May 14, 2009

WARNING: Emotional Post

I had just finished putting Mia to sleep when the phone rang. The voice on the other end was Pam, one of the transplant coordinators. She proceeded to tell me that two letters from the donors family had come. I had sent a letter in December, knowing that they may or may not choose to write back.

As I read the letters I felt in my heart a sadness and Joy beyond anything I had ever felt before. For months, I wanted so desperately to know something about Mia's donor...something to hold onto. Now I did, and I will have these letters as a little piece of heaven to treasure. The letters I received were from the grandparents of Mia's angel. Their words were very sweet and sincere. Her angel was a baby boy...'a true joy to be with' according to his grandpa. They described what a happy baby he was, and how he was always smiling. This was so touching to hear because I am sure that much of that happiness transferred into Mia when that precious heart was placed inside her body. She is such a happy baby, and I feel that much of that Joy was an extra gift to her, and to us.

One sweet baby girl came into this wold with little hope of survival. One precious baby boy leaving this world gave her a most precious gift. He saved her life, and her life will be a testament of his joy. I feel like that sweet angel also saved my life, and gave to me, a miracle.

The letters are a treasure to me, and I have read them over and over. Each time feeling the sting of their loss, and the comfort of knowing his heart lives on.

This post has been written and erased multiple times, because words cannot describe how I feel. Someday I will meet the donor family and they will be able to feel their little boys heart beating inside of Mia. And hopefully, they will feel the gratitude I will always have for them.

18 comments:

MamabearMills said...

that's so awesome that they got back to you! it's an amazing story!

Tina said...

What a gift....God Bless :) I am truly touched by this post...

Katie said...

Ok, I'm totally bawling...a gift indeed and thanks for sharing it with us.

What a special, happy and sad day for you. I'm sure that if those parents/grandparents ever get to meet you and Mia, they will be filled with a new joy and sense of hope. Their baby boy lives on and his little heart still beats in such a special little girl who's full of happiness and joy. His heart couldn't have went to a better, more deserving baby girl and family. Mia's surely going to do something remarkable with her life (besides what she's already done in her 10 months).

I'm so happy for you Mimi and know how much it meant that you heard from the donor's family. Lots of love to you friend-

Erin said...

Perfectly said. What an amazing family to give such a precious gift. I am so happy you heard from them.

The Simmons Family said...

WOW! I can't imagine the emotions felt when reading those letters. I wonder at night... Will Owen get a heart? How could I ever thank that family? Will I ever know who they are?

I need to go put more mascara on cause it's on my cheeks now.

Thanks :)

jayna said...

Completely beautiful.

mbishopp said...

What an incredibly wonderful sacrifice beautifully shared.

Maria said...

so sweet... what an amazing story little Mia has.

Shelley Eggett said...

A true Miracle!! Thank you for sharing.

Talia said...

Reading that took my breath away. I am so glad to know you heard from the donor's family. Your precious Mia received such a wonderful gift and I know they will feel the love you all have for her if they ever meet her!

Janet said...

What a truly precious gift - the gift of life. God Bless that little soul and his family, and God Bless your precious Mimi and the blessing she is to everyone.

Anonymous said...

I am sure they would love to meet Mia oneday. She is such a beauty. God bless you all. Love Michelle

Tracy Family said...

Mimi, I'm so glad they contacted you. What a blessing for you guys to have those letters, and what a blessing for them to know their precious baby's heart still loves on. My heart goes out to them. I would love to help in any way.

Analisa-creator of hairblingzcutethings said...

oh wow! that is wonderful, i'm so glad you heard from them. I remember you wondering what to say to them. In some ways that seems like forever ago! What sweet babies both of you families have and I know Mia will make her angel donor proud will the life she will lead! I love you guys!

*JeSs* said...

I'm so happy for you! I'm sure it gives them and you a wee bit of closure. Just goes to show that there are great, honest, and true people in this world and they show up just when you need them most. I have to keep reminding myself of that everyday. Take care and God Bless!

Amanda-The Family News! said...

I am SO glad you got a letter back....
I would think it would help to comfort them as well...
What a great post.

Stephanie M Larsen said...

Oh, how amazing life is. It's all a miracle really. That little boy, where he is now, the good he did in so many ways with his time here in mortality and I'm sure he continues to do great good for his family on the other side. I wonder if there will always be a spiritual tie between him and Mia, if he watches over her now or how that all works in eternity. Thanks for sharing, I just sobbed. What a wonderful person you are Mimi. I'm better for having known you.

Erin said...

I love this post, I got chills just in the first line! I am so happy for your family and I thank that you are a wonderful mother! That is really awesome that the family got back to you.