Hey. I attempted to sit down and write the post I had planned yesterday several different times. I couldn't do it. My mind and my heart have been elsewhere since Sunday.
Heading to the Farmers Market with my family and my suitcases full of handmade goodies as I do every Sunday, I wondered if Chris and Lani of Bean & Leaf would be there... Emily and I talked about them throughout the week too, wondering if this would be the week for Lani to give birth to their first child. It was exciting to watch Lani grow (and continue to show up and work!) during the hot summer months, assisting her partner Chris, as they served the finest iced coffee and tea in much appreciated compostable cups. They are fine stewards Chris and Lani.
Indeed, Lani did give birth over the week, but sadly and tragically there were complications at the very end and beautiful Silas Orion did not survive. I am writing this story here in hopes that you will take the time to visit Chris's blog and leave words of support. Chris and Lani are not requesting to be left alone right now, they are requesting messages and thoughts of love and kindness. They need to feel uplifted and hopeful, messages from friends, family and total strangers are helping to get them through.
Up until about 5 days ago Chris's blog, Elm City Dad reads like the coolest expectant dad's blog ever. He began writing the day Lani discovered she was pregnant, reading through his archives has been such a joy and I am so glad they will always have his writings. The printed story of their journey is theirs to keep forever. I wish the world was filled with parents who practiced the same intention and presence as Chris and Lani. What a wonderful world it would be.
So please, per Chris's request, "bother them with love."
Thank you. Rest in peace baby Silas.