23 January 2009

I can hardly believe it's been a year; it really does seem like only yesterday.

On this day last year, our whole world came crashing down when a routine ultrasound revealed that our Evie Grace was very sick and would not likely live. God blessed us with eleven weeks after that before she went to be with her Jesus.

I've known this day was coming, and I expected that it would be difficult.

It is.

I miss her so much. I miss January 22, 2008 - when everything seemed so simple and normal. I miss our girl.

But, today, we have set aside not to remember the sad things - not to remember that she would "not live".

Today, we celebrate that she did live.

We celebrate the life that God gave us, no matter how brief. We celebrate the "life of grace" as her name suggests. Our baby girl had life, and that is a miracle.

I've spent the last few days watching the footage from the ultrasound that day. It's difficult to watch in real time because we remember all too well the dialog that took place during the pauses, the ignorantly blissful interjections of two parents who had no idea what was happening, and of course what took place afterward.

I don't really like to remember it in real time. The moment-by-moment is sad. But, to watch our baby girl, alive, creating one of the very precious memories we have of her - that is what I love.

I choose to celebrate her life today.

So, without further ado, my friends, I share with you something that is very precious to me; our baby girl, Evie Grace:

(Oh, and don't forget to turn your sound on!)

"I will sing to the LORD all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live."
Psalm 104:33


Susan said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful little girl with us. She is wonderfully made! Oh my.

Christine said...

I've been checking on and off all day. How wonderful to watch her kick and stretch! The promise of her eternal life is so precious. Thanks for baring your soul and sharing. Much love, friend.

Tracy said...

thank you so much for sharing that video of your precious baby girl.

Love you!


Evie's Granddad said...

I can say nothing other than thank you, Raechel and Ryan.

Love you guys...

Groovy said...

This is a beautiful tribute to LIFE and to Evie Grace. Thank you so much for sharing the video with us. She is precious!

The Morrisons said...

Oh Raechel, I totally forgot today. I am sorry. Thank you for sharing this footage of your beautiful little girl.

Brent and Noele said...

Thank you for sharing this video of Evie Grace. It is a gift to us, too. She is precious!
Brent, Noele, Anne & Lydia

Pam said...

A beautiful tribute to Evie. Thank you for sharing her life with us. Much love to you.

Lizzie said...

She's beautiful. Love you Raechel.

~~~~~ The House of Big Cheese~~~~ said...

The 23rd is the day I found out I had lost my daughter.

I am so sorry it is a hard day for you as well.

Anonymous said...

Raechel - thanks for sharing this precious video. It is so evident that Evie was fearfully and wonderfully made. I was wondering if you could post who sings that touching version of His Eye is on the Sparrow? Thanks and God bless!