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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Small Miracles Blog Hop #3

In her Small Miracles post this month, Franchesca said "the world is a better place because they were here."  She is right.  Most people will never understand or realize it, but the world is certainly better because of our babies. 

A year ago, our March for Babies family team raised just over $1500.  So far this year, we have raised $2500.  We still have just a week to raise funds for this year's walk, but even if we don't raise another penny this year, we have raised $4000 for the March of Dimes.  We do this in memory of our daughter.  If she had not been here, we would never have raised any money...and we would have never seen some of the most amazing generosity from the most unexpected of people.

My friend, Debbie, and I will be donating memory boxes to a local hospital.  We do it not for the hospital, but for the families that are going home, more or less, completely empty-handed.  Jeff and I have also donated to the memory boxes that our hospital distributes to families. 

When we started attending a perinatal and infant support group 18 months ago, I don't think we ever anticipated that we would still be attending at this point in our grieving process.  But we are still there.  (The running joke within our group is that we are support group junkies.)  Not only does going to the group meetings continue to help us, but we are now able to help those who are just beginning their journey.  We are able to show them some of the hope that waits for them further down the road. 

All small things in the scope of the world, but small things that matter and make a difference...


Franchesca said...

The world is a better place because of your precious Gracie. I think it is amazing to look back and realize just the huge impact that these tiny babies have had in our world. Sending love and peace,

Becky said...

I'm definitely still in a pretty sad place since losing my son just under 4 months ago, but I would like to believe that in his short life he helped make the world are a better place also
I just love my support group and think I'll continue to go for years

Anonymous said...

I was one of the newbies at your support group and you helped me more than words can express. I am glad that you still gain something from the experience and I want you & Jeff to keep going, so I'm considering making it a paid position : )

You have done amazing things in the name of your precious little Gracie. You are truly inspiring and I feel so lucky to have met you.