It's taken me a while to write about this, as I didn't have the words when this happened over the weekend. Even as I write this now, I'm crying onto the keyboard.
The short version of this is: I have a group of friends I met on the Internet. I met them on my club board (Aug '09!) on theknot.com. They're amazing women, and although I've never met most of them, over the years (most of us got to know each other in 2008) we've become a closeknit group. If you've ever checked out the August Cooks blog, you'll have met some of them yourself.
Over the weekend, one of our own suffered a terrible loss. And with her, we, from our different corners of the world, wept too. Emily and her husband have both had amazing strength and courage in the face of all the unfairness the universe could throw at them. Even in what must surely be the darkest hours in any parent's life, they found joy, laughter and happiness. Well into her second trimester, Emily went into early labour and gave birth to her triplets. None of them survived.
I don't know if I would be able to find such strength in that situation. Emily truly represents the best humanity has to offer.
Out of our little group - once strangers, now good friends - have managed to raise close to 600$ in support of Emily and Sean, and in memory of their triplets: Avery, Trinity and Langston.
It's not enough. Nothing we could ever do will be enough. Enough would bring the family back together again. We don't have that power.
But I'd like to think that, perhaps, our March of Dimes donation will help another family come through their darkest hour.
If you have time, please read Emily's story. If you have children, hold them close. If you have neither, please walk away from this post knowing that, even in the face of unspeakable tragedy, there is great love in the world.