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Monday, January 5, 2009

More surprise gifts

When we got home from my inlaws last week, I had a package on my front porch. It was from one of my Internet friends, who I have never met in person before. Before we even unpacked the car, I opened the packaged. The first thing I saw was a Christmas card of her beautiful children with a sweet note about her remembering Jenna.

Then, below that, I found a plaque. It was inscribed with "Promise me you'll always remember... You are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think... Christopher Robin to Pooh."

Now, some of you that have been reading my blog for a while know that this quote has special meaning for me. For those that don't, I'll share the story. Last Thanksgiving, my granny was in the hospital, dying. It was only just a matter of time at that point. Tessa and I were laying on my bed, watching "Pooh's Grand Adventure."

I was almost asleep and was crying, wondering what I was going to do without my granny. All of a sudden, I hear, "Promise me you'll always remember... You are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think." I'm tearing up just thinking about it. Anyway, I just know that somehow that was a message from my granny, and truth be told, I've needed to remember all of that in this past year.

Anyway, Kara, my friend who sent it, knew how much that quote meant to me. Over the summer when we were going through everything, she sent me a card that had almost the exact saying in it. She knew I loved Pooh and knew the quote was from the movie, so she sent it, not knowing the how much it really did mean. Reading the card, I felt as though she was a messenger from my granny reminding me of all of that. The card came at the perfect time.

The plaque also came at the perfect time. I was just getting home from a trip to people who were supposed to remember and care about Jenna, and they didn't. Her sweet gift helped me to remember that people all over the world have been moved by my story and remember my sweet baby girl. So, Kara, I know you read this, and I want to thank you again for everything. You are a wonderful friend.

The other gift came from a friend on BabyCenter who has also lost a baby. She messaged me the week of Christmas and said she had run across something and thought of me and wondered if she could send it to me. I gave her my address, not sure what to expect. Last week, when I checked the mail, I had a package that contained a beautiful dragonfly pendent. It was gorgeous.

For those that don't know, dragonflies are my symbol for Jenna. We had a poem about dragonflies read at her memorial service and after the service, we saw two dragonflies flitting around my granny's grave. I knew it was Jenna and my granny, telling us they were with us.

I don't know for sure if the lady who sent it reads this blog or not, but Shannon, if you do, I want to thank you, too. You just don't know how much it meant to me to see that Jenna has touched someone else. I really do appreciate it.

This wasn't really a gift but it touched my heart. Tonight, Tessa was half asleep, and she said she felt wings touching her cheek. She said, "Maybe it's Jenna and Granny Green."

1 comment:

Em said...

What wonderful healing gifts. I hope the new year is good to you.