Last week my friend’s wife was overcome with a rare bacterial infection which resulted in an emergency c-section at 36 weeks. Their beautiful little girl passed away after a short time on this earth, and now my friend’s wife is fighting for her life. My friend has setup a Facebook page with regular updates which I am following closely. So many friends and loved ones are praying for Amanda Hansen’s recovery.
Separately, I have been meaning to write about my friend Ferly. She and I are both bloggers, writing about the highs and lows of fertility. I was so excited to find out that we were pregnant together and felt such kinship as we went through the same routine appointments. During Ferly’s 18 week ultrasound, instead of finding out the baby’s sex, the doctor said the baby wouldn’t survive. I was devastated to learn the news. Ferly has been blogging so eloquently about growing her family, which she has organized as a series on her blog: http://giftsweuse.com/family-life/growing-our-family.
Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean people aren’t experiencing pain. Maybe this Christmas we can step outside the comfort of our celebrations to recognize those we wouldn’t normally pay attention to: the bothersome homeless person, someone who is struggling to find work, people who are sick or alone. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, even just a simple prayer or lighting a candle.
On this Christmas Eve, we look forward to the hope that tomorrow will bring. I wish that for you and for everyone.
So much love for you, my dear readers.