To Pause and Value….

Today would’ve been Selah’s 2nd birthday….
I try to picture her, in Heaven, and wonder…is she a 2-year-old Selah? Is she older? Is she something I can’t even imagine?

When Selah died, our neighbors gave us this framed print and it meant a lot to us….


Last year’s December 12th was very very hard. It was a day that could have been so happy, celebrating Selah’s first birthday, but instead everything just felt very empty and sad. This year…the pang of sadness is a little less intense…though just looking through her things resurfaces many emotions that I often work hard to avoid. Part of me is thankful to still feel twinges of that deep, gripping heartache though because I’m a bit scared of getting to a place where we don’t miss Selah in a deep deep way.

But this year…I write on Selah’s birthday more as an opportunity to remember her life, the gift that she was…the joy that she brought. Over and over, God told His people to remember, to tell future generations, to not forget. Selah’s name was perfect…”to pause and value”…. God gave us a window of time to pause, to enjoy her and to see His love for us through her life. She was an amazing, beautiful, precious gift from Him…

So…just wanted to take a moment to pause and value the life of our sweet Selah and to pause and value our loving, kind, good God who brought her into our lives.

“May God be gracious to us and bless us

and make His face shine upon us;

Selah,

that Your way may be known on the earth,

Your saving power among all nations.”

~Psalm 67:1 & 2










The Japanese cherish

the cherry tree for one simple fact;

its blossoms last for a very brief moment each year.

It is the brevity of the blossom that is celebrated.

The blossoms, like all of life, will not last.
Their time is brief.

The beauty, grace, and the joy they bring

will soon be a cherished memory;

One to celebrate with each passing year.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13301544891355279221 CornyCornKorens

    I love you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02983730882054443213 Megan and Vinny

    thanks for sharing this with us all. it’s so wonderful to know that you will be with her again in the eternities.

    love you kari!

  • Anonymous

    The video and your words was very moving Kara. Selah was very beautiful! I’m so sorry for your grief and loss. Have a blessed Christmas with your family.
    Rachel Smith
    ps-thanks for the Christmas letter. Now I know your blog. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02032814616544851463 JillAileenJones

    I have joined to follow your blog and I went back to the beginning to read about your beautiful babies that you have adopted. I am so sorry to hear of your loss~ I have sat here weeping reading the stories and seeing the beautiful photos of your Selah. I know only God in His mercy and grace can get you through a time like that. I look forward to reading more. You have a beautiful family. God Bless you today dear friend.
    I pray that today is a great day for you.
    Hugs
    Jill

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13182607074543277164 Kara

    Thank you so much Jill…even for even taking the time to look up Pompe. Thanks for “weeping with those who weep”…
    ~Kara

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01221703763145912238 Leslie

    Hello, Kara, I came over here to thank you for being my newest follower, and have been skipping around your site to get to know you a bit. So here I am, reading about your darling girl. I’m so sorry for your loss.

    I’m familiar with Pompe’s disease through another blogger, Rebecca at Recuerda Mi Corazon, who suffers with the ravages of this illness in her own body, every day.

    Your tribute to your Selah is so more-than-eloquent, and it reduced me to tears… so glad for the hope we share, that someday all tears will be wiped away, and all things made new.

  • Darlene (Time-Warp Wfie)

    They say we begin to die the minute we’re born, but I see it this way, the older we get, the closer we are to life. While she is experiencing a life unlike anything we can imagine, I’m sorry for your time of separation. I pray that God will give you a fullness of peace.

    • http://thechuppies.com/ Kara @ The Chuppies

      Thank you Darlene…she was precious.
      Thank you.

  • http://profiles.google.com/melindatoad Melinda Todd

    What a precious gift and beautiful little girl. Thank you for sharing a bit of her here with us. ♥ God bless!

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To Pause and Value….

Today would’ve been Selah’s 2nd birthday….
I try to picture her, in Heaven, and wonder…is she a 2-year-old Selah? Is she older? Is she something I can’t even imagine?

When Selah died, our neighbors gave us this framed print and it meant a lot to us….


Last year’s December 12th was very very hard. It was a day that could have been so happy, celebrating Selah’s first birthday, but instead everything just felt very empty and sad. This year…the pang of sadness is a little less intense…though just looking through her things resurfaces many emotions that I often work hard to avoid. Part of me is thankful to still feel twinges of that deep, gripping heartache though because I’m a bit scared of getting to a place where we don’t miss Selah in a deep deep way.

But this year…I write on Selah’s birthday more as an opportunity to remember her life, the gift that she was…the joy that she brought. Over and over, God told His people to remember, to tell future generations, to not forget. Selah’s name was perfect…”to pause and value”…. God gave us a window of time to pause, to enjoy her and to see His love for us through her life. She was an amazing, beautiful, precious gift from Him…

So…just wanted to take a moment to pause and value the life of our sweet Selah and to pause and value our loving, kind, good God who brought her into our lives.

“May God be gracious to us and bless us

and make His face shine upon us;

Selah,

that Your way may be known on the earth,

Your saving power among all nations.”

~Psalm 67:1 & 2










The Japanese cherish

the cherry tree for one simple fact;

its blossoms last for a very brief moment each year.

It is the brevity of the blossom that is celebrated.

The blossoms, like all of life, will not last.
Their time is brief.

The beauty, grace, and the joy they bring

will soon be a cherished memory;

One to celebrate with each passing year.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13301544891355279221 CornyCornKorens

    I love you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02983730882054443213 Megan and Vinny

    thanks for sharing this with us all. it’s so wonderful to know that you will be with her again in the eternities.

    love you kari!

  • Anonymous

    The video and your words was very moving Kara. Selah was very beautiful! I’m so sorry for your grief and loss. Have a blessed Christmas with your family.
    Rachel Smith
    ps-thanks for the Christmas letter. Now I know your blog. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02032814616544851463 JillAileenJones

    I have joined to follow your blog and I went back to the beginning to read about your beautiful babies that you have adopted. I am so sorry to hear of your loss~ I have sat here weeping reading the stories and seeing the beautiful photos of your Selah. I know only God in His mercy and grace can get you through a time like that. I look forward to reading more. You have a beautiful family. God Bless you today dear friend.
    I pray that today is a great day for you.
    Hugs
    Jill

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13182607074543277164 Kara

    Thank you so much Jill…even for even taking the time to look up Pompe. Thanks for “weeping with those who weep”…
    ~Kara

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01221703763145912238 Leslie

    Hello, Kara, I came over here to thank you for being my newest follower, and have been skipping around your site to get to know you a bit. So here I am, reading about your darling girl. I’m so sorry for your loss.

    I’m familiar with Pompe’s disease through another blogger, Rebecca at Recuerda Mi Corazon, who suffers with the ravages of this illness in her own body, every day.

    Your tribute to your Selah is so more-than-eloquent, and it reduced me to tears… so glad for the hope we share, that someday all tears will be wiped away, and all things made new.

  • http://www.onefunmom.com Christy

    Oh Kara. She is so beautiful. I am heartbroken for you, but I know that we (and you) have hope. Thank you for this beautiful post.