Angel Babies

February 02, 2014  •  3 Comments

I've decided to add a more personal touch to my blog with the hope that I will blog more often and provide you with a glimpse into my life. 
I still plan to add photo shoots I do, but once a week I will post about one thing that happened that stood out to me the most. 

This week I want to post about my friend's son's (Blake) 1st birthday. This was a unique birthday because Blake is an angel baby. He passed away in the womb the day before his due date, one year ago. Tragic. His parents, Amanda and Zach, are amazing people. I was Amanda's youth leader when she was in middle school many years ago. I had not seen or talked to her for probably a good 10 years after she moved up into high school. We reconnected through tragedy when my husband and I delivered our baby girl, Dailee Christine, still-born as well. I'll talk more about that later, right now I still want to talk about Blake's birthday.
We met at Carnegie Park and Amanda and Zach brought a bunch of balloons. She said a few words about Blake and everyone there, and then passed a balloon to each person. We took sharpies and wrote letters to Blake on our balloons. Some were as simple as "Happy Birthday, Blake" while others were dear and from the heart. 
We all stepped out into the street so the balloons would avoid getting stuck in or popping from near by trees, and on the count of three, we released them. The evening was followed by some going to dinner together, and others continuing their regular evening. 
It's hard to put into words how I feel. My brain is somewhat numb. A day that should have been full of joy, laughter and cake smashing for a one year old's birthday was instead a day of fighting back tears because a little one was not here to celebrate with his parents. But, Amanda and Zach did an amazing job of still making it a joyful event; a celebration of his tiny one. Little Blake is undoubtedly looking down on them from Heaven. He is teaching them and talking to them even when they don't realize it. And the best part is, they will all be reunited again one day in an absolutely perfect environment.

  

We also each brought a gift for a one year old boy. These gifts are being donated to the Livermore Pregnancy Center on East Ave. and will be given to kids in need of them.

 

As much as Amanda did not want us to cry, I had a hard time holding back the tears. Blake not being here reminded me of our own loss and about how our Dailee is not here either. I cried when I thought about them playing together in Heaven. I cry when I think about the joy of being with our babies again.

The publisher of the magazine that I shoot for asked if I would write an article about Dailee. The theme for February's issue is "Share the Love." She asked to use the picture I took of Dailee as well. Of course I said yes; anything I can do to honor our little girl.
I took the picture after I delivered her still-born. We were still in the hospital, so I used my iPhone and an iPad to create the "LOVE" image. We also ordered baby announcements and used this picture for them. Below you will find the article.
Thank you for reading this week. 


Comments

Sincere Snapshots
Thank you, Melinda.

Love you, Tiffany. Can't wait for us all to be able to play with our babies someday!
Tiffany Key(non-registered)
Ashlee, as i read this it brought me to tears. I felt the same way at Blakes birthday. Crying to myself behind my glasses, not wanting to upset the others because this is meant and was such a great day to celebrate Blakes life and not a day to be sad. I couldnt help but also think about our little angels in heaven who i know are all friends and brought their mommys together for the best suppost as well.
Xoxo
Tiffany Key
Melinda(non-registered)
Your story so touched me and made me cry. Yes indeed she is learning from Jesus and what stories she will tell you when you are all together again.
No comments posted.
Loading...
Subscribe
RSS
Keywords
Archive
January February March April (2) May June (2) July (1) August September October November December
January February (2) March (1) April May June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November (1) December
January February March April May June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December