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A tempered elation on April 19

BY YOUR NAME Staff Writer Published: April 21, 2013

The day on which we were very happy to have gotten God's blessing of a healthy baby girl was also very sad for the senseless loss of life and families forever impacted that April 19, 1995. Our elation was tempered by the 168 lives ultimately lost that day. Our first baby girl is now 18 years old. She's beautiful, intelligent, confident. She will be leaving for college this fall. Every year on her birthday, I can't help but remember the account of events watched on television from St. David's Medical Center in Austin, Texas, during the birth of our daughter. I pray for those families affected by this tragedy. I pray for Hannah — thanking God for her and asking Him to guide her, to stand by her and to protect her.

For 18 years and for the rest of my life, I will be conflicted on this day in remembering a very happy event and a very sad one. I visited Oklahoma City shortly after the bombing and witnessed the destruction. I have since visited the National Memorial. What a wonderful, architectural, thoughtful, lasting tribute to those who lost their lives. Every April 19, let us all remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever.

Shelby Bush, Dallas