Happy 6th Heavenly Birthday, Molly Marie!

Another year has come and gone since we last celebrated your life and honored your memory.

Another year has passed that we didn’t get to have you here with us, in our home and through our travels, though we believe you are always with us in spirit.

Six years.

Kindergarten.Kids at Molly's Grave - April 2014

A new school.

New friends.

Going to the kids mass at church.

Dance classes?

Theater?

Music?

Soccer practice?

T-Ball games?

Swimming?

Riding your bike?

What else might you be into?

Do you miss us as much as we miss you?

Your brother and sister still talk about you often.

That makes me happy, to know that they also remember and honor you.

They continue to ask questions about the afterlife and what you are doing there.

I want so much to know what Heaven is really like.

Are you happy there?

I hope, pray and trust that you are.

Abby is the same age now that Sean was when you were born and died.

That is surreal and bittersweet for me to think about.

In many ways your sister’s life is different at 4 1/2 than your brother’s was. Not better or worse, just different.

Your daddy doesn’t talk about you much, but I know that he cares, loves and remembers you too.

We will celebrate you today, as we do every year on the day you were your born and died.

We will do special things as a family and with close friends, break bread together, visit your grave at the cemetery and attend Holy Thursday mass in honor and memory of you and Jesus.

I look forward to the day I believe we will be reunited and this Holy Week/Triduum is a powerful reminder of that promise.

I am grateful for the time we had together when I carried you.

I find comfort imagining you are safe and at peace with our family and friends who have gone before us. 

I will never forget you.

I love you so much.

Happy Birthday, Molly-girl!

Love always,
Mommy

Bob, Sean & Molly

I have you in my heart. ~ Philippians 1:7

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Remembering Molly:

5 Years

4 Years

3 Years

2 Years

1 Year

Her Birthday

Always in Our Hearts: For Molly and Babies Benson from Kathy Benson on Vimeo.

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THEN – 4 1/2-year-old Sean and me on his first day of T-Ball at Mt. Greenwood Park, the day before his sister Molly was born and died (April 16, 2008):

T-Ball 4-16-08

NOW – 10 1/2-year-old Sean, 4 1/2 year-old Abby and me on her first day of T-Ball at Mt. Greenwood Park, the day before their sister Molly’s 6th Heavenly Birthday (April 16, 2014):

T-Ball 4-16-14

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Lunar Eclipse – Chicago (April 2014)

April 15, 2014

Getting there… Going, going… Blood Moon! Photos taken with my Canon EOS 70D, looking south from the back porch of our home, in our Beverly neighborhood, in Chicago, IL, on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, between 1:00 – 3:00 a.m. (CST).

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Dare to Be Great

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“I’m looking for a dare to be great situation.” ~ Lloyd Dobler (Say Anything) 25 years ago today (April 14, 1989), one of my all-time favorite movies, Say Anything, was released. I was in eighth grade and, if I recall correctly, went to see it with a one of my good friends, who I met […]

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Is it Time for a New Tradition?

April 12, 2014

For the past six years, on Molly’s Heavenly Birthday in April and at our perinatal bereavement support group’s Walk to Remember in October, our family has participated in beautiful and therapeutic balloon releases in honor and memory of Molly, Babies Benson and other babies who left this world too soon. In the early years all I knew […]

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Seven Years in Seven Words

April 10, 2014

Seven years ago today, on April 10, 2007, I began blogging. On past blogoversaries I have shared things that I have learned from blogging and two years ago, since my blogoversary fell on the second Tuesday of April, I chose “Blogoversaries” to be the Time Warp topic for that month. Last year I decided to keep it simple and choose one word to […]

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