Sunday, December 25, 2011

Where there is love, there is life.

Content from our holiday update 12/15/11

2011 will forever be the year our adored and cherished daughter, Isabelle, was taken from us by a fatal virus.  Her absence eclipses much, but through the darkness there are glimmers of light - some days more than others – illuminating that we still have so very much to be grateful for: our treasured love and partnership, our incredible son Sebastian, the precious little one joining our world this spring, our valued health…and you, our very dear friends & family.

2012 we hope for continued strength in bearing the loss of Isabelle, health, and happiness with our growing family.

As we longed for anything to make our reality different those days in the hospital, when there was nothing more we could do to save our precious girl, she in turned saved 3 lives and gave the gift of sight to 2 others… 

Her heart went to a 1 year old in Texas, her liver went to a little girl in Missouri, her kidneys went to a man in Kansas and her eye corneas went to two different people in the Midwest.
Over $5,600 was donated in Isabelle’s memory to the University of Missouri Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and because of the generosity of our friends who gave, a bench has been dedicated to Isabelle in the gardens of the hospital.

Bubbles for Isabelle was started as a way to do something special to honor our precious daughter’s 3rd birthday, which was July 24, 2011.  We asked friends to post pictures of bubbles – one of her favorite activities – on the Bubbles for Isabelle facebook page and in turn, we donated an Aden & Anais baby blanket to a child in need.  Over 500 bubbles pictures were posted and in turn that many baby blankets have gone to children in need.  The picture you see on the front is a mosaic of all of the bubble pictures from this project.  Through the haze of shock and sadness, these bubble pictures warm our hearts and remind us that we are not alone.  And for that we are grateful. 

The Bubbles for Isabelle book drive is our project for Isabelle’s 4th birthday, commencing in July 2012.  It is well underway to reach the goal of impacting 10 under-resourced childcare facilities through providing book collections made up of 25 of Isabelle’s favorite children’s books. Thanks to all of you who’ve participated and given.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Superhero Sebastian

Content from our holiday update 12/15/11

Superhero Sebastian is truly a shining star, bringing an abundance of smiles and joy to our lives even in our darkest days.  He is inquisitive and curious, cheerful and happy.  Currently his enjoyment is largely measured by how far he can throw (a toy, a rock, a book – anything!), how high he can climb (before being removed), how fast he can go (before we catch up to him), or how muddy he can get (before lunch).  He’s ALL BOY and there are simply no words for how much we love this child.