Sunday, December 27, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
We had so many people praying for us and we could feel that...it gave us strength and we even had a bit of a miracle, if you will, a very spiritual experience that I would like to share.
Amanda, Crystal's sister, makes a quilt for each of her nieces and nephews when they are born. William's "Frog" blanky is his favorite. In fact each of the kids formed an attachment to their blanket that Aunt Amanda made. Amanda was expecting her first child and had a quilt on the frame for her own baby when Sage passed away. The quilt remains untouched on the frame. Why? Because when Spencer found Sage in his crib the quilt Amanda made covered his face and we have wondered if it contributed to his SIDS. Amanda feels guilty. We have all told her it wasn't her fault. It was Sage's time to go if not that quilt then another. At least it was with a quilt that was made with love by someone who loved him. Crystal is also grateful because it wasn't a store bought quilt. It's difficult for her to go to church or the store and see someone with the same diaper bag, toy, outfit or blanket as Sage had. It would have been very hard to see a baby with the same blanket he passed away with. Instead it was a "one of a kind".
The night before Sage died Crystal sat on the couch and visited with William about the scouting program. He was excited to be receiving some awards at the upcoming banquet and they were making plans to work on projects for more badges. When Sage was done nursing she carried him upstairs and put him to bed.
This morning when we arrived at the appointment we saw a young man in the lobby in his scout uniform. He was delivering home made Quilts/blankets. He told us it was his Eagle Scout project and that the quilts were to be given to children of domestic violence. He had hoped for 50 quilts but said, "It just exploded! I got 150!"
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I would be lying if I did not confess that I am struggling this Christmas Season. This is a growing and learning process for me. Even though I do not fully understand the all of this. I know that one day I will. If I keep my broken heart on what really matters. I have to keep telling myself "The Lord knew best and took him home". I feel that in your darkest hours of your life, you need to praise Heavenly Father. Sometimes I question "Does Heavenly Father really love me"? I mean, if he really loves me he would not let me hurt this bad. You would think he would come and take all of this pain away right? That is what any good, kind and loving Father would do right? Well he did send someone to come and take all of this suffering away. He sent his only begotten son Jesus Christ to this world to take away my suffering and pain. I pray that I can remember the gift that my Heavenly Father has given to me and all of you.
My wise Mother shared her thoughts and wisdom with me today. She keeps me literally out of the looney bin. My Momma keeps answering her phone and for that I am grateful!! My Momma also knows that I am not handling this so well. That I am not as strong as I appear to be. My Momma needs to know I love her and I am blessed to have her as my Mother!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
One of my family traditions that I started back when William was a baby, was to buy a huge bag of bows and dump them on the ground at the base of the Christmas tree. I have done this every year that I have a crawling baby or toddler in the house. The babies love to play with the bows! They leave the Christmas tree alone and they play with the bows all season long. As silly as this sounds this tradition is what I am missing alot this year. A baby/toddler playing with a bag of bows. Every time I see a bag of bows I want to cry. I thought about buying a bag for the heck of it but, that would just be self torture. I am missing a bag of bows………family traditions and memories do not have to cost much too mean the world to you.
This is a picture of Trey, as a baby playing with his bag of bows. I never got a picture of Sage with his bag of bows he was too little last year………..so I look at pictures of Christmas’s past and remember the memories I made with my other children.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
On most good days, I listen to good uplifting music and I have peace in my heart. I feel like this is okay, I feel like Sage is gently pushing me along saying MOMMA you have to get things done around here! Momma, its okay to laugh and enjoy the kids you have. I feel the comfort of the gospel all around me. I feel like I am holding tight to the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I dig deep down and I know this is what my Heavenly Father had planned for me. Some days, I feel strong, I feel like I can do this, I feel like I can handle this and that it is okay. Other days, I am happy for Sage and glad he is serving the Lord.
Everyday, I have to trust my Heavenly Father more than I did the day before. I have to trust him and his plan for me. Everyday my life moves on and I live and I laugh and I love. I look for the Joy that is in each moment and hold to it!
Everyday, I thank my Heavenly Father for all of my very many blessings! I even thank him for Sage! I ask him to take care and watch over Sage just as much as he watches over us! I tell Heavenly Father everyday to give Sage a hug from me, or give him our family hand shake that only we know!
Other days, the bad days are not so pretty. that is okay too. This was not meant to be easy or it would not be worth it.
I never forget that Sage is gone not for one second. That thought is always there lingering in the back of my mind. Every second of everyday I have to choose how I am going to handle it.
