Sunday, April 12, 2009

Lilybear and the cousins...

So, my sweet sister asked me to bring Lilybear to be in the Easter photos with all the kids. My hubby and I went to the portrait studio and saw my 4 nieces and 1 nephew (he so needs someone on his little side!). They were adorable in their Easter clothes and at one point I did excuse myself to have a cry in the ladies room. I was overwhelmed (again) at my heartache of not having Lily here with us. I didn't want anyone to know that I was upset, and my 3 older nieces kept me busy enough that I did enjoy the extra time to see them. I was helping my nieces change their clothes when my sister came in and handed me a 8x10 of the picture below. I started to cry (ugh, that seemed to be my emotional response to everything on Friday), but this time the tears were not of sadness. Lilybear was the standin for my sweet daughter, and to the unknowing eye, Lilybear just looks like a prop from the portrait studio, but for Lily's family, the teddybear's presence means so MUCH more.



11 comments:

Erica said...

What a sweet special moment for Lily! I am sure you will treasure this photo forever!

Marie W said...

I LOOOVEEEE that your sis did that and included Lily. What a great tribute and memory. It seems as if she wants Lily to be remembered as part of the family. Kudos to her.

Emalee said...

Oh how sweet! That is GREAT! what a special family you have.

Never forgetting Gregory said...

That is incredible. I am so thrilled your sister asked for this and that your family wants to remember Lily. What a great idea. I would have lost it at some point as well...great picture.

Beth said...

That is so sweet! You have a wonderful family! Your nieces and nephew are so cute too. :) This is a wonderful picture.

Brendan and Brenna's Mom said...

That is the sweetest thing ever. Something you'll cherish I'm sure.

(Love the new background!)

Mrs. Mother said...

This made me cry. We did something similiar at Christmas with the grandkids. Tessa wore a pin, but it wasn't my sister or SIL's idea. It was mine. I kind of wish they would have thought of it. How sweet of your sister.

Hollie said...

That is so incredibly beautiful!! How sweet of your sister to remember little Lily!

Kate said...

What a beautiful gift for Lily. I think it is fantastic your family would do that for you! The picture is so sweet, and brought tears to my eyes. Hugs, Kate

Bluebird said...

That is so incredibly beautiful! I love the family photo and can only imagine how you will treasure it. And what a beautiful person your sister is to even thing of this -I'd be blown away.

Julia said...

WOW- I am just blown away. Beautiful idea. My mom said last night that she wants to get a pic of all the grandkids this summer and now your sis has me thinkin'. Beautiful, just beautiful.