On Coming Alive is an excellent resource for those of us that are grieving. This quote is one of my favorites that I have come across on the site, among many other helpful articles on their website and Facebook page.
I have found in the countless books and articles that I have read, throughout this grueling journey of grief I have been handed, in addition to the counseling that I receive three times per week, that there is one underlying theme. Healing requires action. Every. Single. Day.
That action can be as small as just getting out of the bed or going outside to soak in the sunshine for ten minutes, or it can be a larger action such as calling up a friend and asking her to meet you for coffee. Trust me, this is no small feat. I have been there. I have those days where just getting out of the bed is a monumental task. I have those days where all I want to do is cry and scream at God and ask him why. Why us? Why our child? I know I will not find the answer to my questions this side of heaven, but in that desperate moment it is all I can think about.
However, when I have my "brave days", when I get up out of bed, get dressed and call a friend, even just to talk on the phone, it truly makes a difference. So if you are grieving a loved one, a relative or a close friend, please remember this quote. Write it down somewhere and put it on a stickie to post on a frame by your bedside table. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish with just one step. I promise.
Riley and I had so much fun making these back in the winter of 2013! I found the template on Pinterest and just knew I could get Riley to do this project with me. This would accomplish two goals: Getting Riley to work on his fine motor skills and I would get to actually do a project that I pinned! Win, Win! Well, as expected, Snowflakes + Star Wars = Happy Riley. I realize now that another goal, the most important goal, was accomplished on that day - making precious memories. I am so thankful that I took so many photos and videos of our sweet angel and have so many treasured memories to share of him. #rileysrainbows #rememberingriley
I was walking Ty outside in the snow (as usual he was being a "diva doggie" and didn't want to stay out for too long!) and when we got up the street I saw one of Riley's friends sliding down the hill in her backyard. It reminded me of around this time last year when I took Riley to a huge hill we have not far from here with this same friend that I had just seen and we had so much fun sledding down the hill. This memory is a happy one, but as any bereaved parent knows, happy memories can also make you sad and that was exactly what I was feeling. Very sad that I was not able to take my sweet boy sledding this year. We turned around to come home and I noticed this in this heart shaped opening in the snow on our sidewalk. I took it as a sign that our angel was with me, comforting me in that moment. Right then and there I said a prayer of thanks for the sign and had this thought as I was talking to Our Heavenly Father: There had better be inches upon inches of white, beautiful snow in heaven, perfectly made to build huge snow forts and have epic snowball fights and big snowy hills to sled down over and over again until our sweet angel's heart is content... OK, God? Thanks ❤ #rileysrainbows #signsfromourangel #rememberingriley
Wow! Rob and I are overwhelmed at the amount of #randomactsforriley that have been performed and shared with us throughout this Christmas season! Each act of kindness truly warms our hearts and reminds us that Riley is in heaven inspiring others now just as he did as when was with us here on earth. What a blessing!
I will be posting the stories that have been lovingly shared with us over the next couple of days, both here and on the blog portion of our newly redone website. If for privacy reasons, you do not want us to share your story on social media or on our website, please let us know in your original message to us and we will be happy to contact you privately to show our gratitude for your kindness. So, without further ado...
Our dear friends, Donna and Jeff from Asheville, and their adorable kiddos made the employees and animals at Brother Wolf Animal Rescue some very happy campers! They donated dog and cat food in honor of Riley's love for animals and "Just for Riley", their sweet kiddos loved on every kitty and gave every dog a handful of treats!
As if that was not enough, these amazing kids also honored our sweet Riley's love for others by taking a cake to a very nice lady in their church that always gives way more than she has. Another beautiful act of kindness....
But it doesn't stop there! These are some sweet and busy little elves we are talking about here! They also showed up at Carolina Ministries showing some love for the homeless with snack bags, warm chili and clam chowder, gift bags and Christmas cards! WOW! I can't imagine how thankful these gentlemen were for their warm gifts of love on a cold holiday night. The love and goodness in this family's heart is overflowing and we are so very grateful that they decided to share it with others in Riley's name.
What compassionate and loving children our friend Donna is raising!
Our hearts are filled to the brim from the kindness that is being spread in Riley's name this holiday season! #rileysrainbows #randomactsforriley
Hello, and welcome! My name is Sonya. I am forever Mom to Riley, our sweet angel in heaven, a photography lover and Founder of Riley's Rainbows Foundation.