I just wanted to share this little video I made as we get ready for March for Babies on Saturday. This is Why I Walk Customize a free photo slideshow And NO – I am not asking anyone for a donation for our March for Babies Team – cause I’ve already hit that hardcore. (unless you really want to, and then I’d never try to stop you!) instead… in loving memory of Kathryn, please support our Bereaved Mother’s Day Campaign! Thanks so much! xoxo a Rafflecopter giveaway Share this:MoreLike...

A Mother’s Day Giveaway – but you don’t have to be a mother to enjoy these items! So yes, the focus of my blog posts lately has been all about the Mother’s day Campaign. If you don’t know about it yet, here it is in a nutshell. My nonprofit, Sunshine After the Storm, a nonprofit formed to support and encourage grieving parents, (based on the book for grieving mothers of the same name,) is raising money to donate the book to grieving mothers for Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day can be so difficult for...

It’s Earth Day 2014! I guess it’s time for me to admit that I’m a tree hugger. Not the kind that would chain myself to a tree or live in a tree in protest, but the kind that truly does care about my environment, and even more importantly, the impact that we are having on our children and their children’s world. Five signs you might be a tree hugger: 5. You have an Earth Day Themed playdate. Yep. I am doing that today. Hosting an Earth Day themed playdate for toddlers. We are going to be making recycled plant pots...

Happy Birthday Mom! New Traditions I hope everyone had a lovely Easter (everyone that celebrates it of course.) We had a lovely day. My husband, who is a ChristEaster attender, actually went to church with us. And since the whole family was there, we took the opportunity to get a nice family photo with Kathryn. Happy Easter from all six of us! After church, we came home, changed, had a snack, and relaxed for a little while, before starting what I hope will be a new tradition – Easter dinner with my Sunday School class and families....

You may have noticed a theme the past few days. I am trying to feature the sponsors of our big Giveaway for the Mother’s Day Campaign. I have featured Blue Lobster Books, the Memorial Baby Book from Nora’s Nooks Gifts, CarlyMarie’s beautiful butterflies, and the Signature Muchness Necklace. Today, we’re talking books. Free books are my favorite kind of books! We are lucky to have multiple books offered as part of our giveaway in conjunction with our Mother’s Day Campaign. If you enter our giveaway, you could...

Probably one of the biggest unexpected rewards of blogging is the friendships that I have developed through it. I can say that almost all of my closest blogging friends were a gift from the SITS girls. Every day I would check to see the featured blogger, and I have become close friends with several I met through this route. To include the Dose Girls, Jennifer, Kerry, Ilene, and our whole tribe. I have been supported by these women in ways I never imagined. I have met some of them in real life. The Dose Girls (Lisa and Ashley), Andrea,...

Some of us are really good at saving every memento and writing down every first moment with our children. Some of us. I haven’t been great at it. With Nayner Bug, I took a day off of work right before Jelly Bean was born and spent the entire day assembling his baby book so that I would not forget all those precious details. I did not do the same for Jelly Bean. She is four and I have yet to put together her book. And then came the twins. A unique situation in itself. Kathryn only lived two days. I have a lock of her hair, her footprints,...

Shimmering bits of light… to light your way Good morning friends. I hope you all had a lovely, refreshing weekend. Mine was… well, I assure you there will be a future blog post about it. In times that are dark, I am glad that I have shimmering bits of light… Today I’m featuring another of our sponsor’s for our Mother’s Day giveaway. I’ve written about Tova and her Muchness Campaigns several times before. I found Tova through a grief support group. She lost both of her twins to TTTS. Rather than...

Today is my sweet little boy’s 7th birthday. Where has the time gone? Seems like just yesterday, we welcomed him (after a long 28 hour ordeal!) into our world. Now he’s a crazy little boy, who makes us laugh all the time! And frustrates me like no one else can! Love you Nayner Bug! Happy Birthday!   Don’t forget to enter the Mother’s Day Giveaway! And please, please, please consider making a small donation to help us help grieving mothers this Mother’s day! a Rafflecopter giveaway Share this:MoreLike...

I am a Scary Mommy. So if you didn’t know a scary mommy before, now you do! I am super excited to say that I finally wrote something worthy of Scary Mommy! I hate that I know about the topic at hand, but, am very honored to be featured on Jill Smokler’s amazing site today! Please check it out and leave me some comment love so that maybe Scary Mommy will have me back again one day! But before you go, don’t forget about our Mother’s Day Campaign and our giveaway! Yesterday I featured CarlyMarie’s beautiful...

I love butterflies. I mean, LOVE butterflies. They give me hope. They symbolize new life. They have always been my symbol. Since I was a child. Then when Kathryn passed away, they became an even more special symbol for me. I have written about how butterflies have appeared at different times and made me feel the presence of my daughter. I found CarlyMarie and Christian’s Beach through the grief community. I believe it must have been from Still Standing. As I scrolled through the many beautiful creations that CarlyMarie has made –...

I’ve been doing research on medical and health related topics now for a little while, and some of the information I have come across is, well, quite frankly, so scary and astonishing, I wonder why we are not all calling our representatives every day to have them do something about it. Toxins and their impact on our health, and more specifically, our children’s health and development, is, I believe, one of the most pressing issues that we as mothers should do something about. Because it is something that can be changed. I am...

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