Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It seems appropriate that one of Molly’s monthly milestones would fall on this date, being that we live on the South Side of Chicago close to the South Side Irish (SSI) parade route. Here is a picture of our family from this year’s parade.
Around this time last year we got the news that there was nothing more that could be done, at least medically speaking, to help our baby girl. We had hoped and prayed up until then that Molly might somehow survive, come home with us and get do things like go to future SSI parades with our family. However, we do believe that our baby girl was with us in spirit at the parade this past Sunday, especially in light of the perfect weather we had that day (sunny and not too cold or hot).
On this eleven month milestone, as we approach Molly’s first birthday, instead of sharing with you something else that has helped us to feel close to and remember our baby girl, I am going to turn the tables and ask that you please share with me and my family how Molly’s journey has touched you.
If you have a special memory or something you learned from being a part of Molly and our family’s life over the past year, please comment on this post and/or send us an email to let us know. I know that many of you have faithfully read these monthly milestone posts that I have written since Molly was born and died. We so appreciate those of you who have commented here or emailed us and shared your thoughts and support consistently, as well as those who have done so from time to time. I know that those of you who haven’t commented or contacted us directly have held us close in your thoughts and prayers as we have grieved and healed over the past year. Today I invite those who may not have commented before, along with those who have and would like to do so again, to share and create this month’s honors and memories of Molly. Tell us what the past year has meant to you. Share a story, an antidote and/or whatever comes to mind.
Thank you in advance for sharing and for your continued support, encouragement, thoughts and prayers. It’s bittersweet to think that it has been almost a year now since Molly was born and went to Heaven. We look forward to celebrating Molly’s birthday and honoring her memory with those of you that will be able to join us next month, two days after her birthday, on April 19. I shared the details of Molly’s Birthday/Celebration of Life in last month’s memorial milestone post. We also decided to send out an Evite this week to get a better idea of how many people will be joining us that day. If you didn’t receive the Evite and would like to attend, please email us. Thank you. We know that those of you who will not be joining us on Molly’s birthday will be with us in spirit and that means a lot to us. May God continue to bless you and your loved ones.