This morning I read an account of a tender mother who's baby, growing inside her, was diagnosed at just 20 weeks with a terminal condition that was "incompatible with life"...and how they treasured her short 1 1/2 months in their sweet little family, along with their son Brady. She, Meredith, is the sister-in-law of one of my very best and dearest friends. My friend, Shauna, put a post on her blog about how yesterday would've been her sweet niece's 1st birthday...and she left a link to read the story of Lily Jane. I had read it before, and reading it for a second time brought back the same sweet, tender emotions...it hurt my heart to read about the pain & sorrow she and Craig, her husband and Shauna's brother, went through...but I was uplifted by the way they handled it all with grace, and with such faith in our Savior's plan. Meredith wrote about how they soaked up every moment they had with their little Lily, counting each one a blessing from their Heavenly Father. It's an example and reminder to me to truly cherish each and every day with my sweet little Brooks...And to work hard at making sure we're together forever. I'm so grateful for His plan.
Then, on my way bringing lunch to Adam, I heard a song on the radio that I've loved...Carrie Underwood's "Temporary Home." I still remember the first time I heard it...I was pregnant with Brooks, and the words from the last verse and especially the chorus touched me so much they brought me to tears...(and if you know me well, you know it wasn't just the pregnancy horomones:)
"Old man, hospital bed,
The room is filled with people he loves. And he whispers don't cry for me, I'll see you all someday. He looks up and says, 'I can see God's face.'
'This is my temporary Home It's not where I belong. Windows and rooms that I'm passin' through. This was just a stop,on the way to where I'm going. I'm not afraid because I know... this was My temporary home.'
This is our temporary home."
I remember thinking how our house was going to just be a temporary home for my little one (we didn't know if it was a boy or girl, but we'll say he;)...that he would be leaving his Heavenly home to be a part of our earthly family, and we'd provide him with a temporary home until he creates a family and home of his own, and then eventually returns to his Heavenly Father. And I know that while that precious, little Lily was in her temporary home shorter than most, I have no doubt it was a sweet stay. And now she is truly home. Adam and I are doing our best to keep Brooks's home a place of peace, laughter, joy, and faith...time together is so precious. And again, thank heaven for His perfect plan of happiness.