I went to help decorate the angel tree at a local hospital. It is hard to believe I have now made 5 ornaments in memory of Braelynn for the tree.
The other day I got a call from my almost 9 year old granddaughter wanting to know how to spell Braelynn because she was wrapping a present for her. The fact that her parents help keep the memory of her cousin alive warms my heart. This is one of my local granddaughters that went with me to the walk to remember. Her dad was there with us as Braelynn died in Bethany's arms.
AJ in the past hadn't seem to get the concept of brothers and sisters since he doesn't have any earthly ones living at home. Sometimes if he was asked if he had brothers or sisters he would say the names of his cousins. Well, last night I got a text from Bethany telling me the asthma doctor ask AJ the question of siblings and he told her "Yes, I have a sister Braelynn, but she lives up in heaven." I know he probably still doesn't totally "get" it, but he must be starting to. This year he is in a pre-kindergarden program at the Catholic church so maybe the heaven idea is talked about at school too.
I can't wait to talk to Bethany to see what the doctors reaction was and my son-in-laws too.
It is hard not to have Braelynn here, but I am so thankful for the small ways she is remembered and not forgotten.
Thinking of everyone as we approach another holiday without the special little ones with us. I try to envision them up in heaven celebrating with other family members who have gone before us.
Love to all,