Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Lucy

It was one year ago today that my sister in law, Christine, along with her companion, Watson, lost their perfect baby girl, Olive Lucy. Christine gave birth to her beautiful, full-term, perfect angel August 27, 2007. She was born still. There is no proven medical reason. They still haven't been told why this happened or what the cause was. It has been a hard year for Christine and Watson, to say the least. As a mother, I can only imagine the pain they have had to endure. I know there hasn't been a day that has gone by that I haven't thought of Lucy. Though I didn't get to see her or meet her, I love her so much. She has touched all of our lives.

I'll never forget the phonecall from Christine that afternoon, never. Joey and I were shocked and in tears on the couch all that afternoon, grieving for the loss of our niece and for the pain we knew Christine, Watson and the entire family was feeling. Telling our girls was difficult, it was so hard to explain but they understood and their sadness showed. Ella, especially, had so many questions. They love their cousin and know they will get to see her someday. Thats a comfort to them. Joey was able to attend the funeral in New York a couple of days later and I'm glad he was able to be there with his family. He and his sister are very very close. I so wish I had been able to go, but it wasn't possible at the time. I am grateful Christine was able to visit this summer and that I finally got to hug her and spend time with her. She and Watson are expecting their second baby in just a couple of weeks. I know this baby will be a huge blessing to them and bring lots of love from his/her big sister, Lucy. Please keep this family in your prayers today and in the upcoming weeks. I know every prayer counts. This is a difficult week for them. We are lighting a candle today to remember Lucy on her birthday. All are welcome to light a candle as well. The more love, thoughts, and prayers their way, the better.

We love you, Christine, Watson, Lucy and baby. We wish we could be with you today, but we are glad you will be surrounded by your dear friends in New York.

Lucy will always be in our hearts. And I know someday she'll be in your arms again.

15 comments:

Tara D said...

What a sweet and touching post, I will definitely be lighting a candle for Lucy tonight.

Sarah said...

the thought of losing a baby is so hard. our prayers will be with their family that they will have comfort, and that their baby will arrive safe and sound.

HIRSCHI FAMILY said...

Losing someone is hard, but a child is almost unbearable. My thoughts are with Christine and the new baby on the way!

Erica and Orlando said...

That was so sweet of you to post about Lucy. We will keep them in our prayers.

-Melissa- said...

what a sweet post about Lucy. Our thoughts and prayers are with Christine and the new baby on the way.

Grammy Staffy said...

What a sweet p ost. I already told Christine that we would light a candle for Olive Lucy tonight.

I wonder if she and Lyle are friends in their heavenly home?

Jessica said...

Holly that post had me in tears. I cannot even imagine the pain that your sister-in-law and family must have felt and still feel. As a mother that is my worst fear and nightmare. I will definitely be praying for your family this week. Tell Christine that my prayers are with her.

Mindi said...

wow--
my brother and sister in law lost their 10 month old almost 15 years ago and it still hurts. losing a baby is the worst--but you were eloquent and thoughtful and i loved the post.

Marie said...

I, too, lit a candle for Lucy. It's amazing how many people this wonderful little spirit has touched and will continue to touch. My Todd lost a child at 18 months and personally knows the pain of having lost a child. Thank God for the gospel which while it doesn't take the pain away, does make it a bit more bearable.

Tiburon said...

I am sorry to hear about this. What a sweet post

mamapickle said...

Having been throught something quite similiar I can just say that time will heal their hearts softly. I am so happy they are having another baby and pray it all turns out well. I hope the dr. will take him early - just in case.

Patty said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Christine and Watson. I'm sure you had a very sad day!

Emily said...

I have been through something similar and know how hard it is to loose a baby (mine were twins.)

Thoughts to Christine and angel baby Lucy.

Olive Lucy said...

holly- thank you for the post and the sweet words.

friends- thank you for the prayers and the lit candles.

Allison said...

Holly you wrote that so beautifully, We almost lost our baby Hunter. Words can't express the hurt you feel, it is so very hard. But she has alot of people who love her she is so blessed. My heart goes out to her mom and dad. Who I don't know but I know some of the other family. My prayers are with you and your new one on the way. Wishing you all the best!