The beginning of a New Year is a time of looking ahead, as well as reflecting on the year past. As I look back over 2009, there is a part of me that wants to call it the worst year of my life, the year that our baby was taken so quickly from us. The year in which our world threatened to stop turning. The year in which life, as we knew it, ended. Like Noah's flood, our recent grief washes away all else and makes it nearly impossible to remember anything that happened, save this one heartwrenching event. However, to call 2009 a terrible year, is to minimize the beauty that our precious little girl brought to our life. I must remember that in 2009 Jalayne Grace Holmes, our beautiful little girl, our daughter, sister, niece, granddaughter, whom the world may view as imperfect, danced for 8 months and 7 days. She danced across our floors, in our arms, and in our hearts. She lit up lives, both old and young. She giggled, and laughed, ran, played, learned, as well as, taught and dazzled many with her radiant beauty and smiling face. She brought sunshine to many lives.
CS Lewis once said that "grief is like the sky, it covers everything." In recent weeks, our family has found that this is so very true. It seems that there is no right or wrong way to travel this path of grief. I have created this blog in hopes that some day we will be able to look back on our journey and see written proof that our great God never leaves us. God is good all the time.