Friday, September 17, 2010

A Matter of Life and Death

Today is a day we'll never forget.

We woke up early to get ready and head to the hospital here in Ljubljana to have our second daughter. We left the house and dropped off Eliana at the Jacksons where Terry and the girls took good care of her. Sharon and I then drove to the hospital and prepared ourselves for the c-section. We got there at 7am and waited around for awhile but then got inserted into the system along with the other ladies waiting to have their kids today.
After prep we headed to the OR where I got to stand in an adjacent room and watch them operate on my wife.
At 10:02 GMT+1 we had a little girl.
Her name is Maia Joi Mormance and she is 6 pounds 12 ounces and 19 3/4 inches long. She is healthy and beautiful, and so is her mama. Her name means close to God and is pronounced (MY-ah).

But about three hours and twenty minutes after she was born and half way around the world back in Gresham, OR. my grandpa passed away. Larry Mormance was a good man and a wonderful husband, father, grandpa, and great grandpa. He was 95 and still living by himself. He was tough as nails and yet so gentle and loving with his great grandkids. He was a bit stubborn and sometimes kinda ornery yet so witty and one who loved life and those around him. I can't help but cry as I sit here and think of my grandpa. He was a good man, one that I hope to be like one day.

It was a really tough day to not be around family and friends. We miss you all and love you. We wish you could be here to celebrate with us and we wish we could be there to mourn with you.


Marc Peter said...

Joy and Sorrow mingled together.

We love and miss you guys. We're so happy for Maia Joi and so sorry for the loss of your Grandpa. You're all in my prayers.

Jen Hibbs said...

wow, what a day indeed. So thankful the delivery went well. Our hearts grieve with you in the loss of your grandpa - thanks for sharing the video - so precious :) Great name for your precious girl~

Rakel said...

Big hugs from Pat and Rakel

Amy Guerino said...

Yeah for your precious new gift. And I'm sorry for your loss. My grandfather was in the hospital dying when I gave birth to Elizabeth. He passed away a week after she was born. I often think of that worship song, "Blessed be Your Name"...the phrase that says, "He gives and takes away, my heart will choose to say, blessed be your name." He has given and He has taken away in your lives too. Miss you!

Lori Jackson said...

Oh, my word she is soooo beautiful. I can't wait to meet her and hear your story! Big hugs to all of you!

Anonymous said...

Sorry about your grandpa ... it looks like he loved your little girl very well...

Erin joy