As we go into Mother’s Day weekend I wanted to share a bit about one of the strongest moms I’ve ever known. Her story is of love and loss. And by the grace of God she walks around with a smile on her face. Meeting her changed me. Her joy is contagious. She made me look at what I often take for granted and choose thankfulness.
Fate allowed us to meet as she was the recent winner of our giveaway. Here is what she had to say.
“I suppose I’ll start by sharing a fraction of my husband and I’s experience. About ten months ago we were expecting our second child on August 15th, 2016. But at 34 weeks along, I started labor and was rushed into an emergency c-section when we couldn’t find our baby’s heartbeat.
I’ve never known such a depth of sorrow and failure as I did when they handed me our beautiful, forever sleeping baby boy, Lincoln.
This past year has been so full of heartache, yet I’ve never felt so much love and compassion from others, and so much comfort, peace, and strength from God. I am forever grateful to so many people who have picked up my broken pieces and have encouraged us to keep going. I am so thankful to those who have seen our need, felt our heartache, and have given us comfort along the way.
Thank you so much Becca for being one of those people in our lives, and for all of those who contributed in this giveaway.
I don’t know where to begin with my thankfulness for this whole experience that you have gifted my husband and I with. Everything was so perfect and so touching. The cabin was tucked away in the hills with an amazing view, it was simply beautiful, comforting, and peaceful. The food was amazing and was exactly what we would have chosen for ourselves.
All of the generous gifts were so overwhelming and touched our hearts in so many ways. And we were so thankful for all the wonderful people we met through the visits we had, the outdoor yoga, massages, and hair styling, it was all so special and moving.
We came away feeling so cared and loved for, and refreshed. This weekend gave us so much healing and gratitude for people like you who felt the desire to help others who are grieving.
It’s inspiring and so strengthening to see and feel the selflessness and generosity of others. I can’t begin to explain my heart felt thanks for what all of you have done for us in this experience, it was so needed and so appreciated. We will forever be grateful for what you’ve done for us.
“Grief never ends… but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith… it is the price of love.”
In love and thankfulness,
Megan & Lars
“Here’s a picture of Lincoln’s memorial. We sprinkled his ashes where Lars had proposed to me in 2010. He told me that’s where we should sprinkle his ashes because that’s where it all started.”
“The picture of Jackson with the bear is ‘Lincoln Bear’. A mother who lost a baby makes these bears and fills them with to the weight of your baby that you lost. Jackson absolutely loves that bear, it’s sweet.”
Megan also gave me some photo’s to share of sweet Lincoln. I debated sharing them as they are just so raw and precious. However, I feel that these photos show so much emotion, grief and love. They are beautiful. They give us a better picture of what love and loss look like. I am forever changed by them.