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The story of our precious little girl's 17 months of life with Trisomy 18 (July 4, 2010 - December 15, 2011) and of us, re-learning to live "after Lilly."
"I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made ...." Psalm 139:14

Monday, December 15, 2014

Sweet Lilly's 3rd Angelversary

Hunter, Lilly, Tabby - our Christmas card photo - Dec. 2011
  I guess time heals somewhat, but anniversaries still hurt.  Indeed the emotions seem to intensify on those days.  Today marked 3 years that Lilly passed away from this earth.  At her grave today, I didn't drop to the ground crying like I did on her first "angelversary."  But my heart still feels all ripped up.  Why does dealing with the death of loved ones - which is a normal part of life - just plain suck?

Yesterday I put together this memorial for Lilly on our living room mantel.  (It still needs some tweaking.)

Thank you to everyone that sent cards, emails, Facebook messages, and prayers our way today.  I am so grateful.  Thanks Mom for sending money for the Lilly Memorial Project.  I need to think of some new ideas to bless others with in Lilly's name. 

Thank you to the Megan's mama who sent me this beautiful, two-sided Lilly ornament:

 (Megan lived about 18 years with full Trisomy 18!)

Flowers from my dad and stepmom - notice the lilies!:

There is much on my mind yet it feels I am forcing every word I type here.  So I will put in some photos of Lilly, all taken in her last month of life (December 2011).  It's amazing how cute and chunky she got, considering how small and scrawny she started out.  And how much personality she had.  :)

Kissin' my Lilly girl
Hunter, Tabby, Lilly
Lilly and her doll

Hunter kissing Lilly
Santa Lilly
Gettin' dressed
Lilly swinging with angel ornament

Warn and snuggly in the stroller
Lilly in red
Lilly & Tabby - last photo ever
"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." - Psalm 34:18


  1. Love the pictures of Lilly...what a precious gift she is to us!

    1. Thank you Sandra! Some of my favorite pictures of Lilly are of her wearing the sweet little Valentine dress you made her.

  2. This was a hard day for many of us who never met Lilly but still loved her. Thinking of and praying for you today....

    1. It means so much to me to know she has not been forgotten. Hugs!