Tuesday, February 18, 2014
I speak for both of us when I say the past three months have been the most difficult of our lives. It has been hard to set aside the "what ifs" and the horrors of her last few hours. However, we have been blessed by the outpouring of support received from friends and family. It has been a humbling experience to know so many people care.
I heard a wise person say, "You can let you're grief tear you down, or you can take that experience and rise up." We've been trying to rise from this experience. I can tell you that it's definitely not easy, it takes dedication and work, but it is so worth it.
Recently, a group of friends and family made dinner for the families staying at a local Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House is a wonderful organization that provides housing for families so they can stay near their hospitalized children. As many remember, our family stayed at the Ronald McDonald House near Cleveland Clinic twice during Sadie's surgeries. Making dinner was a great experience and we also had the ability to talk to a few of the families.
This spring, a group of us will be participating in a yard clean-up through another amazing organization, Normal Moments. This service is provided to local families who are consumed with their children's chronic medical issues. Our family benefitted from the yard clean-up for three consecutive years. I can't tell you how nice it is to look out your back door and not see overgrown bushes and weedy flower beds. The volunteers beautifying our yard gave us the most precious gift - the gift of more time with Sadie. We are happy to be able to offer this gift to another family.
Finally, we will be celebrating Sadie's life and what would have been her 4th birthday (April 29th) with a life celebration in early May. The inspiration for the life celebration came (in part) from two websites (www.thebdayproject.com and www.randomactsofkindness.org). I've always been so moved by stories of folks who perform these random acts of kindness. So, inspired by this concept - we will be conducting an Acts of Kindness scavenger hunt as part of Sadie's Celebration.
Attendees will be given a list of "acts of kindness" to perform - tasks such as helping an elderly person load groceries into their car or paying for the person's coffee behind you in line, etc. Each team will pass out a card as they perform these various acts of kindness which will explain the act of kindness is being done in her memory. We hope to blanket our community in kindness.
We hope these efforts provide some joy and comfort to others - we know it provides the same for us. It is these types of things that have provided us light during these dark days. We thank everyone for their ongoing support.