Saturday, March 28, 2009

"It's the circle of life, and it moves us all, through despair and hope, through faith and love, 'till we find our place, on the path unwinding”






This morning I attended the memorial service for sweet Thomas. What an amazing out pouring of love and support for this child and his family.Our church was filled to absolute capacity.We wish so desperately that there were something,anything, we could do to ease their pain,lighten their load and change the course of this journey that they must now travel.We continue to pray for peace and strength for their days ahead and,I,like so many others,feel privileged and honored to have traveled a bit of this road alongside them.The Hearne family has so unselfishly shared their courageous boy with us and we are forever changed because of him.Godspeed little man.

This afternoon was Caitlin and Danny's baby shower.I found it to fall on a most appropriate day.Celebration of life.Much like the morning as well.The beauty of new life and rebirth.A testament to the holy season we are in the midst of.My faith was not shaken today.I truly tried to not seek answers for the why's of life and the sadness that surrounds us on this latest chapter with Zoey but instead focused on the knowledge that we may never understand but we can rally in faith that we are not alone on our journey.I saw the pure goodness and joy in both places today.God's perfect plan in the circle of life.

Today Caitlin and Danny were truly humbled by the generosity and love shown to them as they embark on the greatest journey of their lives thus far.And once again we,as a family,were humbled as well, by family and friends who showered us with their unconditional love and support.The only thing missing:Zoey and Mark.How I longed, in so many moments of the day,to be a complete family,sharing the beauty of the day together.Mark missed us as well.Zoey has struggle a bit the last few days.The harshness of her treatments over the last 5 months begins to show it's face the deeper we head into rounds.She is still Casper white and Monday's labs will give some insight as to when a "red blood pick me up" will come.Her g-tube is yucky,yucky,yucky.Not quite an infection but being closely watched.And to top it off,the princess has a cold along with the allergies that have plagued her with every admission.Not horrible stuff but enough to make some parts of her day not so very happy.But like everything else Zoey does,she is fighting her way through it all.Continue to pray for our little love.Pray too please for the Hearne family as they navigate through the days ahead,adjusting to their new norm without sweet Thomas.And for Caitlin and Danny and their very own little love, to be named Ava,may she continue to grow healthy and strong as we anxiously await her arrival into this great big wonderful world.

19 comments:

stephanie said...

Heather so good to hear from you. We will keep the Hearne family in our prayers,that they will find the strength to continue on and to have peace and happiness.As always Zoey is in our prayers along with you and Mark. A note to Caitlin and Danny, you two look so beautiful, you're both "glowing", congratulations! All our love, Stephanie and family

thepiersolfamily said...

Nice to see you yesterday, Heather. And so glad you had your daughter's baby shower in the afternoon. What a beautiful follow-up to Thomas' memorial.

Blessings to you and your family.
xoxo
Laura

Sophie's Story by Elaine said...

Heather...what an absolutely beautiful family you have!!!

As always, you amaze me with your sense of calm with the range of emotions that you must feel in any given day.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful post. Love you all, prayers are constant with special moments for the Hearne family. Christi Harman

Lacey said...

Wow looks like she got a lot of great stuff, she's ready for that baby now! You would never know that Zoey is sick, she always has a smile on her little face.
4 more days!!!

Junior said...

Keeping your family in our prayers.

Michelle said...

Was good to finally see a post...I was beginning to worry my friend! I am sure exhaustion has more then set-in and that your plate is so full! So glad to see those photos...such a BEAUTIFUL family..you should be proud mamma...what a wonderful job you have done! I am glad you were able to celebrate life after attending the funeral for Thomas...reminds us of that 'circle of life' and that in the end it will all make sense and all will be right.Until then, my sweet sweet friend, hang tight, lean on those walking beside you (there are many...especially me). I have wanted to call, especially this week, as it has been a tough one, but didn't want to disturb your days and not even sure I know how to get you away from home Anyway, I am here...always, here to lighten the load when I can, share a laugh or two when needed and pray for you and yours each and every day. I love you my dear friend!

Cheri said...

Praying for Zoey as she fights her way through this round...I just want to snuggle her up in those cozy "piggy" jammies!

Caitlin and Danny, what a beautiful couple... Caitlin is just about one of the cutest pregnant gals I have ever seen! Baby Ava will soon see she has found her way into an amazing family!! :)

Thinking of you...

Melani said...

Keeping your family and Thomas' family in my prayers.

The VW's said...

I pray for this family and their huge loss! I pray for your sweet Zoey and all that she is going through! I pray for your daughter and the baby that she is carrying! And, I pray for you as you gracefully go through all of your days!

Reagan Leigh said...

Great pics! Zoey's picture is precious and I love the pic of all of you at the shower! Caitlin is adorable, I only wish I looked that cute when I was pregnant! I'm glad you had some time at home this weekend, I know you must get tired of hospital living. Hopefully both you and Zoey will be headed home in the very near future! Thinking (and praying) for you often.
Tera

Libby said...

Aw! What a sweet sweet little girl you've been blessed with! I hope you do not mind me leaving a comment just to say hello and let you know that I have really loved browsing through your blog! Stop by my blog anytime...I will be back again!

Kele said...

A bittersweet day indeed! Prayers for Thomas' family, and thinking of you guys always.
So pleased Caitlin and Danny were embraced, what joy they are sharing now, I love the name Ava, it is beautiful!
Much love and miss you terribly!

sheree said...

I will definitely be praying for sweet Zoe and for the Thomas family.

((hugs))

mommaof4wife2r said...

praying little zoey will find some strength and you all will too.

i love the pic of zoey...she always makes me smile.

Anonymous said...

Caitlin & Danny - looks like you received some awesome gifts. Nice pictures!


Take care

"Aunt" Bluebelle

scrappy quilter said...

Continued prayers for Zoey and for your family. She's been in my thoughts lots.

MJMILLS said...

Awww I love that name, Ava! Oh and in the picture, when he's holding that blue and grey backpack, I have that! It's awesome! Works wonderfully!

MJMILLS said...

BTW im calling that place that I ordered the shirt and bad from tomorrow, to see where in the world the shirt is, or did you get it?!?