Y’all are awesome! Awesome awesome awesome. I cannot even say enough how blown away I was on October 15th – for pregnancy and infant loss awareness day. I said we would be lighting a candle in memory of our Gabriel and for others who have lost babies and asked you to do the same if you felt so inclined. I couldn’t believe how awesome it was to see all of the pictures! Man, I lit up knowing so many people were thinking about Gabriel and us.
I don’t have pictures to share of my baby beyond ultrasound pictures and the precious ones we took on his day of life. I don’t get to Instagram or Facebook or tweet pictures of what he’s doing and how he’s growing. I don’t get to share pictures of how Jack is with a baby brother and how the boys play together. I don’t get to rock him as he is awake at night, or has an upset tummy, or just can’t quite figure out the routine of this life yet. And I’ve come to terms with that. This is our lot, and for this we are grateful. But there will always be things I miss.
So to be able to use social media to bring encouragement to me and mamas like me is a powerful thing. It was pretty special to have a few hours one night where feeds were blowing up with candles and loving words that helped us remember our babies who we don’t get to lay eyes on daily.
It was such a reminder to me of the role we play in each other’s lives of bringing encouragement. Words are so powerful – and actions, too – and we can bring life to dark and hopeless situations. So thank you for doing that for me. Thank you for reading this blog, thinking about our little family, lighting a candle, and taking a picture to send to us. Your effort, and mostly your heart, are beyond appreciated. I have thanked God for each and every one of you.
So my intention was to publish this post on the next morning, the 16th, but Tuesday was a rough post-op day for me after having my gall bladder removed 5 days earlier. By Tuesday evening I was in some serious pain and had to take some medicine, so I didn’t get to see many of the pictures until the next morning. It’s taken me awhile to respond and get the pictures together. But I wanted to share them all here.
Thanks for the love dear friends! For you I am so grateful!
I couldn’t figure out how to save the pictures from Instagram. So if you put a picture only on Ig and it’s not too much of a hassle, could you send it to me? I really want to get them all together.
There were many people who lit candles but didn’t get pictures or who wanted to light candles but weren’t somewhere where they could do that. So for those people, thank you for thinking of us and letting me know!
We had people lighting candles all over this country! Tennessee and Maryland, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Texas, and Maine just to name some of the states.
[I tried to gather all of the pictures but if I missed yours please forgive me and let me know!]
So much love to you all!