A year ago today, the unimaginable became our reality. I cannot even begin to put into words the devastation you feel when you lose a child. My world stopped, my heart broke into pieces and nothing made sense anymore. My life as I knew it ended that morning in the hospital.
A year ago today, I was numb. I was in shock. I spent many months simply going through the motions of life. I never thought I would feel any sort of joy or happiness again.
At some point in the last year, I had to change my outlook on life. I could no longer allow myself to simply be numb. I could not allow myself to let life pass me by. Yes, life as I knew it up until the morning of June 12, 2012 was never coming back. I don't get that life back. But I do still have life to live. It's not the life I had planned but its the one I've been given.
Over the past year, days have gotten easier. Tears come leas often. And smiles more frequent. The pain is all still very real and part of every day but somehow we are learning to live with the pain.
I try to find beauty in every day. Life is so incredibly fragile, not a moment should be wasted. Most days I am successful at this, others I allow the pain to still have a grip on me. This will be a constant in my life now. I will always battle living the life I've been given and only wanting to be in the one I had.
I will miss my beautiful daughter every day for the rest of my life but I am so thankful that one day we will be together again. Until that day, I will see her in the beauty of the ocean, the hope of a rainbow and the in the peace of a fluttering butterfly.
Today is very overwhelming. I am thankful for my husband taking me away to the beautiful island of Saint Thomas to escape the pain of waking up in our own bed this morning. Listening to the sea is very calming. There is so much beauty here I feel Avery with us everywhere we go.
She was definitely with us this morning during breakfast. We were up early talking about how it was very close to the time they have us the awful news and just then a beautiful butterfly appeared over the sea. Avery was there smiling down on us, letting us know she loves us too. Reminding us to smile even in the pain.
We love you more and more very day sweet Avery. Until we meet again, we will carry you with us every where we go.
A butterfly flying across the sea this morning.