I am a crafty person. Whenever any of my friends experience a loss or tragedy, my first thought is always, "What should I make for them?" Some people think "casserole" but I usually think "yarn, scissors, or glue." I found that it is no different when it applies to myself. I wanted to have some way to acknowldege that Michael and I had a baby, even if we never had the chance to meet him. Since we don't have any photos, I thought a painting would be a good option. I knew there was only one person who would be able to beautifully grasp the idea I had in my mind: my sister Emily. While I'm great at knitting and quilting I know I'm not very good at painting and drawing. She puts my craftiness to shame with her beautiful artwork. I know she would be able to perfectly capture what I had in mind.
I also wanted to incorporate something from each our our parents. My mom and dad had sent me a package and my mom had included these leaves as the gift tags, so I wanted them on the tree. (We called the baby "The Sapling" since our last name is Groves and a sapling is like a baby tree.)
Emily did not disappoint. I think she captured it all perfectly. She decided instead of paint to use scrapbooking paper, which I like even better. It hangs in our apartment and I love seeing it.
This is a sad story. However, faith in Christ means it isn't the end of the story. Michael and I know that we will meet our child someday. "Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed....'Death is swallowed up in victory. O death where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?'" (1 Corinthians 15:51&55)