In Memory

Hi everyone :)

I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend! <–more on ours tomorrow

In light of the reason for celebrating Easter (He lives! We will all live again because of Him!), and because today’s date carries special meaning for our family, I wanted to share something that I didn’t share last year…and with permission from my older sister, I do so.

In Memory

One year ago today, my little baby niece died.

It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever been through….which doesn’t even compare to the pain, anguish, sadness, and sorrow my sister went through.

I won’t even try to put into words how much anguish and sadness I felt when I heard from my mom that my sister’s baby girl had died. It was so heartbreaking, sob-inducing—especially because we were both so excited our little girls would be so close in age.

Little baby Eve died at just over 38 weeks in-utero (they still to this day have no idea why she died). My sister still birthed and delivered her little baby girl–one year ago today.

We buried baby Eve that week, and it was one of the most heart-wrenching things to see such a small casket with such a tiny, beautiful baby inside.

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{my brother with one of her older brothers}

So many tears were shed. So much sadness to have to say goodbye to such a little angel for a time, who we felt was taken too soon.

We don’t know all of God’s purposes, we don’t know the actual why behind why she had to leave this earth so soon, but we (and I) do know that because of our Savior and His championing over death, and His Resurrection, she too lives. And we will see her again! That brings so much hope and peace to me.

There is hope in saying good-bye, because we will see our loved ones again! Death is not the end.

The meaning of Easter has taken on an even deeper understanding for me because of her death– my sister and her little girl mean so much to me, and I’ve done a lot of personal soul-searching, prayer, and reflection this past year.

And I know that Easter is so much more than just a nice holiday. He IS the Light and the Life and the Way, and through Him and His gift to us, we all can be resurrected too. I know this. I have a strong faith that she is with Him now, and because of Him and His matchless gift to us, it is made possible for us to be with her again.

I share this because in this past year I have gained a super strong faith of what I always thought I believed….that we will live again.

And now, after the feelings I’ve had and experienced, I KNOW we will live again. With Him. With families. Forever.

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{baby Eve’s 3 brothers—-and now she has a younger sister (born 3 weeks ago)!}

“Our physical death isn’t the end, but rather is a step forward in Heavenly Father’s plan and a time of indescribable joy for the person making the transition.” {source}

So although it’s incredibly heartbreaking to have said good-bye to her so soon, because of Him we WILL be with her again. I know this is true.

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It is not the end!

“No words in Christendom mean more to me than those spoken by the angel to the weeping Mary Magdalene and the other Mary when, on the first day of the week, they approached the tomb to care for the body of their Lord. Spoke the angel:

‘Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen.’

Our Savior lived again. The most glorious, comforting, and reassuring of all events of human history had taken place—the victory over death. The pain and agony of Gethsemane and Calvary had been wiped away. The salvation of mankind had been secured. The Fall of Adam had been reclaimed.

The empty tomb that first Easter morning was the answer to Job’s question, “If a man die, shall he live again?” To all within the sound of my voice, I declare, If a man die, he shall live again.”  {quote by Thomas Monson}

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Much love to my sister and her family today. <3

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  1. sending you, lara, and the rest of your family lots and lots of love. xoxo.
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  2. This is a beautiful tribute.
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  3. Beautiful words. So unfair, but there definitely is a reason for everything. <3 <3

  4. Oh my goodness Annette. This was such a wonderful tribute, but so heartbreaking. My thoughts go out to your sister, you and your family.
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  5. Loss is so hard to walk through on this side of eternity, but knowing your little niece is with the Lord makes it bearable. Praying for your sister and her family today!
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  6. Breanne says:

    A beautiful tribute to Eve – lots of love for you and your family today.

  7. It’s so great you and your family can find strength in your faith. Loss is incredibly hard.
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  8. Beautiful tribute. So sorry for your and your family’s loss.
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  9. What a beautiful post for your niece.

    My family just went through something similar and we lost my nephew a day after he was born at 32 weeks. It is very devastating but your words are very uplifting and like you said it is a step forward in “the heavenly plan.”
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  10. Praying for your family today friend! Praise the Lord for eternal security with Him in heaven!
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  11. Thinking of you and your family today. Such beautiful words for sweet baby Eve. Love you! xoxo
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  12. Such a well written post, Annette! Definitely thinking of your sister and your family today!

  13. Amelia says:

    This is so heart wrenching. Sending them all love and prayers.

  14. I hope you and your family feel all God’s peace and comfort today. This post is such a beautiful message of hope through a horrific tragedy.
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  15. danielle says:

    sending love to you and your family, and your lost loved ones. they are angels among us! we lost our grandmama on 4/21/2004 and my youngest sister Elizabeth on 4/7/2007. lots of love to all.
    you are a blessing!!!! xoxox

  16. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your niece. My thoughts are with all of you today. I cannot imagine that feeling, but think it’s remarkable they had a funeral with a casket for her. What joy it is to know she had another one a few weeks ago!
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  17. Kaitlyn says:

    Such a heartbreaking story. You seem to have such a strong, hopeful, incredible family. Thinking of you all xox

  18. This is a beautiful tribute to her Annette <3
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  19. Sending so much love to your sister and your family <3

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