Yesterday was Tonya and Anastasha's birthday. We celebrated in the usual fashion - starting with breakfast in bed for Mommy and ending with cupcakes and lanterns at the cemetery for Anastasha. It was a sweet day, and has become a regular routine for us. In addition to Anastasha's tombstone, there are now three trees planted around her grave, one for each of the siblings who the Lord has taken home before we ever knew them.
The reason I am adding to the blog is because today we were a part of something very special. A life long friend of ours, Cara Tully, is a labor and delivery nurse at Medical City, a hospital in Plano, TX. She and some coworkers decided to create a bereavement room for families that experience a loss of a pre-born or newborn child during their time at the hospital. She asked us if it could be dedicated and named in Anastasha's honor. Of course we were thrilled to participate.
Today we went for the dedication for a chance to see "Anastasha's Room", located on the labor and delivery floor. It was arranged like a newborn nursery, complete with a basinet and other baby items. It was a great privilege to be a part of this room that will hopefully be a haven for families walking a similar journey of deep sorrow that we walked eight years ago. And it was a blessing to see our little girl's name on a room, since she never got to have one here on Earth.
Here are some pictures of the room dedication followed by pictures of our birthday celebration at the cemetery. Keep a lookout for Abi and little Craig since they've never appeared on this blog!
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
Craig and Tonya
They asked us to write a little something for the room, briefly sharing her story. This is what we wrote: