"Life isn't about surviving the storm...it is about learning to dance in the rain." Anonymous

Monday, September 9, 2013

Rainbows, Walks, and my Molly Bear....oh my!!

I know, weird title....this is sort of a hodge podge post, though.  I have several things to share and I didn't want to post it all separately.

First of all....the Atlanta Walk to Remember is coming up on Sunday, October 6th at 2pm.  If you are in the Atlanta area, please come out to celebrate and remember with us.  This is always such a remarkable day, full of specialness and full of community.  This year, it is going to be held at Riverside Park in Roswell, which is so beautiful.  There is a great green space there, so you can bring a blanket or sit in one of our chairs.  It is sad that we are all part of this community of grief, but I feel so blessed to have this group of people.  I know I am not alone.  Registration is free....click here to register.   I hope to see you there!!

I have been so excited to see all of the rainbow pictures that people have sent me since my last post.  In fact, they are just so great, that I thought I would share a few...

I really love this one....sent by one of my special friends.  Thank you!!

I have to say that there are few things more beautiful than a rainbow.  They are so full of promise!  Keep the pictures coming.  I love them. 

Last, but not least....I got an email the other day from Molly Bears.  If you don't know about Molly Bears, they are such a great organization that creates weighted teddy bears for families who have lost a baby.  They will make a teddy bear with the same weight as the baby who is gone.  The downside is that they are so wonderful that their waiting list is pretty long.  I put my name on the list almost 3 years ago so that I could get my bear.  My baby, Elizabeth, would have been 4 this December 1st (wow!).  I don't know if I have ever mentioned this, but we would have called her Lizzie.  Well, my Lizzie bear is coming!  They said it should be here in time for her birthday.  I can't tell you how much this made me smile! 

I really needed this.  I have been thinking about her a lot lately.  More than usual.  My sister recently had a baby, a little girl.  It has been so wonderful getting a new niece, but hard, too.  This conflict of emotions has really had me unsettled.    You know, because you walk this journey with me.  It can be very unsettling at times.  To hear my parents talk about the fact that they have a granddaughter has hurt my feelings.  They usually forget to count the one who isn't here.  I have refrained from fussing at them for the moment.  I don't want to take away from my sister's moment.  But, it hurts me when my Lizzie is forgotten. 

My new niece is named Eliza....I love this name, but it is so close to my baby's name.  Again, I guess no one else is thinking about the one who is not here.  She is gorgeous, though, and I am in love with her.  I just need to find a place to put the hurt for now. 

I really do hope to see you at the Walk!  If you come, please look for me.  Someone will know where to find me.