My good friends lost their baby yesterday.
No parents should have to feel that. To have their nightmares played out in real life.
No one should have to know that pain or carry that weight.
It feels even heavier hearing the wavering, hysterical voice on the line of my friends, screaming to me that he was gone. Trying to put her grief and her pain to get me to understand what she is feeling in the handful of words she can choke out.
My heart broke for them. For my dear friends who are missing one third of their children, one fifth of their family.
I cried myself to sleep last night thinking about the unfortunate events that have taken place in their life this past year. I can’t wrap my head around it.
I held my kids super tight, and then found myself climbing into bed with them at 3am, and then spending way too much time at drop off this morning, crying and hugging, and crying and kissing, and crying and hugging some more. I was realizing that instantly, all of that joy, pain, craziness, affection, love can be ripped away from me at any moment.
Keep my friends in your prayers. Do what you can to help them. No parent plans to put money away for their toddlers services. We only plan on loving them.
This weight is so heavy for them, for those connected to them, for their other children who lost their best bud. Help however you can…$1 can go a long way for a family that feels like they are losing everything. And prayers are miraculous. I believe their family is getting a food train together too. I’ll keep you posted on that. We can try and lessen this burden, if even an iota of it. This is what this community that we ALWAYS lean on is for.
Kiss your kids hard today, hug them with your entire heart, tell them you love them and then tell them again, and then again and again! Be PRESENT in the moments you spend with them, and hopefully during this unspecified and unguaranteed time we have together, we can let them know how very much they are loved. I’m sure baby Leo felt every second of that love….
Keep the Ladd’s in love and light….they REALLY could use it…
(shared with their permission)