I often frequent a photography forum on the internet and I gotta say the women there are pretty amazing. Wonderful photographers, hobbyists and women. Although I don’t post there much, I do peak at people’s beautiful artwork. One woman posted a gorgeous maternity picture once, of her sitting on a bridge. I thought nothing of it other than it was a lovely photo.
Months passed until recently, where people had “Praying for Elijah” images in their signatures.
“What is this all about?”, I wondered. I clicked the image to only be brought to the blog of the woman who had that lovely maternity portrait that her husband snapped of her. I began feverishly reading catching up on her story and the story of her son, who was diagnosed in utero with Trisomy 13. It wasn’t likely he would be full term, or if he was, that he would live for very long. Terribly sad story.
But what struck me most, was the love that this mother had for her child…knowing she could lose him any minute during the pregnancy…and when he was carried to term, she was able to give birth to him, knowing he wouldn’t live long. She held him and loved him like any other child would want to be loved and he breathed the breath of life – the air and smelled her scent. Reading her story, was heart wrenching – but amazing and inspirational.
The women on the photography forum decided to put together a book of inspirational photographs to help her with her healing in losing her son – things that would remind her of him. The photographs have been beautiful. I wanted to submit one so badly, but could not think of what to photograph – then today it hit me, as I was putting some craft things away…I stumbled upon some cupid wings I made for Little Magoo…and pulled a feather off of there…
I hope this book helps her to heal and lets her know how much her son loved her for giving him life, even if only for hours.