February 16, 2010
Where should I start? Well, I was actually an Eastern girl myself until about age 14 when my parents moved us to the Midwest. I met my husband, Josh, in high school. We started dating the summer before our senior year. After nearly 4 years of marriage we had baby #1, a spunky, strong willed little girl named Madelyn. 2 1/2 years later we had a tiny little baby girl who was calm & quiet, her name was Lila Grace. Lila faced many challenges, but all were fixable- like cleft palate, hearing loss in her right ear, etc… but other than that she was a beautiful, special little girl who would smile and melt your heart.. She passed away in 2008. We were never given a sure answer- they jumped from SIDS to pneumonia and back several times. Our pedi. informed us that sometimes there is just no way of knowing. Our hearts were broken, and that right there is an understatement, but there’s really no accurate way to describe with words how utterly helpless you feel when you lose your baby. She was less than a week away from being 3 months old. We went on to try again at building our family and were blessed with baby #3 in 2009... He was our first boy, we named him Jude. He helped heal our hearts and ease the pain of the loss. You can definitely never replace that little one you lost, but you can keep pushing forward in life and make every day count. If you’ve personally suffered from the loss of a child, I have to tell you- having a friend who knows how it feels is one of the main components of healing. It’s comforting to know that you can talk to some who “gets it” because they’ve been there themselves.
And well, in a nut shell, that’s a little about me and my Midwestern family…..so far.. I’m sure there’s more to come. Oh, and I'm a stay at home mom, I've tried working from home and working outside the home, but I don't like being away from my kiddos... so I've got lots of blogging, shopping and crafting time on my hands. That's all for now..