Sunday, August 26, 2012

A Fleeting Miracle

A few weeks ago I couldn't wait to write this post to make an announcement I've been waiting a long time to do.  But I was asked to wait awhile longer.  Today, though, I write with sadness for the loss of unknown promises, butterfly kisses that now ride the breeze, and a fleeting miracle that still brings joy and hope.

On July 20 I found out I was going to be a grandma for the first time!  My son and daughter-in-law, now married over a year (already!) were giddy with excitement when they gave us the news.  Unfortunately, last Wednesday morning my son called.  Any morning call from him makes my heart stop, and this time was no different, except that I just knew before he told me.  They had a miscarriage.  My daughter-in-law was at about 11 weeks, and is doing well.  Both of them still have their moments, but are very hopeful that good news will replace the bad soon enough.

Sympathy cards are always tough, but I couldn't even fathom a card for a miscarriage or the loss of an infant.   Thanks to an internet search I found some lovely ideas and sentiments.  Below is the card I made for them.

The image is digital by Sara Burrier at Crafts and Me.  She is colored with Copics and highlighted with Stickles crystal.  The background paper is from the DCWV Mariposa stack, one of my all time favorites.

I couldn't decide between two sentiments I found, so I put one on the front and another inside.  Neither one had authors' names to give credit to, and I don't remember the sites I found them on.  

What a charming image!

This is the second verse on the inside.  Accent papers are Bazzill metallic and the die cuts are by Spellbinders.  The border punch is Martha Stewart.

Since the ultrasound was done early, the baby's gender was not determined for sure.  But "collective intuition" declared it was a girl.  For baptism and christening she was named Emma Sam.  She will never be forgotten and will be waiting in Heaven to meet her parents someday.
You're very much loved, Emma.


Lynette said...

So sorry to hear that, Barb. Very sad. Like you said, I hope they find themselves expecting another little one very soon, and that there are no problems with the next one. Being a grandma is the best! By the way, your card is beautiful, and so special.

Kathyk said...

Your card is lovely and the reason for it so sad - all the best to you and your grieving family


Cindy (Stamp With Me Cindy G/Stamping Therapy) said...

Barb, my heart aches for you and your family. I'm happy you felt comfortable sharing your grief with us. I'm sure the therapeutic for you to make the card and then share it with us. Hugs to you, my friend.

sue morris said...

Awwww....Barb, I'm so very sorry to hear about your DIL. Poor girl. I know how devastating that can feel. Please let her and your son know that we will be praying for her. You did a beautiful job on her card. I'm sure they will treasure it. ♥

MaryH said...

TFsharing this lovely card. I couldn't begin to imagine what to say on such a card, and what you found was so perfect. It had to have given any comfort that your children could hold on to, at such a time. Hoping that soon a new blessing will arrive, and ease their pain & loss.

DonnaMundinger said...

Barb, my heart goes out to you and your family at this sad time. Your card is beautiful and precious and will bring loving comfort to your son and daughter-in-law. Big hugs! So sorry I've been away so long! xxD

Joan Ervin said...

Oooooh, Barb...I am sooo sorry!!! I am sending lots of hugs and prayers to you, your son and daughter in sad for your family!!!! Hopefully, time will help ease the pain!! Your card is beautiful and sooo touching...I know your kids will find comfort from the sweet words and your beautiful art!!!!