Written by Danielle Brewer:
Everything changed in an instant. One minute, my husband and I are anxiously joking in the labor and delivery suite between contractions. The next, I am waking up groggy from the anesthesia after an emergency c-section to find that our daughter did not make it. In that moment, our world came crashing down around us. You spend 9 months planning and preparing for everything that you will need to do once your baby arrives only to be left wondering what we were supposed to do now.
As I was recovering after surgery, the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep organization was contacted on our behalf. This organization’s mission is to introduce remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with a free gift of professional portraiture. Our photographer, Traci Young, came to our hospital room and captured the most beautiful images of our sweet Everlee Grace. She took care in each image she captured and we are so thankful to have these amazing photos of our little girl.
A year and a half later, we are able to look back at these portraits to remember the sweet features of her face, those adorable toes, and all that dark hair. Even though she was only here a moment, she will be remembered for a lifetime. We recently welcomed our second child into the world and we love that we are able to see so many of those same sweet features in our son, Wynton. We will be able to share these photos with him so he will know his big sister and her legacy.
We are so grateful that Lauren has chosen to create a beautiful painting in honor of the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep organization. Donations to this organization will allow them to gift other families with priceless photos of their children gone too soon.
The Lord has placed so many wonderful individuals and organizations into our lives to get us through this incredible tragedy. Our family has been able to find peace knowing that Everlee has touched so many lives in her short time here and we look forward to the day that we will be reunited again.