Thank you all for your incredible outpouring of love and support. We've been inundated with messages, emails, phone calls, and cards. Every one tells us we are loved and thought of. Every one tells us Ava's life mattered to someone, and our grief over her loss is shared. Yes, we're overwhelmed, but please, don't stop. We so appreciate every person who approaches us with tears in their eyes.
Don't apologize for crying with us!
Your grief is an acknowledgement of how much you care, for us, for Ava, for our family. Thank you for letting our story grip your heart.
This past week, time has raced by in slow motion. So many feelings, so many thoughts, so little time to sit and just be sad. Three busy girls, one with pneumonia and two with colds need a mama and daddy who are present, so Matt took the week off work, friends jumped in to cuddle the girls, clean our house, bring our meals and give us space to start planning Ava's service.
And in the middle of it all, Elizabeth graduated from Kindergarten! What a blessing her teachers and therapists have been. After a week away, she jumped back into school and on the last day, she and I were able to enjoy her class' awards ceremony. She won the Great Attitude Award, and we couldn't be more proud!