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For Caydence

On November 3rd my little sister, Amy, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Caydence Alexis.  When Caydence was born her heart wasn’t beating and wouldn’t until 25 minutes later.  She didn’t have oxygen for that same amount of time.  To make a long story short, Caydence died about 8 hours later.  This was completely unexpected because Amy did everything the doctor’s told her to do during pregnancy and Caydence was carried to full term.

I was given the honor of speaking at Caydence’s service and I wanted to share what I said.

I’m here to tell you about this extraordinary baby.  You see Caydence shouldn’t be remembered for one day — she’s so much more than that and here’s why:

  • Before anyone knew she existed, Caydence was helping her Mommy hit wiffle balls over the center-field wall at Safeco Field.
  • Caydence has always had athletic sensibilities.  Dr. Reiger called her a swimmer long before we saw her big flipper feet and her long crooked toes.
  • She even helped her Mommy with coaching.  And I know she is the reason for the volleyball team’s recent success.
  • Caydence is also a team player.  She teamed up with her Daddy to tease her Mommy about all the “insulation” that keeps her warm.
  • But Caydence didn’t mind all that “insulation” because along with it she made the perfect shelf for her Mommy’s cereal bowl, or dinner plate, or remote control.
  • Caydence is also a little mischievous.  She helped her Daddy get “the look” from Grandpa the first time he said “Hi, Grandpa.”  (And we all know what “the look” is.)
  • Caydence provided a distraction for Grandma when I was so far away.
  • In face, Caydence is quite the traveler like me- she took a ride in an airplane, a helicopter, and she was so excited about floating down the Nile that she kicked her Mom for the first time.

So you see, Caydence has always been there and will continue to have a ripple effect on our lives.

And I want Amy and Rich to know that she is not alone.  She’s got a grandma and lots of great-grandparents up there looking after her.

I love you both.

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