Dancing in the Rain
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A Trisomy 18 Journey

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain. -- Vivian Greene

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


The following is a sample of quotes I collected over the last year. Authors range from fictional characters to First Ladies and from bloggers to theologians. They speak truth to the journey I am on and give words to feelings I cannot always describe. Some express hope. Some express grief. All express love. These quotes resonate with me in some way and I hope they will with you, too.

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do." Eleanor Roosevelt

"Hope is the ability to hear the music of the future. Faith is having the courage to dance to it today." Peter Kuzmic

"Sunday will come. After the Fridays of ur lives, Sunday always comes." From the blog of Rebekah Peterson (mom to 18 month old Aaron with trisomy 18)

"I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love." Mother Teresa

"Time does not heal all wounds. Love does. And there is a lot of love in my life." From the blog of Tanis Miller (mom of four, one of whom passed away suddenly at the age of 5)

"Has God brought you to a place of nothingness? Be still and know that He is really God. When this happens, your nothingness will be turned into something you will value for the rest of your life." Mother Teresa

"Sometimes the littlest things take up the most room in your heart." Winnie the Pooh

"Faith is risking what is for what is yet to be. It is taking small steps knowing they lead to bigger ones. Faith is holding on when you want to let go. It is letting go when you want to hold on. Faith is saying yes when everything else says no. It is believing all things are possible in the midst of impossibilities. Faith is looking beyond what is and trusting for what will be. It is the presence of God in all." author unknown

"There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love." Washington Irving

"For what we need to know, of course, is not just that God exists, but that there is a God right here in the thick of our day-to-day lives. Who in one way or another is trying to get messages through our blindness as we move around down here knee-deep in the fragrant muck mad misery and marvel of the world." Frederick Buechner

"What we have once, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." Helen Keller

"They say that time in heaven is compared to the blink of an eye for us on earth. Sometimes it helps me to think of my child running ahead of me through a beautiful field of wildflowers and butterflies; so happy and completely caught up in what she is doing that when she looks behind her, I'll already be there." author unknown

"Why did I suffer sharp pains of inward grief? It must have been the fresh wound caused by the break in the habit formed by our living together, a very affectionate and precious bond suddenly torn apart...Now that I had lost the immense support she gave, my soul was wounded, and my life as it were torn to pieces, since my life and hers had become a single thing." Augustine (Thanks to Jamey for this one.)

I love and miss you, Sweet Pea...so much.


Jodie said...

Such beautiful words. We miss you, too, sweet Julia.

Anonymous said...

What beautiful idea Jenny and such a beautiful picture of sweet Julia!!!


Miss G said...

Jenny and Marc, just wanted to let you know that I have been praying for you this morning (more than just this morning but specifically this morning). Kelly

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