Sunday, December 9, 2012

Vienne and Ella

It was a unique friendship that these girls did share.  A friendship of many giggles and a few tears.  They loved each other fiercely.

They were "best friends" in the making and we knew their friendship was going to last forever.  My heart breaks for the friend that Ella has lost.

Ella's mommy, Eileen (who is one of my best girlfriends), tells me how Ella still talks about Vienne.  She blows kisses up to her, in heaven.  She creates cards for her and asks her mommy to send them to heaven for Vienne.

Eileen and I met in the summer of 2011, while we were both pregnant with our second girls.  They lived right across the street from us.  We were instantly bonded, like sisters.

How exciting it was for us have two girls, each close in age!  Our youngest girls, Ivy and Faith are only one month apart.  Vienne and Ella's birthdays are exactly one year and a day apart - May 1 and May 2.  It was all so ideal and wonderful.  Especially to be living right across the street from one another.

Oh how dreams change.  I don't know if I will ever understand the purpose to these shattered dreams.

Today is Faith's 1st Birthday!  Yesterday, we attended her party - a beautiful snowflake party.  I remember the day she was born, one year ago.  I was so honored to be their emergency call when Eileen went into labor.  Three weeks before her due date, I received a phone call alerting me that it was time!  So, I headed across the street to pick Ella up and bring her back to our home for a slumber party while her Daddy and Mommy went to the hospital to have a baby.  We had a fun evening together, eating dinner, watching Christmas movies, having a dance party, and reading Christmas stories.  I remember, much to my surprise, receiving a phone call from Jeff, Ella's Daddy, that Faith had arrived just a few hours after they got to the hospital!  It was so exciting to be a part of that with their sweet family.

Here is a special video from that very night, of the girls having a dance party together.  I love Ella's repeated exclamation:  "It's a wonderful day!".  Aren't they both just so lovely?



  1. Oh my goodness. These two girls dancing. My heart breaks in a thousand pieces. I had the pleasure of sharing time with Ella last night at her sister, Faith's, first birthday. I told her I was Vienne's grammy. She said "I miss Vienne. She's in heaven" and then she said something about VN having birthday parties in heaven. Then we spent the rest of the evening together making play dough snowmen and playing in her room. She was much more amusing than the adults at the party! I felt so blessed to spend that time with Ella...VN's friend. Then I wept for the rest of the night.

  2. Thank you my sweet, beautiful friend for this post. We all love you and your family so much and thank God all the time for bringing us together. We miss V so much and are thankful for the memories we have with her. Oh, we love this video. We keep watching it over and over and over.
    E xo

  3. This was a sweet post and the video made me teary. Seeing your girl on video makes me catch my breath. You impress me every day, my friend. xoxo

  4. Jenny, I am a friend of your mom, and have been praying for you ever since Vienne went to be with Jesus. This morning I read some Scripture that made me think of Vienne, because I said the same thing to Julie when I visited with her in October. "The righteous pass away; the godly often die before their time. And no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come. For the godly who die will rest in peace." (Isaiah 57:1-2)

    Jenny, as I have read your blog every day, I have heard and felt your deep sorrow and pain, and I agonize with you. I am so glad that you working to preserve the happy memories of your beautiful daughter. She certainly "is" a God-blessed child, and you are certainly a God-blessed woman to have had the wonderful privilege of birthing her and nourishing her life while in your loving care. God has truly honored you in an amazing way to select you to be the mother of this incredibly special little one. You were specially chosen by God for this wonderful gift, although she was only to be here on this earth for a short stay. I am in awe of the wondrous treasure God placed in your body and then in your arms. I can only imagine what it must have been like to have her in your home and now, forever in your heart. You will see her again one day, coming soon, and you will be together again for all eternity! For now, I see her (in my mind's eye) playing in a beautiful wonderland of other very special, precious little ones, chosen by God to escape the troubles of this wicked world. May God heal your heart and restore your joy, in His time. (No need to rush through this time of reliving your precious memories--let them linger awhile, as long as you want to enjoy them.)
    Jeannie Dorris