Friday, May 26, 2017

Bumma's House

This weekend will be tough... my family is gathering together in Crozet, Virginia to start the process of cleaning out my grandmother's house. 

I have lots to blog about when I get back.


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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lily Remembered in South Africa

Lily was remembered by my South African friend Bianca this week.

Her name was written in the sand in South Africa for the first time! It's on a beach in Durban called Virginia Beach, which is perfect because I'm from Virginia and that's where Lily's final resting place is. Bianca said it's very quiet and good for reflecting. It warms my heart knowing my girl and I are thought of across the ocean. 😌 ❤️ 🌊 ☀️ 🐚 🌎 🐳 🐬 🐟 🐠 🐢


Bianca saw this Lily sign at a Nursery on her daughter's school outing and my Lily Katherine popped into her heart. 💕 🌸 


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Lily Remembered at Hilton Head

Lily's name has been written a couple times recently at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The first time was for Mother's Day by my friend, Emily. And this time, my friend Danielle wrote it. 😌 ❤️ 🌊 ☀️ 🐚 🌎 🐳 🐬 🐟 🐠 🐢


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Cute as a Button

My friend Stacey in Australia sent me this photo of one of the buttons on her new denim skirt. I love to see Lily's name anywhere and everywhere and it makes me smile that others also think of my girl when they see it! 💕


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Makes the Missing Lighter

It seems that literally nearly every day, somebody, whether it be a family member, friend, acquaintance, or even a stranger, thinks of Lily and takes the time and effort to reach out and let me know. Some days it's multiple people.

Many of these people send me photos of Lily's name, whether it be written in the sand or snow, or on a sign somewhere, or simply a photo of a blooming lily or a butterfly. Some of these people send cards or notes, flowers, and gifts. I even have a hard time keeping up with sharing all these special things (a good problem to have).

March of course is when more people especially remember her with me, around the time of her birthday. But really people remember her all year, just as I do. And I am grateful beyond what I could say for each of you.

Your remembrance and thoughtfulness lifts my heart and carries me through my days without her. It carries me through the weeks, the months, the years, my life. Having others to care about her with me makes the missing her lighter. Because here she is, a part of each and every day, a part of the lives and worlds of so many across the world. I thank Jesus that He puts it on the heart of many people to make me feel like the mother I am. I don't know what I'd do without you all. Really the opposite of what I fear is what happens... instead of the years passing and the remembrance fading, she is loved by more people with each new year. 💛 🌼 💛  


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Lily Remembered in Maryland

Lily was remembered by Faith at Rehoboth Beach in Delaware, Maryland. 💕 😌 🌊 🐚



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Honor Your Baby at the Stillbirth Summit

This is for my loss through stillbirth mama friends...

You can have your baby honored among the stars at the upcoming Stillbirth Summit with the Star Legacy Foundation. Submit your baby's name by clicking HERE. It will be included on a star that will hang from the ceiling (along with Lily Katherine's)! "These stars serve as a poignant reminder to everyone in attendance of the reason we have all come together." All the babies will also be listed in program materials.

You may be interested in attending this event if you can. It's held annually and I know I would like to go eventually! "Meet researchers, parents and advocates from all around the world who share our passion for the prevention of pregnancy and infant loss." Can't you just imagine how powerful it would be to be surrounded by so many people who "get it?!" Even if I cannot be there this year, it's sweet knowing my girl will be included in some small way. ❤️


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