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.