So I think I am making good choices everyday. I think I am doing okay. I am a talker and I have to talk about him and how I am feeling or I might just blow up! Maybe one day and I hope someday I do not have to talk so much about this and talk about other things.
Every day I have a perfect faith that one day all of this will be worth it. One day I will understand the why’s of all of this. One day this will make sense. Until then, I will get up each morning and look out the window and wait patiently for my Savior Jesus Christ to come and wipe away all my tears.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Erin Stock is one of my best friends. She has helped me so much with the passing of Sage. Erin and her sister Lyndsay have done so much for me these past 9 months. I found out today that Skylar Stock, Erin and Lyndsay's brother was killed late Monday night in a tragic accident. My heart is broken for this family. I keep checking facebook over and over to see if this is really true. It is so strange how one minute someone is here then the next minute they have gone back home. I hope and pray that I can be there for my friends the way they have been there for me.
I am so sad and tears just keep falling for my friends. Heart broken for them. I keep praying for them and I want them to know I love them. I just have to believe that Heavenly Father has a plan for all of us..........because, if I did not believe and KNOW WHAT I KNOW TO BE TRUE.........this life would be more than I could take.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Everyone keeps telling me that memories are a wonderful thing to have and hold onto. I almost hate memories they haunt you whether they are good or bad.
I have a difficult time looking at his Christmas pictures with all of his gifts. I think, look at some of the outfits he never got to wear………Look at the toys that he was too little to play with and are still sitting in his room unopened never to be played with.
The worst part of these pictures………breath…….hold back tears……..you never think the Christmas Jammies you dress your little guy in will later become, the same Jammies that he will die in. Your brain tends to remember the dramatic, horrible, and gut wrenching stuff more than, it likes to hold onto the good ole days. These pictures bring back many bad memories along, with some good. Maybe one day I will look back at these pictures without vomiting in my mouth.
I realize that I probably share to much of my real thoughts and feelings. I do not care……I am hurting and struggling to be okay with this. I know that other people have harder trials but, this is hard for me. All I can say is I am trying my best everyday to be okay with this. All Heavenly Father asks is we try our best. So everyday I try to carry on and live the best life I know how.
I miss my baby this Christmas season. The thing that helps is reading Luke 2 everyday, praying, and crying all the time. I try to think about what Christmas might be like in Heaven? What does the choir sound like there? I wonder what kind of traditions they have in Heaven? I try to be happy for him, he gets to celebrate Christmas with Jesus Christ…………….this brings more meaning to the words…………peace…………..joy…………….glory………………that has to beat my Costco nativity set any day!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
I do not know how else to say this…I am struggling more and more each day. You think the first couple of months would be the hardest but, for me they were the easiest.
Like I said, I am struggling right now. I am the type of person that would give you the shirt right off of my back. I can think of numerous times in my life where I did just that…..gave all I could give of myself, my time, energy, talents and wealth. I even donated my hair to locks of love. The very act of carrying a baby is selfless. You give up everything to be a mother. I am not trying to toot my own horn but, I did and still do all of these things because I love it! I love doing things for other people because, I love to see the happiness it brings to their life! I have always considered myself an unselfish person. I truly feel that most of the worlds problems are based around selfishness. Most people love themselve's more than anything or anyone else.
Much to my dismay I have discovered that I am a very selfish person. My Heavenly Father has showed me one of my many weaknesses. Selfishly I want you here on earth with our family. I want to hold you and love you. I know deep down inside that it was your time to go. Selfishly, I do not care, I want you here. Selfishly I do not care that you are in Heaven and things are perfect. I would selfishly keep you here not for your good but I would keep you here for me. Selfishly, I would keep you here for my own happiness and not yours. I sound like the worlds worst mother.
If my Heavenly Father came down and gave me a choice to let you stay with him in Heaven or come back home to us here on earth. I know deep down I would let you stay where you are……………..I realize you were never mine to begin with, children are a loan from the Lord.
So with all of my many acts of service, I did them all out of love for the other person. I knew it was what they wanted and it made them happy. I pray everyday that I will not be selfish. Sage, you can go and I will stay and strive daily to not be selfish. You were one of my greatest service projects. I pray that I will continue to serve and love others as much as I love you. I pray that my weakness will be made strong……….I pray that I will learn to love you more than I love myself and let you go………
God so loved the world he gave his only begotten Son……..I am not comparing myself to Heavenly Father at all but, I have a much clearer under standing of just how unselfish Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ were…….how much they loved us.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Who knew that my little bubble was ticking away and that is was about to burst. I look at this picture and part of me wishes I could go back in time and truly enjoy each and every second of my life more but, I look at this picture and I know that I was enjoying my life! I was thankful for all of my blessings!
