"Sitting there with my husband, our new baby boy and the sweet spirit of my daughter was the best day, the best moment of my life."
Today we welcome Becky Kimball to the Hanna blog! A grateful soul, a talented eye and an inspiring mother. Becky runs a series on her blog called "Best Day Series." She asks her fellow mom friends: what is your best day? What comes from it is truly inspiring. So, we wanted to ask her, Becky herself what her best day is...
"As I've had the opportunity to ask many women what their answer is to 'what was your best day?', I've had time to reflect on what was my best day. Yes, the typical cliche answers come to mind, but it wasn't until I really sat down to write my own response that I realized that my best day was the day my son was born. He is my second born child. He is 10. He was born just a short 18 months after my first child, my daughter, was born. Her name is Rylee Ann.
She was born with a congenital heart defect and we actually found out at her 20 week ultrasound apt that she would need some surgeries to repair that little heart of hers. At just 6 days old, she had an open heart surgery. I remember waiting in the waiting room and the nurse would call to give us updates. After the surgery, the surgeon came out and spoke to me. Others from our extended family were there listening, but he wanted to make sure that he could talk to "Mom" and it was just him and I. The surgery was successful and basically they re-plumbed her little heart (as the Doctor said). She would need at least 2 more surgeries in the future. She came home when she was 3.5 weeks old.
We loved that little girl, and we loved her hard. She was everything to us. Eventually the oxygen and the feeding tube came off and she lived a normal life. No one would have ever noticed that she had fought for her life those first few weeks. We were able to travel with her and raise her. It wasn't until she was 5 months and 7 days old that her life here on earth was completed. She was sent back to Heaven to be with our Heavenly Father. My darkest days followed her death. I was numb. I knew that I would see her again, but it never takes away the pain that I was feeling.
So, why is my son's day of birth my best day? I'll explain. I could only imagine that he and Rylee were just together as I was preparing to bring him into this world. As I held him, I cried. The tears were from the knowledge that he came fresh from Heaven, from his older sister. I have never felt so close to God in that moment.
Sitting there with my husband, our new baby boy and the sweet spirit of my daughter was the best day, the best moment of my life. "
Thank you so much Becky for bringing so much inspiration and positivity to everyone you interact with!