A few days ago would have been Atticus' First Birthday. Can you even imagine the pain of not getting to celebrate the birthday of your child?? The heart break and the whole in her heart?? Well, this is where the story becomes humbling.. where you see just how amazing this woman is.... I recieved an email that went as follows....
Dear Sisters of the Harvest Hills 7th Ward,
As some of you may know, this Tuesday, February 25th would have been Atticus Cox's first birthday. At the beginning of this month, I knew I needed to do something, but unsure of what would be meaningful and appropriate, I spent some serious time on my knees and at the temple. I made a decision, and after talking to a few people and tweeking it a bit, was able to come up with a plan that we can all be a part of.
If you are able to attend, we will be meeting at the Stake Center parking lot on Tuesday morning between 9:15-9:20. I will have the same color of balloons that we released at his funeral in July, and will hand those out. We will offer a prayer, and then have a SILENT walk to and from the Cox home. Upon our arrival, I will text LaNae Call who will be inside with Jen, and she will bring her to the window. It is critical that this be a silent, reverant, and spiritual event, as this will be an extremely difficult day for their family. Jen will be able to look outside and see our love and support for her, without having to be on the spot to respond. I don't want her to feel like she needs to "put on a brave face"... but I do want her to know that WE REMEMBER. After seeing them at the window we can each offer a silent prayer for their family, and let our balloons go. We will then walk silently back to the Stake Center.
I really hope that each of you can make it... and ask that you please not talk about this with Jen or with your children as they may slip and tell her children at school, who may in turn tell her. We want this to be a surprise! We as sisters in the gospel, are asked to carry one another's burdens, and although we can't take away the pain that this day will surely hold for her and her family, we can definitely help her to feel of our love, and that of our Savior Jesus Christ.
The following morning we gathered... and the turnout was incredible... busy moms who had work or kids or "other" things to do all took their time to come and support this family, this mom, this beautiful spirit. We all walked silently to her house as tears of empathy fell and when we got to her house as she peered out the window we all said a prayer in our hearts for their family and let the balloons fly high in the sky...
These ladies are INCREDIBLE. When you think that you are alone. Think again. God ALWAYS has a plan for you and to help ease your burden. These amazing friends and neighbors and "sisters" of mine helped fulfill one of those plans that day... even though tears were shed and hearts still ached the thing that conquered all that day was LOVE.. Love for Jen ( the mom), Love for Atticus, Love for our Heavenly Father, and Love for eachother.
As sisters in Zion We'll All work together.