Happy 1st Birthday Lulu

From the moment we first saw you…

we were in love.

God today we say thank you. Thank you for showing us your strong love in the gifts you give us. Thank you for pouring out your peace in our most broken times. Thank you for your mercies, that are new every morning. Thank you for your grace that you give us freely. Thank you for being our God.  How good you are.


May the angels sing a bit louder today and the heavenly feast be just a bit sweeter – may heaven rejoice on Lulu’s 1st birthday, cause we definitely are rejoicing here!

Enjoy this song that we sang to Lulu while she was here in our arms.

{Lulu, you ARE sweeter than strawberry pie} 



Tomorrow morning we are going to take trays full of treats (that our family & friends have been baking & putting together for us) around to the hospital, my doctor’s office and her pediatrician’s office – all the places Lulu was cared for while she was here. And then tomorrow after the boys get home from school, we are going to cater a meal to Dayton Children’s NICU and the Home Health Care. We want to say thank you.

My friend Susan, that I met at the Respite Retreat back in February, and her family catered a meal to their local NICU for their daughter, Lily’s birthday. I love the idea of celebrating and saying “thank you” at the same time. I will be thinking of you, Susan & your beautiful little girl as we head back to our NICU for the first time since bringing Lulu home.

I made up some thank you cards, to tie to the trays, with a photo of Lulu & a big “L” cut out of scrapbook paper to tie to the front with ribbon. I wanted something that could say the thank you I feel in my heart, just in case I cannot get the words out of my mouth.

I am believing that it will be a WONDERFUL day. I will choose to see the JOY in it. I will look for God’s PEACE throughout the entire day.

Blowing Bubbles for Lulu

9 months ago tonight my little girl you were born into our family and 9 months ago tonight my little girl our hearts exploded with so much love for you. I was so excited when I found out we had another girl AND that we would get to name you Lulu Grace, have I told you how much I love your name? It is so beautiful…as you are.

Tonight we went to get some things to make your stepping-stones we will put next to your tree at the playground. I found this pink bird and oatmeal heart soap that reminded me of you…hearts & birds. You have always reminded me of a little bird. So I scooped them up & brought them home.

Daddy worked on the small heart-shaped stones. I can’t wait to put them out at the memory garden.

Today as I think about 9 months, I think about the 9 months that you were in my belly & how wonderful it was for me to have you so close to my heart. Just know, Lulu, now you are in my heart forever. I love you my little Lulu Grace.

Blowing Bubbles for Lulu

Today our baby girl turns 8 months old in heaven. And we are celebrating her all day, with many memories, sweet stories and of course, bubbles. We had a very special weekend dedicating and praying over the playground at our church last night.  What a perfectly beautiful night with the sun shining and the wind blowing our bubbles right across the top of the  playground.
Another way I am celebrating Lulu today is with the creation of this blog. It has been in my mind for a few months and I’ve been building it for a few weeks now.  There are many exciting things that I have planned to be able to share as I continue to write about our grief journey and our grief healing. One such exciting thing is our run that we will be having this coming September in memory of Lulu, to raise funds for Dayton Children’s Hospital and for the awarenss of Trisomy, more on that later…
I also wanted to share my devotion today with you, it was a wonderful way to start my morning. 
“Approach each new day with desire to find Me. Before you get out of bed, I have already been working to prepare the path that will get you through this day. There are hidden treasures stratigically placed along the way. Some of the treasures are trials, designed to shake you free from earth-shackles. Others are blessings that reveal My Presence: sunshine, flowers, birds, friendships, answered prayer. I have not abandoned this sin-wracked world; I am still richly present in it. Search for deep treasure as you go through this day. You will find Me all along the way.”   “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young

As you seek Him first, may the rest of your day be filled with overflowing blessings.