Thursday, November 3, 2011

30 Days of Thanks Days 2&3

Well goodness already off to a rough start! I was going to blog last night after the boys went tobed, and I ended up going to sleep at 9pm after I got them all in bed! So two days today!

Day 2.
I am thankful for the kindess of strangers.
Throughout Grace's life and now after, we have become aware of many people who we do not know praying and thinking of us. Some have done such wonderful things for our family. I am so thankful for many people who have introuduced themselves to us because of our girl.

Last night was a pizza party for Iain and Isaacs soccer team that they played on during August, September and October. It is just a team through the YMCA but the coach wanted to do a little something extra for the kids and it was so nice. While we were there, the coach and another mom started talking about the number of kids they had. They said to me "you just have these 3?" and after momemtarily panicking, I gathered my courage and I said "No, actually I have 4. I have a daughter as well but she passed away in August." To be honest, oftentimes even with people close to me, if I mention Grace it's like I just said something awful and the conversation ends and I've made people uncomfortable. But last night? With two women who I've not really spoken much more than greetings to at soccer was different. They both said they were sorry and then the one mom asked how old she was and I talked about her. Then she asked what her name was. That might not sound like anything big, but it is. To have a stranger wonder what her name was, and for me to speak it. It just made my heart feel good. I am thankful for thier kindness.

Day 3
I am thankful for the people in this picture. Without them, I would not have been able to make it through losing Grace. You see, more than even my longest friends, the people in this picture unfortunately know exactly how I feel. We all lost our babies within 6 weeks of each other, our babies all lived thier entire lives in the same NICU and now live thier eternal lives together in Heaven. They probably don't know just how much being able to text, email, facebook and see them has gotten me through this. Though I hate the circumstances under which we all met, I am forever thankful for them.

                                                      A little sunshine on a chilly day!


  1. I loved your post....just beautiful!

    As always, thinking of you and your sweet Grace!

    Carrie Baker

  2. Wow made me cry at work. Thank you for always saying the right things! Though these times are difficult they have been a tiny bit tolerable knowing I have friends like you and others to be able to lean on and get support from. I hope you know how important you are to me and I am very thankful for our children to have introduced us.

    Leslie Gibson

  3. Awesome post.

    Thinking of you all -

    Michele - Andrew's mom

  4. I know what you mean about people just saying your baby's name. It breathes life right back into you, if only for a moment.

    Hardly anyone in my family says Gabriel's name.

    Continued prayers for you,