First of all, I have to say that I am completely amazed by the number of visitors that continue to come to our CaringBridge site. I haven’t updated it in over 5 months, yet the visitor count continues to climb as each week goes by. I know the site has been helpful for me, personally; it's apparently touched others as well. The guestbook entries are beautiful reminders to me of the kindness and concern of so many people, many of whom we have never even met. The journal entries are a precious account of the days leading up to Kristen’s birth, the days of her life that we got to enjoy with her, and the days we’ve journeyed since her death. It’s an account that takes me on a roller coaster of emotions, but it is Kristen’s story.
I’ve had the site made into a special book that resides on the coffee table in our living room. And though the CaringBridge site will be deactivated soon, I do have a complete static copy of it included here on my blog, “Peace of my Heart” (click on Kristen's Story at the top of the page)
Writing has been an outlet for me, and I've written a lot over these last several months. Much of that writing has been in a personal blog, but, like me, it is being transformed. This blog really picks up where the CaringBridge site left off. I have now opened the blog up to more than just me, and in sharing it, my hope and prayer is that others will find encouragement. Kristen’s story is the foundation of the project, but it also includes some bears, some resources and my own thoughts as I continue to travel down this path on which the Lord has placed me.
What would have been Kristen’s first birthday is just two weeks away, and May 7th will no doubt be a difficult day for us. We plan to spend time with family and special friends remembering Kristen and celebrating her life. Because she was with us for such a short time, we don't have years of memories. But I have dear friends who have shared their memories with me, and that has been such a blessing. If Kristen’s story has touched your life in some way, would you mind sharing that with me? You can e-mail me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment at the end of this post. Just please don’t add it to the CaringBridge site – it’s already been copied, and the book has been printed!
And if I could make one more request: please pray for an extra measure of grace for our family on May 7th. I truly want it to be a day of celebration, but I know it will also be a day filled with moments of sadness. There are four of us left in this house, and we are all grieving in different ways. I pray that God will help us to have patience with one another, to love and lift one another up, and to continue to grow closer to our Lord and Savior.
Thank you, dear ones.