Friday, June 22, 2007

Hug Your Babies

My nephew's friend died yesterday. She was just six. :( She had some medical problems at birth, but she outgrew them, and lived a normal healthy life for six more years. She had flu like symptoms for a few days, then died in the middle of the night. I never met this little girl, but my sister is good friends with her mom. I can't even imagine (and don't want to) the anguish and heartache of losing a child.

It makes my heart hurt to think about this little girl's family. It makes me so grateful for my family and everything I have. Even if it seems like things suck sometimes.

Tonight I went and sat on Chloe's bed after she had been asleep for a few hours. I stroked her soft face, and brushed the hair out of her eyes. Her chest rose and fell slowly and her breath was soft and even. I cried silently, the tears falling from my face on to her pillow. I cried for a little girl who won't get to see second grade. I cried for a mom who is feeling so empty right now. I cried for my girls who are going to feel so much pain and hurt in their lives. But most of all, I cried because I am so overwhelmed with thankfulness. My world will stop if something happened to them. But I know I just need to kiss them, hug them, hold them close and pray that I get to keep them forever.

So hug your babies tonight. Every night.


Andrea said...

Oh Julie, that is heartbreaking. I can't even imagine. Thank you for the reminder, I will for sure give Caden extra loves today. Take care! Andrea

Corey~living and loving said...

oh life and death is so scary. My heart hurts for that family. It is my worst nightmare. I can't even begin to fathom their grief.
Add me to the list of another mama holding her child alittle tighter today.

Laura said...

How truly heartbreaking...*sigh* Lots of prayers for that family.

Sara said...

That is truly terrible. That poor family. Makes me want to go hug Logan right now (he's napping). Hugs to that poor family.

Nichole said...

It's true. I was thinking this very thing on the way to a workshop this morning. I am truly blessed. I may not have everything, but I have what I need. It's good to take time and be thankful for what you have instead of envious of what you don't have.

Hugs to that family. I couldn't imagine the pain.

Ingrid said...

How heartbreaking. It's a parent's worst nightmare come true.

Jen said...

Ugh, that is heartbreaking Julie. I can't imagine, & of couse I hope I never have to. I feel for that family, I really do.

Jenfadder said...

OMG I could not even imagine what tat family is going through right now :(
I am hugging my kids tight!!!

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