A friend shared this poem with me today and I thought it was so fitting.  Both because of how brief Brienna’s life was, but moreso because her life had such a profound impact on so many people …

A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam,
And for a brief moment, its glory and beauty belong to our world.
But then it flies again and though we wish it could have stayed,
We feel lucky to have seen it.


I am beyond lucky to have known Brienna.  I am lucky to have carried her with me for nine months and I am so lucky to be her mother.  It boggles my mind to think she would be 14 months old today.  I wonder what she’d look like, how she’d act.  I wish I could catch a little glimpse of her in Heaven, just so I could know … I miss her so much, but I love her more.  And despite the fact that she can’t be here, noone can take that away from me …

3 thoughts on “Butterfly”

  1. This is a beautiful post and a gorgeous poem. It means a lot to me as well when I think of Brienna, and of course our Oliver whose life was just as brief. Always thinking of you and missing you.

  2. What a beautiful poem, Laurie! We wish that your special girl could be with us today and every day. Even though that’s not possible, she is and will always be here with all of us in spirit.

  3. Very beautiful, Laurie. I carry Brienna with me in my heart and am so grateful that she touched my life. It will be forever changed. I love you all.

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