Thursday, November 11, 2010

olivia kamille.

today would be the 3rd birthday of my sweet niece olivia kamille. i remember getting the call the night that my sister was in labor. i raced over to pick up brinley... i think it was around midnight or so. my dad said, "come quick!!" she lived just short of 2 hours and i'm so thankful i was able to meet her and hold her at sacred heart hospital. that hospital holds a special place in my heart. i met my future husband there at the birth of my niece in 2000, saw 3 of my other nieces born there over the next several years, delivered my own 2 children there in 2002 and 2009 and watched my grandma take her last breath there in 2005. it was kind of neat that grandma was on the same floor (9th floor) as the old maternity ward before they remodeled and turned it into hospice.

olivia's short life made a huge impact on a lot of people. her sister sarah turned 2 on monday. their birthdays are so close together. just over a year apart.  cody, lola and i were honored to go plant flower bulbs up at kamilles gravesite to celebrate both of the birthdays.  we did our best to buy the ones that claimed to be deer-proof.  i'm curious to see which ones the deer don't eat.   i've never been good at helping people deal with grief, i mostly try to help with other things in their life that need tending to- helping with kids, cooking a meal, cleaning, laundry. but as far as talking to them i feel like i don't know the right words to say. i express emotion far better in writing than when i talk. and that's still not very well.  hopefully they understand that they are loved and thought of often.

5 comments:

Arah said...

Ah. Thanks for the sweet little blog post. She was a tiny little thing wasn't she. Sacred Heart has lots of memories for our family, doesn't it.
Love you Julie bulie.

Kera said...

i never know the right thing to say about these things. you're a good aunty and you look really cute with short hair.

Darla said...

That was sweet, Jules. Very sweet pic, too. I feel the same way..what do you say? Just being as open and honest as you are..that's enough. (:

Kam said...

tender. i miss you jules!

Forever Young said...

What a precious angel picture. Made me cry.