Our day couldn’t have been better, we celebrated our sweet Grace’ 1st birthday yesterday. It was an incredible day filled with love, celebrating life and lots of pink. Our sweet girl touched so many lives in her short time here. We were surrounded by family and friends that have been there for us through this difficult journey. We wanted this day to be special and we felt the best thing we could do was to serve and spread her love. Sunflowers have been a reminder for us of Grace, so we gathered lots of sunflowers, added a little note reminding people to live their lives with Grace, and passed them out to random people. It was an amazing experience. Some of the people we gave these flowers to were down on their luck. They expressed how much it meant, how it made their day, and how they had never been the recipient of a flower. It brought tears of joy to my eyes, to make them feel like someone cared. I felt like our girl was spreading happiness and sunshine all around.
We had the privilege of taking care packages at the hospital for couples that have or may lose a baby. We wanted to give these couples things that helped us through the hardest of days, things like chocolate because chocolate makes Everything better. Snacks, lotion, bath bombs, gift cards to ice cream, boondocks, the movies. We wanted to remind them that it’s okay to have fun after your loss, that your baby doesn’t want you to be sad. We also included a journal, I had so many thoughts running through my brain after we lost her and I wanted to write everything down so I would never forget how I felt. We also wanted to remind couples to be patient with themselves, to get pampered and take care of each other. We left these baskets with our sweet nurse, Cyndee who I absolutely adore. She is a dear friend, she has been with us on our journey and is nothing short of amazing. I am confident she will give them to a couple in need. My heart goes out to all the couples that have ever and will ever lose a baby. No matter how far along you are, it is one of the most difficult things to experience.
We ended our evening with family and close friends for a BBQ celebrating the life of Grace as well as her Uncle Alex’. Alex and Grace share a birthday and it is truly an honor that she shares her birthday with him. My youngest sister planned to have everyone go to her grave and do a balloon release and I am so glad she had this idea. Beautiful poems and thoughts were shared, tears were shed and hugs were given. We wrote notes to heaven attached them to our balloons and released them to our girl. It was such a beautiful experience. A night I will always hold near to my heart. I know she was catching all those balloons with sweet birthday wishes in heaven. I know she was with her family on the other side celebrating and if she is her daddy’s girl she had cake all over her face. It was a day full of beauty, service, love, and Grace. I hope that I can live every day with a little more Grace in my heart. That is my wish to you as well, to always look for ways to see the sunshine on those rainy days and live with Grace and love.
“Here for a Moment, but Forever In Eternity”. Until we meet again, we love you, sweet girl!