I went to high school with Tressa, but we’ve really reconnected over the past couple years through Facebook. Our stories look very different, but some of the feelings are the same. You see, after struggling with PCOS, Tressa and her husband Edward finally conceived, only to deliver at 23 weeks and lose their precious angel Aurora a few hours later. It’s a heartbreaking story. Tressa has struggled, of course. But she is really dealing with it like a champ. She blogs about it here.
Why am I telling you this?
A few weeks ago, Tressa and Edward met up with us to give us some garage sale donations. That was nice, but I wasn’t expecting a present from her! She gave me this:
She made it. It’s an Ethiopian flag with the Amharic words for “mother” and “father” on top. She wrote this poem:
For a baby you prayed, Asking God to make it so
The hardest thing to hear is when he whispers “No”
At the time you did not know but God had other plans
You already had two children in a faraway land
Two children born to a woman, children she could not keep
Two children that were yours you knew in your hearts so way down deep
These children may not have your eyes, nose, and other parts
But the most important truth; your children have your hearts
As you walk hand-in-hand we pray for God to see you through
While you make this journey to bring your children home with you
It is one of the most creative, heartfelt gifts I have ever received. I LOVE it. Thank you Tressa, for sharing your story and for such a thoughtful gift. It will be treasured for years to come.