Saturday, May 3, 2008

How thin the veil between the worlds
On the day of birth
And the day of death.

One moment your spirit resided
Within a sweet, perfect body
Cradled within mine.
The next it had fled
Back to where we all long to be.

A sacred gift it was
To be so close to Father in Heaven
As we welcomed you from His presence
And bid you farewell as you returned.

A holy privilege it is
To be your mother.
The only time you knew away from Him
Was the time you spent next to my heart.
~ written for Benjamin by his mother, Michelle Baker, on April 13, 2008

This morning Mom said goodbye before leaving for home, and said, "Happy 6-month birthday to Benjamin! I'm so glad he's in our family." I loved the feeling of celebration that we both felt. She also gave us a special gift, a Willow Tree sculpture of a couple holding a baby. (I'll post a picture when I get home).

I'm about to leave for the Provo Temple with sweet Mandy and Manda, and that will also be in honor of this day. Becky called and shared her love. She posted a beautiful tribute on her blog. I had been having a really hard time lately, but today I feel a lot of comfort, and actually joy again, similar to what I felt the day Benjamin was born.

Thank you, most beloved family and friends, for your unfailing concern and care for me. I feel so grateful to Heavenly Father for surrounding me with such love through you.

And to Benjamin,
I love you, my son. I miss you, but hope to feel you close today. I'm so grateful to have you!


Becky said...[Reply to comment]

Michelle, your words live so tenderly. Love truly makes our feelings sing. We love you and all of your boys so much.

Mom/Nana/A. Nancy said...[Reply to comment]

I feel your poem deeply, Michelle. Beautiful! Call sometime when you have time to tell me in detail Benjamin's 6-month birthday.

snbjork said...[Reply to comment]

Michelle, you are such a wonderful Mom. So loving and exceedingly generous with your time, wisdom, and compliments. I hope your time at the temple was as special as you anticipated. How could it not be?

Your poem is beautiful. I have read it about 12 times.

You are so blessed to have the awesome family that you do. Not just Chris and those sweet boys, but also your parents and siblings. I can't wait to meet them!

I miss you and hope to talk with you soon!!!

OR Duck Fans said...[Reply to comment]

Michelle, You are amazing. I loved your poem. Lashelle

Mom/Nana/A. Nancy said...[Reply to comment]

Your poem brought sweet feelings to me today as I reread it. This is another one I'd like to add to the file.