We have a couple of friends named Ts`ooane and Rachael. Aaron has known them since grad school. Ts`ooane was one of Aaron's groomsmen. A year after we were married we made the trip to the St. Louis temple so we could attend Ts`ooane and Rachael's wedding. We've gone to visit them in Iowa. They're wonderful people and have been really good friends of Aaron's for years. I love them too.
Yesterday, Ts`ooane called Aaron. And we learned that their 8-month-old baby died on Saturday. Apparently he slipped under the water in the tub. It was just for a moment, but it was enough. He spent 9 days in ICU but the doctors couldn't save him. It's just so horrible.
We feel so awful for them, but can't think what on earth we could possibly do to help. They live in Iowa, so it's not like we can take them dinner or watch their other son for them. I can't even imagine how awful this is for them. I know I feel terrible and weepy every time I think of it... and I'm on the fringes. I can't even concieve of how it would feel in their shoes.
I gave all my kids an extra hug or two last night. And I can see me being very paranoid at bathtime for a while! So today, give your kids an extra hug and kiss and really take a moment to appreciate having them here with you.