Sunday, October 17, 2010

Weekend Away

Shane and I decided Friday morning that we wanted to get away. We packed up the van and the kids, hooked up Shane's mom's camper and took off.

We camped from Friday night until this afternoon. It was beautiful weather, and an amazing time away with the kids. It gave us quailty time as a family, and some time after the kids went to bed for Shane and me to simply sit uninterrupted at the campfire and talk. It was exactly what our souls and hearts needed. 

Shane and I were able to talk about our future. Jobs, children, house, goals. We aren't sure where God is going to take us, but we trust Him fully and are going to be praying together about where God is going to take us from here. 

We have also decided to participate in a grief support group through one of our local churches. That starts this week. I have had some days of extreme sadness and grief. Shane deals with things much differently than I do- and we both realize that we express our grief differently. I'm hoping this will help us both to better understand eachother and to help us work past this sadness.

Finally, Shane and I both would like to thank all of you for your love and support. Your words of kindness and encouragement have carried us through this and will continue to carry us through. For those of you who have supported us financially, we can't thank you enough. You all (whether you gave finacially or not) have helped carry our burden and have made our load lighter and more managable. Thank you.

And finally, thank you for loving Joshua. Thank you for sharing with us how Joshua's amazing little life has affected yours. Thank you for crying with us, praying with us, and sharing our journey. We are excited to share the next chapter of our lives with you as we figure out life without Joshua in our arms.


Kristine said...

After a few months on this sad road, from everything I've seen, I think men and women just grieve differently. And, it might not even be the differences in the sexes so much. People just grieve differently. I have yet to meet two people that always feel the same thing at the same time. You're an amazing couple to see that and recognize it. Of course, I'm thinking of you always. So excited when this post popped up in my reader to see how the weekend went for you. <3

Seams Inspired said...

I'm so glad you had an opportunity to get away and just 'be' this weekend. Praying for you and your family, my bloggy friend. (((HUGS)))

Christine said...

*hug* I'm glad to hear you've got a game plan. Thinking of you and praying for you often.

ArizonaIntactivist said...

Thank YOU for sharing! Love and blessings to you and your family...

Carolina Carters said...

I'm so glad you all had a nice weekend away together. We're always praying for you Jill, and looking forward to being with you where ever God leads you.

Paula B said...

I was thinking about all of you a lot this weekend. Didn't know you were gone. Glad you went camping. I am sure this time was much needed. You know we can help you in any way you need. Please just ask or have someone let us know. We love you very much and we love our little Popeye - Joshua. Blessings to you.

Molly Alisa Photography said...

I am so glad you had a great weekend Jill. :)

Heather and Adam said...

Glad to hear you had a good weekend you deserved it. I think about your family everyday, hopefully the grief support will help you through this very tough time

Cindy S. said...

It was so good to see you at church today - worshipping the God you love. I continue to pray that God will be gracious and merciful to you and give you the strength you need each day to get through the days ahead.

Glad to hear that you were able to take some time for your family this weekend. I look forward to the quips of your kids. They are priceless and bring many smiles.

Love you guys ~ Cindy

Tara said...

Glad you got to get away and have some quiet times. I think of you all everyday and praying for you always. Like Kristine said earlier, you have tremendous strength and spiritual wisdom to see the grieving process the way you do. Blessings to you and your family!

Anonymous said...

I have been introduced to you through Loralee. I wanted to offer my support and kind wishes to you and your family.
My heart understands all too well and for that I am sorry. No one should have to face the loss of a child.
Best wishes for continued love and support from those of us who understand and those we hope never have to. May God grant you the peace in your hearts to walk the days ahead.

Douglas' Mom

Deidre said...

Jill, you continue to be a HUGE inspiration to me!!! I'm so happy to hear that you got an opportunity for some much needed family time!!! Still continuing to think of and pray for your family daily! Much love to you ALL!!! xoxoxo

HLHS angel's Momma
Ayden Christopher Boyd
8/14/10 - 8/26/10

Anonymous said...

Again, my sincere condolences to you and your family. I know of a great book that may help you in the grieving process. It discusses all types of reproductive loss, from miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth, death of a newborn, etc. It is called "Grieving Reproductive Loss" and is very thoughtfully written. The author is Kathleen Gray, a grievance counsellor and RN.

Here is a link to Amazon:

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The Cox Family said...

I'm so glad you guys got away and spent some time as a family. It sounds just like what your hearts and souls needed.

Auntie M said...

So glad you got time away with the family.
Sending prayers on your behalf.

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