30 Days of Thanks #15

By Molly Bice-Jackson - 9:45 PM



I

am so thankful

for the people who write to us

and tell us

how much Lucy has influenced their lives.

You've kept her alive, celebrated and honored her through telling stories and sharing your experiences.

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I want you to know how much you and Lucy have changed my life. It is important for me that you know that even though Lucy was here for such a short time, she matters so much--even to someone like me who never knew her in mortality.

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I really and truly think about you each time I see my kids together, trailing after each other. I think about Lucy a lot when I am watching Hattie's ballet class - knowing that you should be doing the same thing somewhere at a dance studio in Park City.

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I have never been so invested in a prayer as I was when I prayed for Lucy when she was in the hospital. I have never had so many aspects of my testimony grow out of a single life occurrence.

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I visited your blog today and watched your sweet video of Lucy. She is such a cutie! I can only imagine how you ache for her.

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I hope one day I have the opportunity to sit and visit with you as I would love to hear stories about your Lucy and meet your boys.

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I have cried for you and had to seek comfort from my husband just as though it had happened to me. I feel for you and I wish that Lucy could come back to you.

And many, many more.

They feed me.

And humble me.

And encourage me.

Thank You.




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  1. She looks like a little angel:)

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  2. that is the sweetest picture I've seen. It's hard for me to believe that I never got to meet her. I really feel like I knew her just from knowing you. Maybe Lucy, Rulan and Peter all played together in heaven...

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  3. Oh goodness... The face! The HAIR! The crocs... Thank you for sharing your precious girl with us, your dashing husband and your tender heart. Thank you for being a living example of grace. Thank you for inspiring me to be a person of joy and enthusiasm. I also have a son and daughter as you do, and I often think of Lucy and Peter when I watch them walking together from behind. What a glorious day when you will do the same. God bless you.

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  4. Hi Molly - it's your Dad, Lucy's Papa. I don't recall ever seeing this picture of our angel Lucy. The tears just naturally began flowing as I read over the comments. Nothing will replace the peace and joy and excitement of Lucy sitting on my lap while we watched you perform the role of Peter Pan. The emotions and tears and sorrow just naturally flow when I read your words directly from your heart - and I treasure the fact that Nancy and I get to be your parents and the in-laws for Vic. And you know, the sorrow I feel now is GOOD sorrow, born of adversity, as opposed to the sorrow I feel and have felt from sin. The cavity carved by this sorrow will certainly be a receptacle for immense joy. And THOSE are the tears I long to feel, when we're all there together again as a family. It will happen, I know it. - Papa Bice

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  5. WOW, that picture. Such a beautiful, special girl.
    She has touched my life too.
    Hugs from Argentina.

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  6. Wow Molly... beautiful words from your Dad! She is precious, your angel. I pray for you daily. Thank you for sharing with us your deepest thoughts~ It makes us grow. Love to you!

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  7. Lucy is simply precious. And has touched my life in many ways. I have 2 boys (one who is 2 years...) and as I play repetitive things over and over again with him and I want to quit and be selfish and come on the computer....I think of you and Lucy and know that each moment is a gift. No matter how mundane the task is I know you miss doing it with Lucy. your blog has made me a better Mom to my boys...and I need all the help I can get:)

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  8. Molly-- A reader of my blog suggested that I visit yours, saying that your family knows exactly what ours is going through. That reader was right. Our daughter, Hudson, died suddenly in May from an incredibly aggressive bacterial meningitis (despite having been fully immunized). Her organs were too damaged from the infection to be donated. She was 17 months old and the absolute light and love of our lives. We were deep into our plans to have a brother or sister for her, and in our horrific grief, we were faced with the decision to go ahead with those plans. Despite our fears and our terrible sorrow, we are now expecting our second child in May, almost one year exactly after we lost our precious girl. Your post today in particular struck me because I have told people over and over again that the only consolation I have after Hudson's death is the knowledge that her life and death can continue to have meaning. So I am also very grateful for every time another mother tells me that Hudson's story has changed the way she interacts with her kids, or a father tells me that he now understands how precious life is. As much as I wish that our Hudson did not have to die for all of us to learn these lessons (and I would trade it all back in a heartbeat), if it has to be the way that it is, then I am grateful for my own family's and all these other families' changed perspectives about the meaning of their lives and their relationships with their children. Your sweet Lucy is just exquisite, and I am heartbroken for your family that she is not here with you on earth (by the way, "Lucy" is a family name for both my husband and me and it's one of our two choices if this child turns out to be a girl-- I thought it especially apropos given that "Lucy" means "light," as you know). As we dig deeper into the holidays (your Halloween post also touched a deep chord), I will be thinking of your family. Thank you for sharing in this way-- as horrifying a thing as this is to have in common, it is at least comforting to know that the path is not entirely uncharted and that we are not walking it alone. Much love to you, your Lucy, and the rest of your family.

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  9. oh my...she is an angel, truly! I want to eat her up. And her favorite little crocs! Love you...hope today is a good one.

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