I have a beautiful locket my parents bought me shortly after my Kylie girl died. I choose to have it engraved with the letter “M” for “Mom”!
I don’t wear it often because it can be very emotional for me. Just before the Re:Create Cruise, I decided to add the tiny little golden ring to the chain given to us by the chaplain at the hospital. A small gift to remind my husband and I of the incredible love we have for her that will never end. While I knew for a couple of years what I wanted to put into this locket, I could never quite bring myself to actually do it. Therefore, it remained empty for quite awhile.
I wanted my little girl’s tiny footprints in this locket; to keep a piece of her close to my heart. While this was so hard to do, I finally made the photocopy and carefully cut out her feet about two years ago. I wore this locket almost every night onboard the cruise this past week. With each conversation I had about my story with cancer, with every opportunity I had to share my Kylie, I could feel the smooth silver on my chest. It made me smile. Until now, I’ve been one of very few people to even know that the contents within held one of the most precious gifts God has ever given me.
The incredible footprints of my little girl, born too early to survive, yet living in my heart and soul with every moment I breathe. This post is for you sweet girl – You opened your eyes for the very first time in the presence of our King. I know you are singing with Jesus and I look forward to seeing beautiful you again someday.
For all my new friends, you can read my Kylie’s story here: Choosing Heaven.