Sunday, July 26, 2009

A Few Things

I have a couple random things I wanted to share with everyone:

Today I spent the morning getting some pictures printed of Jillian and put into frames. The house just seems complete now with a few pictures of her. I have a couple in the living room and dining room, and then put one in both Ellie and Malia's room, and also our bedroom. I was really excited to how well the frame turned out that I did for our room....


We bought this black frame at Target, I printed the pictures from home, and added the vinyl sayings, and also tied her little bracelet to a ribbon and secured it onto the middle of the frame---it couldn't have turned out any better!

I also did the same to the frames in Ellie and Malia's rooms---printed these adorable pictures of Jillian, and added her name in vinyl, and thought the little butterfly was a perfect touch!

Ellie's Picture

Malia's Picture
Tonight before bed, Malia was talking to Jillian's picture, and giving her kisses, and even sang her Twinkle Twinkle Little Star----we want to make sure she knows who her sister is and doesn't forget, since she is so little.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
I also wanted to share this beautiful bracelet I had gotten last week. I LOVE IT----and wear it everyday---it is cute that both the girls will looks at it and tell me who each letter stands for----a huge thank you to Kari for making this for me----you can check out her website at
http://www.4thstreetbeads.com/
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
It is hard to believe it will 2 weeks ago on Tuesday that Jillian was born------seems like it was yesterday. We have been doing pretty well, we obviously miss her dearly, and wish things were different, but this is the way our story goes. We go to visit her almost every night, and never say "goodbye" to her, it is always "see you later"---as we know we will see her again someday. When we pull up Malia will yell, "We're Baaaack!!!" It is cute----and blows kisses when we leave.
Ellie has been taking everything extremely well, I don't know if she is too young to really understand, or if she is just so smart that she gets it----a couple times when I was upset, she would bring me a tissue, and tell me we don't have to be sad, Jillian is in Heaven---so I think she really does understand that she is in a good place, but is amazing, she is only 7! So as hard as it is some days, I can't help but get through the day knowing how lucky we really are---to have 2 happy, healthy little girls, and one that we were blessed to have 22 wonderful hours with who is watching over us each day. Still wish I could change things, and she was here with us right now, but I guess we are just trying to move forward and cherish the memories and pictures we have of her...and know we will see her again someday.

10 comments:

Christi said...

Oh Jodi, the framed pictures turned out beautiful! I think Ellie gets it, she is a very smart, mature 7 year old. The stories about Malia made me giggle:) I can picture her singing, and yelling "We're Back", how cute!! I love it:) Continuing to pray....

Amy said...

The pictures are beautiful - I love how you included her bracelet in the one - just precious! I think it's great that Ellie and Malia each have a picture of their little sister too and how sweet that Malia sings to her! What special memories for the girls to get to visit their little sister every night with you - I think that's great. Ellie sounds like a very mature little 7 year old. Always thinking and praying for you...

Much Love~

MOM said...

You are indeed blessed Jodi. Those 2 little girls are just gifts from God, just like little Jillian! I pray to her everyday to watch over her big sisters....and pray that you and Adam are doing well too. Ellie is smart....She never ceases to amaze me!
I love love love the pictures and frames you did. Now Jillian has her prominent places in your home...she is always there.

Love you, MOM

MOM said...

Oops! I forgot to mention how cute that bracelet is! Just awesome!

Chris, Abby, Ayden, Elliott & Ashley said...

Love the frames...how cute to add the bracelet...very clever, adds that special touch:) oh Malia, how sweet that she sings and blows her kisses, I know she will always have a place for Jillian in her heart! Ellie is so smart, definitly wise beyond her years...we are always thinking and praying for you!

grandma-grandpa-lansink said...

Jodi....I love the frame!!! I will look at the video again and decide what pictures I need you to order for us. Big hugs for all of you. xxoo Mom and Dad

Katie said...

Jodi the pictures are awesome... Malia is so cute and she will always remember her.... A great memory is never forgotten.... I to have a sibling that is not here with us but I grew up knowing that he was always there for me and my family and now he is helping Jillian find her place up there. As for Ellie...we all know how smart she is and she knows and is super strong little girl right now. She is just proud to be Jillians big sister. Jillian will let you know when everything will be okay....Love you Katie

Sheryl said...

Love your picture frame - especially the little bracelet in the middle! Hope you all are doing okay -

Connie said...

LOVE the frame with the necklace and bracelet on it!! Ellie and Malia will know all about their sister and how much she is loved. The pictures in their rooms are so precious.
Continuing to pray for you and your family.

The Hamann Family said...

what beautiful pictures you can cherish forever! Amazing! :)