I gave a few of Rachel's dresses to Abigail to use for her dolls. One dress really is a doll dress, given to us by a friend last Christmas. (a matching girl and doll dress set) It is absolutely mind boggling to me to think that Rachel wore this dress. And kind of gut wrenching too. The dress didn't close in the back but it was a near fit. Her legs were quite a bit longer but she often had them curled up anyway. (until much later) Just for comparison, here's an 18 inch doll next to a doll wearing Rachel's dress...
Here's Rachel and Abigail almost a year ago.
|In Abigail's scrapbook I wrote the caption "Wake up sis! I want to play!" After I read this to Abigail, she thought this was so neat. She ran around the house excitedly and said a number of times, "Rachel calls me sis!"|
I cleaned out our stuff from beneath the stairs, which included boy baby stuff. Came across a special sleeper that I had wanted to put on Rachel but couldn't find. Thought how cute it would have looked on her. Piled the boys clothes to be given away, in the basement. I can't touch the girl's stuff yet. I do hope to make a quilt from Rachel's clothes....someday.
And yesterday....I peeled off the sheet from her basinet, and gathered up the blankets that I had left in her basinet...and put it all into the washer. There had been one or two blankets that she had used very briefly before she died and we thought for awhile that we could still smell her in it. So I gave it one last long whiff just in case - but the smell was gone or maybe it was so unfamiliar. I'm not sure I would remember her smell anymore. I left the basinet standing though - that's one thing I can't do just yet...
I have been cleaning up her things, bit by bit because it doesn't feel much like her room anymore. Dave has been using it as his office and the kids, wanting to be near Daddy, had played with her toys and mussed up the bed and room. And so I thought maybe it was time. But I was surprised at how much these acts of cleaning up, took 'it' out of me. I feel tired, fragile again. That took me off guard, and made me realize that there is a reason to not rush into these things. And there really is no particular timeline that I'm supposed to follow.
So....lots of ups and downs still going on over here....
The kids are both in school. Dave is studying downstairs. I'm going to go spend some time reading God's words. I need to be soaked in something that is true. I need something real to hold on to right now.
But first, this is part of the Bible story that I read to the kids last night. It was the last story in their book, "the Jesus Storybook Bible"
I see a sparkling city shimmering in the sky: glittering, glowing - coming down! From heaven. And from the sky. Heaven is coming down to earth! God's city is beautiful. Walls of topaz, jasper, sapphire. Wide streets paved with gold. Gleaming pearl gates that are never locked shut. Where is the sun? Where is the moon? They aren't needed anymore. God is all the Light people need. No more darkness! No more night! (no more bad dreams for Ethan, he liked that part!)
And the King says, "Look! God and his children are together again. No more running away. Or hiding. No more crying or being lonely or afraid. No more being sick or dying. (I cried at that part!) Because all those things are gone. Yes, they're gone forever. Everything sad has come untrue. And see - I have wiped away every tear from every eye!
And then a deep, beautiful voice that sounded like thunder in the sky says, "Look, I am making everything new!"
It was hard to squeeze all John saw into words. And fit it onto a page. And cram it into a book. All the words on all the pages of all the books in all the world would never be enough.
"I am the beginning, "Jesus said, "and the ending."......
John came to the end of his book. But he didn't write "The End" Because of course, that's how stories finish. (and this one's not over yet)
So instead he wrote: "Come quickly Jesus!!"
Which , perhaps is really just another way of saying...To Be Continued...