Wow. We've had a lot going on the past week. Last Wednesday, the girls and I attended a Proclamation at the State Capitol to recognize the month of April as Military Child Month in Nebraska. Well, Julia was surprised when a limo came to our house to pick us up and take us to the Capitol! She has always wanted to ride in a limo so the American Legion riders made this happen for her. I had to laugh to myself when I was in the limo. Never did I think I would be riding in a limo with 2 children in carseats! When we arrived at the Capitol, the American Legion Riders were waiting for us and lined up on the sidewalk as we walked into the building. After the proclamation, we got back into the limo and headed to Chuck E Cheese with the Riders escorting us! Since my mom and sister in law had never been in a limo, they and my niece joined us for the ride. The little girls were so excited all the way there. Once we arrived at Chuck E Cheeses, the Riders were waiting for us and Chuck E himself came out and greeted the girls as they got out of the limo. They then presented us with giftcards, stuffed bunnies and food and tokens for Chuck E's. It was an absolutely amazing day that will never be forgotten. Julia had an extra bounce her in step the rest of the day. People are so kind. They have been more generous to the girls and I than I ever would have expected or imagined!!! Here is a link to the article that was written about that day in the Lincoln Journal Star:
Then we had a nice Easter Weekend at my parents' house. Saturday we decorated Easter eggs. Of course Julia had a blast and Eva tried to be quick and "decorate" herself!! Sunday we had a small gathering which was perfect and of course the annual Gissler Easter Egg hunt. We did have a moment when Julia was upset that she didn't find the "Golden Egg". I feel bad because I didn't catch on, but it was later discovered that Julia was sad because her dad should have been here to help her find the egg. Bless her heart. Holidays are hard. Baby steps, right......
Yesterday was an extremely emotional day for me. I attended a funeral in Kansas for the infant daughter of our good friends. This was not unexpected, but it still doesn't make it any easier. Again, the question "why" always comes to mind but you just have to have Faith. This was the first funeral I attended since Rob's. It was extremely hard but there is no way I wouldn't be there. These friends have been amazing to me and were extremely close to Rob and I. It seems like so much sadness has happened to our small circle of friends. We have a bond that will never be separated. I have absolutely no doubt that Rob is cradling baby Emma in his arms right now and will watch over her until her parents meet her again. Please keep them in your prayers. My heart aches for them because I literally know the emotional rollercoaster ride they are on.