Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Quite An Interesting Phone Call...

So while I sat watching a movie -- sort of killing time with James being at his class -- I received an interesting phone call. Much to my surprise (I found out yesterday), my mom had called the Indianapolis Star so that they could do an article on Liv's balloon release. Initially, James and I weren't too keen on this idea. Were we really wanting her story to be told in the major newspaper? Of course, the more we thought about it, the more we realized that it might not be a bad idea for others to hear about such an event and how families grieve over their sweet angels. So with that in mind, we decided to go along with it...

So yeah...when I answered the phone, there on the other end was a man named, Josh Duke -- the writer for this particular article. He gently asked questions about our history, our angels, and how we're handling the loss of our daughter, Olivia. He asked about the balloon release, how it came about, and why I feel the need to do it, etc. The Spud and the military also came up, as all of these factors are vital to our story...

It was a very interesting phone call to say the least. I have to admit...it was somewhat nice to be able to explain our story -- minus the fact that I'm not feeling so great (morning sickness issues and a bit light headed) so I'm sure I rambled quite a bit. Either way, I think it might have actually helped with my mood. I mean, today just totally sucks, but it was nice to talk about Liv and our other two, and explain our situation to someone outside the realm of our close friends and family.

Mr. Duke was very caring and thoughtful while approaching all of this, and by the end of the conversation, I found out that we had something in common. He and his wife have also suffered from the loss of a child, as well as other struggles with trying to build their family. How heartbreaking! So all the while, he understood what I was talking about with all of this. He's been there. He's unfortunately buried his daughter, too. How awfully sad! His sweet angel, Brina, is up there with Liv and all of the other little babies that were gone too soon...

As I look at the clock and realize that we're about an hour away from Liv's event, I think about a question that he asked me...what will I be doing while they launch the balloons? I'm not really sure, but I'm definitely looking forward to seeing the pictures/videos of it once they become available later on. I'm also curious -- now -- to read Mr. Duke's article next week when it's printed in the paper.

Who would've thought that I could share Liv's story with more than just our friends and family?

What a day it has been....


  1. he's in my life group at church! :) thinking and praying for you all today..... big hugs!

  2. That is a great story :) I'm glad he was compassionate about it all.

  3. WOW, that is great! I am so glad they chose (I'm hoping that is how it came about) someone who understood, the story will be written with an amazing heart I bet! I'm so glad that you were able to share your story!

  4. What a great post....on such a special day. ((hugs to you, my friend))

  5. How wonderful! I am eager to read the article also. What a lovely gift on Olivia's special day!! Sending lots of love to you!

  6. Wow! What a surprising way to end the day. I imagine it must have been a very special and heartening conversation for you both. I will also be anxious to read the article. So many more people are going to learn about sweet Olivia! Sending good thoughts your way!

  7. Wow! What a good way to commemorate Livy's first year anniversary - a news article of her balloon release. Kindly share us a link of that article when it comes out, would love to read it. :)