Monday, November 19, 2012

Random Update/Prayer Requests

November 19. She's been gone 11 months. I really, really miss her. I was just looking through photos and watching a few videos. 

She was so beautiful. 

I miss everything... her warmth, her smell, her movements, her hold on my finger... Ahhhhh... this hurts.

I wish I had more time with her on her birthday before surgery. I wish I could have kissed her cheeks more. I wish I could have cuddled her. 


I have been sick since the beginning of September. I think my body might be having a hard time fighting because of the stress of grieving. And... we moved toward the end of September. And... I started working one day a week. Please pray for strength and rest so I can get better. We're entering a really difficult time, and I would like to experience it as healthy as possible. Matt and Isaac have been sick, too. They seem to be mostly healthful presently; I'm hoping they stay strong. 

Isaac is such a blessing. He gets me up and going in the mornings. He makes me laugh. He cuddles with me. If I sniff, he asks if I'm crying and if I need a tissue. He asks me to sing to him every night. We talk about Anna and what happened, that she died and is in heaven. I am a little concerned about his grief. I don't know what his heart is experiencing, but I know he understands that Daddy & Mommy are sad and stressed, not always strong or patient. He's been quite sad when we leave him with someone or in a class. He has been very attached to his lovey-blankie-thing. I know these things could be just that he's 2 1/2, but I wonder about other adjustment and stress issues. I don't know how much to let go and how much to discipline. That's tough in a "normal" parenting atmosphere, but throw in 11 months of grief and loss, plus moving into a new home a month and a half ago...  I'm praying for wisdom for what he needs. 

We have decided to have a birthday party for Anna. We're not certain what it will look like yet, but we want it to be a time of remembrance, celebrating her life, sharing memories and praises, and encouraging each other. I'm both nervous and excited about it. 

We also want to do something honoring and intentional on December 19. Sometimes I feel I'm about to suffocate from the weight of the pain. But I also feel privileged to honor such a beautiful life. 

I need balance of motivation to get stuff ready, but not pressure myself to do more than I can handle. Our counselor advised us to be sure we do what WE need to do through this time. That's not easy because I don't know what I need most of the time. I want to focus on honoring my daughter, not just planning events. So I guess pray for clarity of desires, clear communication between Matt & I, and enough energy to pull it off... whatever is essential and necessary for our healing process.

Here are a few photos of Isaac & I enjoying nature in the rain a couple weeks ago.

(I truly am blessed. And so thankful. 
He won't always want to hold my hand. So I savor now...)

Sincere thanks for your continued support.


  1. I love you my friend. God has planted your story deep into my heart. I am praying for you to have a clear understanding of what you want/need during this season and the strength to make it happen. God bless you, Matt, and Isaac.

  2. Thank you for continuing to update this blog. It was so special being able to meet you in person a couple weekends ago! Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers often. Isaac is such a sweet boy, I love that he still wants to hold your hand!!
    You are so loved!!

  3. As I look through these pictures, I just want to say how beautiful Anna Joy was! It's hard to think of the pain and loss when I see that lovely face. I can't even begin to understand what you are going through but I do know that even through times of struggle/grief/hardships God is in control. Even in everyday life it's difficult to believe that, You are an inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing your story.

    -Anna Grace

  4. I still think about you and your family often. Praying for you as you enter this difficult time. I don't even know your family personally, but you all and Anna Joy touched my life in beautiful ways. My husband, Mark, my son, Cody, and I all wish you a blessed Thanksgiving. May God wrap his arms around you and your family.

  5. I would like to send you a card. What is your new mailing address?

    Tammie Rutledge