Tuesday, April 12, 2011

a plea for help...

april 12th, 2009, two years ago today, was the due date of our first born.  a little girl.  sofia.  sadly, we didn't make it to that due date...instead, she was stillborn at five months on december 7th, 2008.  her time in this world was much too short, but she helped lay so much of the groundwork for the lives that we currently lead and the for the way that we parent.  for that, we are eternally grateful.  (for the full story of our little angle, you can read "the story of sofia" - parts one and two in my blog archive- way back in september 2010.)

every april, as a reminder of her short, but amazing life, we walk.  as a way to share her love with the world, we walk.  as a way to raise money to help fight against that pain happening to other families, we walk.

this year is our third year walking in the march of dimes, march for babies here in los angeles.  the past two years combined, we have raised over $1100!  this year, we would love to push that total up over $1500.  it is because of the love and support of our wonderful family and friends that we have been successful in the past.  it is all of you that we are asking for help from once again.

according to the march of dimes, 1 in 8 babies is born too soon, with serious negative effects potentially lasting a lifetime and sadly, "more newborns die of premature birth than any other cause".  how does march of dimes help?  in short, the march of dimes champions the needs of moms and babies in our community and across the nation.  the money we raise for march for babies will support lifesaving research, services, education and advocacy that help babies get a healthy start.  our team web-page has more information on what the march of dimes works for.  it is an incredibly important cause, please help us help them!

if you feel that you are able, please go to our team page and donate.  if you are unable to donate financially, please send beautiful, positive energy and prayers (if you are a pray-er) for the peaceful rest of our little girl's soul and for health of the thousands of other babies born prematurely each year.  our web-page is: http://www.marchforbabies.org/team/forourangelbabysofia

pictures from our first year (2009)

 these are our shirts that we had made.  i designed the angel on the front.  the poem is one that we found...

 they sent all the "family teams" blank quilt squares...this was the one i decorated.

pictures from 2010
 my daddy joined us last year!  and it was noly's first year!

our little family at the quilt from 2009.  nolan was checking out sofia's quilt square out. :)

trunk diaper change...little guy!

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