Monday, January 6, 2014

grief (part 1)

i have started and deleted this post a dozen times. i have felt that i need to say something but words still fall short.

it was almost one year ago that i sat in bed next to mike as he sipped blue gatorade. he'd had the flu for a few days but was starting to feel better. we joked about me giving him a sponge bath because he felt too dizzy to take a shower. i was tired; we hadn't slept all week. we didn't want me to get the flu for the babies, so he had slept downstairs a couple nights but that night i offered to sleep downstairs so he could sleep better in the bed. i put socks on his cold feet. i took a sleeping pill. i told him i loved him and would just be downstairs if he needed me.

when i woke up the next morning, i knew instantly that every dream and every plan--the life we had built together--was gone. the one person i love most and was dependent on for everything had been taken and there wasn't a thing i could do. i felt (and still do sometimes) numb and in shock for a while. then the grief set in.

at its worst, grief leaves me debilitated, depressed and despairing. it's isolating and consuming and numbing. it's exhausting and requires constant vigilence to control every thought, because if left to run free, grief has made me want to die.

but at its best, there is something holy about grief. grief refines me. grief teaches me that God chastens those he loves. it has refocused my priorities and directs every choice i make. it leaves me softer, more receptive, more raw and vulnerable. grief increases my capacity to feel.

the Savior said "blessed are those who mourn." i mourn. i grieve. and i am blessed. His grace has been my supply. i am overwhelmed at having tasted even the smallest portion of His mercy and goodness. He continues to create peace through the heartache and hope through the despair.

people often say that their spouse is their better half. if that were true, losing that half would be a clean cut, simply a missing piece. losing mike has been neither of those things. he wasn't my better half; he is what made me whole. he made me who i am through his life and now his death. because of him i know what it means to love and be loved. i know what happiness is. i know what heaven will feel like and i know i want it.

i haven't been cut or severed from him; he is still close and will always be part of our life. but our life, which is now simply "my" life, has been broken and destroyed. someone once described it to me as a glass shattering in a million tiny pieces that can't be put together in the same way again. instead, you have to create a new glass through which to view life.

so i'm trying to create that new glass, relying on God and mike and our huck and fin. these babies make the view pretty sweet.




The Kings said...

Beautiful post. It's just so hard to believe they aren't here hey. I'm so glad that you can see the blessings, even though it's so hard. Lots of love and prayers xxxx

Christina Harrison said...

This is beautiful. You are a very strong girl, and your babies are just the cutest.
My thoughts are with you and your beautiful family. xox

Katie and Rob said...

This is beautiful, thanks for sharing sweet carly. I think of and pray for you and those sweet babies often. Xoxo

JaNae said...

Thinking of you Carly. You have such an amazing testimony and those two babies you both created, they are perfect and adorable!

Annika said...

You are so brave and strong for sharing this. I think of you often and pray for you always. I need to come see you and those precious babies soon!

Ashley said...

Carly, you and your precious babies are in my thoughts and prayers. I bet Mike is so proud of all three of you. :)

J. said...

It's so wonderful to hear your thoughts again. Such tender words to describe the feelings you've experienced over the past year. Thank you for sharing.
Your babies are adorable! Love their names :)

Camilla said...

What a beautiful post. You have such a way of putting words to such raw and tender feelings. You have been my mind for months. Your perspective is amazing, and I am inspired by you.

Also, those babies of yours are so adorable I wish I could reach through the computer screen and squeeze their soft cheeks.:) You are such a beautiful mother inside and out.

Tracie said...

I am so sorry for the lose of your husband. Your twins are absolutely gorgeous. I remember reading your husbands obituary and my heart aching for you, I am a mother of twins also and I couldn't imagine having to do it alone. But you are strong!

z&jarnold said...

Love you Carly! This really is a beautiful post and I just cried reading it. I can't even begin to understand what you have been going through but I truly wish you and your sweet babies every happiness.

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