Honoring EAK

The tragedy of losing your child is unthinkable. Losing all of your children in one horrific event is unimaginable. How can a parent continue living when their whole world has come to an end?

My heart aches for the Hance family. Living in the same small community with them, I feel a deeper connection to them. This whole town does. Actually I think this whole country does. Anyone who has heard their story can feel for this family.

Last night, Jackie Hance spoke publicly for the first time with Ann Curry on Rock Centre. Hearing her own words with the struggle that she went through to find a way to go one was incredibly emotional. She spoke about how her friends were her rocks and provided endless support. I thought it was amazing that she had such an intense, dedicated inner circle. They encouraged her to have another baby and help fill the empty void. Jackie did become pregnant again and welcomed a baby girl, Kasey. She spoke about how “she brings a heartbeat back to this house again…she brought us back to life.” How amazing is that. I am so happy to hear that they have hope, love and feel a sense of purpose in life.

The Hance Family Foundation was set up to honor their three daughters, Emma, Alyson, and Katie. They developed a program called Beautiful Me to promote self-esteem in young girls and educate people on the importance of building oneself up.

Jackie Hance wrote a book, I’ll See You Again and the profits will help to support their foundation. I plan on reading this book as I know so many others are. This book sounds incredibly powerful, telling her story of the love that she has for her girls and the courage to continue on.

I think we can all learn something from Jackie and Warren. We can honor their girls by loving more and living life to the fullest.

He said, “Gavin”

My four-year old has started speech therapy last week. The therapist has been working on his articulation and she has been very impressed by how well he is doing.
After their third session together they were both eager to share something new with me.
She said, “Tell mommy what we worked on today.”
With a big smile on his face, he said it correctly for the first time “GAVIN!”
Wow! I was so thrilled and proud of him. He usually pronounces it “Da-Vin” but now he has learned to use the back of his mouth and tongue to say “Ga-Vin”
With big hugs and high fives, this mommy is so proud of her little man!

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A Day to Celebrate

My little man is turning one today. Hard to believe a year has passed. It felt like an eternity to have you enter the world, with all the obstacles that we encountered. Three miscarriages, endless blood work, doctor appointments and the emotional roller coaster ride of grief and loss.

I had faith and I surrender the negative feelings of unfairness, envy and anger. Once I did, I knew that I would have another baby. I knew that my son would have a sibling to play and grow up with. I knew that my husband and I would fall so deeply in love with something so precious that we created.IMG_8247

I have soaked up every second of your first year. I have a mental picture of so many amazing moments that I experienced with you. The relationship that you have with your brother is so sweet. I love that you call him “DaDin” for “Gavin” and light up when saying it.IMG_1639

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Your dad couldn’t be more elated, knowing that you are such a daddy’s boy. The way you crawl at high speed to be carried around on his side to the way you stare and point at pictures of him and say “DaDa!” You are truly a wonderful little boy, who has completed our family.

Happy First Birthday Blake! We love you so much 🙂IMG_0786