Sunday, July 24, 2011

Isabelle's 3rd birthday

Photo from Aleksandra, a Bubbles for Isabelle friend

Today is Isabelle’s third birthday. We will make cupcakes and we will open presents. We will celebrate her love and life, and we will mourn the enormous absence of her presence. We will cry, but we will also try to laugh because in the 2 years and 299 days that she gave us, she brought us more joy and happy memories than we could have ever imagined possible.

She lives on in us. She is – as she ever was – an equal part of this family braid of ours, which is woven tight and strong and even. Though she is not with us in the way she used to be, she is no less a part of it. Not only that, but she lives on in the 5 other people who carry her heart, kidneys, liver, and eye corneas. She is miracle to us all.

The grieving process and the shock of overcoming something like losing a child suddenly is unique to each person and to each family. It is one of the most difficult journeys to bear. We have been fortunate to be surrounded by so many loving people who have helped prop us up when the gravity of our loss is almost too much to bear. And we are also blessed to have not only each other but also our gorgeous son Sebastian, who forges us forward, making us stronger, and reminding us with each glance to him that despite our colossal loss we are still very, very fortunate.

One thing we know for sure is that Bubbles for Isabelle exceeded our expectations and we are honored to have had so many people show their love to us. Through the generosity of family members, we are delighted to announce that every bubbles photo that is posted through today until 12am (CEST) will be an Aden + Anais baby blanket given to a child in need, above and beyond our initial goal 300.

For those of you have experienced the loss of a child, an unborn child whom you grieve, or a loved family member or friend, I was sent a kind note from a person who also lost a young child, which said “they are probably having a grand time together, blowing bubbles right back at us.” That thought brings a smile to my face and hopefully yours too.

Thank you again, from the depths of our hearts.

Richard and Kelley, parents of Isabelle
And Sebastian, brother of Isabelle

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bubbles the world over

At this moment, I have yet to count all of the countries represented on Bubbles for Isabelle - but it's a lot! Thank you.

Photo from the Wudy family in Jakarta, Indonesia

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Bubbles for my big sister

Bubbles for my older sister, Isabelle. We're sitting in front of the roses we planted for you called 'Isabella Renaissance' roses. We play in front of them daily, speaking your name, missing your presence, and longing for your laugh. We love you so much Isabelle. Love from your younger brother who has the chickenpox, Sebastian xx

Saturday, July 9, 2011

July 9 - 300 bubble pictures and counting

306 and counting - Thank You!! We've reached our goal of 300 bubble pictures, and now 300 Aden & Anais baby blankets are headed to children in need. Please feel free to continue posting bubble pictures through July 24, Isabelle's birthday. Thanks again for participating in Bubbles for Isabelle.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Isabelle lives on - in so many ways

July 6, 2011

The final update of Isabelles' organ recipients:

:: The 2 year old boy in Alabama who received Isabelle's heart is doing "wonderfully well." His transplant center reports that he is "absolutely precious."
:: The 22 month old girl from Texas who received Isabelle's liver is also doing "very well." She has been discharged from the hospital and her "liver numbers look great." She is "healthy, bright and active" and the hospital staff call her a "busy bee" as she runs all over the clinic. It's been reported that she's quite fond of cell phones and is able to unlock them surprisingly quickly. We were reminded again; "she loves to blow bubbles."
:: The young man from Kansas who received Isabelle's kidneys (both of them) is said to be doing "really, really well." His transplant coordinator referred to his family as the "coolest."

It is a surreal experience to write of your daughters' organs living on in other people. To be honest, the past 50 days have been surreal in general. There are (many) moments that we still can't believe she's gone... However, as surreal as it is, there is comfort in knowing these lives were saved, these futures are bright and that Isabelle lives so many ways. Please continue pray for her organ recipients.

And thank you. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. Just as there are no words to describe the profound ways we ache to have Isabelle back, I'm afraid there are no words to express our gratitude for the many ways you have all comforted us, encouraged us and supported us. From Bubbles for Isabelle, to personal notes, to visits - your stepping along side us during this devastating loss has helped so very much. So thank you, again, for everything.

Love Richard and Kelley