arlene and Roger were going to arrive in Flagstaff on a Monday Night, so Robin (Luke's Dad) and I went to town early to get groceries and to meet them around 6 or 7pm. We went to Sam's Club (my cook) to pick up food and to get a cake for Danny, since it was only a few days until his birthday. I desperately wanted a cake with a rainbow because of Danny's part in the play Wizard of Oz... which makes this is a special sign for Arlene from Danny. So I picked out a cake and went to the guy at the Bakery and asked if he could write on it and put a rainbow. He said... "Oh, no, I can't put a rainbow... someone just ask for one a few days ago, and didn't like the rainbow I made and wouldn't buy the cake. So, now I'm not supposed to put anymore rainbows." I said... "Please put a rainbow on this cake for me, I PROMISE I will buy it." He again declined... so I gave up.

We stopped at Albertson's after we left Sam's. I never go to Albertson's but it was the closest to Sam's Club. I went to the bakery and there were lots of undecorated cakes... so I asked the guy behind the counter if he could decorate one for me with a rainbow. He said... "Right now??" I said.. "Yes, if you don't mind." He looked at me with this huge smile and said..."Yes I can do it now." So I just stood there waiting thinking it would take only a few minutes. This guy kept looking up from behind the counter smiling and I felt an incredible connection to him... so I said.. "Hey, what is your name." I just knew he was going to say...Luke, Danny, Scott, Christopher or Ross. But he said... "Joe". So my feathers kind of flopped and I just kept waiting while this guy is decorating. He worked, and worked, and then he said.. "How old is Danny." I said "30..why?" He said, "I just wanted to know if he was a little kid so I could put sprinkles." I said..."No sprinkles." Then he kept working, and looked up and said... "I'm sorry it is taking so long." I said..."Hey, Joe... looks like you are doing a great job, you take as long as you need." Then after me pacing for about 20 minutes Joe walks around from behind the counter and hands me this incredible decorated cake!!!! I said..."Wow, Joe, this is great, you really went all out." Then Joe says..."I always go all out if it is a rainbow." I said "Oh really, why is that?" Joe says to me, someone he has never met..."Because I am GAY." Then I get this huge smile and say.... "You have got to be KIDDING me." Then I said... "Oh my God, the guy you just decorated this cake for is GAY too!!!" He said..."Wow, really?" Then I told him that Danny had died, and all about Arlene coming to visit, and all about Luke and how Danny and Luke are best of friends in Heaven. Then I thanked him for Danny's cake, and headed off to the party section for plates and napkins with rainbows.

I just couldn't get this guy out of my head. He was probably older than Luke and younger than Danny... so about 25, and very nice looking. I just felt I needed to go talk to this guy some more. So I walked back over to the bakery, and Joe says..."Hey, you're back." Then I said.. "I just want to tell you something. I have a strong belief in signs from the other side, and I just don't think that this was a coincidence that YOU decorated Danny's cake." Then I talked some more about Luke, of course, and some more about Danny. Then I once again told Joe thank you and reached out to shake his hand. Joe reached out with both arms and we hugged each other right there in the bakery department of Albertsons. It was one of those moments in time.............. I just couldn't believe that Joe openly expressed to me that he was gay, and he probably couldn't believe it either. I'm sure he had a few nudges from a couple of angels who were visiting the bakery that day.

Then it was time for Arlene and Roger to arrive. We picked them up at Emily's (Luke's sister) and when they got in the car I told them the WHOLE story. Then Arlene told us about how on their drive they were in this huge snow storm on the interstate, and there in the snowstorm was this beautiful rainbow at mile 31. Arlene said she just knew it was a sign from Danny and Luke... because of the rainbow for Danny, and the 31 for Luke's day of birth. They just couldn't believe that they saw a rainbow in a snowstorm!!! Arlene said... "What time did this happen with the cake?" Robin said.. "About 4:00". I looked at my watch and it was now 7:00. Then Arlene asked Roger..."What time did we see that Rainbow today." Roger said... "About 3 hours ago." We all just looked at each other in amazement.... knowing that we had just witnessed something very wonderful, very beautiful, and very, very special....... all the way from the other side.



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"When there is love in my heart and a smile on my face,
I need nothing else." ~ Luke Ross


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