I haven’t posted much of what we’ve been doing to celebrate Dasah’s life, it has looked quite different from celebrating Sophie, yet has been just as sweet and we continue to enjoy seeing how God leads different people to enter into the celebration of Dasah’s life with us. A week after we found out Dasah’s condition, friends from our church, Holly and Jennafer, came over and presented us with this cool, vintage mailbox… and a commitment that everyday up until Dasah’s birth, we would have a letter from someone encouraging us on this journey. And every day since… we’ve had a letter to read (sometimes even fun bonus day letters), from people we know and people we don’t know. We have been amazed at the thoughtfulness and creativity that has come with these notes and though we haven’t been able to respond to everyone who has written please know that your prayers and words of encouragement continue to lift our hearts.
As we went back to Ohio (where I’m from) this past weekend to speak at Cedarville’s Chapel service, my mom had decided to throw a prayer shower for us with the help of some close friends of hers. We never had the chance to travel much with Sophie, so to head back to Ohio to celebrate Dasah with other family and friends was quite special! And while I haven’t sat down and put together photos from our trip out west with Dasah, it was been fun to get to travel with our little girl and introduce her (even if it is in utero) to family and friends that never were able to meet Sophie. Dasah’s prayer shower was themed “His banner over ‘Lindsey, Dasah & Kevin’ is love” (Song of Solomon 2:4)… and from delicious treats, pennants with notes of love and encouragement strung, a time of worship and prayer, we truly felt showered with love and prayers that night. And for all those who came to the shower and sent notes… Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Of course, no Ohio trip would be complete without a trip to The Shoe (The OSU football stadium). And for years, I have been wanting to introduce Kevin to an Ohio State Buckeye game, so for his first trip to a Buckeye game it was so fun to get to introduce both Dasah AND her Daddy to the Buckeye’s. You see, my family grew up buckeye fans… I could post countless family photos of us in our OSU attire. My grandparents had a buckeye basement, complete with OSU newspaper clippings lining the stairwell to the basement, a scarlet and grey pool table and OSU carpet. This is serious you guys. No, I didn’t go to OSU however, my grandfather was a part of founding the department of family medicine at OSU… so I guess you could say OSU is a part of our heritage. My grandpa gets season tickets every year for the games and graciously gives away most of those tickets… or if we’re really lucky… invites us on a date to go with him to the game. Now, the only time I’ve been back in Ohio over the past few years and able to go to a game has been over Thanksgiving weekend which is traditionally around when the Michigan-OSU game happens. And let’s just say… you have to be quick in our family to ask for those tickets and marrying a non-OSU fan (as much as Kevin is loved by my family) was not going to help win my case for getting tickets to bring Kevin to THAT game! So, when my parents happened to have the tickets for this past weekend to the Kent St- Ohio St. game and asked if we’d want to go, I was more than excited! And even though it was a “bit” of a blow out game (OSU-66 KENT-0), Dasah, Kevin and I had a blast… and I’m pretty sure, based on all Dasah’s kicks and rolls that afternoon (when she really doesn’t move much in the afternoon hours), that she’s a Buckeye fan.