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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