This blog is a space for me to write, post pictures and share videos of my family. I am on a great adventure and I honestly have no idea what God has in store for me. I thought I knew ~ my life was enjoyably chaotic. We live every day to its fullest and we love one another unconditionally. On Oct. 20th, 2013 our lives were turned upside down and because of that I’ve decided to (with help from a dear friend) create this space to express myself to the best of my ability and share our lives with you. I have decided to make this blog public with the option to make specific post private. Thank you for respecting that there are topics that are personal for only close friends and family.
October 20, 2013
October 20th was a normal Fall Sunday at our house. We woke up, ate breakfast (waffles that Anna helped me make), went to church, came home and ate lunch. Abigail had her first Annie rehearsal that afternoon and I was volunteering at the theater for the current performance. Tom and Anna spent the day playing and hanging out at the park.
After Abigail’s rehearsal the girls played great together. Fighting had been their new norm but for some reason on this Sunday they were the best of friends: laughing, listening to music, playing spies and dancing around the house.
After volunteering at the theater I walked up our street only to be greeted by 2 young girls dressed as spies. They knew I was on my way home so they thought it would be fun to spy on me as I walked up the street. Unfortunately for them, I saw their heads peek around a tree almost immediately. I played along and then they came running down the street laughing, smiling and excited to see me. I hugged and kissed them both, excited to see them too.
Anna was so full of energy and after our hug, kiss and brief description of her day she ran all the way back to the house. Abigail stuck close and told me all about her first Annie rehearsal. It was a perfect Fall day.
I had some other theater obligations that night so we ate dinner together as a family and said our goodbyes. Life was perfect, wonderful and we were so blessed.
In just a few short hours our beautiful life took a turn.
Due to a terrible accident in front of our house both of our girls went to Heaven. Anna went to Heaven instantly and Abigail was life flighted to Randall’s Children’s Hospital in Portland. Abigail went to Heaven shortly after arriving at the hospital, but before she went, she was able to donate both her kidneys, her liver, and one cornea. Her pulmonary valve and conduit were distributed to a pediatric hospital in California and her aorta has produced 13 million vascular cells which have the potential to generate over 50 vascular grafts.
On Oct. 20, 2013 my girls met Jesus and one day I will meet him too and be with my girls again. Until that time I will listen to God and do as he nudges me to do, love recklessly and spread as much joy as I can in honor of Anna and Abigail. I miss them more than words could possibly describe and I look forward to the day we all embrace in Heaven.
Why Love-Drenched Life
When asked to make a statement regarding our daughters accident, we put together a stream of words that came from how we felt about our life as parents and how important it was to live intentionally. After prayer, our dear friend Brenda took our words and wrote a beautiful statement for the press. She wrote that our lives were Love Drenched. Thank you, Brenda for choosing the perfect words that described how we lived every day.