September 3, 2008

Annabelle's Shower

The wife and I were fortunate enough to travel to San Diego this past weekend to see the miracle baby girl in person. The baby shower for Annabelle was postponed until this past Sunday and became a celebration of her journey and successful fight. 50 or so friends, family and children gathered at the Linden home to meet and celebrate little Annabelle.

Holly's parents have been in town for a couple of weeks to be with Annabelle and help out the new family. About half way through the celebration, Holly's father performed a dedication for little Annabelle with family and friends gathered in the backyard. It was a very personal and moving ceremony. It was followed by a great reading from "Oh the Places you Will Go" by Dr. Seuss by Sean.

We met even more people in Annabelle's growing circle. Matt and Holly are surrounded by some really wonderful people who have come to their aid in many different ways. They are probably overwhelmed by the response they have received, but it is the way they have lived their lives that has brought this community together.

Of course there were many more who couldn't be there that day but continue to follow the story. Below is a video that gives you a brief peek at the celebration.



If you would like to see a slightly clearer version, go here and click the "watch in high quality" link below the video.

3 comments:

Amy said...

Wow, that was awesome. I wish I could have been there. Thank you so much for sharing.

tami said...

What a beautiful way to celebrate Annabelle. Thanks for putting together the video so we all could share. She's a very lucky little girl to have such a wonderful fellowship.

HB said...

My heart is going to bust out of my chest. Thank you so very much.