Posted on Thanksgiving Day...I did not have internet access.
How can I possibly describe the thing that I am the MOST thankful for today? There are so so many things. But, as I look at my little girl playing out in the yard with the wind gently blowing her beautiful auburn hair, as I listen to her laugh and make pig noises while reading a book with her Grandma, and as I watch my baby boys eyes follow his sissy around the room as she plays....adoring her every move. I feel my heart ready to explode from all of the love that I have inside of it. That little miracle would not be here today if a liver had not come in time. For that day, that moment, that life changing event...I will always be thankful.
For this I have to be thankful for....however, today is not only Thanksgiving.....
On this day 22 years ago a beautiful little girl was born. The first girl born in her family, she was her parents pride and joy. She grew into quite a remarkable young woman, someone that I would have been proud to have known. She aspired to be a nurse. She was in the middle of her junior year in high school, was loved by all...including her youth group that she was traveling with on a ski trip in Colorado on March 19, 2004. I never did meet this beautiful child, whose parents named Claire, but I feel like I know her very well. A part of her lives in my house and in my heart.
Claire was born 22 years ago on Thanksgiving day. I have no doubt that today is a day of memories for her parents and family. I am sure that it is a day of heartbreak along with Thanksgiving. I'm positive that they are extremely thankful for the 17 years that they had Claire on this Earth. However, I also believe their hearts are aching that they only had 17 years with her.
4 1/2 years ago Claire went to meet her Heavenly Father. Her family made the decision to donate her organs. They made the decision, in their time of extreme grief. The decision that would save my baby girls life.
My heart is filled with sadness today. Happy 22nd Birthday Claire..thank you does not seem fitting. I feel so blessed when I think of how your legacy lives on in my sweet Angel Emma.