Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Thank You Cards

Wow, I can't believe it has taken me so long to finish my thank you cards.  So many people have touched our life in so many ways since the loss of Shyla.  I am still working on a few, but it is amazing how people react to loss.  Some wonderful ladies from our church brought us home cooked meals for a week and a half, we recieved SO SO SO many cards, and certain friends and family made a point to remember our 2 year old son in the midst of everything, bringing him coloring books and stuffed animals.  We also had so many people to donate to the Pregnancy HELP Center in Shyla's name.  We had requested that in leui of flowers donations of baby items be made to our local pregnancy center, HELP (Holding Each Life Precious).  It was such a bittersweet day when we took all of the donations to the center, including some of the items we and some of our family had bought specifically for our daughter.

As I sat writing all of these cards, I ran a large scale of emotions.  I was happy so many people had responded to our loss, we have so many friends and are so blessed.  Then sadness would come in, I should not be writing these parent should have to thank someone for their kindess during the loss of their child.  Then comfort, we know that we will see her again someday and that our Heavenly Father is holding us (and her) so closely right now.  Then heartache for all the parents that experience a loss like this and don't know Jesus and the comfort He provides.  Then joy that maybe one of these cards will be a witness to the person who sent it and open a door for that relationship with Abba Father.

I never knew writing thank you cards could be so emotional.

We will be sending out the majority of these cards tomorrow.  I pray now that they may touch the hearts of those that recieve them and give everyone just a little joy that I was thinking about them today.

For everyone that has touched our lives during this hard time, I just want to quote Paul in saying;
"I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy..." 
Philippians 1:3-4

I made these cards specifically for those who made donations.  They really did help leave Shyla's imprint on this world.  The stamp I used was actually almost the exact size of her little footprints..and I just love the quote.


Anonymous said...

That is a beautiful quote. :) Don't feel you have to rush to get your thank you cards out. It is your time table although I understand wanting to get them out. I just realized I never thanked the NILMDTS photographer...we got the photos after I sent out my original thank yous.

Anonymous said...

Your thank-you cards are beautiful. We also still have a few more to send. It's a very difficult thing to do.

Anonymous said...

By the way, have you checked out Hannah's Prayer Ministries? It is a support group for Christian women who have experienced a loss. They have a discussion forum, and the ladies there are very wonderful.

Mattie said...

Heather, I will have to look into Hannah's Prayer. Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer Hudson Taylor said...

Thank you cards are so wonderful and sometimes I forget to send them out for things. My sister was just mentioning that to me last week. I pray your healing is eased with each prayer you pray, each verse you read, and each inspiration thought you have.