It’s Your Birthday

Today is your birthday, my sweet son. 6 years. We are going to celebrate you by having a picnic lunch and play at a secluded park with favorite friends. Your brother picked out a carton of edible flowers at the farmers market, so I’m going to make a pretty salad and pick up pizza. I liked this article from Mary Chapman on how they celebrate their daughter in heaven’s birthday.

https://www.marybethchapman.com/blog/2019/4/15/ask-mary-beth-question-1-how-do-we-celebrate-marias-heaven-day

They are at a point where they need fun family time and celebration when they celebrate their daughter’s birthday and I’m feeling like that too. Last year, we went to the zoo with these same dear friends we will see today. They talk about you, so I like to celebrate you with them. Their kids are your little brother’s favorite friends, so he will have a blast. There are many far away that remember your birthday too and send me sweet messages.

When I told your brother we were going to have a birthday party of sorts for you, he got very excited. He said, “Is Luke going to come down for it?!” That brought tears and laughter. He loves you and mentions you to strangers when they ask if he has siblings, which sometimes catches me off guard and makes me awkward. But I’m grateful he talks about you.

He also asked if we could send you a cake like we send balloons. “Can’t we just tie a cake to a bunch of balloons and send it up to him, mom?” He thought the balloons actually make it to you in heaven. What a sweet thought.

I love your sweet brother. He brings boundless joy to my life. You do too, my sweet son. I know that you are in the best place, our true home, surrounded by love and unimaginable beauty. I look forward to joining you there when my race is run. Sometimes I long for the race to be done sooner so I can be with you and be done with the hard things in this broken world. But in the meantime, I am helped to “run with endurance the race that is set before me” (Hebrews 12:1) by knowing that part of my reward is you. I cherish the thought of seeing your handsome face and learning all about you, my son. I can’t wait.

Here is a song I choose to remember you with this year, out of many that remind me of you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAg2Sg43Hfc&feature=share

As I have have written about before and just as Steven Curtis Chapman says, you being there has inspired me to learn about and long for heaven in a totally new way. “God I know, it’s all of this and so much more. But God, you know, this is what I’m longing for, heaven in the face of my little boy.”

I love you. “ He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”–Revelations 21:4

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Happy 5th Birthday Luke

Happy 5th birthday in heaven, Luke. You would be starting kindergarten this year. I won’t get 1st-day-of-kindergarten pictures. I treasure these few photos of you we have. I trust that God’s plan is perfect and all will be redeemed in heaven. He has used you mightily in my heart and life already. I know you are safe and wrapped in God’s glorious love every moment. I talk about you alot to your little brother. He just told me that you are his favorite friend. ❤️ We celebrated you with your family yesterday and will be celebrating you today with friends. I love you, my son, and I can’t wait to see you again.

Exciting acknowledgement of stillbirth as a loss like that of any child

This made me super excited. I am watching the documentary about “Diana, Our mother/life/legacy” about Princess Diana.  Prince William is talking to two people at a charity for child bereavement, Child Bereavement U.K., that his mother was  involved with. They introduce themselves and share their stories. The first woman says that she lost her baby girl Abby. She had a routine appointment at 38 weeks and they found no heartbeat. Then the man introduces himself. He lost a teenage daughter named Rosie at age 19. These two people equally represent a charity for child bereavement and one of them suffered a stillbirth just like my own. They acknowledge her unborn daughter’s loss in exactly the same manner as the man’s loss of his teenage daughter. I cannot express how much I love this. Even though I do feel that losing Luke after raising him for any span of time outside of the womb would’ve been harder, I love that they are acknowledging a loss like his as an equal loss of a child. 

I looked up their website and here is their mission statement, “Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.”  Awesome.  I know I  not the first to say this, but sometimes it seems that my beloved United States is behind the times on some things.