If you are lucky, you will have times in your life when you get to meet someone that teaches you something amazing, or just reminds you of something important. I was lucky enough to have that this week.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011, my sister Kristin and her husband Jared had their second baby. Ruby June Warburton was born to loving parents who love her with all their hearts. Ruby’s body is not whole. She wasn’t sent here to live, grow, and learn with her parents that love her more then anything. She was sent here to gain a body, and my sister gave her that gift.
I spent a week at home with my own kids, until I was able to go and meet Ruby. I flew out early on Tuesday morning. I could not wait to make it to the hospital and see her. I also couldn’t wait to give my sister and her husband, Jared a big squeeze. I thank all those who have helped me with my own children so that I could come and meet baby Ruby. I also appreciate all the prayers that have been offered in her behalf.
Ruby is beautiful, and all who have met her talk about her sweet spirit. There is almost a celestial feeling as you hold her. When you walk in to her space, you can feel just how special she is.
I felt so honored to be able to hold her. The evening that I spent with her, she was so alert. She is beautiful. I think that God sends these special children as a reminder that there really is a heaven. A reminder that heaven is a beautiful, celestial space. It helps me want to be a better person. It reminds me that I want to go back to that beautiful, celestial place.
My sister has also never looked more beautiful. As I watch her, I see a peaceful, beautiful light in her face. She has the most amazing smile that she offers often. A smile that brings comfort to all who talk with her. It amazes me how much comfort she has brought to me.
Jared also amazes me. His strength is powerful. The two of them together are even stronger. I am thankful that they have one another.
In the days leading up to my coming to Kristin’s, I pondered the challenges and heartache my sister , her husband Jared, and our family will face over the next weeks and months. In all honesty, they were some of my hardest days in life. However, even in my own home, Ruby had a way of reminding me just how precious children are. Children are a gift from God. I love that Ruby taught me something.
After Ruby’s birth, as I spent time with my children, I have been honored to see them more fully. I can see them for what they really are; Heavenly Father’s children. They just happen to be under my care.
If you begin to really think about that you fully understand that we are all his children. It helps me when I think of how much I love my children to realize that he also loves his. This beautiful reminder has been a blessing to me this week. It has helped sustain me in moments of pure heartache for my sister. Because I know this, I know that he loves my sister and Jared, and will help them through all they might face. I also know that he loves Ruby. I also know that he wants me to love his children.
He wants me to take the extra time to love my own, but also to stop and love his other children. It has been a good reminder and a challenge to me.
Ruby is helping me want to become better. I want to love as our Heavenly Father loves. This is a hard thing to remember at times when your patience is tested, or you feel anxious inside.
In honor of Ruby, I bought these beautiful Ruby red flowers for my doorstep.
Aren’t they beautiful? As beautiful as baby Ruby.
If you would like a copy of these pictures, please email me, and I will send you the files.
We wore red to church as a family, for Ruby. Jonathan isn’t pictured. He did wear red, but he was on-call and met us at church.
I also made a couple of printables to hang in my home. The first is a scripture that I found that is a good reminder of how precious baby Ruby is. I know she came straight from heaven. It also reminds me of how special children are.
The second is just a good reminder how powerful love can be.
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Ruby download 5x7; Love download 8x10
So today, in honor of Kristin, Jared and their special baby Ruby; I ask you to join me. Join me by adding a red ribbon to your shirt or wear an article of red clothing to remind yourself how powerful love can be. Then show more love and patience to those around you. Including people you don’t know.
Today, when my sister Lindsay and I took Luke to the library(Luke is Kristin’s little boy), there was a little girl there. I was able to read a book to her. Lindsay did as well. While we were doing this, I couldn’t help but think of Ruby. I felt a certain love for this little girl that we were reading to. A little girl that I didn’t know. I read to her in honor of Ruby, and the love that she has reminded me of; God’s love. I believe that we all could use the reminder to stop and love God’s children a little more.
If you choose, you may also download these printables to serve as a reminder also.
Here is what they look like, hanging in my home.
This scripture may help serve as a reminder to you and your children that you are all as precious as Rubies in God’s eyes.
I am thankful for baby Ruby, and that reminder. I am also thankful for her name. A Ruby is strong, brilliant, precious, and lovely. It’s color is also good reminder of love.
Ruby June Warburton, we love you.