I've been wanting to post this story on my blog for awhile and today seems the perfect day. Both B and I feel a lot of sadness over missing our Alafair. Although we think of her daily, the tears are not as frequent. For whatever reason we miss her very much today.
Earlier this year over New Year's weekend two of our nieces and my in-laws came for visit. During a conversation with the 16 year old, she asked why we named our newest addition "Abbie".
|Our Abbie - |
taken Jan 1, 2012
Abbie came to us named "Maggie", but one day shortly after we adopted her from Second Chance, I was hugging on her and talking to her. I accidentally called her "Abbie" without even thinking. After the words passed my lips tears unexpectedly welled up in my eyes. The name seemed a perfect fit.
I told my niece this story and she said the sweetest thing. She had wondered if we named her Abbie because the name means "Blessing" and she saw Abbie as being a "second" blessing to us.
The thing is Abbie has been so good for us since the first day we adopted her just a few weeks before Alafair died. When Alafair was so sick Abbie would do something to make us smile. And after we said our goodbyes once again Abbie helped us get through those initial heart breaking days.
She loves us and we love her. Abbie truly is a "second" blessing.
As I complete the finishing touches on the blog entry, my Abbie is sleeping right next to me on the couch with her head touching my thigh. Yes, she is an Abbie.