This year I am going to get dressed up and put on my fake it till I make it face and try my hardest to be happy and Thankful for all of my very many blessings. I know that the Lord has blessed us beyond measure this year. I know he has carried me, when all I want to do is sit on my butt and dig my heals into the sand! He has pushed me to try harder and grow just a little bit more. My Heavenly Father has given me many gifts this year but, the greatest gift of all is an Eternal Family.
So no, little Sage will not be sitting in his little high chair tomorrow putting olives on all ten of his perfect little fingers! No, I will never know what Thanksgiving food he would like served on his plate. No, I won’t ever have all of my children around one dinner table and that kills me. I will always have an empty chair at my table every year and it hurts so bad.
Bishop Nevitt once told me that Mother hood is sometimes like a cactus, he said some times it hurts to be a MOTHER! Most, days I am proud to be Sages Mother but tonight and tomorrow it hurts. I pray that I will feel the much needed peace that I need to feel. I pray the Spirit of the Holy Ghost will be with me. I pray that my Heavenly Father will carry me these next couple of days so I do not feel the sting of the cactus.
I want Sage to know how much we all miss him…how hard we are working to be happy and enjoy each other to the fullest! How hard Daddy and me are pressing forward with faith and determination to be with you again someday.
Tomorrow, when every one is sitting around talking about all they are grateful for. I want my Heavenly Father to know that I love him no matter what. I see his hand in all he has done for me. I am Thankful for the truth. I am Thankful that I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Without all of my knowledge of all of these great and precious truths, I think being Sages Mother would hurt too bad…I would give up. I am thankful that I know that Death is not the end……..I am Thankful that I got to be Sage's Mother know matter how bad this hurts.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
A few days later Sage passed away. I am so thankful that we had the opportunity to spend that time with Sage and all of the animals! I think about the creation of the world and all of the animals that were placed here for us to enjoy their beauty! When you lose something so dear to your heart it shakes you to the very core of who you are. Your testimony is so fragile yet so much stronger than ever before. One thing that strengthens my belief that there is a Loving Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ is the animals! Each and every one of them are proof that something greater than ourselves made all of these magnificent creatures! I can not help but view them all with out seeing the hand of my Father in Heaven! I also believe that Sage loves all of Gods creatures as well! He made sure we saw almost all of them before he left! When ever I hear the song of a bird, or see a Momma animal with her baby I think of Sage. I used to call Sage my Baby Bird because he was always nursing!
I look forward to the day that the Lion and Lamb will lay down together and a little child “SAGE” will lead them! Until that day I will just enjoy the beauty all around me. I will look at all of Heavens creations and know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ live and created this beautiful world for me! This song was sang at Sage’s funeral. I think it is perfect going along with all of the animals!
Friday, November 6, 2009
A while back he was my very best friend. Slowly other friends are taking his place and he doesn't visit as often. I have even made friends with Joy again. I thought I had lost her friendship forever. Joy is a good friend too. Hopefully one day I will be able to be as good friends with Joy as I was with Grief. Maybe one day we can all be friends and share the same heart. To live in the Joy of today, to remember the grief of yesterday and to love all of my tomorrows. When all three of us can attain the same heart, I know our new best friend will be peace."
I try everyday to find Joy and Peace in my journey. Spencer and I work so hard everyday to learn to live in our New Normal to laugh and cry and enjoy each and everyday of our new life. People have said to me you need to get over this and move on…….that life will go on. Thank you so much for your kind heartfelt words of encouragement and understanding. I am well aware that life goes on and my life has gone on. Like I said, we are working hard at learning to deal with such a loss.
I honestly feel that my Heavenly Father is cheering for me in Heaven daily! Spencer and I are moving on and living our lives to the fullest.
My only words I have to say to you, until “you” and you all know who “you are”………have to hold your lifeless baby in your arms, turn it over to the county, purchase a casket, watch as they lower him into the ground and bury that baby, please do not judge Spencer and me and tell us to just get over it and life goes on. We are on a Journey and we are enduring that Journey faithfully, peacefully, and joyfully until the very end. I hope and Pray that none of “you” ever have to meet my new friend Grief.