Those of you who blog understand how close you can become to an on-line friend, even one you've never met face to face. Sometimes yo meet people you connect with in a way that you never expected, and you've made friends with people who share similar interests and ideas. They become true friends, ones who support you and laugh with you and stand by you.
One of those people is Rachd, who loves to share stories about her kids, Hannah, her Monkey, and Lily, her Lil Bit. Yesterday morning I got an email from a mutual friend about Rach: she had been at the beach with her two young daughters, when five-year-old Hannah, was caught in a riptide and drowned. Oh my God I cried. The news hit me so hard, though I had never met Rach in person, because she is a Bella, one of our sisters, and she has shared stories and moments with her children from day one, so I felt like I was a part of her life. The greatest joy in her life was her family, her beautiful children, and I loved hearing her talk about them and what those little ones had been up to to make Rach smile.
Not being a mom, I cannot begin to imagine what Rach is going through, but I know she has been an inspiration to me through this difficult time, and I truly thank her for sharing her beautiful daughter's spirit and joy with us. If you'd like to personally offer condolences to Rach, she's been posting pictures and memories of her Monkey at her own blog. Normally I wouldn't post this private information, but I know Rach is okay with it, and has been taking some comfort in celebrating Hannah's life with others. She's an amazing person and an incredible inspiration.
Turns out Hannah adored lilies, and other flowers, and this picture is a small tribute to an incredible little girl. Rach and her husband Brien have decided to donate Hannah's organs. As a donor myself, I hope you all consider doing the same, and sharing this decision with your loved ones. If you're not sure, please go here for more information.
Rach, my dear friend, I am so, so sorry for your loss.