Sunday, July 22, 2007

Visiting memories

We went to a baby shower in Wichita Falls. Took some pictures that I've long been meaning to take.

People have been visiting still, leaving trinkets and tokens and memories. I admit that the flowers and statues and rocks and crystals and everything else that still show up make my heart happier. I'm grateful for the kindness of unknown strangers, for the love of friends and for my daughters.

We, too, visit, taking and leaving memories. The company that did the headstones switched hands and lost their artist and craftsman on the third headstone, so the style and execution are much different with that one. But you come to terms with a great deal in life.


Bored in Vernal said...

hugs from me.

Anonymous said...

I am glad that you are able to receive comfort as you see that people remember your girls by leaving trinkets. People can be so kind and good.

Ann said...

Stephen, my heart ached when I read "the headstone company changed hands before the third headstone."

Three headstones.

I can't fathom it.

I agree with Barb. Blessings on the good people who leave mementos of their visits to your girls.

Unknown said...

I don't comment much on your blog, but I want you to know I've read your famillies' stories and I come here from time to time, and I'm amazed by what you and your family have gone through. I can't even begin to imagine. But the way that you write about it is inspiring to me-- and I really appreciate the inspiration, as I struggle with a lot of fears regarding loss.

Thank you.

Stephen said...

I've really appreciated what everyone has had to say.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Every once in awhile the question comes up, "what are you most afraid of?" And my answer for almost 2 1/2 years now is "losing another child."

My daughter died unexpectedly....I discovered your website then popped over to your blog when doing a google search for death of a child.

I am so so sorry that you have lost 3 daughters. I can't even imagine! I don't want to imagine.

I'm glad you finally got your stones--sorry about what happened with them. That would be so very frustrating!

grieving in hope...

Anonymous said...

I just read your tag line about your daughters and want to acknowledge your losses. I'm so sorry that you have had to deal with the deaths of your babies. Peace be with you.