Looking back over the last couple of years, posts are mostly centered around Oliver's birthday or the SMA walk. We are OK with that. In many ways, it means that our lives are "normal". The 2 and 1/2 years of insanity that encompassed Ollie's birth in August 2008 through Spring 2011 when Isaak was free of all IV and G-tubes was quite enough for one family.
August is always a bittersweet month. We celebrate Ollie's life yet also must mourn his passing. In some ways it is so appropriate that August is SMA Awareness Month, but it doesn't make it easier.
This August is even more bittersweet than usual. As many know, Bekka lost her father in May. He had battled lupus for 20 years and cancer for the last year. His birthday is August 29.
If there was a way to just skip August, I think some years we would choose to do just that. Since we can't, we will give Ollie's little sister and little brother extra squeezes and we will remember a little guy that brought joy, laughter, tears and reflection to many lives.
Happy Birthday Jakob Oliver Mastin. It would have been great to know the 8 year old you.
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Click here for just a few of cutest pictures I could find of Ollie's time with us.