Monday, July 19, 2010

Faith like a Child

Precious, Hailey is absolutely precious! Saturday after going to Kids N Stuff (hands on play museum) and before getting ready for the Hot Air Jubilee, she was playing with some Mylar balloons. One had princesses on it, the other an American flag. All of a sudden, she said "Mommy, I think Katelyn and Uncle Joe want these." So, we wrote out a note (she dictated and I wrote) and attached it to the balloons.We headed outside to send them up to Heaven and picked just the right spot so they wouldn't get caught in the tree again - the first time was pretty traumatizing! We waved goodbye, told the wind to take them right to Katelyn and Uncle Joe and watched the balloons fly away. She was so excited, only joy on her face that she was sending presents to her sister and uncle. I was fighting tears of sadness and beaming at how incredible my little girl was.

I took pictures and after the balloons were out of sight, we sat on the porch to look at them. As we were going through them, Hailey said "I've got a good idea! (she is full of "good ideas" :) ) You can get a new camera and we can send this one to Heaven!" When I asked why, she said so Katelyn and Uncle Joe could see us now and then Uncle Joe can take pictures and send it back to us!" How cool would that be?! If only it were that simple, we talked about them being able to watch over us in their breaks of playing and dancing with God. She thought that would be pretty cool! She's our little rock star already!

Probably a half hour later, she came back up to me and said "So first it was Papa Art's turn to die, then Katelyn's then it was just Uncle Joe's turn. When it's my turn to go to Heaven will you send me a butterfly balloon?" I just smiled and said "Of course! And when it's my turn will you send a smiley face balloon?" Precious - if only we had faith like a child. Jesus says all you need to do is believe. Death is so hard to understand, especially a baby's death, but the big picture is so simple. Jesus has prepared a room for each of us, when it's our turn we will be lovin Heaven too! Hailey is a perfect example of this remarkable faith. Thank you God for little reminders in the eyes of a precious child.

6 comments:

jag said...

I am SO glad you shared! What a special special girl you have!

Britt said...

You(plural) are blessed to have Hailey, she makes all the hard things easier. I love you all!

The Denby's said...

What a blessing to know such a wonderful family. We understand now why God put us at this home despite our fighting it every inch of the way.
You're all ONE IN A MILLION!

Kendall Gulbernat said...

This is so sweet Jennie. So happy that you have Hailey to help get you through the challenging times. Sometimes, it just takes a new perspective to keep us going. Best wishes always.

Jen said...

Your daughter is precious! Thank you so much for sharing!!

MelissaB said...

this brought tears to my eyes. Hailey is such a wonderful girl with such a loving spirit. you and Nich have been remarkable parents.