Yes, this is another post I meant to write before Christmas, on December 23rd, actually, but time just got away from me.
When we went to Waco the weekend before Christmas to celebrate the holiday with Brad's family, we also got to attend my niece Faith's third birthday party. Faith was born on the 23rd of December, just two months and three days before Hannah went to Heaven, and they really only got to meet each other once. Here's a picture of that day...
I remember that Hannah really did not want to hold her. Her body was clearly suffering from the ravages of cancer treatments, and she didn't think she was strong enough to hold a baby safely. She argued against it, but I insisted even though she was probably right, because I really wanted to get a picture of them together. And as you can see, they quickly warmed to each other, and this picture is a treasure. We have very, very few pictures of Hannah after her diagnosis, because she didn't like to be photographed, so this one is really special.
Now, here's a picture of Faith today, or at least a few weeks ago, at Thanksgiving time.
Sigh. It makes me so sad that Faith never had the opportunity to get to know her cousin, Hannah, and neither did Katie Joy, another cousin who was born exactly one month after Hannah went to Heaven. But I'm so grateful to their parents, who have done so much to make Hannah a part of their lives. And that these little girls will someday have all eternity to get to know her. Sure makes me thankful for Heaven!