I was going to write about my own kids, but have chosen to write about a sweet girl, Layla Grace, who lost her battle with cancer today. No, I never knew this girl and had just recently learned of her courageous fight. Still, she and her family touched my heart. Through her short life, she touched so many and I pray her family finds comfort in that. I pray they can find the strength to accept God's plan, a strength I'm not sure I have and pray I'm never tested to discover.
I don't pretend to know what the family is going through, this is a pain few understand. But, we also need to be reminded of the good that came from her short life. Perhaps new and better research for childhood cancer, maybe a stronger relationship with God -- by reading the family's blog, that is the case with them -- maybe even something as simple as a few extra moments to gaze in amazement at the beauty of life.
Layla Grace lived a very brief time on this earth, but she will live on in the memory not only of her own family, but all of those who joined in her community on Facebook and Twitter.
Love your family and friends with all your heart! Be grateful for all that you have been given! At least for today, do this in memory of a little girl who brought a community together and is now "playing with the angles." As posted on Twitter regarding her passing.