Three Little Birds

Story of 3 little birds and one who soared above us all.


A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam

And for a brief moment its glory and beauty 

belong to our world.

But then it flies on again.

And though we wished it could have stayed,

we feel lucky to have seen it.

Sunday we all went to the Celebration of Life Memorial Service for the children of Children Mercy Hospital. Two hospital services in a year. Too many babies that had to leave the world too soon. Memo to God: we really do want our children here on earth. Yes, they’re messy and irrational and we may complain about them, but we really want them here. The afternoon was a mix of emotions of missing our little bird and trying to keep Wyatt and Ava from acting like a couple of 2 year olds. I believe there is a direct correlation in the more one shushes and threatens a 2 year old during moments they need to be quite, the louder and more wiggly they become and feel the need to loudly say if their sister has had poopy pants during the day. We all survived and amazingly enough, so did our little monarch butterfly who we released in a beautiful moment with all the other butterflies after the service. I was bracing myself for the fact our butterfly might need CPR and I would just have to toss her into the air to feign flight after Ava kept trying to grab the box and giving it a squeeze. I even got an extra butterfly just in case and much to our amazement, we opened the boxes where they were lying with their wings back, gave a stretch and flew into the sky. Some of the butterflies stayed close and lingered but ours had heard the 2 year old company and quickly went to the sky with the others.

By the butterfly tree where we all sent messages to our angels.

Back on Mother’s Day, I got an email from another mom who has not 1, but three little angels. She lost all of her triplets when they were born too early. As part of her healing, she raises butterflies and photographs them in memory of all the little beautiful butterflies who leave us too soon. Her blog is and you can make a request for any little butterfly in your life. Here are the pictures of Lydia’s butterfly who was released on Mother’s Day.

“For every time I’ve wanted to hold you tight, may a butterfly take flight”


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