Today happened... it came. I was dreading it, fearing it actually. Trying to figure out what we could do that would honor Declan. That would help our broken hearts in their healing.
We talked about this day last year... we talked about the impact it had on all of us. We laughed, I cried... it was wonderful to meet them and to embrace them!
After lunch, we took a tray of baked goods to Noah's school, South Elementary to treat the staff that work there. We have felt nothing but support and love from the teachers and other personnel that work there. Noah's teacher last year and his teacher this year sent us special notes to let us know they were thinking of us.
After dropping off the goodies, we brought another tray of deliciousness over to the emergency room staff here at Rivers Edge hospital in St. Peter. When we arrived at the reception area, we told our story to the young lady working the desk, another lady over heard our us talking and said, "I remember you, we were just speaking of you this morning." She was kind enough to allow us back to the ER to meet one of the people that was working that terrible day... we came in and she came around the corner, she put her hands over her mouth and said "Shut up" with tears in her eyes... she recognized us in matter of seconds. She told us that she thinks about Declan every day. It was fabulous to meet her and to know he is remembered!
We ended our day by going out to supper... coming home, getting the kids tucked in and chilling out with each other. I didn't know what to expect about today... I wasn't sure how I would feel... but I couldn't have asked for it to be any better. Meeting the police officers and the Emergency room nurse, solidified that there are great people out there who do the right thing, even when they don't have to. To all the men and women who worked so hard to give us one last day with our son, Nate and I say THANK YOU!
This photo was taken on Valentine's day last year, around 6:45 in the morning. Clearly, we didn't know if would be the last one of our beloved Declan and his brothers and sister, but thank God we took it.
A glimpse into our day a year ago at this time...
A brief look into our 365 days of healing...
Play therapy in early April
Butterfly release in memory of our lost loved one
Floating lanterns on Memorial day
Running for Declan at the Color Run
Declan tattoo... I refuse to sink
Hope Rocks concert - benefit to support Faith's Lodge
Adding new hand made decorations to Declan's grave site
"Celebration of life" floating lanterns gathering with over 80 friends and family members supporting us on Declan's 1st birthday
Preparing for Valentines day by being at his grave site
Sending unending love to our son
Giving flowers to our little man...
We miss you and love you Declan Lloyd, your memory will never be forgotten...