Wednesday, May 7, 2014

a full heart

I'm sure by now that most of us have heard of #redballoonsforryan The movement to support Ryan's parents (and remember him) took up most of the images on the Explore page of IG yesterday... which gives me chills each time I think about it. When I first saw the posts, I wondered what they were thinking. Would it be even more heartbreaking to have IG blown up with posts about their sweet boy? Then I realized if I was in their place, I would want the world to remember Mia. God took the very best parts of Eric and me, and created our perfect daughter. I would be forever grateful for everyone that took the time to share her sweet memory!! I am blessed to be apart of such a wonderful community!
I had a different post planned for today but the heart breaking news and outpouring of love for Ryan's family yesterday had me singing a different tune. All of my plans for cleaning, blogging, etc were shut down as I snuggled my sleeping baby. When she woke up I made her favorite lunch, we played with her toys, I let her tear up her sock/blanket drawer and put on the mismatched socks she chose. We had a dance party and read lots of books. Because some things can't be avoided, I let her tear apart the Tupperware drawer while I prepared dinner and I let her pull out all of her plates as I unloaded the dishwasher, even though they all ended up on the floor. It really was okay. I'll catch up on my cleaning today... or tomorrow ;) It took two minutes to clean up the socks and blankets and I just reloaded the dishwasher with the newly dirty dishes. It was okay to just let Mia be a kid. It was okay for me to enjoy watching Mia play and not worry about anything on my to-do list!
Monday was another fun day of childhood for us! Mia and I went to the splash pad with friends and she had the best time playing in the water! She had a whole bag of goldfish to herself... and she even got to hold the bag and pull out the fishes herself!! (My child is often deprived of the good things of this world, ha ha!) It was a perfect day! I'm determined to have more good days like this than not this summer... I think summer 2014 is gonna be a good one! I don't want to take one second of our greatest blessing for granted. Eric and I could not be more grateful to be Mia's parents!

22 comments:

Renee said...

I heard about that little boy yesterday and my heart absolutely breaks for that family.
Glad you hugged your little one even tighter, and I'm sure she loved tearing apart the tupperware drawers! :)

Pamela said...

I saw that all over IG yesterday. Broke my heart!! :( So squeeze Mia a little extra tighter for me!

ashlyebrink said...

great post. in our day to day lives how easily we can forget to just "let them be little". trying to soak it up as much as possible these days! just keep loving on that little one, she's pretty lucky :) cleaning and to-dos can wait...we've all got them! have fun today!

tina bumblebee said...

Such a great post. The news about Ryan is heartbreaking and I can't stop thinking about it. I wanted to write a post and then didn't know what to say but yours is perfect. We are all hugging our kids a little tighter and mourning for their entire family.

Ashley @ ThisUnscriptedLife said...

It's such a sad tragic situation. I can not imagine the pain that the parents must be feeling. Reading the story definitely made me hug my kids a little tighter.

Ashley said...

Such a sweet post, and a great reminder. Babies need to be babies, kids need to be kids!

P!nky said...

Oh my word, how incredibly sad. I posted about Teddy today. It's just so hard seeing all of these mama's losing their babies too soon. SOmething I'll have to ask God about when I see him, because it's just so unfair.

Hug that lil girl for me today.

~Dawn~ said...

I've been doing a lot of thinking about this lately, too. My husband text me the other day as he was getting our girls on the bus for school and he said how happy it made him to see our kids so happy. We often are running from one thing to the next and life is full of plain old 'busy' that we forget to let our kids just be kids..have fun and BE HAPPY just being them.

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Kelly Elizabeth said...

She is so cute! Love these adorable pics! :)

Katie said...

I saw it all over IG yesterday, too! Totally breaks my heart! I can't imagine what they are going through. Glad you got to spend some extra special moments with Mia yesterday! :)

Danielle said...

Love this and you! I was tearing up all day yesterday. My worst nightmare. Makes you hold them extra tight.

Katie said...

I have been away from social media a lot lately so I am unaware of movement for Ryan & his family. I will have to look into that. That's awesome though that you and Mia had a great day together letting her do little things that make her happy :) You two have an amazing bond :)

Sarah said...

I just found out about Ryan this morning, seemed like a lot of my blogging friends were talking about him today. It is so heartbreaking to hear about this, but at the same time, heart warming to see a community of "strangers" coming together to give a family prayers, strength, a shoulder to cry on, letting the family know they are loved and we will be here when they are ready. #RedBalloonsForRyan touches my heart and my prayers will be for his family and friends.

Elizabeth said...

I heard about Ryan this morning and I couldnt stop myself from crying. But you are right, we have to enjoy the little things in life! Especially the ones that are close to us!

Love Always,
Elizabeth
thejourneycreatingme.blogspot.com

Elizabeth {Chasin' Mason} said...

I read the story that Ryan's parents friend posted on her blog and could not stop crying. I just kept imaging if that happened to my son. And my heart broke in a million pieces for them. Unimaginable.

Angie said...

Sometimes it's so easy to get caught up in the big picture and not focus on what is really important. The little things can truly bring the most joy. Glad you and Mia have had a good time. Nothing better than bay lovings!

Ashley @ Words About Waverly said...

Great post - my heart seriously breaks for that sweet family.

Courtney B :) said...

Ryans story was on my mind all day yesterday as well. I also spent the day enjoying my baby. I even gave into the plea to stay up after bedtime to stay outside because the weather was just so nice. I just watched her play and felt so blessed, and I can not ever fathom losing her. Stories like these are gut wreching and I hope I can be a better mommy to her because of them and realize how special our time together really is.

Ashley @ ladyacray.blogspot.com said...

You guys are the most adorable little family ever. I love how all of your posts portray that adorable little Mia as the apple of your eye.

Ashley @ ladyacray.blogspot.com said...

You guys are the most adorable little family ever. I love how all of your posts portray that adorable little Mia as the apple of your eye.

Eesh said...

I was overwhelmed by a plethora of emotions while reading this. I can't imagine how it feels to lose a child and I pray to God that I never have to. My heart breaks for that family.

On the other hand, I was filled with so much joy readiv about you and Mia. From her birth to now, your family has been an inspiration to me. Your bond is amazing and I love watching amia grow and receive unconditional love from you both.

xo
Eesh | The Other Side of Paradise