Thursday, June 25, 2009

A story that has touched my heart and brought me closer to God

Do you know this story? Do you know this family?

I met Ginny (the mom of baby Eliot) up north long ago. We all adored being friends with Ginny as she was sweet, funny, and had a delicious southern accent which we envied. She wasn't up for the whole summer, usually just 3 or 4 weeks, but those weeks were always so much fun. Her family stopped coming up for awhile, and I haven't seen her in years (10, maybe?). Imagine my suprise when I received a text from the bestie stating that Ginny was going to be on Oprah that day. I had no idea why she would be on tv, but I watched. And sobbed. And sobbed some more. How could God give this remarkable, sweet, Christian woman a child who was not going to live? Why would this happen to her and her husband? And how was it that they were able to get through this? She said words on the show that touched me PROFOUNDLY. More so than any Bible study, devotional, or sermon ever has. She said, "I'll be sad later. I'm going to enjoy every second now." What a lesson for life. Be Sad Later. Don't mourn what you aren't going to have, don't think about how life could be better, don't worry about, and don't fear, tommorrow. Enjoy this moment, this second, this life you are living. It is the BEST life because it is yours. Ginny and Matt were on the Today show yesterday with their lovely daughter, Hazel. They still celebrate Eliot's life, and they still feel that he was sent here from God for a purpose. Their faith, and their marriage, was strengthened though this. They are a huge testament to the words love, devotion, trust, and faith. We should all be so lucky, and we should all strive towards this- true love, faith, devotion and trust- for our husbands, our families, our friends, and, most of all, Our Father.

Ginny is heading to Michigan soon, and I am hoping she will still be there the weekend we will be there for a wedding. I want to catch up on life in general as well as meet her darling daughter and husband and discuss how Eliot has changed so many lives.


  1. I saw them on Today yesterday. What an amazing family.

  2. I saw this video in church several months before it was on Oprah. I often think of this amazing couple and child, as do others, I am sure. Elliot made such a difference in so many lives.

  3. Thanks for sharing. What an inspiring message, "be sad later" Living in the moment is so the message of Eckhart Tolle. I find it so challenging to stop my "mind chatter" and just be.

  4. I remember watching this when it first came out. It is such a sad story, but so inspiring at the same time. I hope you are able to touch base with Ginny this summer.


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