Thursday, May 6, 2010

Monday, May 3rd

On Monday, May 3, 2004, I kissed my baby and watched her leave with Andrew to go to Angela's house for babysitting. She had a sinus infection. At 11:30am, Andrew called to say Angela had called him. Her fever was higher than it had ever been. That afternoon, we went to the pediatrician. He sent us for a chest x-ray but had the nurse draw her blood just to cover all his bases.

On Monday, May 3, 2004, my life changed forever. My baby had leukemia. We were rushing to the hospital with desperation and fear.

On Monday, May 3, 2010, I was once again heading to the hospital. This time, it was with love, anticipation, and excitement. My brother was having his first child. A new baby girl has now entered our lives. I held my niece and watched the happiness, joy, and pride in my brother's face and it filled my heart.

Now, I can remember Monday, May 3rd with not just sadness, longing, and an ache in my heart that is so vast it hurts. I can remember it is a day of love, happiness, and family.

11 comments:

kymmi said...

I'm sure Allie would approve and is loving her new cousin from afar.

I started reading your family blog a few months after this ... I can't believe it's been 6 years. Thank you for continuing to share your story. I'll never forget Allie.

Kymmi

Amy said...

Congratulations Aunt Jenny, although I'm sure the day was bittersweet.
Cyberhugs to you!

J. said...

Congrats on becoming an Aunt, I'm sure May 3rd will always be bittersweet now.

I've always felt a special connection to Allie's story. My birthday is May 3rd and my oldest daughter was born on the day Allie died.

I think you've done a wonderful job of keeping Allie's memory alive. Many, many good thoughts and wishes to you and your family!

. said...

I am so glad that you have something good to rememeber and celebrate for this day. Congrats Aunt Jenny!!

(((HUGS))) Laura

Michelle said...

Congratulations!! I'm so happy for you and your family!

Love,
Michelle-

HPTeach said...

Congratulations!!!!!

~~Mel~~ said...

Congrats on a beautiful new niece!

Kelly said...

What a great post. Congratulations on your new niece. So nice that you have a new way to view May 3rd. God Bless You and your family!!

snekcip said...

Our God is awesome. What a beautiful post. Congratulations to your brother and their new baby girl!

Alicia said...

God is wonderful! Congratulations on your new niece! Your angel is smiling down on all of you. Blessings!

Alicia

Ness said...

Congrats Aunt Jenny!

What is the baby's name?