We can hardly believe that it's been 4 weeks since Sophie passed. She taught us more in her 9 months of life than we could have ever imagined, and touched so many lives through her courageous attitude and loving spirit every single day of her life.
We've been on a rollercoaster of emotions... we'd love to say that everything is 'fine', but that is not entirely true. We miss Sophie more than words can express, and know that we have a long road ahead of us. Despite this, we are past asking 'why her' and 'why us' because those questions can't be answered and do not help us more forward. What we do know is that Sophie was an amazing soul who will continue to live on through us and all of those she touched.
Thank you to everyone for your support! It has helped to make this extremely difficult situation a bit easier. Thank you to those who lit a candle in memory of Sophie. If you haven't already, please consider lighting a candle in memory of her and take a picture of the candle with you and/or a special note to her/us and send to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be compiling these and assembling them into a memorial album.
In the future, one of our primary goals will be to make Sophie proud of us. With this in mind, and to help us try to move forward, we have decided to take some time off of work and volunteer abroad. We recently finalized plans to travel to Cambodia and volunteer in an orphanage for children with disabilities (through a great organization called Ubelong) and will arrive there next week.
Stay tuned for more details on Sophie's memorial work here in Chicago that will take place in late spring / early summer.