Friday, March 9, 2012

The Things We Used To Whisper

    I can't even explain to you how excited I am to let you in on this NEWS!  First off, no I am not pregnant, this is possibly even BIGGER! Ok, maybe not, but close :)
   All of us in the baby loss community know and understand that society views our situation as "taboo."  If it weren't, we as mom's of angels would answer this question truthfully when asked by strangers, "How many children do you have?"  Instead, we keep our real number of babies in our head, and give a forced smile with an answer that is socially acceptable.
   There is no question, people don't like talking about death in general, but when you bring up the loss of an infant people get really quiet.  No one knows what to do or say, they just sort of stare at you and try and fill the silence with anything that comes to mind.  Well, frankly I am TIRED of it!  This type of loss happens everyday, and it will continue to happen everyday because of this sinful world we live in!  We can no longer sit in awkward silence, but get up and do something about it!  We need this cause to be more socially acceptable to discuss, so we can make a difference!

Join me, Owl Love You Forever, and Hosanna Wong in bringing awareness to your community!

Hosanna Wong is an extremely talented spoken word artist that has written a piece specifically for this cause!  
Let me tell you, this girl GETS IT!  She has started a movement called
She has the desire to spread compassion and hope to those suffering!  
Please check out her brand new video!

Visit The Things We Used To Whisper!  There you will find all the info on how to help!

 Help us spread the word by showing her video, post it on your blog, email it to your friends, do whatever it takes!

Let's make 'Infant Loss' no longer 
something we have to whisper about!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Liebster Blog Award

Wow, it's hard to believe that a whole month has passed since I blogged last.  I must be in a writer's funk or just too busy.  Ferrari and I had our 4 year anniversary, and thanks to leap day we got to celebrate for TWO whole days instead of ONE!  Getting married on March 1st has its perks :) Ok, now that we are caught up I want to get to the real point of this post!

I received a comment from a fellow blogger nominating me for the...

Liebster is a German word which means "dearest" or "beloved". It is also used to refer to as someone's "favorite" and the idea of the Liebster Blog Award is to bring attention to blogs with less than 200 followers that deserve more recognition and encouragement.

I was nominated for this award by Kristin DeYoung over at DeYoungs in the Dominican!  I am going to be honest here and let you all know that I was completely surprised & humbled to receive her comment and the nomination!  I headed straight to her blog to learn more about her and her growing family and to see what this award is all about!  Kristin is just as sweet as can be, and if it weren't for similar struggles we have experienced we might not have ever crossed blog paths!  One more reason why I am beginning to love technology and social media, and quickly forgetting my hesitations with sharing my life so publicly.

There are certain rules that come with the Liebster Blog Award:

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Hope that the people you've sent the award to forward it on to their five favorite bloggers and keep it going!

Here are my Top 5 Picks:

Moments from everyday life written by my fabulous sister, Shannon!  I count on her blog for comic relief when I read what my mischievous nephews are up to!  Her unique party planning ideas are always a plus too!  

Whitney does an amazing job letting her readers in on the nitty gritty of dealing with Hereditary Pancreatitis, and the procedure that is giving her life again!  Her amazing amount of FAITH in God to get her through it all, is such an encouragement!  She is such an inspiration to me!

When I read Ashley's posts, I often feel like she is writing from my very own thoughts.  We so often have similar emotions and reactions to life's circumstances.  We have a unique bond, as we have both experienced multiple miscarriages.  Her blog is raw and honest.  She lets you read what we so often feel but don't discuss openly.  If you know someone who is or has experienced a miscarriage, Ashley's words might help you understand what they are going through.

Andra is a true inspiration of how to turn grief into something positive.  After losing her best friend, Leigh Ann, Andra started this non-profit in her honor.  She wanted to make her friend's memory live on and with a beautiful purpose, to show God's love to children by giving them a handmade blankie!  Through her organization, hundreds of blankets have been distributed all over the world! 

This blog is one that I connect with on so many levels!  The writer, Franchesca, has also experienced the loss of her firstborn baby.  She has picked up the pieces and is living her life with joy, despite her loss.  She is very creative and makes many projects inspired by her beautiful daughter and focused on healing, grief, joy, and love.