Just pausing today to remember our rainbow. One year ago today, we learned of his presence in our lives and that we would be adding to our family. Today begins the emotional rollercoaster of the next 19 weeks including "anniversaries" (I really don't like that word, but can't think of another one that really fits) of Shyla's death, birth and burial as well as her EDD 2 years ago. Also in the next 19 weeks, it will be one year from Jakin's first appointment when no heartbeat could be found and being told I would miscarry, the follow up appointment that proved he was a strong baby and was measuring 2 days ahead, his diagnosis, and his death. All these days of pausing to remember happen between now and Thanksgiving.
Of course, many other things are happening in our lives right now and will happen between now and Thanksgiving. Ethan starts homeschooling next week, I've kind of organized a local group of homeschoolers to start meeting, I have another speaking engagement scheduled for September, (hopefully) many Tupperware parties, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is in October, we have a few more fundraisers on the books and are praying our file gets sent to Korea before Thanksgiving.
But today, I pause to remember Jakin and his life and the excitement that surrounded it.
And hopefully, I will laugh, because if you didn't know, that is what his name means, "God will establish Laughter".
Thanks for thinking of us over the next few months as we pass all the "One year ago..." and "two years ago..."