Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A Tea Party and Lily Garden

This past Saturday was a truly special day. I was asked by my wonderful Bible study leader, Terri, if I would share my testimony at a ladies tea party. I of course am honored each and every time someone wants to hear my story, so I emphatically said I would.

Here are about half of the ladies who were there. We unfortunately thought to take a group picture when many of the ladies had already left. Several of the ladies were from my Bible study and several were from Terri's church.


It was neat that my "Aunt G" was able to come to the tea party. She had never heard me speak in person before. She is an honorary aunt, having been friends with my mom since college. She makes me laugh a lot and I consider her one of my dear friends. I always love having her visit from Maryland. When she was leaving, she said "you make us laugh and you make us cry." Haha


The tea party was held at a charming Bed & Breakfast in a nearby town. The weather on Saturday was unseasonably beautiful for this time of year in North Carolina. The breezes were refreshingly delightful sitting on that front porch.


The beverage area.


Lilies were part of the centerpieces. :)




Yummy snacks.



The tea party and the fellowship with other ladies was wonderful in and of itself. The cherry on top was having the opportunity to share my story! I was blessed that it was well-received and I enjoyed talking with some of the ladies afterwards. At the end of my sharing, I played Lily's song <--- email subscribers, click to listen. Everyone who hears it is always deeply moved by it. I was told it's the perfect way to end. I couldn't agree more.



That big front porch is amazing!


After I shared about my sweet girl, my mom and I visited a local Daylily Farm that our friend Shelby told us about. It's not far from where the tea party was held. I thought it was the perfect time to go, when my own little Lily was heavy on my heart.


In a field of lilies... the perfect place for this Rose to be. :)


All the different colors of lilies are gorgeous!







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Father's Day

Father's Day makes me grieve all that Lily's father is missing out on with her.

His love for his daughter, as well as his anguish over losing her, are both clearly written on his face in this picture. 💔


Lily's hands with her daddy's... she had his hands and feet.


They will always be a part of each other.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Lily Remembered in Cyprus

Lily's name was written in the sand in Cyprus, an island in the Mediterranean Sea, by my British friend Sophia. She wrote: "Here are some pics I took just for you and your precious Lily all the way from Cyprus. I had to write very quickly as the sea came in quick in this tiny bay." Loooove!! And what a sweet butterfly by her name. 😍  







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Lily and Rachel Remembered at Atlantic Beach

My sister-in-law Kala beautifully wrote Lily and my Aunt Rachel's names in the sand at Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, this week on June 14th, Rachel's 51st birthday. I love the picture with both their names. :)




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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Happy Birthday, Aunt Rachel

My Aunt Rachel Ross would be turning 51 today. She was born on June 14, 1965. June 14th is Flag Day and Rachel was given the middle name Ross partly after Betsy Ross, who sewed the American flag.

Sadly, Rachel only lived for 3 months outside of the womb. She died on the operating table at UVA on September 10, 1965 as her doctor attempted to save her tiny, deformed heart.

Rachel was the seventh child of my grandparents, James Kirk and Nancy Virginia Bain. My mom is the eldest of the seven. This is the only family picture of all nine of them (baby Rachel in my grandmother's arms and my mom is in the back with the glasses). They are standing in front of Holy Comforter Catholic Church in our home area of Charlottesville, Virginia on the day of Rachel's Christening.


My mom was 9 when Rachel died, so she clearly remembers that time and has shared her memories with me. She even has a diary she wrote in then. 

My grandmother still grieves and attends Compassionate Friends meetings and events. We now have the bond of knowing what it's like to have a daughter in Heaven. We were always close, but Lily and Rachel have brought us closer. 

My mom said one of the few times she saw my grandfather cry was when Rachel died. Her absence has left a hole in my family. Each year, we remember her on her birthday. We will always miss her and wonder who she would have become and what other cousins I might have had. I'll always love her and hope future generations will speak of and remember Lily the way I do Rachel. Even when I was a young teen, before I ever knew I'd lose my own child, I would go to CF meetings with my Bumma. I see now how God was preparing me for a future only He could see.

You can read more about my Aunt Rachel in a blog post I wrote by clicking HERE.

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Lily Remembered at Glasanacardoch Bay

This is the Glasanacardoch Bay in Scotland. Lily's cousin's grandma sent me this beautiful photo and wrote: "I couldn't write Lily's name because of the rocks. We were thinking of her though as I do every time I am near the water!" I love that. :)


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Monday, June 13, 2016

Lily and Rose Candle

My friend Chloe in New Zealand (who drew Lily's portrait) shared this photo with me and said "look what I just saw in the shop!" I love the candle itself, the fact it made her think of my girl and I, and that the rose and lily look similar to those on my blog header/on Lily's stone. :)


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