• Courageous Caitie's Sister, Calea, Turns 1 This Valentine's Day!

    This baby is a blessing and a source of strength.
    by Kitty Elicay .
  • For Feliz Lucas and husband, Jayjay, February 14 is more than just Valentine's Day — their third child, Tabitha Calea Xinyi, was born on this day, and she turns 1 year old this year. 

    You might recall this family's journey from three years ago. The couple's eldest daughter, Caitie Lucas, became known as Courageous Caitie, the 3-year-old girl who bravely fought a rare condition called juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML). Throughout her battle with the blood disease, which started in late 2015, Feliz and Jayjay documented the journey through Facebook and their blog, touching many lives along the way.

    When Caitie passed in March 2016, the couple founded Courageous Light, a nonprofit community that aims to help families of pediatric patients “by emotional, physical, and spiritual encouragement.”

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    Then in December 2016, the couple announced they were expecting their third child.

    Jayjay, a photographer by profession, announced it on his photography studio’s Instagram account with the caption, “The sun will rise and we will try again.”

    It was only the beginning of Calea’s amazing birth story. Feliz shared her pregnancy news on her Instagram account, saying that her baby’s expected delivery date was March 5, the same date when the doctors in Singapore diagnosed Caitie with JMML.

    “We just cried,” her post read. “What are the chances right? Only God can replace pain with much joy.”

    Calea arrived in this world earlier than her due date and was born on Valentine’s Day at 11:25 a.m., the same time of her big sister Caitie’s passing. It was a beautiful but also bittersweet coincidence.

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    While many of the family’s followers marveled how Calea looked like her big sister, Feliz reminded everyone that Calea was a different person altogether. In the caption that accompanied her first photo with Calea, the mom of three wrote, “While in the recovering room, as I embrace this new miracle as she breastfeeds, I whispered a prayer of blessing for her, for me and for my family. That this baby is her own person. Distinct and separate from her sister. Uniquely her.”

    Now that Calea is a year older, let’s look back and celebrate her first 12 months in this world!

    Feliz and Jayjay chose the name Tabitha Calea Xinyi for their daughter. It means “Beautiful grace in joyous harmony.”

    From the start, Calea already seems to be a happy, bouncing baby!

    It looks like Ethan, Calea’s big brother, is adjusting to his new role pretty quickly.

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    Just look at how he holds his sister!

    Feliz, who is an events stylist, juggles mom life and work life with ease, thanks to the cutest personal assistant who gives her energy!

    Losing a child means a long, grieving process, but Feliz and her husband are able to find strength and solace in their kids. “It’s nice to watch things finally fall into place after watching life fall apart for so long,” she writes in her caption for this photo.

    A mother will always long for her child, but Feliz is grateful that she still gets to hold her two children in her arms. “Choosing to count our blessings heals the heart,” she says.

    Of course, Caitie’s memory lives on, and Feliz remembers her every time the sun shines.

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    Thanks to Calea, Feliz is encouraged to continue being there for her kids.

    Calea turns one, and the whole family celebrates!

    Happy birthday, Calea!

    Additional research by Jamie Manuel

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