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.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Baby Steps

Georgia would be 13.5 months by now. Had she been healthy and followed in her sisters' footsteps she'd be toddling around the house by now. It's not something that I dwell on or can really imagine but it does cross my mind quite often especially when I see other little ones her age. The crib still stands in our room and her room remains untouched for the most part. This past week however, I took some baby steps of my own.

Calla's kindergarten class as well as the other kindergarten class has a special community project. They are collecting new household items for The NEEDS society that provides education, social activities and employment opportunities for immigrant and refugee families. When I found out about their project I was reminded that many of the people that land in this great country arrive with nothing but the clothes on their backs. I can't imagine being a mother arriving in a foreign (and very cold country) and not being able to provide for my children.

And so... I walked into Georgia's room and pulled out some of the clothes that had been given to her that still had tags on them (12-18 months) and placed them in the bag. I handed them over to the teacher myself and actually didn't feel sad. All that I could think of was that somewhere there was a mother who would be thrilled to receive some beautiful and warm clothes for her little girl. That felt really good and I have no doubt that Georgie was smiling down on the tentative steps that her mommy was taking.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American friends! We are so grateful to have all of you in our lives!

Love to you all,

Kristen

4 comments:

  1. Your awesome Kristen, and you are so right, Georgia would be smiling down on you, as she always is! I am certain there will be a very thankful mother for those beautiful clothes.

    Although our Thanksgiving has passed I just wanted to let you know how thankful I am for you and your family. For the strength, perseverance and determination you show us each and every day and for having you in our lives. Thanks Georgia for filling all of our hearts with more knowledge, compassion and love, and for reminding us of how precious each and every day is...you are and always will be loved.

    Love Em

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  2. That is an amazing baby step. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Every step is a good step, even if it's a tiny one. I happen to think it's a huge step.

    Mandi Silvari

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  4. It is beautiful to know you found healing in giving. Baby steps are good, but only if they feel good to you. I know Georgia is proud of you -- for so many reasons!

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