Friday, November 9, 2012

Gift

Yesterday I spent several hours with two amazing women. One is a new friend and the other I've known most of my life. We have one main thing in common. Heaven is much more beautiful because our three baby girls are there.

It was a gorgeous day, so we sat outside on Catherine's porch drinking coffee surrounded by the beauty of fall.

We talked about loss and hope, how great our pain is yet how others know much greater tragedy. How GOD is greater still.


We laughed and cried. The hours flew by, and before I knew it I had to pick up the boys from school. I don't usually "give up" my time without the boys very easily, but I could have stayed there the rest of the day.

They know where I've been. Catherine if further down this road than I am, and Joanna is still in her first year of loss. They know what it's like to feel like you've died but yet be forced to live. Our hearts are joined because of our daughters and because we serve a GOD who is sovereign.

I saw this picture on another friend's blog, and it just took my breathe away. I've had it saved on my computer for awhile, but today just had to share it.
Catherine often says, "He is God, and I am not."

Three years later GOD continues to be tender to me, heal me, and daily shows me His faithfulness knows no bounds. I'm amazed at His goodness!

Those hours yesterday were a break from the routine of life. It's strange to say it's a comfort to meet other moms who are like me, but it is. Each of us have someone precious missing, yet we believe in a GOD who redeems.

I pray your day is filled with redeeming moments!

But I trust in You, LordI say, “You are my God.” My times are in Your hands... 

Psalm 31:14, 15

14 comments:

Hillary said...

That is just the most beautiful sculpture ever! How wonderful it captures a mothers grief! Sometimes when it's late at night and grief is at it's ugliest that exactly what I imagine is happening. Lots of love to you today!

Hope you all have a great weekend xoxox

sfitzg2 said...

What a powerful sculpture - thanks for sharing. God's love and peace to you today....

Allison said...

That is a beautiful picture. I'm so glad you had a wonderful day with friends who have kindred spirits.

ashley said...

That picture does take my breath away. So thankful that you had that sweet time with those precious women....uninterrupted time to talk and share. Miss you friend...wish we could sit and talk over coffee (or maybe yogurt!) for hours. :)

Lauren said...

What a poignant sculpture. I appreciate you sharing like you do. A window into your loss and God's faithfulness is communicated only in forms of openness and honesty, and it has power for each of us, no matter our situation. Thanks, Katie.

m&msmommy said...

Wow, that picture just gives me chills and really touches my heart. I'm going to have to share it with my sister (who lost her sons back in May 2008). Beautiful!

Thank you for sharing! :)

Mer said...

That picture took my breath away. wow. Love you! Glad you were given a beautiful day!

Tess said...

That picture is breathe taking. Makes a girl tear up.

Your outlook is great and you are a very strong and commendable.

Paige said...

nothing like time with our sisters in christ! so nice to have days where you can just sit and talk about our precious girls!

Melanie Mueller said...

That picture is amazing! Brought tears to my eyes. Glad you had a day with wonderful friends and you three could give it each other just what you needed. ((HUGS))

Candy Johnson said...

So proud of you, Katie for taking time for yourself!

Michelle L. said...

I absolutely love that picture as I am one of you. I had a miscarriage at 14 1/2 weeks and was able to hold my baby for a long time. I just didn't understand at the time, but God has brought me through. That's been 4 years ago..

Leah said...

That picture made me cry. Wow. I am glad you found friends that can help you and you can help also on your journey's. I'm sorry that you even have too.

Kim said...

Katie...

You already know I am sure...but as I read this post tonight, I sat nodding my head back and forth, back and forth in agreement with you. Yes, yes, yes...I feel very much the same way. I don't give up too much or my "free time" when the boys are at school, or when Jolee Kate is with a grandparent, etc...because I get SO much accomplished during those HOLY hours. ;) But I could sit and talk all day to those who have walked the same road. And I feel a great comfort, too, from building relationships and getting to share with those who have also "been there." Because unfortunately, I now realize that no matter how much I used to "imagine" what it would be like, that I never even could have come close to describing how I feel now after losing Julia Grace. Anyhow, I am rambling...should have sent you an email instead, ha!...but just wanted to say that I enjoyed this post a lot and that I am glad you had a day for you. I bet it was very good for your momma heart.

Lots of love to you, friend.
Kim

 
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