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.