Please don’t go.
You can make a difference.
I understand if you usually come to skim a silly post, but I ask that today, you’ll stay and leave a gift for the birthday girl.
Today she’d be seven years old.
How does that even happen? I sit here and wonder what that seven-year old brunette niece would look like with this crazy bunch.
How I wish I could replace those letters with her smile.
Our lives are happy. We love and live with many blessings. But it somehow feels like an empty flowerpot sitting on our kitchen counter. Waiting for the bit of sunshine that really belongs there.
Seven years ago, my sister made the courageous choice to carry this little girl for as long as God would gift her to us.
We spent 25 precious hours with her, and it was worth the heartache of losing her.
Gracie touched our lives in ways that still echo seven years later.
And I would love if you would honor her with your time.
Before I shared about Gracie, I had no idea how many others had walked this same hard road.
It sucks. It is hard, and it sucks. But sharing her with you has been a healing of sorts – knowing that so many of you have opened up about your own losses.
I know what a kind word can do for someone who is grieving. I would love if you wouldn’t mind leaving a comment for my sister. A comment in memory of your own loved one. A comment asking for prayer for your own family.
I know there are many more readers than comments. And I’m asking a favor on Gracie’s behalf:
Please de-lurk. Please stop in and leave a note.
For each comment on this post, we’ll give $1 to the Carenet Crisis Pregnancy Center.
I can tell you that one of the hardest things I ever did, was pack Gracie’s tiny new dresses and take them to the Crisis Pregnancy Center the week after she died. As I carried them in my arms through the parking lot, the tears just wouldn’t stop.
A few weeks later, I saw a baby girl in one of her lilac dresses.
And I knew. I knew we are meant to be a blessing to each other. Even in 25 hours.
So please, even if you don’t know what to say, please just wish Gracie a Happy Birthday (I’m sure she’s having a pretty darn awesome one… I hear the venue is amazing). We’d love to honor Gracie’s memory with as many dollars to families in need. Thank you for helping us.
Happy birthday Baby Girl.