Today(Wednesday), my sweet Dad came over and planted Maddie Grace's tree.
The weather is FINALLY turning nice here in Ohio and we thought it would be a good time to go ahead and get it in the ground.
The boys and I went out with him while he planted it and of course they wanted to help. =) My Dad (their Papa) let them push the dirt and conditioner into the hole and get it ready to put the tree in. They loved that. I felt like in a way, they were doing something special for their little sister, it was an emotional moment for me as I watched them. It melted my heart.
After he prepared the hole, He put the tree in. It made me smile and I watched as he gently planted it and covered it with dirt. He probably spent over an hour making it just right. I could tell it was emotional for my Dad too. He loved Maddie so much, and knowing how much of a Daddy's girl I am, Maddie would have been a Papa's girl.
My Dad is one of those men who pours himself into his work as a part of his therapy. It really breaks my heart. I love him so much and he's been through so much loss in his lifetime. He lost his Mom, Dad and only brother within just a few years of each other, all to cancer. So, if anyone knows how much it hurts to miss someone, it's Him. I love my Daddy and I'm so thankful he is in my life.
Back to the tree...
Once he finished adding the dirt and smoothing it out, we stood at the back of the yard and admired it. It looked great, it was perfect to remember my precious little girl. I can't wait until it blooms, I hope it does soon.
Afterwards, we stood there talking and admiring his hard work. It was then that I noticed a chubby red robin fly over and land on the dirt mound. It was jumping around and playing and looking for food. My Dad and I stood there and watched it. It was the sweetest chubbiest little birdie, and it really did remind me of Maddie, all chubby birds do. =)
I asked Dad if he thought that she sent it to tell us that she loved her tree. We both agreed that she did. It was a special moment.
Later, I went inside and continued on with my chores. I would peek out the kitchen widow occasionally to see if the birdie was still there. It was. She stayed there all day long. It gave me such a comfort and peace and made me smile and think of Madeline.
I was glad that God and Maddie sent that little birdie my way. It made my day a little brighter.
Later that evening, we went to Church.
My mom told me the next day that her and Dad stopped over while we were gone, so she could see Maddie's tree. She then told me that there was a little red robin playing around the tree as they came to see it. My Dad hadn't told her that the same little birdie visited us earlier that day. She thought that was so special.
Isn't it sweet how God can give peace and comfort in such little ways. To someone else, that may have just been a little bird, but to me, it was a hug from my precious little girl.
I love you Miss Maddie Grace, and I'm so happy that you love your tree! =)
Here are the pictures I took today...
Getting ready to plant...