Since that time we both completed graduate school, Chad with his JD and MBA and me with my PhD in clinical psychology. We welcomed our first child, Hailee Jean Packard into our family on June 1, 2009.
We bought our first home in Sandy, Utah in 2010. Chad loves his work at a venture capital firm in Salt Lake, and I worked for over a year as a therapist at an inpatient and residential facility for eating disorders in Orem.
In December 2011, we welcomed our second child, Charles Preston Packard into our family.
Life was going our way! And then everything flipped upside down when Charlie died of SIDS on April 10, 2012 at the age of 4 months.
Since that time we have pulled together as a family and sought to pick up the pieces of our broken hearts.
We greatly simplified our lives. I switched jobs to work part time as a therapist at the BYU counseling center. Hailee continues to grow and is in her second year of preschool, where she is thriving.
Chad seeks refuge in running.
I seek refuge through hiking.
On July 9, 2013 we welcomed our third child, Camille Margaret. She truly is our rainbow and has brought so much warmth and healing into our home.
We continue to seek healing together as a family; we cry; we embrace hope where we find it; we hug more; we wrestle with difficult questions; we support each other in our needs; we strive for greater faith, strength, and understanding in our relationship with God and our religion; we treasure moments of laughter; we create meaning; we remember…always remember; and most importantly, we try to embrace each day and live in the moment…because moments are all we have.