May 24, 2019

We are so excited to feature Stefanie this week and her precious son Brody. She is so amazing and strong, and her page has inspired me so much that we just had to have her share her story with you! ♥️⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Hi, I'm Stefanie and I've always been a girl with a plan! I knew I would get a Master’s Degree, get married and have 4 kids. Everything was going according to plan until our fourth child, and first boy, was born with a terminal genetic condition. Our son Brody packed a lifetime of lessons for us into his ten short months on earth. When he passed away October 2016 we believed he had given us everything he could to keep us learning and progressing into the best versions of ourselves.⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Brody’s life represented simplicity. He couldn’t move or even eat on his own. By remembering to embrace simplicity in our lives we have continued on a path of healing. We filled our tanks with gratitude and love and tried to share those things with others using his memory and random acts of kindness. We stripped away all unnecessary worries from our lives and embraced the grief however and whenever it came. When we were ready, we matched grief by achieving goals and becoming empowered to use the waves of grief as stepping stones to deeper Eternal understanding, peace and joy. Feel your grief. Acknowledge it and let it make something better out of you. Find a release, or a series of releases to try when different waves of emotion hit. For me it was things like writing, walking, serving, and celebrating small victories over hard moments. Understand that it’s ok to not be ok and it’s ok to be ok! Embrace your feelings, let them guide you to healing. Trust a messy, unpredictable process with as much patience as you can muster. Find something to believe in. I have hope in a Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ and because I KNOW they want me to live with joy and see Brody again, it reminds me I am meant to be happy in this life. ♥️

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