I tried to find three early pictures of my three babies as I was thinking about how they look similar and different. The following are sort of random, but they're sweet to us. :)
|Bug - born May 19, 2006 - this was about a week or so later...she looks like she's playing air guitar, doesn't she?|
For some reason we didn't get many good hospital pictures of her.
|Buzz - born June 22, 2008 - he has such a sweet round head. I'll never forget Dr. C who delivered him and said, "this baby has such nice big round head! hahaha! I never seen baby with such nice big round head!" I love telling that story. :)|
Writing has eluded me the past few days. My desire and inspiration just hasn't been there. But tonight I feel like I can write again. After a stressful weekend and just not feeling well due to an ear infection, I'm just starting to regain some strength again. My body and spirit just had enough I guess after all the stress of the last eight weeks. Eight weeks...today marks eight weeks since Solveig's birth. It is hard to believe that so much time has passed when many moments it feels like time has stood still. But life goes on. Life has gone on all around us, and some of the time we have been able to partake in those goings on. It has felt good to do some "normal" things again. But there are still days when I can barely get up and get going. Having two cutie pies with me kind of keeps me going. They're really helpful for that and I'm so grateful for them. Our furry friend Bailey is a great companion too, and I'm glad that we've had her for almost a year now. And my sweet man...he helps me too. Thank you Erik.
Today we had a really incredible speaker at our MOPS group. Her name is Kellie, and she and her husband Todd lost their daughter Makenzie almost three years ago to a really tragic car accident. Makenzie was 18 years old and she was a beautiful young woman who loved Jesus and also was a professional ballerina. Kellie shared some pretty amazing things today that really spoke to my heart. (Thank you Kellie. It was awesome to meet you today.) I felt like even though my loss of Solveig is very different than her loss of her teenage daughter, there were many things that I could relate to. Kellie talked about the need to hold her daughter after she found out she had died in the accident. She shared that she wasn't able to see her daughter for a couple of days due to the law and needing to investigate the accident. When she talked about that, I completely broke down. I cannot imagine how difficult that must have been for her. But I could relate to the desperate need to hold and see her daughter who had died. I'll never forget how intense that desire was for me...knowing my sweet girl was already gone inside of me and just wanting her to come out so that I could hold her and keep her close to me...even though her spirit was already gone. Kellie also shared some very special truths that I wrote down in my little blue notebook which now goes everywhere with me. She said, "God doesn't function on my life's to do list." Wow. Isn't that something? We think we need Him to do things in our time and when it will work best for us...but friends, He doesn't operate that way. His timeline is different than ours. The other thing that she talked about was how everything we've gone through in our life up to the time of our difficult moment was preparing us for that difficult moment. I could really relate to that one. I can honestly look at my life and say that I see how God was preparing me for Solveig's death in so many ways...from the tiniest details to the more major ones. For instance, I do believe that having two miscarriages prior to Solveig's death was helpful for me. I already knew that life isn't just a given and that we cannot take life for granted. I also believe that He helped me even with those miscarriages and Solveig's loss through knowing the story of my own parents' loss of conjoined twins who were born before brothers Eric and Joel and me. I can hardly wait to meet them in Heaven one day. And other things like having a background knowledge of funerals and the customs therein and funeral homes (from my dad working in the business)...that was very helpful as we were planning Solveig's funeral. I feel like throughout my pregnancy with Solveig I was just hesitant to accept that it would go "textbook." It wasn't textbook, that's for sure, and I knew that fairly early on. I just kind of had a foreboding sense that something was going to happen and that I would maybe be called to sacrifice her to the Lord. I never had a "word" from the Lord about that as some people might, but I just kind of knew. I don't know how better to explain that. One other thing that Kellie said that I will remember was, "God never interrupts your life - He knows every detail." He knew. He knew that Solveig would die. I believe that it was part of His plan for her and for us. Sometimes that portion is quite difficult to reconcile. Sometimes it is hard to understand how His plan for my daughter and for us could involve her early departure from this planet. But His plans are not for us to fully comprehend here, as much as we'd like to. We will know fully when we are in Heaven. I look forward to having these earthly mysteries solved one day.
Kellie talked about how Makenzie met Jesus immediately upon her sudden death. For me, that visual was so real today. And what a beautiful image that was. Not only could I imagine this sweet young girl who had died, but also my precious Solveig. Solveig got to meet Jesus, immediately upon her death. She got to see Him face to face. She is with Him now. Today, I saw a little piece of Heaven when I imagined my adorable baby girl being held by Jesus. I long to be there too. One day sweet Solveig...one day we will meet again. For now, maybe Miss Makenzie is playing with you and teaching you how to dance on the streets of gold. I know your big sister Bug will love dancing with you too one day.
I miss you, baby girl. Your mommy will always love you and think of you...and I'll always be grateful that I had you here for a brief while...you had life. You had life in me, and that was a blessing.