Monday, December 10, 2012

Meet a Real Angel--I'm Serious




This woman.

This woman right here is an angel.

This woman has done more for me than I have ever (or will ever) do for another human being in my lifetime.

This woman was placed in my life at the perfect time, in the perfect place, with the perfect skills and the perfect heart to serve me through my darkest of days.

This woman's name is Jenny.

This woman is one of 8 children. 5 of whom were born with an extremely rare genetic disorder called Wolfram Syndrome. She knows death. She has lost 3 siblings and will lose her twin brothers. She understands what it takes to put a funeral together. She is familiar with death. She is in tune with things of the Spirit.

She is a designer, a seamstress, an event planner, and a mother to 3 amazing kids.

She was the Relief Society President when Lucy had her accident. I had no idea she was so schooled in the ways of death and dying and funerals and burials.

This is the woman who came to the hospital with a perfect white dress for my perfect little girl-- a dress she would be buried in. She had no pattern, she didn't ask what I might want it to look like--she just made it---before we even knew for sure that Lucy would be taken off life support. She walked into the hall of Primary Children's Hospital carrying that perfect white dress in her arms and without any words, we looked into each other's eyes and I knew exactly what the dress was for and why she made it. I knew it was the last thing I would see on my daughter's body.

She told me she stayed up late into the night and every stitch was guided.



This is the woman who brought hundreds of pink balloons to Lucy's funeral and the woman who tied pink ribbons around every tree surrounding the church where her funeral was held.

This is the woman who thought of, designed, and executed the design and giving to us of Lucy's Christmas tree.

This is the woman who, every May, wears a pink ribbon on her dress to church and her boys and husband wear pink ties.

This is the woman who goes to Lucy's tree in the Pinebrook park (planted by my Peter Pan cast) on Christmas and on Lucy's birthday and ties pink ribbons on it.

This is the woman who, when I told her we were going to try to time our next pregnancy so as to avoid the months of May and June (Lucy's death and Lucy's birthday), said, "We get them when we can get them.."  And it hit me so hard that I knew we couldn't skip two months of trying to conceive....In other words, I blame her for Zoë being due on Lucy's birthday.

This is the woman who sews 50+ pillowcases every May for us to donate to Primary Children's Hospital.

This is the woman who brought balloons and cookies to our house to celebrate Lucy's birthday 6 days after Zoë was born.

And this is the woman who saved material from Lucy's burial dress to be used in a blessing dress for a future daughter of mine.

This woman.

This woman.

The big bow on Zoë's head? Made from the same ribbon you see on the waistband of Lucy's burial dress.

And the center stitched section on the chest of Zoë's blessing dress is from the same fabric as the material Lucy was buried in.

This woman is an angel. THIS WOMAN IS AN ANGEL. Not many people get to know who their guardian angels are. I've met a few of mine in the flesh since Lucy died.

This woman is one of them.



25 comments:

  1. I love and truly believe in 'real life' angels.

    ToOdLeS.

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  2. Amazing! Both dresses are beautiful.

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  3. I'm so happy you have her in your life. She is truly an angel.

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  4. Wow. Sometimes the road to tender mercies is also strewn with heartache.... to think of all she has gone through to help you, and all you have gone through to help others. No wonder they are TENDER mercies. God bless her.

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  5. I never comment, but had to tonite:

    This post made me cry. What an amazing woman! And how blessed to have such an angel in your life.

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  6. i can't even put into words how much i loved this post! xoxo

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  7. Tears. I'm so glad you've been blessed with such an amazing friend.

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  8. Yes, Jenny is all that you say..and more. You forgot to mention how beautifully she decorated the church for the luncheon after Lucy's funeral. This was no paper tablecloth and centerpieces out of the Relief Society closet kind of thing - remember the white and pink tables and gorgeous flowers? It was such an amazing lift to walk into a room decorated to say that a most important event was taking place and let's make everything as lovely as humanly possible. Oh, Jenny, you are really something!

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  9. WOW! Jenny is an amazing woman for sure. The dresses are breathtakingly beautiful for two breathtakingly beautiful little girls. I know what it is like to have someone in my life who is my angel, that person who "saved" me from myself, who was there every day for years making sure I didn't go too crazy because of loss and grief. I'm so glad Jenny was and is there for you. We all need angels on the other side rooting for us but we also need angels on this side doing the same thing...helping us, picking us up, doing amazing special things for us, and most of all, just loving us.

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  10. Thank you for sharing this post. So much to learn from Jenny. You are trully lucky to know her and have her in your life.

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing this. What an amazing woman and inspiration. I will forever remember this post and strive to be like her.

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  12. What an amazing woman and a true example of Christ-like love!

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  13. seriously am crying after reading this because it is so true! jenny is a beautiful, amazing angel whom i love. great choice of a blog topic! <3

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  14. What an amazing experience!! Angel indeed!!

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  15. Thank you so much for posting this. I am truly inspired!

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  16. She is an angel, and those dresses are beautiful!
    Zoe looks so cute!

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  17. What a wonderful post. And what an amazing woman.

    I'm glad she was there for you when you needed her, and it's plain to see she isn't going anywhere...

    =)

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  18. This post made me cry! I am so glad you had such a special earth angel, The Lord could work through. What a great example of being selfless. Love both dresses. So many thoughtful and loving acts! Thank you for sharing!

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  19. I could not read this without crying. What a blessing she has been to you - and what an inspiration to the rest of us. Thank you for this post.

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  20. What beautiful dresses and how thoughtful of you Jenny.

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  21. I loved this post! So glad you have such a wonderful person in your life.

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  22. Oh my goodness,this post has me absolutely sobbing. Absolutely beautiful.

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  23. this was just about the most beautiful post I have read in a long time. Glad you shared your story and still do with us!

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