Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Celebration and a Give Away!!


Five Years... We tend to celebrate the fifth anniversary of an occasion in a special way. Fifth birthdays, five years of marriage, five years on the job... five years of anything is a big deal!!

But what do you do with the fifth anniversary of a death? The death of someone so special, someone you loved more than yourself, someone who was a part of your very being, someone you miss every single day? Is there a way to make that day special and meaningful?

This is what I have been thinking about for many months leading up today. Today marks five years since I held my precious Emma in my arms. I usually dread these anniversaries. If I allow myself to go to a dark corner of heart and just feel the grief, the anger, the disappointment of losing her, these days can be miserable, hopeless days. Days that feel like night with the darkness all around me. Flooding every part of me with a sense of loss.

I didn't want that for today though. A fifth anniversary is special. Something to be celebrated! A day to remember the past with joy!

So, on this day I choose to not focus on my loss but to look forward to the future. Emma's life and death have inspired in us this dream of Emma's Gift Ministries that is giving us a new hope and a future. She is with us as we plan, dream, and create. She was a gift to us and now she continues to give.

Through Emma's life we have discovered a passion that we never would have dreamed of, a passion for helping families. We receive no greater fulfillment than when we talk with and counsel a family who is going through some of the things we have dealt with.

2 Corinthians 1: 4 talks about the comfort we receive from God and the responsibility we have to share that comfort with others. That is exactly what Emma's Gift is all about. I don't know how we could have ever gone through the past five years without God's comforting arms and if we can lead others into His embrace that is the greatest gift we or they could ever receive.

Five years! We have made it through five years of grief and loss. We are stronger and filled with a sense of purpose. And, Emma, she is free and happy! Living in a new body and dancing for joy! What mother could ever wish for more for her little girl!

Today, we celebrate a little girl who showed us the true meaning of a life well lived. We celebrate her life, her death, and the dream she has inspired in our lives.

Every celebration needs a gift, right? We are so grateful to BabyBeBlessed for donating a $56.00 gift certificate in Emma's honor! We gave one of their dolls to Anna Grace to celebrate her Adoption Day this year and it is beautiful! You can design your own doll or animal and then choose a scripture and message to put on the belly for your child to read and treasure for always!! I love their ministry!

There are several ways to enter:

1. Leave a comment on this blog post. (If you knew Emma, leave a special memory!)
2. Like our Emma's Gift Ministries page on facebook
3. Post a link to this post on your facebook wall.

Make sure to leave a separate comment for each way that you enter so they will be included. We will randomly choose one winner on Friday!


Thank you, again, to Baby Be Blessed!

Thank you, Emma, for the nine wonderful years you spent on this earth and for the gifts you gave and the gifts you continue to give. The world needs more Emmas!

22 comments:

Erika said...

Emma, I'm remembering your giggle of joy with your Daddy picking you up and giving you special "holdy" time.

Christina said...

Beautiful memories of sweet Emma!

Jerry Partington said...

I miss holding my sweet Emma and hearing her laugh.Five years ago, I wrote of losing my hero, Emma. I compared her to my childhood hero, Roberto Clemente who gave his life serving others. So tonight, as I coach the South Lake Wales Church of God men's softball team, I will proudly wear #21 (Roberto's #). But, I will wear it in honor of my hero, Emma. Heros never die, they live forever in the arms of our ultimate hero, Jesus.

GrandPa Jerry

Belinda said...

Stacey... You inspire me!! God is doing great things through you. Your words give hope to people who are stuck in darkness that there is peace waiting for them. You are guiding them to the light of god's comfort.

Belinda

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Erika said...

I posted your link on my Facebook and one of my friends in Costa Rica wrote the following:
"Que duro es solamente pensar en perder un hijo, no se si tendr+ia suficiente voluntad para pasar por esa situación, que Dios bendiga y consuele a estos padres cada día de sus vidas"
Translation:
"How difficult it is to even think of the loss of a child, I don't know if I would have sufficient strength to go through that, May God bless these parents each day of their lives."

Jill Gruver said...

this is such an awesome way to recognize and remember five years. I never knew Emma, but the other four of you Olsons are so precious to me and my family. Love you all! I am going to link this to my FB page as well!

Sheree said...

One of my fondest memories of Emma is when Stacey and I and Emma were on our way to NIH in Washington DC and Emma and I had a singing contest.. I would make a loud noise and then she would make one.. we complemented each others voice and we would laugh.. we were parked and filling the tank at a gas station and having a blast.. I loved spending that week with them.. Thank you for my time with you

Anonymous said...

We love & miss you Emma! And to her special family - you are all in our thoughts and prayers today as you remember all the good and beautiful memories of Emma! Aunt Chris & Uncle Skip

Joy said...

I'm remembering Emma...the first time I saw her & the deep love I saw between her family & her. You love her in death as you did in life. I'm proud & blessed to know you all...& esp. to be releated to you. I'm sorry for your loss & thinking of you & praying for you especially today.

Gramma Judy said...

Emma was a comfort to me after losing my best friend (my Hubby) her laugh was so contagous. I loved holding her giving her love hugs. We shared the same birthday month. I am so glad Emma was in my life. Thank you Lord for puting her in my painting of life. Love you Emmalynn

sumi said...

Oh Stacey, I have no words but there are tears in my eyes and you know that my heart is with you. I am sure Emma is just loving this special celebration of her life today as she cheers you on from heaven. Hugs to you...

I am liking Emma's page on my fb as well. :-) Just so I can keep up with you more.

Marcie Shaffer said...

I remember when Emma was born and holding her for the first time - she was so precious. I remember praying for her healing. God does not necessarily work in the ways we ask for, but Emma is now healed and resting in Jesus's arms. Emma touched my life and I know that she touched the lives of many other people as well and now through her parents' faith and vision, many more lives will be touched and blessed. What a beautiful life!

Mickey said...

Thank you for sharing. You are an inspiration. Best of luck in your new adventure.

Uncle Jim said...

Thinking of all the hurt you have endured these past five years. I am so glad to see Emma's Gift take form. I will be posting your link on Facebook too. Love to all of you . . . Uncle Jim and Aunt Hallie

Grandma Debbie said...

We have so many memories and feel so honored to have known Emma. She touched the lives of so many people in the few years she was with us. Thank you for allowing God now to use you guys to help others by your experiences. She will always be our precious Emmalynne.

Stephie said...

I remember having Emma in our Wednesday night children's program and how she smiled hearing the other children sing! It was such a very special blessing for her to be with the other children and to see her simple joy. Thank you, Emma, for the gift of your precious life!

Anonymous said...

Just re-read through your stories shared on emma.muchloved.com...I love how you wrote, "What they didn't know was that we had already fallen in love with our baby girl and there was no one who could take away the joy we felt to be taking her home with us." May you be filled with much warmth during this time of remembrance.
Lenny

Toby and Laura said...

You are such an inspiration to find joy in a day like today!

Toby and Laura said...

Oh, and I like your page on Facebook!

Lorna said...

your kindness and generosity is amazing... what an inspiration you are to others as well as your beloved Emma.
God Bless~

Lorna said...

I also "like" your page on facebook!
Thank you again~