Friday, July 8, 2011

She's Not There

It's been 31 long weeks.  These days are seriously busy for me.  It started in March with the playground and hasn't slowed down - I went straight from the playground build to planning Rachel's 5K!  It's a TON of work.  I get lots of emails that say things to the effect of "I wish I did more for my baby... like you do for Rachel."  But believe me, it's not all it's cracked up to be.  Sometimes I wish I could just sit and cry.  These things I am doing for her are all great, and I'm glad I am, but I really do think it just gives me a way to be able to be too busy to feel this horrible pain in my heart... and that's probably not beneficial long term.  It's not going to just go away.

Today I dropped the two older kids off at summer camp and me & Sam went to visit Rachel.  It's so easy taking care of just one kid.  I left him in the van when I got there and there was nobody to let him out without my permission! (which happens just about every time I've gone to the cemetery).  I looked down at her little grave and started crying... I hardly ever get that release and today it was a deep one.  I couldn't stop.

I starred at the unevenness of the grass and thought about going to buy some seed to cover up the patches of dirt... until I noticed that the grass has grown in... are you ready for this?...  in the shape of a heart!  The dirt spots around  the edge in her little rectangle actually make the grass heart shaped!  I want to say I couldn't believe my eyes, but with how things have been going, I could believe my eyes.  It actually didn't surprise me!  Of course, this is one of the few times I didn't have my camera.  I'll see if it still looks that way when I go again.

I thought back to our Florida trip in April when I felt like God had first used hearts to encourage me.  I had felt the hearts showing up everywhere was Him reminding me that she is with Him and therefore, with me in my heart wherever I go, not just in the ground in Dover. 

The reality of the fact that I stand above my daughter's body in the ground every week made me sob...  I cried because she's there...I cried because I can't take her out and home with me....I cried because I could feel our new son kicking and remembered standing in that same exact spot months ago and felt her dancing around in my womb as I decided that is where we would soon bury her.

I thought I might just die from a broken heart myself right there.  I begged out loud that somebody would tell me it isn't real.  "please tell me this didn't really happen" And then I felt the Lord whisper to my heart...

"She's not there, Stacy"

I know, I know.  In my head.  But my heart has a long way to go.  My heart wants to dig up that dirt and cradle her in my arms... My heart aches to hold her body, which IS there.  But our bodies only live for so long.  The part of her that will live forever, is with Jesus and in my heart wherever I go.  Should be enough, but today it doesn't feel like it.

As I near the day that we got Rachel's diagnosis, my emotions have been heavy.  This has been the longest year of my life.  On one hand, I wish it never happened and that I was putting bows in my girl's hair instead of blogging about her grave.  And on the other hand, I'm thankful it has happened.  Not because I wouldn't have rather had her, but because my life has never been so rich.  Knowing that little girl, exactly how she was, and carrying her straight to the arms of my Lord was an experience that has forever changed me and made me a better person.  Knowing her made God even more real to me.  Knowing her and the pain of losing her gave me blessings that can come no other way.

I'm so glad I knew her and that I know Jesus so I'll see her again.
I'm so glad she isn't 'there' and that she knows Jesus in a way I can only dream of.
I'm so glad that I can be full of joy, even when I'm afraid and sad.  I'm thankful that God will continue to gently reassure me through all my valleys and that He never gets tired of comforting me.

Matthew 28:6 & 8
He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.....So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.

Psalm 71:20-21
Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once again 


  1. Stacy,
    I thought about you often today. I went to run some errands and saw Rachel's flyer up in the Northeast Credit Union, that made me smile. Later on I went to Walmart up in Biddeford, ME and listened to the car next to me as his radio played "Held" by Natalie Grant and thought of you and your girl again. Now before I go to bed I will think of you yet again when I say my prayers. Hugs.

  2. My sweet, you never cease to amaze me with your strength and love. You may not feel strong but you are one of the strongest people I know! BIG hugs!



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