Thursday, February 21, 2013

Daisy Love.




An incredible story of an incredible struggle and the journey that is faith...

My friend Haley shared this page on Facebook a few days ago and as I clicked through each link I got more and more sucked in.  I know there are tons of kids out there who struggle with and those that lose the struggle to cancer, but I couldn't get this little girl and her family out of my mind.  The strength of her parents' faith astounds me.  It is awe-inspring.  I copied and pasted below what her mother, Kate, wrote when they posted about the young girl's passing and her memorial service.  It seems a good reminder for all of us as to the importance of our blessings and the value of each day.  

As I understand it, the father is a pastor and there are a few videos shared on their page, some of them are his sermons.  Of all the stuff we spend time watching on the internet and television, I think this is definitely worth your hour of time.

Bry and I watched 'When Sparrows Fall' last night and it was pretty incredible.  It is a sermon, so be ready for almost an hour, but there are some pretty profound parts to it.  I believe it was posted just a few weeks before she passed away, which was a bit heart-wrenching for me to think about.  I just watched 'Daisy's 7 Month Journey' and cried my eyes out.  I can't believe what some people's normal becomes when things like this strike.  If I ever thought I had anything to complain about .... 

I know we all like happy endings, but so many times life just doesn't work out that way.

Love you all,
Jackie

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Dear Friends…Early Saturday morning we had the privilege of witnessing Daisy’s departure from earth to a place outside of time and space where her joy is complete; heaven.

Our darling girl gave us kisses at midnight, with lips dry from thirst and hot with fever. Tiny and sweet, the words “that’s awesome” came from her tired body after letting us know she was having good dreams. She is safely home… Finally well.

I have refrained from giving details of her suffering over the last few weeks, as it was immense. Out of respect for her dignity and loveliness we have been keeping these painful moments sacred.

Thank you for your partnership in loving our girl. Please know we are broken hearted for ourselves but so happy for Daisy, who is with Jesus in paradise able to run and eat and play with abandon. We believe that wholeheartedly, and as they say in Narnia, she is going further up! And further in! She left the Shadowlands for a place more real in every sense.

Please join us as we celebrate the strong, kind, brave, goofy, thoughtful, amazing girl we call Daisy Love. Please wear what you feel best in; sandy feet and boardshorts, tutu and snorkel mask, or the prettiest dress in your closet. Wear black only if you must, but I’m wearing what Daisy would like most. On her last night on earth, she requested we watch “The Hobbit” (70’s version) and dress like hobbits. If ever there was a girl confident in her own skin, it was her. Among her favorite ensembles are animal ears of all kinds, astronaut, flightsuit, monster, pirate, dinosaur, Indian, mermaid, bear, cowgirl, fireman and explorer.

Feel free to laugh and cry and hug. There is no single way to grieve. And while we miss her on earth, we will pick up where we left off when I have the privilege of going to where she is, in the presence of God where there is fullness of joy.

My final request to all who read this blog: love. Love your babies, your husbands, mothers, sisters. Love each day like it’s your last. All you mamas out there, you have been entrusted with the precious gift of a human life who depends on you. Enjoy your gift. Breathe in the scent of your child’s hair, breath. Let them cook with you and make a mess of the kitchen. Play hide and seek with them, build sand castles with them, take them on picnics, read to them! Listen to them, value and respect them, never shame them. Your words they will carry with them their whole life and you have the power to give them wings or stunt their growth. Motherhood can be tough but it’s worth it. It can be exhausting, boring, tedious, but never for long. You blink and they’re grown. It has been my honor and privilege to love Daisy these last 8 years. I’m thankful for every minute; the joyful and the terrible alike.

“I know The Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me. No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave. You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.” (Psalm 16:8-11 NLT)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Filling our days.

A photo peek into our last couple weeks...

  Ever is enjoying learning how to ice skate.  Yesterday she even went without the pusher for a little bit, I was so proud and can't wait to take her back to practice more.  Tell thinks the skates are novel for about a minute and then he's ready to move on.  He just likes ramming the pusher around with his boots on like a football player.  The school's awesome playgrounds are within eye shot and are always pretty tempting for the kiddos.  On Sunday we got to play with their Alaska cousins all together.  They all took their turns with the skates and then went down the slides about 100 times each.  Such fun, such lucky kids.  

Today Bry took the kids and I out snowshoeing, my first time.  No camera.   Lots and lots and lots of snow.  Heavenly.

Loving these snowy spring days.  Finally got all my seeds ordered and although I'm excited to start seeing some green, I'm not sure I'm ready for my kitchen to be taken over by trays and dirt.  Won't be long though!










Friday, February 15, 2013

An Ever Song.

Just caught her singing this morning: 

 "I'm going to turn into a fairy, 
And fly to Nebraska."  

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day.


I wish I had a cute picture of my own sweet Valentines to post today, but I don't.  Not yet anyway , maybe by the end of the day.  It's been a day of definite up's and down's, although more up's for sure.  Being awake from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. was definitely a down.  Having a valentine card to wake up to?  Up.  Spilling coffee in my lap on the way to Tot Time? Down.  Gorgeous flowers waiting when I got home (practically unheard of in this neck of the woods!)?  Up!  Tell yelling "MAMA!!" for the last half hour when he's supposed to be napping?  Down.

I underestimated the allure of Valentine's Day this year.  I seem to have ignored it's approach, and am wishing I had "celebrated" the day and the people that I love more.  Well, here's to that and here's to you :)

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Saw this on pinterest and immediately knew I had to share it:



Source: i.imgur.com via Kayla on Pinterest

Monday, February 11, 2013

Saturday, February 9, 2013

An Ever Quote.


Ever: I don't want to grow up.  I want to stay four forever.

Me: Well, how do you think we could do that?

Ever: Easy.  I just won't have my birthday party and I'll stay four, four, four!

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Aww, man.  Honestly, if I could keep her four forever, I just maybe would.  It's such a sweet age....

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Feeling the urge ...

To make something yellow ....





hmmm....

Monday, February 4, 2013

For Simon.

Okay, I promise to quit posting random videos for a while, but first I wanted to share this video Chuck showed me yesterday.  For some reason, I thought you, Simon, would find it pretty funny ...





Unrelated, a friend of mine had posted this a while back and I've found it to be the perfect mantra right now:



Sunday, February 3, 2013

Space.

Pretty sure I've wrote on here before about wanting to go to space camp and be an astronaut when I was younger .... Maybe that's why this video just gives me the jitters and gets me all excited and full of hope, as opposed to when I watch TV and the bulk of poor content and commercials fill me with dread and worry for the future.

Anyway, my Mom sent me the link almost a month ago, but I just got around to watching it this morning and, like my Mom, felt it was worth sharing.  Space and science are awesome.  Take a peek: