Thursday, May 8, 2008

Gift for me?


Going to the mailbox is not the same as it used to be. For months we have been abundantly blessed by the amount of "Congratulations", "Thinking of You" or "Sympathy" cards received on behalf of our little boy. However, now that Tristan has been gone for almost 4 months, the cards have slowly stopped and now our box is filled with the normal stuff like bills, junk mail, letters with Tristan's name on the front from doctor's offices, lab companies and insurance companies and the worst of all, the letter from the funeral home that contained Tristan's death certificate (this was the hard one!). Obviously this is going to happen over time, people go on with their lives as they are supposed to, but as grieving mommies we tend to feel forgotten after having been showered with so much love and encouragement - as I have read from so many girls on their own blogs.

But last week, oh last week was different. Trayc walked in the door with several cards and an envelope, one of those that had bubbles inside, which meant it was more than just a card. It was something special - a gift for me? Maybe, just maybe someone hasn't forgotten that I am here, that I am a mommy who is still grieving the loss of her little boy and that although I smile and laugh, there are days that can be harder than others and that is when I need to be lifted up, and this was certainly one of those days! I was right, it was for me and I was so excited. As I quickly opened the envelope and reached inside I pulled out a soft little green bag. Inside the bag was a handwritten note from Kenzie along with this beautiful silver bracelet that has Jeremiah 29:11 etched around it: "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." I literally had tears streaming down my face. This is so special to me. Not only is it from one of my best friends but this verse has also become our family verse as we continue to move forward after the loss of our precious little boy.

Thank you so much Kenzie, you made my day! Every time I wear it I will think of you, of our sweet friendship and this journey we have traveled together. I love you sweet friend!

9 comments:

Emily said...

Doesn't she rock?! I got one, too, and it's so inspiring to gaze at all day long. :)

boltefamily said...

What a beautiful gift on a day when it was such a blessing! Perfect!

M said...

Yvette,
I am leaving town for the weekend but before I went, I wanted to let you know I am thinking of you as this mothers day approaches. I am continually amazed and touched by your posts and your family in general. In some ways, I don't even know what to say, or write. I just want you to know I am praying for you always and greatful to you for sharing your family with me. Happy Mother's Day 2008.

Michelle

Chrissy said...

Emily said it better than I could. Kenzie ROCKS! I got one too. And I love it! So thankful to have "met" all of you through our Lord God and our precious babies! Love you!

milehighmom said...

Just wanted you to know that although the cards and letters have slowed, you are still thought about by this girl in CO who was touched by you and sweet Tristan. May you have a blessed Mother's Day. -Melissa

amie said...

You are not forgotten. When you come to my mind I pray for and your family. I will be praying for you tomorrow (mothers day). My prayer is that God will comfort you like only He can. You are a blessing!
Love,
Amie

Jaclyn said...

I am thinking of you as mothers day is tomorrow. Though we haven't met you are a mother who has sweetly touched my life. Thank you for sharing your story and your tremendous faith. You are in my prayers.

Blessings.

Kenzie said...

Yvette-

My sweet sweet friend... I love you so much as I have mentioned, that bracelet was given to me by one of my very best friends the day after Maddox's service. It was the most simple, yet beautiful gift and I wear it EVERY DAY! There are a few precious girls that have walked this road and I wanted each of you to feel so loved and reminded of God's promises to each of us every day! I am so thankful that you love it and I pray that it continues to remind you, as it does me, of the Lord's plans for each of our families.

I'm praying for you tomorrow... for each of us!

Love you so much,
Kenzie

Angie Luce said...

Happy Mother's Day, Yvette!! I'm so thankful for you and your friendship over the past months! I know that you are an amazing mother, and I have been changed as I got the chance to watch you with all three of your boys. I pray God fills your heart with joy today!!

love, Angie