Saturday, September 12, 2009

Brave little soul

My heart is breaking for a family in UT whom I've never even met. They live in my aunt's ward in Eagle Mountain and were recently faced with the ultimate trial of losing a child. 9 month old Lucas, after a 3 month battle with cancer, returned to his Father in Heaven last Wednesday night. Since June they've maintained a blog where they've documented Lucas' updates and progress. It's been tough to read, especially now that he's gone. I can't imagine what this has been like for Shannon to go from having a healthy child, to learning her days with him were limited, to then losing him and the reality of it all sinking in. No mother should have to endure such a nightmare. Ever!

While the Nelson's story is absolutely heartbreaking, it is also very inspiring. Even amidst the most difficult moments, Aaron and Shannon have remained strong, understanding and hopeful. Everyone has his weak moments, and I'm sure they have had their share too. But in reading their blog, you can just sense their genuine faith and hope that they will see Lucas again someday, and that this was all part of Heavenly Father's plan. My aunt Valeri said at Lucas' viewing, while everyone's intentions were to offer the family comfort, Aaron and Shannon were actually the ones offering the comfort. Can you even imagine?

This story has helped me recognize a whole new perspective. Life is truly so delicate and you really never know. I have found myself hugging Ryan a little tighter and rocking him a little longer. I've tried harder to find patience for Chloe, laugh off the small stuff and love even the most irritating quirks. My children drive me crazy some days, I won't lie. But when I look at the big picture and remind myself that these days, months... gosh, years! are going to slip away from me so quickly, I find that my children are dearer than ever. It's amazing how fast time is lost, and in the grand scheme of things, how this time on earth is really just a blink of an eye in comparison to the big picture.

The Nelson family has been heavily on my mind, and I'm sure many others'. With the funeral over and the dust settling, these coming days are bound to be the most difficult yet. Please keep this sweet family in your prayers. I'm sure they'll take all the prayers they can get.

HERE is a link to their blog.


Binns Family said...

It is such a sad thing to see babies leave so early in life. My cousin knows this family as well, and I have read their blog a few times.

Anonymous said...

I can't even imagine what that family is going through. I will very much so add them to my daily prayers. Thank you for sharing their story.

Wendy said...

These stories are always so hard to hear but they do make you squeeze and love your own just a little more... I have one to share with you which I will do soon.

Mama/Gma Jill said...

It's a whole family of angels. I've also been touched by their story. You did a beautiful job describing your feelings about them. They will remain in my prayers too. Bless everyone's hearts.....everyone's!

Love you all so.....wish I could squeeze you tight right now.....all of you.

Love love love,
Mama/Gma Jill

Kelly Stoddart said...

I have been reading their blog too, it's so sad I am amazed at their strenght. I don't know think that I would be able to handle that very well.

Nells-Bells said...

i just cannot believe this! so, so sad. cannot even imagine the heartache! i read up on their blog last night and just cried and cried. such strong faith and yet, i love that she is real about how much she misses him. thanks for sharing this.