Two years have passed since Julia left us. Despite the time that has passed and everyone trying to move past the pain, it’s difficult to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day without remembering that this was the week Julia left us. I will always remember our Cinco de Mayo playdate as the last time I saw Julia and feel less than festive because of that memory.
Two years ago, fevers ran rampant throughout my mom’s group. Several kids had contracted strep throat and other bizarre illnesses with high fevers. Then like bad déjà vu, those strange viruses began surfacing again this week. I comforted my poor sick four year old, but my heart ached as I remembered how little Julia was exposed to something viral this same week, however, the true cause of her untimely passing would remain undetermined.
Several of us sent prayers of comfort to the Bradley Family this week. I am constantly amazed by Jackie’s strength and her ability to pick up the pieces after such a tragic event. Even last night, as a group of close friends laughed over drinks about silly, girlie nonsense, we knew that in a few short hours Jackie and her family would face the anniversary of losing Julia, a pain no parent should ever have to feel and yet so surreal that your brain refuses to comprehend it and your heart won’t allow you to let go of it.
Last December, the Bradley Family celebrated the birth of their third child, Jackson. When I look at this precious boy, I see Julia and it’s beautiful to know that a piece of her is still with us.
This morning on Facebook, Jackie posted a message of thanks with one small request when remembering Julia today.
Two years ago today our sweet angel, Julia, went to heaven. We miss her so much and are so thankful to have so many friends and family thinking about her today. In memory of Julia…please take a moment to do something special with your kids this weekend!
* Although I didn’t take any of these pictures, I felt compelled to share photos of Julia and her story for this week’s Photo Story Friday.*