Sweet Angel Julia

Two years have passed since Julia left us.  Despite the time that has passed and everyone trying to move past the pain, it’s difficult to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day without remembering that this was the week Julia left us.  I will always remember our Cinco de Mayo playdate as the last time I saw Julia and feel less than festive because of that memory.



Two years ago, fevers ran rampant throughout my mom’s group.  Several kids had contracted strep throat and other bizarre illnesses with high fevers.  Then like bad déjà vu, those strange viruses began surfacing again this week. I comforted my poor sick four year old, but my heart ached as I remembered how little Julia was exposed to something viral this same week, however, the true cause of her untimely passing would remain undetermined.


Several of us sent prayers of comfort to the Bradley Family this week.  I am constantly amazed by Jackie’s strength and her ability to pick up the pieces after such a tragic event.  Even last night, as a group of close friends laughed over drinks about silly, girlie nonsense, we knew that in a few short hours Jackie and her family would face the anniversary of losing Julia, a pain no parent should ever have to feel and yet so surreal that your brain refuses to comprehend it and your heart won’t allow you to let go of it.



Last December, the Bradley Family celebrated the birth of their third child, Jackson.  When I look at this precious boy, I see Julia and it’s beautiful to know that a piece of her is still with us.



This morning on Facebook, Jackie posted a message of thanks with one small request when remembering Julia today.


Two years ago today our sweet angel, Julia, went to heaven. We miss her so much and are so thankful to have so many friends and family thinking about her today. In memory of Julia…please take a moment to do something special with your kids this weekend!


* Although I didn’t take any of these pictures, I felt compelled to share photos of Julia and her story for this week’s Photo Story Friday.*


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  1. Thom says:

    My thoughts and aloha are with Julia and her family. How strong they must be and what a difficult time for them but having friends like you makes these tragic events a little easier. My hats off to you my friend. Jackson is a handsome little one. 🙂 Thank you for sharing this and Jackie’s words were inspiring in her Facebook post 🙂

  2. citymouse says:

    Wow… visiting you from SITS and found myself tearing up. I can’t imagine this kind of loss. You are a dear and sweet friend to remember little Julia. I hope each passing year brings more comfort and peace for everyone who knew her.

  3. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    I can’t imagine ever losing a child. I will be remember Julia today and giving JDaniel a big hug.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Jackie Bradley says:

    Wow! This is the first time that I read this D! Thank you so much for remembering our sweet girl! May 7th is always a hard year for us and the events of that day were so terrible. Friends like you are the ones that help to keep the good memories of her alive.

    Thank you! XO Jackie

  5. Kelly Wade says:

    Wow, I can’t imagine what it must be like to lose a child let alone not being completely clear about the cause. Great acknowledgement.

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