I will never forgot those precious hours together in the hospital. The moment I became a mother, as my heart leapt with joy as the nurse gently laid you in my arms. I remember what it felt like to just breathe you in, to love you so completely, to fall so hard in a matter of seconds. You were already gone, but there was something just so special, so wonderful, about the first time I was able to hold you. You were so tiny, so incredibly tiny. But everything was perfectly formed, knit together in my womb. My heart, though shattered and broken, was incredibly full. I still feel that as I remember our special time together.
I can picture you then, looking so very much like your mommy, so peaceful. I still find myself clinging to your pink blanket when I miss you, closing my eyes and picturing exactly how you looked in that moment. And I can picture you as you must look now, so happy and full of life, dancing in heaven with Jesus, with your other siblings and family members. You are such a blessed little girl to never endure this broken world, to go straight to the arms of your Savior. I cannot wait until the day when I can see you again, when I can dance right along side of you, when I can embrace you with you hugging me back. Oh, the joy.
It is hard to celebrate a birthday when the birthday princess is missing. But we are doing our best. Today, we weren't able to go up to the mountains as we would have loved, as your baby sister should be joining us any day. But we did enjoy this brisk fall morning and took your crazy brothers up to the park. We had a picnic by the water, with the leaves changing color all around us. It was beautiful. And we sent you some balloons - this time we got 2 lighter purple ones that W&D picked out. I made you a strawberry cake (it's really good) that we'll get to enjoy after dinner. And we'll do your birthday cards tonight and add them to your memory box. Dean asked that his be purple and specifically requested to have stickers he could put on them. Let's see if we can find some that are not Halloween related :) I hate that you are not here to celebrate with us, but I trust you are having quite a celebration in Heaven. And I pray that you are able to see a glimpse of what we are doing here, and that you always know you are cherished and loved on earth as well.
With immeasurable love,