Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Kady's Stocking

 Life without Kady is so different. Her absence in my life has profoundly affected how I think, react, parent, feel, love, even cook. Holidays are less joyous without her infusion of anticipation and child-like excitement. I miss her with every beat of my heart, every second of every day. However, there is still so much to be grateful for. Of all the mysteries and uncertainties in life, something I am sure of is that our loved ones in heaven would never want us to miss a single opportunity to acknowledge the blessings in our lives, and there are so many. My heart is no less broken than it was the day my precious child died, but my spirit compels me to stay in constant communion with the Lord, and it is His presence that brings me peace, healing and the eternal perspective that my brokenness craves. So each time I look at her stocking this year I won't dwell on her absence, but I'll choose to remember all the joy and beautiful memories she gave me for 30 years - and remember to thank God for the bounty of blessings I still have.


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