Meet the McNeil Family

Meet the McNeil Family

Monday, November 2, 2015

Sacredness in Tears

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not a mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love.”

-Washington Irving

Waverly is doing as well as can be expected. She is calm and quiet, sleeping most of the time with tiny changes in her breathing. We are doing all we can to keep her comfortable - fuzzy socks, cozy blankets, favorite stuffed animals, familiar movies and music playing, storytelling, dancing star light from her sea turtle. 

We do not have time frame. She is going to guide us. She will know when it is time.

For now we prepare. And as we continue about our tasks, we savor moments with her. Holding hands, kissing her chubby cheeks, wiping her lips.

I'm talking to her. A lot.

As Matt said so beautifully, we are not hoping for a miracle. She is the miracle.


22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Blessings on you graceful, loving people--Waverly, Oliver, you, Matt and all your nears and dears.

Jenny said...

"She is the miracle." How very beautiful. My thoughts and prayers go with you all, especially for your lovely Waverly.

Camille said...

We love you all.

nicole Goodsell said...

I know I always loved hearing you sing Shannon...and hope you can sing sweet songs for Wavey too!

Jill said...

I hold you and Matt and your children in my heart and in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

So many hearts are with you... mine is one. <3 Sending many loving blessings.

Anonymous said...

I think of you and your beautiful family often ❤️

Anonymous said...

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice."
― Bob Marley

Your strength and grace is an inspiration. Sending prayers for peace from Florida.

Jamie, Jack's mom said...

You both are amazing! And in Waverlys world you two are the miracles! Thinking of you guys and praying for continued peace during such challenging time. xoxo

Anonymous said...

I cannot imagine watching a child slip from your grasp but I do know the heartache of losing a child suddenly. She would have been 30 today. You and your family are in my prayers and in my heart. May God hold you in the palm of His hand a provide peace and comfort.

Lisa

Susie said...

Sending prayers for peace and comfoet. Hearing is a sense that stays intact during these transitions at end of life. She hears your every word. From a mom to a mom, I'm praying so very hard for you.

Anonymous said...

Prayers and blessings to your family. Rejoice in your memories and how much Waverly has touched so many lives.

Anonymous said...

Sending you love, because there are just no words. Holding sweet Waverly in my heart ... It is heavy for you and Matt.
-Kate Brown

Laura Darrow Davenport said...

Praying every day for Wavey's comfort... She has taught me how to live more carefree and appreciate the little things in life.


xoxo

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful. I'm so glad you have this opportunity to spend quality time with her in a comfortable setting. And trust me, you'll always be able to speak to her. She'll let you know that she's always there listening. Thinking of you always.

Jean Johnston

Jenn Doyle said...

Blessings to your family

Mary Shenk said...

Praying for you often.

Esposos Ruiz Rodriguez said...

Your Jills House family is lifting your hands in prayer

Anonymous said...

Bless her sweet heart and all who love her.

Amy in MI

Anonymous said...

Love her. Loving you, Shannon. Praying fervently every. day.

Jen said...

Praying for you. Thank you for sharing your lives with us. I worked at Taylor when you were there.

Jen said...

Praying for you. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Your family is loved and is beautiful. (I worked at Taylor when you were there.)