Friday, September 23

tori [mae]


today is tori mae's second birthday. two years since my sister went early and unexpectedly into labor. two years since we sat in the hospital waiting room anticipating the arrival of this baby girl. two years since her big sister named her new little sister ice cream. two years since i helped my sister pick her middle name. two years since our family was shaken in a way we never expected.

some days i can remember those nine days and the weeks after as though they were yesterday, and other days it seems so very far away.

happy birthday, tori mae.

little ice cream, i know you are celebrating with our Father each and every day. some days it's hard not to wonder what if and why. and who you would be now, at two. i love you, baby girl, and i so look forward to being with you again.

this i call to mind and therefore i have hope:
because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
[lam 3:21-23]


  1. Awww . . . so very sad, Sarah. I'm sure little miss ice cream IS a special angel to your entire family! Big hugs and love to you . . .

  2. aw ... so touching ... may you have God's peace today.

  3. sarah, i've come back to this post about 4 times because i haven't been sure i had any of the right words. i wish i could give you a big hug! i hope your weekend away with family was just the perfect thing to celebrate little ice cream's birthday :)

  4. my heart is heavy for you and your family. prayers for peace. xo.


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