Will You Join Us?

will you join us 2018

Every day for the past 5 years Tom and I have lit 2 candles at Anna and Abby’s Tree and 2 candles on our front porch so that our girls can see that, even in the darkness, we send light to them in Heaven. The lighting of these candles has become a part of what we do now as a family.

This Saturday, Oct. 20th, is Anna and Abby’s 5th Heaven Day and we are asking if you would like to join us once again in honoring our girls and the love they have brought so many by lighting two candles at your home.

Ever since the girls went to Heaven we’ve received countless messages of how our daughter’s love story and Love Rocks has brought light during hard times.  Anna and Abby’s love has grown over the past 5 years and their light continues to shine brightly. We couldn’t be prouder of our girls.

As always, Anna and Abby’s Heaven Day will be a day of rest for Tom, Alice and I. We will rest knowing that our girls are loved and that their light will forever shine on. Thank you for your continued prayers and love ~ we feel it all. ❤

If you are local to Forest Grove and surrounding areas there will be luminary supplies at Anna and Abby’s Tree starting tomorrow 10/15. Please feel free to stop by and pick them up at your convenience.

Happiness Journal

The skies opened up this week and it rained. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen rain so puddle jumping was in order.

This girl and her smiles make my heart happy!!!

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I have been very inconsistent with writing in this space lately. I’m working out a plan (plans always are subject to change though) where I will write at least a couple times a month. Writing has fed my soul for just under 5 years and I need to find my way back.

Until then, enjoy what makes my heart happy!!!

Happiness Journal

Our mornings usually start right here. Her favorite rainbow blanket, a small bagel, and Linus waiting for the moment her guard is down so he can steal what he thinks is his breakfast.

These two make my heart happy.

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Happiness Journal

This morning I asked Alice if she wanted to go on an adventure and she promptly responded, “go see mice!”

This morning we stood for a long time and watched as the mice went round and round, cuddled with their friends and tried to break out of their cage. It was a grand adventure and made Alice’s and my heart very happy.

alice and mice

 

Finish Line

Every year about this time I get an email asking if I want to purchase my Hippie Chick Run photos from previous years. The Hippie Chick was a run that Anna and I did together. I would run the 10k and she would meet me just before the finish line ~ it was our thing. The photos taken at the run are usually really expensive so I never wanted to purchase them.

This year when the email came it said that this was the last chance to purchase photos from 2013 so I decided to look at them once again, just in case. As I was flipping through the five that were taken of me this one appeared. I swear it’s the first time I had seen it. I cried remembering what it felt like to cross the finish line with my girls on each side. Every other year it was just Anna crossing the finish line but this year, our last Hippie Chick together, Abigail joined us.

holding hands finish line

I ordered some prints. This is my new favorite photo of the three of us. It speaks to my heart and when it arrived yesterday it was so clear to me why I love it so much. This is how I get through each day. Abigail holding my right hand and Anna holding my left, both gripping tight till I get to the finish line. The gold tons in the photo (that is how it came) represent Christ, He’s all around us wrapping us in His love and kindness ~ we are surrounded by His Grace.

The last couple of months have been tough. Fall lasted so long, there are still leaves piled up on our streets, and my PTSD has become something that is just with me instead of the usual waves that come every so often. Watching Alice grow, discover, learn and become a toddler has been wonderful and very emotional. There is so much I can say about mothering this beautiful little one in the midst of grief, but I will leave that for another time.

I have signed up for the Hippie Chick one time since the girls have been in Heaven but my heart wouldn’t allow me to go. After seeing this photo I think it is time to get in shape and prepare once again for “our thing” this Mother’s Day weekend. I know Anna would be super excited to have Alice run across the finish line with us.

This photo is what my heart needed the week before Christmas and our double birthday celebration on 27th ~ Abigail will be 16 (I can’t believe it) and Alice will be turning 2.

Anna and Abigail are holding my hands always and I am ALWAYS surrounded by His Love and Grace!