Tags: smile, Valentines Day
Sending smiles from us. Hope you all have the best day possible!
Tags: dark days, death of a baby, hope, new normal, perspective, thoughts
If you have ever talked to me or read this blog you know that getting Jake and Sawyer’s headstones correct has not been easy. In fact we have yet to accomplish it. So this week when the incredibly nice lady from the cemetery called no one should have been surprised that the new headstones arrived and they are not right. In fact she did not call Evan until she had already sent them back to the manufacturer. When Evan called to tell me the news, it made my head hurt but I also kind of felt like laughing . . .which stage of grief have I entered into now?
On a completely unrelated note (or maybe it is related after all because it is all out of my control!) I feel like the world is falling apart. The Middle East, school shootings, starving children – all so out of my control (kind of like the headstones – the deaths of Jake and Sawyer). It makes me feel very helpless. I want to be able to do something.
Awhile ago Evan thought up/or read about an idea to help the homeless. Here in Atlanta, we spend A LOT of time driving around. At stop lights there are often homeless people asking for money.
Evan, the twins and I put together bags with the following items:
Peanut butter packs
Evan and I leave the bags in our cars. When we see a homeless person we give them a bag.
It may not solve the problems in the Middle East or get us any closer to knowing Sawyer’s cause of death but it is at least doing something.
Tags: death of a baby, gratitude, life, new normal, perspective, post traumatic stress disorder
The other day I was alone with a baby. I have not been alone with a baby since my days with Sawyer.
Our neighbor’s baby boy had heart surgery the first week of January. He is home now and doing great. I offered to help. The mom asked if i could stay with the baby while she picked up her other sons from preschool. As she placed the baby in my arms I silently told myself “I can do this.” I held him the entire time his mom was gone and I watched his every breath. He might have almost smiled at me. My neighbor came home, I placed him back in her arms and agreed to come watch him another day. I did it!
Tags: hope, new normal, rainbows, thoughts
Some days it is hard to find rainbows. I wanted to share the one we found today with you all.
Tags: anniversaries, death of a baby, deathiversary, life, new normal, Sawyer, thoughts, yahrzeit
No matter what calendar I look at or how I calculate it you have now been gone for 5 years. According to the secular/American calendar Friday was your deathiversary. The Jewish calendar says that tonight starts your yahrzeit.
I have run out of calendars and calculations that allow me to avoid the 5th anniversary of your death. Over the years I have tried to outrun my feelings by being ridiculously busy. I have tried going away and staying home. It does not make a difference, no matter where I am or how busy I might be you are always with me. And so are my feelings. . .
I am in disbelief that you are dead and that it has been 5 years since we last held you. I am angry that you are not here with us. I am frustrated that we may never know the cause of your death. I am heartbroken that your father and I can no longer take care of you and watch you grow up with your older brother and sister.
I love you and miss you.
Tags: dark days, death of a baby, Hanukkah, holidays, life, Maccabeats, new normal, six13, smile, thoughts
Holidays are here and the anniversary of Sawyer’s death is this week no matter how much I will it not to happen. I cannot change the fact that he is dead. I want to share a few videos that are helping me get through the days (sometimes even with a smile).
P.S. Neis means miracle.
One of my thoughtful sister in-laws sent me this one last week. You may have seen it already but I wanted to share just in case you missed it. . .
I hope these make you smile too.
Tags: dark days, help, holidays, hope, loss of a child, new normal, ways to honor the memory of your child
I am not always strong enough to get through the hard days by myself – especially during the holidays. I look to others to see what they do during these happy/sad celebrations without their child/children.
One of my friends always includes her “angel” on their family holiday card. Their daughter, like Sawyer, died during this festive season. It is so bittersweet to read her name on the card but it always reminds me that I am not alone.
Another friend, has created a family tradition to bring unwrapped holiday gifts to all in-patient oncology kids who are in the hospital where her daughter spent her last Thanksgiving and Christmas.
A few years ago one mom was looking at outgrown Christmas dresses and thinking of her little girl who never got to wear them at all. She decided to create a Holiday Clothing Drive. She asks people to donate gently used holiday clothes to others in need.
I know that there will be other dark days but I will try to continue to search for hope.
Tags: anniversaries, Compassionate Friends, Newtown, Sandy Hook Promise
This Sunday is also the Worldwide Candle Lighting created by The Compassionate Friends. The purpose of the event is to unite “family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause.”
At 7 pm around the globe candles will be lit to create “a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone.” The Compassionate Friends is an organization which was formed to support families after a child has died. Its founder, Simon Stephens, states the mission is “about transforming the pain of grief into the elixir of hope.”
Tags: hope, life, thankful, Thanksgiving
I know Thanksgiving was last week but. . .
Hope that you all had a very happy Thanksgiving!
Tags: be nice, death, kindness, loss of a child, new normal, parenthood, quotes, siblings
I have previously written about being asked “How many children do you have?” Over the years, I have different responses to this question. It may always be a tricky question for me to answer or maybe one day I will come up with the perfect response. I will let you know.
“How many brothers and sisters do you have?” is the bereaved sibling’s version of this question. They are both such common and polite questions but the answers for some of us are so complicated.
The other day on the playground a classmate asked one of the twins, “Do you have any brothers and sisters?”
She answered, “Yes, I have a twin brother and my 2 other brothers, Jake and Sawyer, passed away. ”
The second grade little boy answered, “Jake and Sawyer probably passed away to get away from you.”
Our little girl walked away. She is not perfect, she has and will say mean things at times too. I wish I could protect all of my children all the time. Jake and Sawyer have taught me that I cannot. As much as I hate it, there are things beyond my control. I am going to do my best to teach kindness to the 2 who are physically with us.