Me, Jen, and our four kids left Salt Lake City early Thursday morning, July 21, headed east for Colorado Springs. We had a great visit with my sister, her husband, and their four kids. We talked a lot, visited some parks, ate good food, attended church, worked on their new house, had a lot of fun. Last Sunday afternoon, we all decided to go on a walk after dinner. Unfortunately, at that time, my sister’s husband went upstairs to retrieve their napping 3-month old daughter and found her unresponsive.
This sweet little girl passed away last Sunday and really put in to motion a very emotional week. We were slated to leave for home Monday morning but we delayed that a day to do what we could — anything — to help my sister, her husband, and three boys deal with this tragedy. We eventually made it home Tuesday night just to fly back to Denver on Thursday for services.
The passing of Laila brought our family together — both physically and emotionally. It’s not very often that all eleven siblings are in the same place at one time, so this was a unique opportunity. While it was absolutely fantastic having everyone together, we also all grieved together. Two of my sisters are currently pregnant and all but two of my siblings have either had kids or are currently pregnant, so many of us felt an incredible amount of sympathy for my dear sister who just lost her child and only daughter.
I have an incredibly strong sister who married an incredibly wonderful man. I’ve witnessed enough things in the last week to help me see this even more than I already knew. I’ve felt of their spirits, courage, seen them struggle to understand these events, but also put an incredible amount of trust in the Lord. They have been an inspiration to me. Some pictures from our trip are below.