We had a picnic/party in the backyard this summer to celebrate the life of Neveah Starr.Less than 12 hours later I was in the doctor's office hearing the news that the baby had died.Was he/she still alive when we celebrated??I like to think so.Maybe the baby could sense our happiness-knowing that he/she was wanted,that we were so happy to have the chance to love even tho we never met.The evening was perfect-filled with happiness,smiles and lots of white...the perfect send-off-to Heaven party.I smile evey time I see these pics~memories of having my little baby with me...just taking time to make an ordinary evening extra special and celebrating the great gift of life...spending time with my family.
I hung some white sheets on the washline and covered the picnic table with an old quilt.
Bouquets of Baby's Breath(the perfect flower for this occasion) and snippets of boxwood greenery in metal cans were used for center peices.
The white plates were ones Slim's family used at home.The wooden bowls are thrift store finds.I tied our wedding napkins and silverware together with a peice of wine.
These were so juicy!!We had veggies and dip too,but I didn't get a pic of those.
The little boy blue had so much fun.He loves being outside.
I cut out some hearts from sheet music paper I had on hand and strung them up with twine.I painted over a $2.00 thrift store picture with chalkboard paint for a chalkboard and hung it from the washline with a wire clothes hanger.I set a pot of flowers on my $5 highchair I found at a yard sale last summer.
This picnic reminded me to always cherish the important things in life.You never know what tomorrow will bring,so make each day special in some way.I'm so glad we had this picnic-the next few weeks were emotional ones.Remembering that God gives life and takes it away became more real.A thought just struck me today-I am blessed that God chose my 2 children to be with Him.It's great that He loves me enough to give me hardships to make me become more like Him-to have to trust that He has a reason for everything.It's not easy,but good for me.
"Don't let your hearts be troubled.Trust in God,and also trust in me."-John 14:1~Jesus' words.
"Even when I walk through the darkest valley,I will not be afraid,for you are close beside me.Your rod and staff protect and comfort me."-Psalm 23:4
I am blessed that he chose ME-a little ole' country gal to have my children in the richest,fanciest place ever-footloose and fancy free,without a care in the world.I never have to worry about them needing a thing.Sure,I miss them.A lot.Think of what could have been.Who they might have become.The times we would've have spent together.I always think of them when I see the stars-knowing they're up there waiting for me to meet them.It will be worth the wait.
Spend time with your family.Do fun things together.I never heard anyone regret doing special things that make memories.It doesn't have to cost much-it's the love and memories that counts.