Wednesday, June 6, 2018

It All Started with Those Two Lines in June

Nine years ago this June
Your life within me began
Summer came and with it came you

I was 19 when those two blue lines
Changed my entire life
Telling me you were mine

Afraid of what was to come
Still feeling so young,
At first I wanted to run

Like a delicate bloom,
Slowly opening in Spring
In my heart, for you He made room

As my belly grew
Throughout those months
So, my darling, did my love for you

Nine years
You whispered "hello" and "goodbye"
I am left with missing-you-tears

That positive pregnancy test
Something so small changed it all
With your life, I have truly been blessed

I ache with missing, my dear
But I smile with such joy
I am so thankful God sent you here

That positive sign too soon
Turned to words etched in stone...
It all started with those two lines in June... πŸ’•

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Kept Safe

I'm always a bit concerned that something will happen to my Lily keepsakes, those irreplaceable handprints/footprints, lock of hair, foot impression, etc.

My most treasured possessions.

I've wanted to get a safe for years, but somehow it kept getting pushed to the back-burner.

I recently shared these items with a friend and mentioned how upsetting it would be to lose them in a natural disaster of some sort.

Just a couple days later, this friend got me a small safe.

I'm thankful for peace of mind and thoughtful friends.

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Lily Remembered in Thailand

My sweet girl was remembered by Dorothea on Jomtien Beach in Pattaya, Thailand! πŸ˜❤️🌊☀️🐚🐳🐬🐟🐠🐒 #LilyKatsNameintheSand #LilyKatTravelstheGlobe

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Lily Remembered in Jamaica

Lily's name was "spoken out loud and written with love" by my friend Hannah in Negril Harbour, Westmoreland, Jamaica. ❤️πŸ˜„πŸŒŠ☀️🐚🐳🐬🐟🐠🐒 #LilyKatsNameintheSand #LilyKatTravelstheGlobe

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Lily Remembered in Spain on Easter

Lily girl was remembered this Easter by Corinne on her holiday in Gran Canaria, which is one of Spain's Canary Islands, off northwestern Africa. πŸ’•πŸ°πŸ£πŸŒΈπŸŒ· #LilyKatTravelstheGlobe

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Friday, June 1, 2018

An Update and an Extra Sweet Day of Being Lily's Mommy

Hello, blog readers! πŸ‘‹πŸ˜„

I haven't posted in 2 months and I know some of you are wondering where I am/if I still plan on blogging here in this space.

The answer to that question is absolutely, I will continue writing here on my blog. I have several posts tumbling around in my head that need to be written. I need to catch you up on what we did to celebrate Lily's birthday, what a sweet Mother's Day I had, the places Lily's name has been written in the sand lately, etc. Life has just been busy and I've been embracing it. With my little girl always in my heart and thoughts. Family birthdays, graduations, a new job, among other things somehow have left my blog on the back-burner. That and needing a bit of an emotional break.

I will post more soon, but for today I want to share about this past Sunday. It was an extra sweet day of carrying the title of "Lily's mommy." :)

I went to a church I'd never been to with a friend, over an hour from where I live in Virginia.

My friend Chelsea, who was an acquaintance from high-school, attends the church. I hadn't seen her in years, but we've been connected on social media. She has always been so sweet and tender-hearted about Lily. Then last year, she also had to bury her sweet baby. It was amazing to talk to her and hear what Lily's life and legacy has meant to her and how God used my story to prepare her heart for what was to come in her own journey. Isn't that just how He works? It was so good to hug her and connect with a fellow bereaved mama.

She told me she had something for me. She has been doing a fundraiser and selling sugar scrub. A lady bought a couple jars of it on Saturday and took one for herself, leaving one with Chelsea to "give to a friend." She looked on the bottom and saw that the scent was "lily." She knew she was seeing me the next day and thought how perfect it was to give to me.

At the greeting time at the church, a young woman came up to talk to me. It was someone I met in Raleigh in January at an event where I spoke! I have been meaning to blog about this, but I met a teen girl named Lily Katherine, sharing my girl's first and middle names! She too was visiting the church that week (hours from where we originally met and where we live) with some of her family. I also got to meet others in her family, including her grandmother who has also heard me speak. It touched my heart to hear how my little girl touched their hearts.

God knew how uplifting and encouraging it would be for me to go to a church I'd never been to and for my sweet girl to be known and cared about even there. He knows my love language and that it's in the small details that I feel cared for. I feel like Lily's mommy. And she will never be forgotten. I mother her the way He calls me to and He takes care of the rest. πŸ’•πŸŒΈ 

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Lily Remembered in Mexico

The grandmother of a sweet babe in Heaven wrote her granddaughter's name and Lily's name together in the sand in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Sooooo sweet! πŸ˜❤️🌊☀️🐚🐳🐬🐟🐠🐒  #LilyandAndiJay #LilyKatsNameintheSand #LilyKatTravelstheGlobe

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Lily Remembered at Redington Beach

Angie thought of Lily at Redington Beach, Florida! πŸ˜„πŸŒŠ☀️🐚🐳🐬🐟🐠🐒❤️ #LilyKatsNameintheSand #LilyKatTravelstheGlobe

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Lily Remembered on the Kāpiti Coast

Lily Kat in Wellington, New Zealand on the Kāpiti Coast. Kāpiti Island in is in the background. Thanks, ChloΓ©! πŸ˜„πŸŒŠ☀️🐚🐳🐬🐟🐠🐒 #LilyKatsNameintheSand #LilyKatTravelstheGlobe

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Lily Remembered in the Caribbean

My sweet friend Bex thought of Lily on her cruise and wrote her name in the sand at Baie Aux Prunes (Plum Bay) Beach, the French side of the island of St Marteen in the Caribbean! πŸ˜πŸŒ΄πŸš’🌊🐚🐳🐬🐟🐠🐒 #LilyKatsNameintheSand #LilyKatTravelstheGlobe

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Lily Remembered at the Isle of Palms

Lily was remembered last Thanksgiving at the Isle of Palms, South Carolina by my sweet friend and sister in loss and love, Liza. πŸ’›πŸπŸ’›  #LilyKatsNameintheSand #LilyKatTravelstheGlobe

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Lily Remembered in New Zealand

My sweet friend ChloΓ© remembered Lily in Tauranga, New Zealand! ❤️🌊🐚🐒☀️🐬🐟🐠  #LilyKatsNameintheSand #LilyKatTravelstheGlobe

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