Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A letter to you

Olivia Taylor Powell,

As I sit here and try to think of what I want to say to you in your One year old Birthday letter my eyes fill up with tears. I don't even know where to begin. I can start when Mommy and Daddy found out we were pregnant. I've never seen your Daddy smile so big, I've never felt so much joy as if my heart wanted to burst out of my chest! It was the longest nine months of our lives. We wanted to meet you, we wanted to hold you and tell you how much we love you. I remember the day you came into this world like it was yesterday. April 2nd,2009 was the day our world was completely changed. I remember every red light we hit on the way to the hospital, crying that I was in pain. You came into our lives quickly, we were admitted into the hospital at 12:08am on April 2nd and you were born at 5:20 am April 2nd. 7 pounds 0 oz, 19 inches long absolutely perfect! We had visitors nonstop for the next two days. The nurses said they had never seen so many people come to visit one patient. You've always drawn a crowd. As I write this letter to you 1 year later all I can do is smile and cry tears of happiness. You are the greatest gift from God we could ever ask for. When times are hard we can look at your face and you will make us smile. We hope when you are grown and have hard times of your own you can look at us, smile and know that we are always there for you no matter what. We can never repay you for the amount of joy you have brought to our lives. We can only hope to be parents you can admire, look up to, and trust. I know I am not a perfect mother but is there really such a thing? All I can do is what I know how to do and that is love you with all of my heart.
Happy 1st Birthday to my beautiful Oliva

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

She went to fly with the Angels today..

It is with mixed emotions that I tell you Great Grammy Mal passed away on Thursday afternoon at the Kaplan Hospice House in Danvers MA. We had just left from visiting with her and about 20 minutes later she passed. They say sometimes people wont leave thier loved ones, so they will wait to pass after you've left the room. It looks like Grammy Mal didn't want to leave you. Grammy and Great Aunt Nancy were with her, so she wasn't alone. I honestly can not thank you enough Miss Olivia for the joy you brought to everyones life during a difficult time. You made everyone including Great Grammy Mal and all the staff at the Hospice House smile throughout the hardest days. You were our little angel on earth god sent to make things a little bit easier. I'm sad that Great Grammy Mal was only here for 11 months of your life, but happy that she was here for 11 months of your life. Its a really strange feeling. In that short time we spent many days together just talking and learning patty cake and showing Great Grammy all the new tricks you had learned that week. She really looked forward to all your visits almost as much as we looked forward to seeing her! She was an amazing woman...there was something extra special about her. She thought the world of you. We will tell you stories about her as you get older but just remember how lucky you were to have gotten to spend special time with her. She always told Mommy "She is going to bring so much joy to everyone" and its true you do. Even as we grieve you continue to make us smile. Great Grammy Mal is now in heaven dancing with her Nick and watching down on us, protecting us, and smiling.
We hold her hands....She holds our hearts!
Olivia Taylor Powell
7lbs 0 oz 19 in