Walk day in Cincinnati was on 4/30/17 this year and despite my usual stress it was a great day! My fiance joined us for the first time ever and he really enjoyed himself. He wanted to be there for baby Jeffrey and to support me and all of my passion. I absolutely love that this year the entire organization is recognizing the loss community with the Remember portion of the event. It meant so much to see Josie's name on " Memory Mile" and know that everyone who walked by had the chance to know that she existed and that she mattered. I think that the hardest thing to accept when you are grieving a child is that eventually you are on your own in the journey. Losing babies isn't something anyone wants to talk about. It makes those of us living with it from day to day feel physically isolated and emotionally alone.
The weather was absolutely gorgeous despite the windy conditions and when we released butterflies at the Loss Remembrance ceremony they were warm enough to come out and fly away in the wind. It was really fun to watch the kids who have angel siblings just hanging out with the flower pots and "helping" the butterflies!
It was also very gratifying to me, as it always is, to see how many people come out and participate the mission and all that it means. It was also rewarding to see it through my fiance's eyes, and see his newfound understanding and respect for all that I do. He is not always super expressive about what he believes in but its nice to know that he can see my passion and dedication and support me through it.
I'm quite late in getting this posted, as tonight is the March of Dimes Night at the Ballpark with the Cincinnati Reds! I was the 4th place family team in ticket sales and won an autographed baseball. I'm not a huge baseball fan, so this item will be part of a huge Cincy Reds/MOD goody bag/gift for Baby Jeffrey's parents (see Why I Walk 2017). His dad is a huge Cincy Reds fan and I think that its very appropriate he get the baseball as his son is the main reason I was able to sell enough tickets. Now that I have mastered the art of fleece blanket making I am also making one with a pillow for Jeffrey as he is also getting a Reds backpack, part of the kids club package I bought for Abbey, through MOD, but she really does not need another backpack!
I think it will be quite amazing for his parents and for him to look back one day and realize what his dramatic entrance inspired and I hope he knows and that they know how much we all care about their story and what it means to us and to the mission.
I'm glad you all had a good time remembering Josie and honoring Jeffery who is quite the fighter!
So much love
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