"to have her welfare ever at heart that she may be a symphony of high purpose and helpfulness in which there is no discordant note." - Chi Omega Symphony & Creed
When Tim and I were interviewed a few weeks ago for an article about Amelia in the Opinion-Tribune we were asked what we hoped Amelia's legacy would be. At the time I hadn't thought much about her legacy. As time passes and her purposes here on this earth become evident through the people whose lives she is touching, her legacy has also begun to unfold before our eyes...it is a beautiful legacy.
It is love,
a gift from her father in heaven, to all of us here waiting on earth.
Amelia means a lot of things to a lot of people.
To me she is so many beautiful things.
She is Love, Music, Grace, Hope, Power,
a Daughter, a Sister, a Friend, a Child of God, a Blessing
She is my heart.
She is the melody of the symphony of motherhood.
I want to leave a legacy
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love?
Did I point to You enough
To make a mark on things?
I want to leave an offering
A child of mercy and grace who
blessed your name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy
selected lyrics from "Legacy" - Nichole Nordeman
FYI you can read the Opinion-Tribune articles about Amelia referenced in this entry by clicking on the News Articles page in the blog header!
Tim and I found out we were expecting in November of 2009 and could not have been more thrilled! A little scared as to how we were going to handle a 2 year old and a new baby, but thrilled.
We have always known that God had special plans for our children. March 15, 2010, at a routine 20 week ultrasound, Amelia was diagnosed with Anencephaly; a fatal neural tube defect said to affect one child for every 1000 births and 3 in 10,000 live births.
Knowing her life expectancy after birth was only minutes to hours, we chose to carry Amelia to term and created this blog/journal to record her short time here on earth.
We hope to use this blog as both a journal and record of Amelia's time with us here on earth and as a way to share with family and friends the day to day joys and sorrows of this pregnancy. We believe that life is a precious gift of God and rejoice in the blessings God has given in our children.
God is good.
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14
For a long time there were only your footprints and laughter in our dreams, and even from such small things, we knew we could not wait to love you forever. Brian Andreas