Welcome to Georgia's Journey

Georgia Lily Lucas was born at home on October 6th, 2008 4:15am, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was diagnosed with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) on April 1, 2009.

On April 3rd Georgia was taken home, to be near her sisters and the rest of her family and friends. Nearly three weeks later, on April 21, 2009, she died peacefully -- in the loving arms of her mother and in the same room in which she was born.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Laughter!!!

Yesterday afternoon and then again today we heard the most joyous sound, Georgia laughing. It was a quiet kind of congested laugh but she definitely was laughing. I had resigned myself to never hearing that sound again. It had been 20 days.
Georgia seems to have settled right back in at home. She seems way more content and actually gets to visit more than one room. The girls have been entertaining her quite a bit. It's so nice to have my family whole again, if but for a short time.
- Kristen

9 comments:

  1. How wonderful to hear the laughter...Happy HALF Birthday sweet Georgia... Angel kisses coming your way...

    XOXOXOXO
    Auntie Mary Lynn, Uncle John and family

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  2. Little Angel Georgia,

    We would like to wish you a Happy Half Birthday!!!

    Your story has touched our hearts, and our thoughts and prayers are with you. You are so brave and strong.

    Kristen, Mike, Calla and Maya,
    As I sit here typing this message, I realize that there are no words to console you. I wish for you a million smiles and giggles from Georgia.

    Kristen; although we have lost touch, and only seem to see each other now and then, I would like to say that I still consider you one of my oldest and closest friends and I will always be here for you.

    Sending you are warmest thoughts.

    Dallas, Cheryl and Vaughn Senebald

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  3. Happy Half Birthday Georgia!!

    We wish we could be there to celebrate with you but hope you have a wonderful day with your incredible family!

    Kristen, laughter from our children is the most amazing sound and I am so glad you were able hear Georgia laugh again and I pray you are able to hear it much, much more. I am so glad you are able to have her home with you and for her to be so content and comfortable in her own surroundings!

    We hope you have a wonderful celebration today, our thoughts, prayers and love are with you!

    Love Bruce, Em, Tori and Jess

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  4. I am so impressed with all of your strength and clarity. I cannot even imagine what your family is going through and cannot believe how you are handling it with such grace and thoughfulness.

    You are in my thoughts and my prayers, and I wish you many tender and joyous moments with your angel. I hope you have a wonderful birthday party Georgia!

    Nicole (Senebald), Kirk & Hunter Ziemianski

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  5. Georgia...wishing you many blessings as you celebrate you half birthday with your family and friends. We will be praying there is much laughter and many smiles and that you are surrounded with love.

    Kristen & Mike....we are praying you enjoy many special moments together with baby Georgia. Take lots of pictures...they are heart treasures.

    With hugs & prayers,
    Kim & Don Vanderhooft

    P.S. Kristen, you babysat for us when our boys were younger and they always enjoyed you and Kelly.

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  6. Oh Mike, your note and the other comments brought tears to my eyes. There is nothing better than a baby's laughter. i hope you get to enjoy so many more.
    Love,
    Sue Nicholson

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  7. Hi Lucas Family!!!
    My name is Lorna Blue. My sons are Elijah (4) and Hayden (2) and my husband is Ken. We are the people that put up the crazy amount of "christmas lights" each Christmas (across from the school). We have also had the pleasure of playing together at the play ground. We are so shocked and saddened to hear of Georgia's illness. I wish I new about it before today so that we could have provided some support and prayers earlier and have attended Georgia's birthday party. Regardless we will be praying for Georgia and Kristen, Mike, Calla and Maya immediately. For anyone else that is reading this, the Lucas family touched our hearts one Christmas when they thanked us for the Christmas display by putting a picture of their family standing in front of our home in our mailbox. Some of our Christmas lights are still up but aren't turned on. We will turn them on every night now to hopefully brighten your evenings during this difficult time. We will also be donating a whole slew of Elijah and Hayden's toys to the Children's Hospital. We would also like take Maya and Calla to the park or play outside your home (if you prefer) as a break for Kristen and Mike. We respect and admire your decision to explain to Maya and Calla that Georgia is an angel. She really is an angel!!!! (I would offer meals, but I'm a terrible cook!). If they is anything else we can do for you, please let us know!!! God bless you.

    Lorna (klblue@shaw.ca)

    While we try to teach our children all about life,
    Our children teach us what life is all about.
    ~Angela Schwindt

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  8. Dear Kristen, Mike, Calla and Maya,
    I want you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you, sorry I missed Georgia half birthday just found out about your L'il Angel's sickness today.. May Georgia's laughter continue to brighten your day and may remembering all the good times with your Angel be your rock when things get tough to handle!!

    God bless you ALL during this hard time!!
    Vanessa Parisrsu & family xoxoxo

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  9. If Georgia's laughing, that means you're doing everything right! We are so glad that she is able to be at home and that you all have this precious time together as a family. We continue to keep you in our thoughts and wish you much more laughter together.
    Happy 1/2 birthday Georgia!

    Renelle (and Todd, Everett and Lachlan)

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