Gifts

Six months. Six months…I wish I could be writing something else after those two words…maybe like today marks six months since Kai learned how to ride his tricycle or look how much Kai has grown in six months. But, today marks six months since our sweet boy was able to let go of all the pain and suffering he felt and be free.

For some reason, this milestone is hitting us harder. I think they say it’s because the shock is gone by now and it’s just… real. The absence of his physical presence – the whirlwind of energy, the little voice talking nonstop, the constant to/from the refrigerator or pantry because he loved eating. This past weekend we had an amazing uplifting weekend of getting to do the Houston Head for the Cure race and spend time with friends who are family to us. But coming home from trips out of town always makes his absence feel so much more present, coming home isn’t complete without him. My home here, well, in my mind and heart should have Kai in it.

I’d love for Kai to be in this home, but he’s Home now.

The smiles and joy I had the chance to see on his face here is nothing compared to the joy and smiles God has prepared in His home, and for that, how can I be nothing but on my knees grateful to a loving God that Kai is not suffering, but instead living this new life of goodness and joy I can’t even imagine. I try to keep that image of the true Home in my heart and plant my roots there and keep my eyes focused on Him while living this life. I feel that I fumble so much in doing this, but I am trying.

It’s interesting they say that at six months the shock is gone because now I feel like Shawn and I are more often saying, wait, what just happened?!? I find myself asking, “Kai was real, wasn’t he?” I know that may sound stupid, but I think I ask that so much because now it feels like all of it was too good to be true.

Kai was born – healthy, beautiful, crazy, awesome. Maya was born two years later – healthy, beautiful, crazy, awesome. We got to see a brother and sister interact – Maya’s first smile was because Kai was tickling her; she crawled for the first time because she was trying to get to Kai. I got to sit in-between them while they both cried in their car seats on long car rides – Kai holding my one hand and Maya the other.

It was almost too good to be true.

None of those gifts were because we deserved it or we were entitled to it. Not one single thing on this earth is because of that. Every thing is truly a gift. This moment, this breath, this memory, this love and pain in my heart – it’s a gift. Those moments, the good, the bad, and the ugly, they were a gift.  So even though these six months have been marked with pain, they have also been marked with an infinite number of gifts and opportunities to live with purpose and love more. We have encountered so many people who are suffering and yet they are giving, loving and sharing with others. I want us to do the same. We have so incredibly much to be thankful for, we should be sharing these gifts.

I wanted to share this video, well because I love it so much. I think I just loved this moment I had with Kai and this video seems to capture so well the sweet side of his spirit – it was a rare, quiet moment when Maya was first born and was actually asleep. Kai at the time had taken to sleeping on the floor and he decided this little sleep mat was his “new bed”.  You’ll hear him say “there’s no daddy on there”…. Ahh “kids these days” and their technology – he thought we were FaceTiming with Shawn and expected to see a smiling Shawn he could talk to.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your support, prayers, friendship, messages, kindness, donations to charities, and so much more. We are sincerely grateful and would not be able to be still standing today without you all.

8 Comments on Gifts

  1. Kristin Hampsten
    September 21, 2014 at 8:41 pm (3 years ago)

    You continue to teach me (and probably more than just me) such life lessons with your insight and God-given wisdom. I continue to thank God that our paths have crossed and how much you are teaching me through your beautiful witness. May God bless you and keep you!

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  2. kathleen copeland
    September 21, 2014 at 9:21 pm (3 years ago)

    Blessed be the name of the Lord. We love you guys.

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  3. Jim Jones
    September 21, 2014 at 10:08 pm (3 years ago)

    Thinking of you, Aki and Shawn, with much love, Hilary and Forrest

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  4. Michael Slockers
    September 22, 2014 at 6:09 am (3 years ago)

    Wow. beautiful.

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  5. Kathy Hernandez
    September 22, 2014 at 1:03 pm (3 years ago)

    Sending you all lots of hugs and hopes for continued healing…..

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  6. amanda brown
    September 22, 2014 at 5:19 pm (3 years ago)

    i’ve said it a million times, it feels…but i just couldn’t possibly be more impressed. God has been so faithful to persevere you, and you have been faithful in your grief and suffering to use your story to persevere the people around you.

    we love you guys. all four. so much.

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  7. Maureen Voosen
    September 23, 2014 at 7:58 am (3 years ago)

    Sending love and light your way. Suns out Kai’s out!

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  8. Ross Prochnow
    October 25, 2014 at 9:36 pm (3 years ago)

    Such a sweet video
    Thank you sharing

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