|photo via Baby Boy Bakery|
Our precious time together
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Usually, I am a pretty "go with the flow" person.
But lately I've been feeling some stress. Stress from being in this in between state with our house. We're currently half packed, half unpacked. And this whole limbo state of living is just not comfortable.
We we're supposed to move May 5th to our brand new home but it's been sitting there waiting for us because of some paperwork issues. Selling and buying at the same time is fuggin' STRESSFUL. GRRRR.
So I get annoyed when the day of Hadley's party I'm running a million hours behind in cooking/cleaning/setting up and I realize I packed our mixer. Shit. So I call Josh for the thousandth time to ask him to buy one more thing for the party. And then I'm sweating. Sweating and cooking and fuggin' stressing.
But everything turned out great, like it usually does. And we go on with our lives.
Then I read a story like this and it reminds me just how much none of that stress really matters.
Just over three weeks ago this beautiful family lost their three year old boy in a tragic accident. I remember coming across all the posts that weekend on my instagram feed. It took my breath away then and it still does now. Although Josh usually puts Hadley to bed, I rocked her that night and held her close. I cried and prayed for this beautiful family and for ours. Selfishly I prayed, "Please don't take my baby away like you did theirs."
Jacqui, Ryan's beautiful mom, has been blogging over at Baby Boy Bakery for years now. Her and Dan's love for their child is so apparent when you read her words and see their photos. She has continued to blog about their journey now... learning to live without their sweet Ryan. They are grieving for their beautiful boy and I hope each and every one of you can send them your thoughts and prayers.
Ryan was so full of life. You can see his energy and joy busting out of each picture. As much as things like this can terrify us and keep us from living, I think Ryan and his brave parents' story helps us all realize that our time together is precious and we should soak it up as much as humanly possible. Do those things you've always wanted to do. Tell your loved ones everything you've wanted to tell them. Hug and kiss your children as much as you can, each and every day.
Live and live with your whole heart.
To Jacqui, Dan and your sweet Ryan... I'll be following along in your journey and thinking about you and your struggles. Your son has touched each of us more than you will ever know. Thank you so much for sharing him.
Lots and lots of love,