Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Last Saturday we had the honor of walking in memory of Tucker (December 19, 2006 - March 27, 2006), a very special baby whose mommy is pictured here in the middle between me and Lori. Tucker passed away two years ago this March from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Laura, Tucker's mommy, and I met through my sister, and she has come to mean so much to me throughout my entire journey this past year. When finding out Magdalena's diagnosis last March she discussed so many things that we would never have thought of before, and it is because of this sweet lady that we are a part of March of Dimes. She talked about how it helped with the healing process to do something in honor of Tucker's life, and just a month after Magdalena's diagnosis, before she had ever met me, she was out there with us at March of Dimes' March for Babies. Magdalena blessed so many people on this earth, and all of you continue to write me about it. This helps me to deal with so much of the pain of losing her. However, it is through the precious life of Tucker that has helped give our family the strength to share Magdalena with so many.
When I first approached to enter the walk, I wondered if I would make it through it. People wore SIDS light pink (for girl) and blue (for boy) shirts in honor of the baby that they had lost, and I feel the same pain that so many of these families feel. Laura agreed with me when I said I really had to just step outside of myself while I was there, and as Easter approaches we both celebrate that Jesus is no longer dead and our children are with him, but we also cry because our heart misses them.