Sunday, September 9, 2012

2012 Memorial Service

Today was the Children's Mercy Hospital Celebration of Life Memorial Service.  We have attended every year since we lost Abby and I still cry every year. 

The girls left messages for Abby on the tree again this year.

Elly wrote out her own message this year.
It says I (heart) you Abby, in a mixed up order.
A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam
And for a brief moment its glory and beauty belong to our world.
But then it flies on again.
And though we wished it could have stayed, we feel lucky to have seen it.
This year the speakers were parents that we know from our support group.  They spoke about their twin son they lost to CDH after 35 days. 
In their name
Who are gone
These young hearts
These flawless souls
In their name
Let our lives grow
~Sascha Wagner
The girls always look forward to the butterfly release and this year we released monarchs instead of painted ladies. 

The sky was filled with all the beautiful butterflies.
Days like these bring my grief to the front, but when I am surrounded by families that are experiencing the same thing, there is no reason to hide it.  Elly was concerned about me and the fact that I was crying. I explained it was just because I was really missing Abby.  So she snuggled up close, took my Kleenex, wiped my eyes and soon had a few tears of her own.   

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