Friday, November 16, 2007

Olivia's Box

I wanted to write about this last night, but our laptop decided to take a dive and no longer gets internet. The computer I am on now is the slowest thing on earth. So I will post pictures later.
The reason this post is called Olivia's box is because that is what we want Brinley to know it by. She knows that Olivia's box is what we put things in to remember her by. We didn't want her to question that if her body is in the box, how can she be in heaven.
Yesterday we dressed our sweet baby Olivia. She looked beautiful...
My sisters, Corinne and Julie, Matt's sister Ami and our Moms were there with us. My friend, Karen's aunt made the most beautiful dress, hat and booties that couldn't have fit her better. My mom made her a little dolly to snuggle with (she made all of her grandchildren these dolls). Another friend, Kim Whalen, made each of us girls a bracelet so that we all have something to connect us, so Olivia has hers on her right wrist because thats the side I wear mine on. She has a little ceramic heart that that goes in the center of one that I have. Matt's mom made a sweet little blanket. And my Dad had a little brass plaque made for geaneology reasons, in case we need to move her something someday.
I thought it was going to be really, really hard to see her that way, but I know it wasn't Olivia lying there, just her body and she is with her Father in heaven. I think that because I was able to dress her and hold her one more time, the funeral won't be so hard on me. Oh, I know I will cry, but I have so much to be thankful for...especially the time we got to spend with her.
I will have to write a whole posting on who to thank. We have been truly blessed with having wonderful people around us to help with so many things.


kim said...

I am sure her services will be beautiful. I am sorry I wasn't able to make it. Know that I am thinking of you at this time. I love you and am so glad you have had so many wonderful things for Olivia.

janet said...

What an incredible experience to hold her and know that she is in Heaven. What a great way to explain it to Brinley. and I love that you have matching bracelets. Hope you have a peaceful day today. Wish we could be there!

Josh n Betsie said...

Our prayers are with you. We love you and hope this day is a beautiful one and you have comfort. We miss you and wish we could be there to give you a hug and share our tears.
love you ALL so much

Emily Lyman said...

Matt and Arah,
You have no idea how much we wish we could have been there with you today. We love you!

Kaisa Bailey said...

We too wished so badly we could be there for you guys today. We love you so much and really hope that you had a peaceful day celebrating Olivia. Your preparation sounded very peaceful. Hopefully all else is well.
Love you

birdeeb said...

I would have been there if I lived there! I want you to know that I am mourning your loss as well & that I do pray for you! And I am not just saying that. That is so neat how you are doing all that you can to stay connected with that little babe. I am shedding a tear right now! You will be so blessed for this! She is a lucky baby to have a momma that kept her until she could have a body! Much love, Bird