Somewhere over the rainbow

Rainbows are very special to our family. We played Eva Cassidy “Somewhere over the rainbow” at Josephs funeral and for a long time afterwards, rainbows would appear as if from nowhere as though to tell me that it was going to be okay. Even now, whenever we see a rainbow I think of Joseph and often on photos a rainbow will appear, even on the darkest of days.

Rainbows are even more special now that we have three rainbow babies to complete our family. A rainbow baby is the name given to a baby that follows a loss and is the understanding that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravages of the storm. When a rainbow appears it does not mean that the storm never happened or that the family is not still dealing with its aftermath. What it means is that something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds. Storm clouds may still hover but the rainbow provides a counterbalance of colour, energy and hope.

Here we are today, two of my rainbow babies and a very special rainbow close to our hearts.


My Random Musings


  1. October 25, 2015 / 8:21 pm

    This is lovely. I’ve never really understood the Rainbow baby name and thought it was a bit hit cheesy but your analogy is very touching and really sums up what I can’t even begin to imagine you’ve been through. Thank you xx

    • October 25, 2015 / 9:22 pm

      Thank you. I think when you really think about what a rainbow means, it’s the perfect name for a baby following a loss. Lewis and Joseph were both rainbow babies also, I never imagined having five beautiful rainbows, the happiness that comes from such sadness is very bittersweet. Xxx

  2. The Anxious Dragon
    October 26, 2015 / 11:34 pm

    The term rainbow baby is a perfect way to describe such special gifts as your babies are.
    Rainbows are something very magical (even though i understand the physics of them). #anythinggoes

    • October 27, 2015 / 9:39 am

      Absolutely. There is a part of my brain that tells me rainbows don’t appear from nowhere, that he light catching on the camera lens causes a rainbow, that there is always an explanation for a rainbow. And yet my heart tells me that none of that matters, that if it brings me comfort and makes me feel that Joseph is close, what is the harm in that? πŸ’™

      • The Anxious Dragon
        October 27, 2015 / 12:08 pm

        Just because something has a natural explanation, it doesnt take away the magic. Xx

        • October 27, 2015 / 12:10 pm

          Definitely. And rainbows are such a beautiful way of remembering someone, my children love to see a rainbow and say hello to their brother! 🌈🌈🌈

          • The Anxious Dragon
            October 27, 2015 / 12:18 pm

            I always think of my nan when I see a rainbow. I do kareoke at work, and one day a few months ago one of our guys unexpected asked for a song that was played at her funeral. I put it on for him, but it made me want to cry. (not good at work) i looked out the window to distract my attention, and there was a beautiful strong rainbow. Proper magic xx

          • October 27, 2015 / 2:11 pm

            Oh that’s amazing!! I love those moments. It always seems to be that a rainbow will appear just when I need it the most, almost as if he knows I need a sign that he is never far away. xxx

  3. perfectionistsloth
    October 27, 2015 / 4:51 pm

    I love the rainbow and storm explanation, I hadn’t come across it before, and that is a gorgeous photo x #abitofeverything

    • October 27, 2015 / 4:56 pm

      Thank you! It’s the perfect way of looking at it I have always found. My little rainbows have certainly made the storm clouds that little bit easier to bear, I have been very lucky. Xxx

  4. October 28, 2015 / 4:07 am

    This is just beautiful – both your picture and the explanation. I had never heard the term “rainbow babies” before but it makes perfect sense. #abitofeverything

    • October 28, 2015 / 8:05 am

      Thank you. It really does doesn’t it? And how lucky am I to have my little rainbows, they certainly keep me smiling!! 🌈🌈🌈xxx

  5. agentspitback
    October 28, 2015 / 12:54 pm

    What a lovely post! Thanks for sharing. What a beautiful name – Rainbow Baby- so apt and meaningful. Hope to see you again at #abitofeverything

    • October 28, 2015 / 1:07 pm

      Thank you!! Will be back next time! xx

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