Anderson Waterman was born on June 11, 2013 to his proud and happy parents, Taree and Eric. 10 weeks later, Taree fed and rocked her sweet boy until he fell asleep, gently laid him in bed and went about taking care of their older son Tanner getting him ready for bed.
As they go about their evening as busy parents, Anderson slips away to forever be taken from this life. Eric tried desperately to revive his youngest son-performing CPR and mouth to mouth but Anderson had passed from what was determined as SIDS. This night forever changed this couple and their older son Tanner, now 2 1/2 years old.
This young couple has weathered so many storms in their short 2 year marriage. They were living with Taree's grandmother who suffers from dementia, taking care of her until Anderson's passing. Stricken with grief and unable to be of help to grandma, they had to find a place to live so Taree's mother could move in to help grandma. Taree and Eric moved into an apartment but they have been unable to get back up on their feet. Eric works long hours and is looking for a second job and Taree has applied for numerous jobs and has not been able to become employed. Just last month they had a blowout on their car and are unable at this point to buy new tires. All 4 need replaced but with credit cards maxed out due to funeral expenses for their beloved boy and daily living expenses they are just not able to afford them. They are driving on a donut and 3 bad tires. This is not a couple that lives beyond their means. They have 1 car, Taree cooks-no dining out for them and Eric works as many overtime hours as he possibly can.
They just need a break, for a few minutes to take a deep breath and know some of their burden has been lifted. The 1 year anniversary of Anderson's passing in coming up next week. Bills are piling up and they are struggling to just keep moving forward. If determination paid the bills, they would be rich but unfortunately we all know that doesn't work.
I am creating this page in hopes they can see a small glimpse of sunshine come their way. It would be amazing for them to take a deep breath and know the generosity of others can make a huge difference and they are not alone in their struggles and grief. Donations would be used to buy tires for their car and help pay off funeral expenses charged on credit cards.
As you look at this sweet faced boy and his family, keep in mind what Taree always says. Hold your loved ones close and appreciate every moment as it could be your last time together. Thank you for reading their story.
This young couple has faced so many difficulties that most of us don't face in a lifetime. They are blessed to have each other to lean on and their love has remained strong. Thank you for looking at their page and please continue to keep them in your thoughts.
Please send blessings to Eric, Taree and Tanner as they struggle through this day. Remember thier families as well as Anderson had numerous aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins that are grieving his loss. Many were there the night Anderson passed and this day weighs heavy on their hearts.
Hugs to you all...........
Tanner, now 2 1/2, adored his baby brother Anderson! This pic shows a typical moment shared by the Waterman brothers. Tanner referred to his brother as "Bubba" and still asks where he is when he sees another baby. Anderson left an indelible mark in his short 10 weeks with this family. Gone from our sight but never ever forgotten!!
Today, August 20, 2014 marks the 1 year anniversary of Anderson's passing. Please keep Eric, Taree and Tanner in your thoughts as you go about your busy day. Knowing they are supported and loved helps relieve some of the burden they carry.
Love your children, give them an extra hug and kiss as you tuck them in. They are truly blessings to be cherished. Hugs to you Anderson...........
I have known Taree since she was about 9 years old-she is a Beatty Buckaroo and her mom worked with me. Most of my Beatty friends know her and her mom so please, let's help them through this tragedy like the close knit family Beatty always was.
Again, love your loved one's as you never know when it's your last chance.