Friday, June 8, 2012

Guess how much I love you...

Today marks the day of our first child began life. Lily Grace was born via emergency cesarian at around 9am after 24hrs or labour. She passed away only after 3 days of life. I won't go into the details, I have touched on them in previous posts if you would like to read them but today I would like my post to be more of celebration of her life.

We were given the book, Guess How Much I Love You, Written by Sam McBratney, Illustrated by Anita Jeram by the Paster who preformed Lily's Baptism (at her Dad's request).

For those who haven't seen it or read it it's about a little rabbit, Little Nutbrown hair, and his Dad, Big Nutbrown hair and their adventures into going to sleep. Little nut brown hair is trying to show his Dad how much he loves him by measuring it against things like, how far he can read and how high he can jump. It's a beautiful, simple story but has such meaning for a parent and child.

After the Paster had delivered the religious ceremony, he asked if it was OK to read this book, it was just so beautiful and summed up how I felt about our little girl.

This is the last quote from the book, but it resonates with me.
"Big Nutbrown Hare settled Little Nutbrown Hare into his bed of leaves, He leaned over and kissed him good night.
Then he lay down close by and whispered with a smile "I love you right up to the moon... AND BACK.

Happy 6th Birthday my beautiful sweet angel. I love YOU right to the moon and back.


  1. Hugs to you Gem! While I have never met you, I am very touched by your story. I love that book too, it is now a TV show. Children are such a blessing and touch our hearts forever, whether they are here for a lifetime or only for a moment.

  2. Gem - happened upon your blog looking for the that book as well and i frequently read it with my 3 children at night (it's at their bed side now - thus why i was looking on the computer).

    read about your sweet angel...i am so sorry for your loss. even though it was 6 yrs ago, i am sure it is fresh in your memory. so happy you were able to share three special days with her.


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