Thursday, August 6, 2009

Signe Katherine Cunningham

The past two weeks have been hard.

You may have read what I wrote about Gunnar's sudden passing. Last week, there was another.

I have held back posting about this, because it is not my story to tell. Gregg didn't want me to write about it, but I know now (because I asked her) that it's easier for Andrea & Mike if other people pass the word around, than if they have to tell the story over and over again.

Our niece & nephew, Andrea and Mike, were expecting their first baby, a girl, to be born in September. Instead, complications arose. Last Friday, the 31st of July (two days before their 2nd wedding anniversary), their beautiful, strawberry-blonde-haired Signe Katherine was born by emergency Ceasarian section. She lived only a few hours, but she was surrounded by love & tender care the entire time.

Mike and Andrea were generous enough to let us hold Signe, kiss her, and be present for her baptism. We stayed together for hours, surrounding her (and them) with love.

I went off by myself for a few minutes, and asked Katie to be ready to greet her cousin when she passed. I hope this is what happened.

My heart is hurting for them. That's one reason why I keep looking at their wedding pictures.

Your prayers for Mike & Andrea, and their extended families, would be greatly appreciated.

21 comments:

Karla said...

I am so sorry. I pray Andrea has a quick physical recovery.

Elizabeth said...

Sorrow overflows. Thank you for sharing this with us. I will join you and so many others, I'm sure, in prayer. I am so sorry.

endswith8741 said...

Oh, no. Signe Katherine, Mike and Andrea are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kay said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this! That is so difficult. Thanks for sharing with us so we can pray for them.. and for you.

Hugs to you, friend!
~kay

Clippy Mat said...

how very sad.
what can anyone say really? sometimes it's useless to try.
just that i'm so very sorry.

ChiTown Girl said...

To say I'm sorry is not nearly enough, but I have no other words. What I do have is prayer and love, and I'm sending you both.

Pineapple said...

My thoughts are with your family during this difficult time.

I know Katie greeted Signe with that big smile I so vividly remember.

Much Love.

Mary said...

I'm so sorry, Karen. Thanks for letting us know and also for sharing the pictures so we can keep them, and you, in our thoughts.

Tara said...

Hearing of anyone having to suffer the loss of a child is truly heart breaking whether they knew them for years or hours. It is hard either way. My thoughts and prayers go to you and all of your family and friends during these difficult times.

Karen and Joe said...

Ohhh my my, so sad. I am so sorry to hear this and hurt for you all. What a heartbreaker. Prayers for Mike and Andrea, and all of you as you endure another grief, and hugs to you all.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Sending prayers to the family. So sorry for their loss.

AnnDeO said...

Peace and prayerful thoughts for your family.

Grandma J said...

My prayers are with Mike and Andrea, as well as your whole family.

Lakeland Jo said...

Sending prayers

Renee said...

They have my prayers and I am so sorry.

Katie, I know that you are holding your darling little cousin right now as we speak.

Love Renee xoxoxo

amanda said...

God Speed Signe Katherine (and what a beautiful name...). Praying, praying, praying...

Alaska Girl said...

Sending prayers and hugs...

drw@bainbridge.net said...

I'm so sorry; that has to be absolutely devastating. I'm grateful Katie is there to greet her and share the story of what amazing parents she was born to.

Cassandra said...

I am so sorry for your recent losses. The content of your blog entries from recent weeks are quite striking: from the joy of your European adventure to your writing about your experience of feeling fear around certain aspects of your relationship with David, and then being suddenly hit with losses to close friends and family members.

I am sorry that you and your close community of family and friends are contending with so much. I am thinking of all of you.

Cassandra

Jennifer said...

Heavy-hearted for you and for your very dear friends, Andrea and Mike. Holding you all in my thoughts. Grace and peace,
Jennifer

Smileygirl said...

Since I saw that you posted this, I did share with G tonight. She is available for support for Andrea if she ever needs someone to talk to. We're thinking about all of you.

Hugs, love, and prayers for healing are with Andrea, Mike and your family.