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I have received a few very special, very thoughtful gifts in honor of our Baby Olivia.

Here are some of my favorites:

We received this kit containing an oak tree seedling to plant in honor of Baby Olivia, from my sister Sarah.

We’ve been faithfully taking care of it — but we haven’t seen any signs of growth until this week. More than two months of watering, and finally, new life sprouts!

This new sapling reminds me of my grief a bit — weeks and weeks of feeling like there’s not “progress” and feeling like you’ll be stuck in a rut forever . . . only to have a little bit of hope burst forth unexpectedly.

Today I received this lovely necklace from a friend. It is PERFECT. I have wanted a necklace to remember Olivia by, but never found the right one. I love how tiny the footprint is because I imagine that’s how tiny her feet might have been. I love that it’s just a little bit longer than I normally wear my necklaces, so it falls close to my heart.

                                                         

My friend Meredith sent me this book, and it came right when I was starting to get angry at God for losing our baby. It was perfect timing. I loved reading about how Jesus also heard God tell him “no.” How he, too, knew the unspeakable grief and sorrow in separation and death. How he has also felt the loneliness in grief. This book helped open my eyes to a new side of Jesus and his Father that I hadn’t really seen before. And it helped me trust my Savior, and love him, even more.

Last, another favorite gift of mine was the gift of time and hard work that my sister Judy gave me. (Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of this!)

A week after our surgery, she and her family “moved in” for a few days to take care of housework, laundry, cooking and planning Maddy’s birthday party. Although I felt guilty watching her slave away at my house, it was so nice to have a clean home to recuperate in! Also, Maddy’s birthday might have been a complete flop if it hadn’t of been for her.

Thank you all, for the sweet, thoughtful gifts over the last 2 months!

 Here are links in case you are wanting to purchase these gifts for yourself or a friend:

Tree:  http://ww10.1800flowers.com/product.do?baseCode=4867&cm_cid=SEARCH#readmore

 Necklace:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/86335916/baby-foot-necklace-sterling-silver

Book: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_14?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=hearing+jesus+speak+into+your+sorrow+by+nancy+guthrie&sprefix=hearing+Jesus+%2Caps%2C196

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