“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”Psalm 139:16 NIV
Some people only get minutes together, some get years, but we got hours. Yet, I am so thankful for those hours. I’ve never felt so helplessly in love, elated and devasted all at once.
We spent our precious hours as a family of 3 holding and loving our sweet Darla Jane. I told her I love her constantly, because even though she couldn’t understand the words, I knew she’d feel them. Even though we lost her, those precious hours live on in my heart. A mama’s heart doesn’t forget.
People can be so amazing. One friend told us that you don’t have to live very long to have an impact on the world. That quote never left me. Other friends gifted us this beautiful oak tree, in her memory. It lives on the banks of the river in the arboretum in Ann Arbor, MI, where Jon and I met and went to school.
And so, even though Darla doesn’t live here on Earth, this beautiful tree lives and thrives because of her. Her daddy and I live and love and parent better because of her. And even though Darla doesn’t live here on Earth, she live enjoys perfect, whole, and peaceful eternal life in Heaven.
I couldn’t have her here, and to this day, that still stings. But as a parent, you always want what’s best for your kids. It’s hard when it’s not with you, but in the end, she got the best. She got what we all strive for. In the end, what else could any mama hope for?
I love you, DJ. I always have, and I always will.