this is my sad post that reminds me to find joy in the journey. i hate to share this sort of personal stuff, but this was so poignant to me that it gives me the chance to reflect on the joy my family brings me:
in an email from our friends the richey's whom we met as newlyweds
"Dearest friends and loved ones,
We are saddened to tell you that our sweet little Cadence died in her sleep while napping Tuesday. She was healthy and beautiful; it was time for her to return to her Heavenly Father. She was born 8/4/08 and died almost 4.5 months later on 12/16/08. "
earlier in the week lindsey shared this story
i promise to hold my punks a little tighter and a little longer to remember that life is precious and that my children are a gift from God.