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Friday, September 21, 2007

Love for Lexie... and Colby

Another precious baby girl went home to be with Jesus last night. Beautiful, sweet Lexie Thornton is snuggling in Jesus’ arms as I type this.

I don’t have many words. I had hoped to share more in memory of such a sweetie. Maybe it’s that I can’t put such emotions into words.

my favorite pic of Lexie and her mommy

As I was typing this, I learned of another sweet baby who went home the same day. Colby McEntire - a case similar to Chelsea's, and I am so thankful that he is not hurting anymore. I never met him personally, but had been in contact with his mom. Please remember these families in your prayers. The heartache they are experiencing is indescribable - yet I hold on to the truth that God is good. He knows.

Colby's Green Gator

So with that, I will end with a song I wrote several years ago when some dear friends experienced a miscarriage. Over the years, it has been passed on several times. I remember when I wrote it, just imagining how horrible that it must be to lose a child. Little did I know that the Lord was giving me the song for my own comfort as well. I know you can’t “hear” it, but when sung, it sounds like what I’d picture a Jewish Lullaby sounding like.


There isn’t anything that anyone can say,
Even less that anyone can do
Except lift you up in our thoughts and prayers
And remind you just how much we love you

As our Father brings home your sweet baby child
We pray you find comfort in His arms
He will love you, protect you
And keep you near His heart
Even when you think you can’t go on

There is so much that we don’t understand
But He never gives us more than we can bear
This too, He will use to build and strengthen you
But for now, just reach out grab His hand

He loves you, hurts with you and wipes your every tear
From the pain you think you can’t endure
But His is the plan we must rely on
For soon you’ll be home

You will feel no more pain and suffering
And Baby will be in your arms

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Blessed in the Mist...

… Or should I say fog?
We had a wonderful time camping at the beach this last week. Yes, there was fog - but just enough to enjoy it without it getting too cold and dreary. The weather was great (warm & sunny) up until the last day, and even the storm I enjoyed since we stayed dry and cozy.
The sand, surf and sunshine are always good for my soul. It was a little difficult the first day, because it was the same spot that we camped at with Chelsea back in June. We had reserved these dates 9 months ago before we even knew of her diagnosis. Sometimes I’m still shocked at how quickly our lives have so changed.

Yet it was really good. We had sweet memories of our Chels there. I did have an episode where I got pretty upset with a man who was determined to burn the log where Chelsea had spent much time digging in the sand. Funny that I let a log get so precious to me, and embarrassing at the same time. Okay, so it wasn’t just a log, it had part of the root system that stuck up causing it to stand out a bit, and it was just feet away directly in front of our site on the beach. I asked (okay, pleaded) with the guy not to burn it, but his immediate and determined response was that he had to because he had a 30 person party coming that night and they needed a “wind barrier”. I couldn’t believe it - the log survived all these weeks since we had been there last - and then bam! On my first day someone wants to burn it! He didn’t have an ounce of compassion towards me, but thankfully, his wife did, who had walked up and heard my request. I later saw her grab the shovel from him as he was digging a pit under it, and they were still able to have a great fire there without touching Chelsea’s log.

Chelsea's log back in June when she had written

really big in the sand next to it,

" I (heart) U MOM ! "

It took about an hour for the emotional flood to pass, and once I was able to get the focus off of me and my loss, I really started feeling sorry for that guy. He seemed so calloused. I really felt bad for him. I had to wonder what would cause a person to respond the way he did. I mean, I totally understand the lure of a great fire - it’s Jeff’s most favorite part of camping and he would LOVE to torch such a hunk of wood. Yet if Jeff (or pretty much anyone I know) had been approached with such a plea during the preparations, he wouldn’t have thought twice about halting his efforts and coming up with another plan. Now when I remember the incident, I simply hope and pray that that man will find peace and joy someday…. And I realize how blessed I am to have the husband, friends and family that I do - a support of people who without even thinking put the needs of others before their own.

We had Jackie and her kids with us, and Kati was constantly entertained and looked after. Shovels, buckets, kites, dogs, boards, shops, farmer’s market, chowder, sunsets , campfires and books filled our time. Jeff’s parents surprised and blessed us with not only a visit, but an overnight stay! We hope to have them join us more in the future, and I’m pretty confident that they’re up for such expectations. All in all, it was a wonderful week. Now if I could just get my mounds of laundry done and calls/emails answered!

Plenty of time to monkey around!

On a more sobering note, a very special uncle of mine passed away recently. Uncle Greg will always be remembered for his constant teasing when I was little. When I was around him, I always had a smile on my face. I am blessed as I remember that Chelsea Rae got a taste of his humor and jesting when we camped with the family at Yosemite when she was almost 7. Yet again, another big blow and loss for my family - and my heart and prayers go out to the Dutra’s. I love you guys and am so sorry for the pain that you once again have to endure.

Though we are hurting here, we are doing really well considering. I know that we are being carried and changed. I am not as traumatized by those final days, and I find myself smiling more as I remember my baby. I’m not expecting a quick fix and know that I have many difficult days ahead - but I do rest in knowing that each day it’s going to get a bit easier as we transition. That phrase, “life is hard” that was so prominent in the 80’s comes to mind. I agree now more than ever. It is, but God is good. He never promised that it would be easy - and I look forward, now more than ever, to entering those Heavenly gates and forever being in His presence.

I guess you could say that I am “Holding onto Heaven”.

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