Thursday, February 25, 2010

One More Day

Today, I feel more than blessed. I got a very special message from a close family friend this afternoon. When I was about 2, my family moved to Wisconsin. My mom became best friends with our next door neighbor, Lori. They were pregnant at about the same time with my little sister and her son, Sean. I would say that their friendship and relationship could be compared to the relationship that sisters have. When we moved back to Nebraska a few years later, Lori and my mom both had a pretty hard time with it! I know that my mom was excited to move back home and be able to raise her daughters close to their grandparents and other extended family, but moving away from such a close friend was still very difficult for her.

After we moved, Lori and her family came to visit us once, and a few summers ago we drove up to visit them. Over the years they have kept in touch with Christmas cards and a few phone calls. I am "facebook friends" with Lori's daughter, Megan, and apparently Meg saw the news of Olivia's birth and passing on my facebook page, and passed the link to my blog along to Lori. I know that Lori called my mom immediately, but I think my mom was out with us that night getting everything set up at the funeral home.

The message I received today from Lori is one of the most beautiful things that I've received over these past few months. Who knew that one of the most meaningful things would come from someone who lives so far away, and who I haven't really been in contact with myself at all.

We have reached that point where people in our every day lives (aside from family) don't really ask us how we're doing or talk about Olivia anymore. I really, really needed that message to me. It is so amazing to me that Livie's little life is continuing to touch people all over the country. I am so proud of her :).

Anyway, I'm writing this post to share a song that Lori suggested that I download. I hadn't heard of the group of of this song until today. I literally collapsed on the couch as I listened to it this afternoon. Here is the video and the lyrics to One More Day, by Rocket Club.

I’ll never get to hold you

I’ll never hear your sweet voice sing
I’ll never get to say ‘I told you so’
I’ll never read to you or get to teach you anything

But you’ll always be my hope
You’ll always be my first light
You’re always gonna be daddy’s little girl
You’ll always be the strength I need to make it in this world
I only wish for one more day

I’m gonna miss your first day of school
I’ll never see you turn that page
I’ll never see you in your graduation gown
And I’m never gonna see you coming of age
But you’ll always be my hope
You’ll always be my first light
You’re always gonna be mommy’s little girl
You’ll always be the strength I need to make it in this world
I only wish for one more day

Sweet angel of mercy
Coming down to comfort me
Faith sit right here beside me
I never want you to go away
I’m always gonna wonder how you’d look
Always gonna wish I took your place up there
You’ll always be our hope
You’ll always be our first light
You’re always gonna be our little girl
You’ll always be the strength we need to make it in this world
We only wish for one more day
We only wish for one more day

Lori, if you are reading this tonight, thank you so much for impacting my day in such a wonderful way today. It meant so much.
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The McNeil Family said...

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? ;) Oh my goodness, I cannot get the tears to stop. That is an awesome song. It's almost too much but not enough all at the same time. Such a wonderful blessing that which was bestowed upon you.


Molly O. said...

Hey Betsy,

What a beautiful song. I was in tears listening to it...but in a good way. I may have said this before but your little angel, Olivia, is beautiful. You have done such a great job finding ways to include her in your life and commemorate her. You are a great mommy to your little angel. ((HUGS))

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