Today when I was working around my house and working on buckets there wasn't five minutes that didn't go by that I didn't think of the Needham family and little Piper (as mentioned in the previous post, Perspective). It's been that way for the past few days. Every time I was getting frustrated with my daughter or simply playing outside chasing caterpillars and lizards I thought of them, I thought of how fortunate I am to have my daughter...yes there are struggles and sickness but I am so lucky to have those!
If you didn't get a chance to read their blog, you should...not to feel sorry for them, but to read of their strength, courage, hope, and tenacity. Susanna (mother of Piper and author of the blog) is an eloquent and amazing writer. If you do have time to read it, start from the beginning. http://needhamcrew.blogspot.com
Today the family had to let go of their Piper. This little life had such a HUGE impact on so many people. She touched the lives of so many people who, like me, never even got the chance to meet her. Piper is now in a place where she is no longer in pain and she can be at rest. Tears flood my eyes as I think of her amazingly strong family during this time, I can not even begin to fathom the emotions.
Below is a picture of the family saying good-bye (their other daughter Linley shaved her head two days ago at a fundraiser...in support of her sister)