Sharing one of my favorite pieces of love that Lydia made me.  This one has extra special meaning and came to me during a moment when I least expected it.

Below is an excerpt from my story in the book Miracles and Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories of Survival, by Nancy B. Kennedy.  Remembering our loved ones today on Valentine’s and every other day of the year.  Forever in our hearts.

As I sat crying, sorrow and guilt and anger overwhelmed me.  I told Lydia how sorry I was, sorry that I couldn’t protect her, sorry that I had lived and she had not. I begged to just be able to wrap my arms around her and hold her tight, to tell her I loved her one more time, to know that she loved me.

I found myself pleading with Lydia to let me know she was with me, to give me a sign-something, anything!-to make this journey of grief a little easier.  I looked in the duffel bag and then walked over and looked behind the door.  Moving her green shoe basket aside, I found a folded, yellow piece of paper underneath.  

Slowly, I opened it.  

On the paper, Lydia had drawn a flower and in big letters she had written, “I love you!”  

Instantly, I was covered with goose bumps.  This was more than mere coincidence. At that moment, I knew I could survive the room, that I could survive the loss.  I knew that Lydia loved me. It made me feel so good.

I took pictures and a video of my daughter’s room that day, never wanting to forget an inch of it. I will miss the memories of her in that house, but in the end it’s only a house.  That evening, surrounded by my husband and four other children, I was overwhelmed with my blessings from the Lord, and I finally knew without a doubt that Lydia would be with me wherever I go.
Valentine’s Day Love


6 thoughts on “Forever In Our Hearts on Valentine’s Day and Every Other

  1. Lydia’s love is endless.
    1 Corinthians 13:7-10
    Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen.

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