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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Mother's Loss: Chasing Rainbows



"Let your children be as so many flowers, borrowed from God. If the flowers die or wither, thank God for a summer loan of them" 
- Samuel Rutherford


Last weekend, I discovered a mother's blog called Chasing Rainbows. The blog is about Kate Leong and her son, Gavin, who was a special needs child. I fell in love with her story because of the positive attitude she brings even though life can be a box of lemons. She is one who can make lemonade and lots of it!

Unfortunately, Gavin's life was cut short last night on his mother's birthday. Although it hurts to lose a son, especially on your birthday, Kate was still able to see some positivity in it. On the day Gavin died, she wrote this on her blog:

"Today has truly been the worst day of our lives.  But it's also been an unexpected gift. Our beautiful first born son was set free.  Now he can talk.  He can run.  He is healed.  As we kissed him goodnight and wished him sweet dreams one last time..." 

Earlier today, Gavin was remembered as a hero. Kate and her family decided to donate Gavin's organs to children who are in need. At last post, the hospital was able to find a child who is in need of his kidneys.

Plans are being made for Gavin's funeral. However, Kate and her family do have a request to honor her son. She asks to help someone who has a special needs child within the neighborhood with something simple like dinner or chores. Or to donate to a school who has a special needs program since many are low funded. It could also be something as simple as donating used clothes to charity or helping someone take the groceries out of the car. The act of kindness in memory of Gavin Leong will go a long way for others in need. 

As a mother of 2 boys, I can empathize with Kate's loss. To understand what her and her family has gone through is a lot to bear. My thoughts and prayers are with the Leong Family tonight as I hug my little one tighter and say I love you to each of my family members. 

20 comments :

  1. Thanks for sharing. I cannot imagine Kate and her family's loss, but I love how instead of breeding bitterness...there's a beauty in her sorrow that extends a hand to others in love. I will hug my little one tighter tonight and look forward to honoring Gavin and his family by doing something!

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    1. Hi Sophie,

      Thank you so much for stopping by. I've been crying for her everytime I read her story and see the pictures. She had it tough but I admire her strength. Her story gave me a new set of eyes and how precious life is. Thanks, again!

      Jessica

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  2. I was tear-eyed while reading this. I cannot fathom the pain and sadness of a mother who had loss her dear child. I salute Kate for being able to see their situation in a good light.

    Thanks for sharing, Jessica.

    Judy

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    1. Hi Judy,

      The loss of a child is devastating. I had to stop reading for a bit because I was crying my eyes out. She really has a heart of gold, no matter what life threw at her. I'm going to see if I can sponsor a special needs class somewhere here in TX. Thanks for coming by.

      Jessica

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  3. So so sad. Thanks for sharing.

    I glad she's able to stay positive and use her loss as a way to propel love and goodness into the world.

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    1. HI Vanessa,

      I think that's why I admire her. She stays positive even in the worse of situations. Thanks for stopping by and please keep her and her family in your prayers.

      Jessica

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  4. A wonderful tribute to a wonderful family. I know what you mean about hugging your little ones a bit tighter! I don't know how she does it!

    Julie

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    1. Hi Julie,

      When I started reading her story last weekend, I couldn't let go of my kids. Please keep them in your prayers!

      Jessica

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  5. Such a terrible loss, beautiful the way you shave shared this.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Her story touched me deeply that I wanted to at least share it. Please keep them in your prayers!

      Jessica

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  6. Oh my gosh! I don't even have kids and this post had me bawling like one!

    I'm so sorry for her loss. I'm so sorry of the pain they feel that will never go away. But I'm so happy to know they were loving and giving enough to let him live on in others. Organ donation is amazing and one person can save so many lives. I'm glad to know that if he had to go, he helped others in the process, which is truly what a selfless person would do.

    Thank you for sharing. I hope she knows there are people all over, myself included, whose hearts are breaking for her and her family.

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    1. Hi Lisa,

      Thank you for stopping by. She has a facebook page up with the same title. I've been reading many of what people are saying. Please keep her and her family in your prayers!

      Jessica

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  7. My eyes were filled with tears while reading about her story. I can't even imagine what her and her family are going threw. She seems like such a warm hearted strong person.

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    1. Hi Nicole,

      She sure is! After reading her story, I feel like I know her and her family. I admire her strong heart after soo many incidences that has happened to her. Please keep her and the family in your prayers.

      Jessica

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  8. Thanks for sharing this story. Definitely hug your little ones a bit tighter...

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    1. It was the least I can do to tell her story. Please keep the family in your prayers.

      Jessica

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  9. This is so sad and yet so inspiring. I recently blogged about the loss of my son and I feel her pain intensely. But her attitude is amazing and will carry her through. God bless her and her family!!


    Penny at Mom Rants and Comfy Pants

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    1. Hi Penny,

      I agree. It's such a sad story yet Gavin's spirit will live on and keep another child alive. I admire all of them and feel their pain at the same time. Thanks so much for stopping by and please keep them in your prayers!

      Jessica

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  10. Thanks for sharing this post at the Owl's Skull today, Jessica. It hits really close to home. My brother lost his son very unexpectedly at 4 months old to SIDS, and the loss of his child was devastating to all of us. It was so hard for my brother to recover (he is doing OK, but he is still haunted). My heart goes out to anyone who must suffer with such pain forever (I don't think it ever goes away). Much love to you and yours, Jessica (aka Alice) @ The Owl's Skull

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    1. Hi Jessica,
      Thanks a bunch for allowing me to share. It's been a few days and her story is still fresh in my mind. I am constantly on her website an crying with her. I can totally empathize with everyone who has lost a child. I have 2 and I'm not sure if I could be as strong as Kate. Thanks, again for your kind words :)

      Jessica

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