Friday, February 18, 2011

Hope

What gives me hope? Well, there are a few things, the first being my husband, my family and the friends that have helped me encounter the hardest thing I have ever had to do. They are all the reason I have gotten to where I am today, with my chin up. That doesn't happen every day, but it does most days.
Second, I have hope because of these two sweet little boys, my sons. One I get to hold in my arms, the other I can only hold in my heart.


River

Asher
The other thing that gives me hope is this amazing community of parents, all doing the same thing sharing their children, their feelings, their fears and just this: their hopes. I read posts and on bad days wish that I could take away the author's pain, and share the tears. On good days, I wish I was closer so I could give them a hug, or they could see my smile when reading their posts! I am grateful to have connected with so many people that think the same things when they read my posts.
Participating in this Blog Hop from Franchesca was fitting as I reflected yesterday on all of the parents and all of the babies I have learned so much about in the process of grieving my precious River. I want to share this with all of you, and I think it is perfect timing!

These are flowers I received for my 30th birthday. They are so beautiful, and I thought that I would share them with River. I wrote names of the babies I believe have become his friends in Heaven on the petals.

I hope that this gives others hope, knowing that I (and many others) are thinking of you and your children, on a daily basis. I am not a daily blogger, but I check often for updates and read what others have posted. I appreciate being able to connect with you, and to know that I am not alone. I hope that you don't feel alone either. This is my hope for all of us in handling the grief we carry with us every day. On that note, I would like to share one last photo of "The Bluebird of Happiness" that I received as part of this beautiful flower arrangement.Wishing you happiness & hope in knowing our children will not be forgotten.

14 comments:

Megan said...

Those boys are so beautiful! And to look into Asher's big blue eyes, I'd have to say would give any mommy hope as well!

New Year Mum said...

What lovely photos of your boys... so sorry to hear about River - may all our little ones be playing together somewhere peaceful. Sharing this journey with you all brings me hope xoxo

mrsnice777 said...

Beautiful! A simply beautiful post!

((hugz))
Jamie

Tiffany said...

Such a great post. Love the pics. Your boys are gorgeous and I love the flower with all of the names. It really is amazing how close I feel to all of my blogger friends. Much closer than I feel to people I've known all of my life

butterflymom said...

Thank you for your gift of hope....I hold onto the idea that our children have each other up in Heaven as we have each other here on Earth. Your boys are absolutely beautiful. What amazing gifts they are... ((hugs))

Deanna said...

Thank you ladies, I think of you every day, and your children. You have helped me move forward, when I had no idea I could. Hugs to each one of you!!

Tiffany said...

Thank you for sharing your hope and pictures. Your boys are so handsome and the floweres were a great idea.

Elisabeth Hirsch said...

Your boys are gorgeous!

Your post gave me hope and reminded me of the amazing things I still have ;)


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Raquel said...

Thank you for sharing your pictures. Your boys are beautiful. I love the idea of writing all of River's angel friends on the petals. Amazing. I look forward to reading more about your journey.

Becky said...

beautiful post, I too appreciate having others to share this grieving journey with and to know I am not alone. Thank you for sharing and the flowers with the names was a sweet idea. Take Care

Franchesca said...

Thank you so much for sharing Deanna!! Our rainbows bring an amazing amount of hope back into our lives don't they?

I love the flower petals too ♥

Melissa said...

Oooh, I love your new header! cute!

Love the beautiful pictures of your boys and that picture of the flowers with all our babies names on them brought tears to my eyes. I'd love a copy if you could email me the one with Mikayla's name.

It is friends like you that give ME hope Deanna and I know I've said it before but I am just so glad our paths have crossed.

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

I love the flowers...what a beautiful gesture. And, I love your words of hope. Blessings to you...

Holly said...

I am so glad for hope. Without it grief would be unbearable ((hug))

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