Wednesday, August 21, 2013

This is Brian!...

Tonight, I am pleased to bring you an exclusive interview with 4 1/2 year old Brian Leong.  I feel extra lucky to have been granted this special interview - and Brian was not only cooperative, he was happy to do it.

Just two disclaimers before you watch:

This entire pregnancy I have been suffering terribly with allergies.  So excuse the throat clearing the whole time.


At one point Brian says that he's "happy Gavin is in Heaven."  He says this often because he knows that Gavin is happy in Heaven and that makes HIM happy.  When I tell him that Gavin can walk and run and jump and talk and eat real food and sing... he says "I'm happy he's there then, Mommy."  So, before you raise an eyebrow when you hear him say that - I wanted you to know the back story.  But honestly, Brian can say and feel and act and express himself anyway he needs to get through his brother's death.  There is no wrong way for him to get through this as far as I'm concerned.  I'm just here to support and love him through it.

I give you... Brian Leong!

After Gavin died, someone arranged something very special for Brian.  My childhood friend, Megan, and her husband, Carlos, work for Nike.  They had the wonderful shoe makers at Nike generously craft "Super G" shoes in two sizes for Brian.  Megan and Carlos wanted Brian to feel like he was running and jumping and playing with his brother for the next couple years.  It was the sweetest gesture - and they are the sweetest shoes!  Brian is just fitting into the first pair and he is obsessed with them.  He even reaches down to fix the tongue, which has the "Super G" logo on it, so it's very visible.
Here is Brian modeling his custom Nikes!

Thank you, Megan and Carlos!
And thank you, Nike!!


  1. Sounds like you are raising a beautifully selfless boy. To be able to see past his sadness and be happy for Gavin is just amazing. Keep up the good work Leongs!

  2. Brian,
    It was very nice to meet you via an interview. I think you're right, Gavin is one happy kiddo!

  3. It bums me out that you have to give an explanation on Brian's comment about Gavin. He's such a stinking sweet, loving, cute, STRONG little guy.

  4. What a sweet and cute little guy! :)

  5. Gosh, Kate, you can hear how much you absolutely adore your kids just by the sound of your voice. :)

  6. So sweet! Great job Brian!

  7. His giggles and squeals are just too much!! Such a doll! :) Those shoes are incredible - what an awesomely perfect gesture!
    -Candice in AZ

  8. Thank you so much for sharing. He is too sweet for words and so full of love.

  9. Ann Dillon TannousAugust 22, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    What a precious little boy! And I think you have a singing talent on your hands! Not many kids Brian's age can carry a tune like he does!
    He is such a sweetheart, especially when he laughs. I hope all his future days are filled with such laughter.
    P.S. You have a great laugh, too!


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