Monday, April 19, 2010

Part of me wishes I could just fast-forward through the quickly-approaching month of May. Between Mother's Day and Zachary's first birthday, I am emotionally exhausted just thinking about it. But, there's no fast-forward button and I know that I must walk through it.

Besides, the sun is out, spring is here and life is made new once again.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

11 Months

Sweet Boy -

I've missed you so much lately.

I sat at the cemetery earlier this week, and my heart ached to be with you, Zachary. My heart will long to be with you every day I walk this earth. I fell in love with you when you were safe inside of me, and that love has only intensified since you've been gone. You are my son.

I will love you forever -


Monday, April 12, 2010

Missing my boy like crazy today.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter is tomorrow. How did that happen so fast?

As the room where we meet for church fills with people tomorrow morning and we celebrate the life of Christ, the term 'resurrection' has a much greater meaning to me than it ever has.

God gave His Son on my behalf, the most selfless act of love. He knows the sorrow of a grave. He watched the murder and burial of His own child.

But God took the cross - a symbol of a cruel, torturous death - and, through His power, made it the most glorious symbol of life. Because God raised His Son from the dead, we too can have the hope of resurrection and life made whole.

I read this earlier this week, and it has run through my thoughts all week long. Below is an excerpt from Max Lucado's book, Facing Your Giants:

'God has the last word on death. And, if you listen, He will tell you the truth about your loved ones. They've been dismissed from the hospital called Earth. You and I still roan the halls, smell the medicines, and eat green beans and Jell-O off plastic trays. They, meanwhile, enjoy picnics, inhale springtime, and run through knee-high flowers. You miss them like crazy, but can you deny the truth? They have no pain, doubt or struggle...They know the joy of resurrection.'

Heaven. I will never be able to wrap my mind around it until I'm there. And, while I grieve the fact that I don't get to dress my little boy in an Easter outfit tomorrow morning, I know that what Zachary is experiencing is so much better. Easter morning in heaven...that's got to be awesome!

Isaiah 53:4-5 says that Christ, 'took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows' all the way to the cross...and 'by His wounds we are healed.' Hallelujah!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Tuesday night we pulled into the driveway a little after 11pm. While I was exhausted, I sat in the passenger’s seat with an incredible sense of awe.

On Tuesday night I held a newborn for the first time since I held my own son.

It’s something I have utterly dreaded since last May. I’ve skipped countless baby showers, refused to extend my arms to hold an infant, avoided conversations, and, sadly enough, even avoided friends. I have cocooned myself against the world in a sense because, to my weakened heart, the world has been harsh. And, in my little cocoon, I had built up so much anxiety that I didn’t know if I would ever be able to hold an infant again.

But I did. And it was wonderful. In the comfort of a home where I've spend countless hours and with people who love us tremendously, I held baby Noelle.

No tears. Just love.

Thanks, Paul and Julie, for sharing your precious gift with me.