Saturday, April 28, 2012

First Memory Box

Our first complete memory box has been assembled and is on its way across the country. I received an email from a friend on Friday afternoon about a couple who delivered their baby boy early Friday morning. He was born still at 18 weeks gestation. Since their baby boy has already been delivered, I know that the memory box won't make it in time for hospital use. However, I pray that it will still bring some comfort to them as the prepare to make burial arrangements.

I went to bed last night with a heavy heart. Each time I hear of another loss, I can't help it... it takes me back to July 21, 2011, the day I delivered Nathan. It breaks my heart to think of another family having to go through that. I got up this morning and drove across town (since our post office isn't open on Saturdays) and dropped it off. It is a gray, rainy-looking morning here in North Carolina... which seemed to fit my mood and mindset. On the way, I spent most of the drive praying for the family. Right before I got off the highway, I turned on the radio (which I keep on K-Love) and the Casting Crowns song, "Praise You in This Storm" came on. It is a song that has helped me on my journey... so I kinda felt like it was a small message from God and Nathan saying, "We're here with you and we understand what you're feeling today." That made me smile... something that, 9 months and 1 week ago, I didn't think would ever be possible again. I will never stop missing him but I can feel a difference in my grief. I know that God is healing my heart and I'm thankful for that.

I wanted to include this story and picture of the memory box, so that you can see what exactly you are supporting. I want you to see how you are helping and making a difference... one family and one precious baby at a time. Thank you, thank you, thank you... to EVERY single person who has supported us either through prayer, making and donating items or with a monetary donation.

(A bereavement pouch, hat and blanket are included in this box so that
the parents may choose to have an item to bury or cremate their baby in,
as well as, be able to keep an item that their baby was held and loved in.)

(One teddy bear for the parents to keep and one
teddy bear to be buried or cremated with baby.)


Nika M. said...

Your box looks great! I really think they will appreciate it, even if it wasn't there in time to use at the hospital. I had more time with Brake at the funeral home, and it would have made a world of difference to have had something like that to wrap him in. It hurts my heart to know that the box was needed, but I'm glad you were able to reach out to them.

I love the tiny bears, by the way!

Tesha said...

This box is a beautiful treasure!

Kristy said...

Beautiful idea! I love all the things in the box. It is so nice to have something that your baby was loved in to keep.

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