Thank you to our anonymous friends who dropped by a present for our little girl!! It was so touching and was just what I needed.
This evening an adorable little boy knocked on our door and handed me a gift bag that included this sweet little lion and this note : (I hope that they don't mind that I share, I would ask you if I knew who you were but I thought your gift was very inspiring)
Dear Quinn and Kristi,
You don't know us. We heard about you a couple of months ago through a friend of ours who was one of your nurses at St. Marks hospital when your sweet Lila was born. We read a little of your blog and you have been in our thoughts often since then.
Today, January 23 is the 2 year mark of the birth and passing of our little girl. She was born 18 weeks premature. She graced us with her spirit for a little more than an hour then peacefully passed away as we held her. It has been 2 years filled with tears and healing. As sad and awful as losing our angel was, all she needed was a body for her eternal progression; and we are honored to be part of this great process. At the time, we were as close to heaven as we will ever be. There are few people that have experienced that power. I'm sure you guys are two of those people.
In reading of and listening to others experiences with grief and loss concerning their children we came across the story of Ryan's lion. Ryan was a young infant about to undergo heart surgery. Somebody gave his parents a little stuffed lion to give them courage to get through the pain and fear of caring for their sick child. After the family's ordeal had ended they decided to pass the lion on to someone else who needed courage and strength. The lion has since been passed around to many people. We don't have the original Ryan's lion but we wanted to continue the lion's legacy for giving courage to others and do something special on our special daughters birthday.
Your baby girl is so sweet. We could feel it just looking at her pictures. May god bless you and give you courage in caring for your special angel, and know she will always be yours.