Our son Gabriel was alive for only a few precious minutes after his birth.
But, I know he has left his footprint on the hearts of many.
Through his life & death, there were many people who left sweet footprints on my heart.
In memory of Gabriel's 6 year birth anniversary,
I want to publicly acknowledge some of these people.
(But I also want to say, if you are not mentioned right here, that does not at all mean I forgot you.
There were so many people who loved us so beautifully through our son's life & death.)
Rebecca gifted Scott & I with private birth classes.
She loved us by giving us caring information, so we could go into our son's birth prepared.
She congratulated us in the birth of our son, before she offered sympathy for our lost.
She treated his life with dignity.
Alicia is a doula. She was truly my caregiver/doula through my pregnancy with Gabriel.
She was just "there" for me. For whatever I needed.
She cared for me while I was on bedrest.
She took me to a scary appointment, when my family was all out of town.
She was a quiet comfort.
(btw, if you are wondering how to love someone who is grieving,
I recommend this approach.)
Dr. Laura Diana
I am so grateful to have Dr. Diana as my OB.
I really believe she is a gift from God to me.
I had heard of her, "a nice OB in town."
I met her that night my water broke
& we rushed to the hospital.
She was the OB on call.
My OB was an hour away, at a different hospital.
She was so compassionate & loving toward our son
& toward Scott & I.
She has been my doctor ever since
& has been there for each of our babies.
(Plus she is an adoptive mom.
And she was just in Ethiopia on a missions trip last month.
And she brought me the book,
There is No Me Without you the night Kendall was born.
And wondered out loud when I would ever get time to read it.
I haven't yet. But I'm gonna.)
Nurses at Watsonville Hospital
Trish - my admittance nurse
We already knew Trish from church.
She knew our story - Gabriel's story.
God gave us a wonderful gift
to have Trish at the admittance desk that night.
We didn't have to tell the heartbreaking facts to the staff.
She did it for us.
Laura - my early labor nurse
Laura was so confident & upbeat.
She was what I needed.
I was nervous, unsure, sad…
She was a strength for us.
She told us she was blessed to be our nurse
& she imparted some of her confidence to us.
Heidi - my post delivery nurse
Heidi was tender & compassionate.
She gave us space & time to grieve with our son.
I don’t think I’ll forget her soft spoken kindnesses.
And, I won’t forget how she stood strong for us
when we were ready to give up Gabriel’s body.
She would not allow the nurse who came,
to wheel him off in a cart, as she had intended.
Heidi firmly told that young lady to carry him.
Carry this sweet body in your arms. Do not wheel him out of here.
These nurses were a gift to us. Each respectful, kind & strong women.
God gives tender mercies, even through the deep valleys of pain.
I am grateful.