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Even In Tragedy, God's Blessings Abound
Aug 25, 2002

April 13, 2001, which happened to be Good Friday in that year, started as a beautiful spring day in our home. I was doing some last minute shopping for Easter with my sister-in-law and my husband was going to do some work outside while our three children, Shaile 8, Jayla 7, and Bo 2 1/2 played. My parents live right next door to us. My Dad stopped that morning on his way to town to talk to my husband and see if one of the kids wanted to ride to town with him. When he arrived, our children were jumping on the trampoline having a great time. My husband walked up to the truck and spoke with my father, he never got out of the truck. Without either of them knowing it, our youngest, Bo, climbed off of the tramp, ran along the passenger side of our van and then the passenger side of my father's truck as he was backing out of the driveway. Little Bo was struck in the head. He was taken to an area hospital, then life-flighted to a trauma center where he died of blunt force trauma to the head. I came home to friends and family who wisked me off to the trauma center, where we held our precious son and said our good-byes and let him know how much he was loved!
Our journey back to hope........we choose to rely on our faith, our loving Savior, to heal. We choose to look at the blessings instead of the tragedy. We are SO thankful that God chose us to be a part of Bo's life, he was a special little guy, loved by many. This was so apparent in the 650 people who came to the funeral home to pay their respects. In his short 2 1/2 years he touched many with his outgoing personality, and his smile. Eveyone spoke of his smile. We are thankful for the many friends and family who have and continue to support us in our grief journey. Our biggest blessing and surprise; our fourth child Luke was born on April 25, just days after the year anniversary of our loss. We had not planned to have any more children after Bo. All of our children were born in October, and it took us two years to get pregnant with both of the boys. So........our little Luke was definitely heaven sent. My mother calls him our little healer. It is a gentle reminder that our ways are not always God's ways.
I came to this sight today searching for a place to send my friend to in the midst of her grief. This past Sunday, Aubust 18, our very dear friends had to deliver at 20 weeks into the pregnancy because of complications. She went into premature labor and her water broke before they could stop labor. They had to give go ahead and deliver a beautiful baby girl, perfect in every way except she was just to little to survive. We stood by their sides the entire day to help in any way that we could. We prayed that God would guide and lead us and help us be what they needed to be. Without going into the whole story as to the hows and whys, I will just say that little Angel was laid to rest with our Bo on Friday. We were honored to be able to do that for them. We believe that when God allows something to come into your life, He wants us to grow from that, to learn from that, and to be able to help others as a result of what we learn and experience. God does not give us the strength to face a trial until we are in that trial. He is giving us the strength to cope with our grief, and He gave us the strength and courage to be their for our friends in their grief.
THank you for providing this site for those of us with loss to come to for comfort and to share with others. Their is so much help in sharing!!!!
Remember to take time to keep looking up for the blessings!
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