Our walk was amazing but windy and cold this year. Weather has not be kind to my family this spring; every walk, or event we have had it's been rainy and windy yet the next week it will be sunny...sigh...what can you do. But I tell myself I can handle walking in winds, and rain because it's nothing like my son or other babies went through and that's why I walk for them. We got to talk this year at the walk. It was an amazing experience and one I will always treasure. To be able to stand on that stage with my husband, son, brother, and friend and to say we are there to celebrate Scott and remember all the babies. I'm finding that when it's something that is important to me, when it comes to sharing my story I have no problem standing in front of people and talking. Which I never thought I'd be someone who could do that. C and I were also interviewed by the local news station. I was thinking it was prerecorded and questions they would ask. Right before we go on the newscaster tells me it's live and when she points just to tell me how the MOD mission has affected my life. Talk about stressful...but I think I did okay I gave Shareyourstory props. =) C talked about his fundraiser and how we got our team name. I wish I could have seen it, My aunt saw it and said I did good but I have always been her favorite so you know she could be a bit biased. ;p
One of the things I love most about the walk and really March of Dimes is the love. Everyone is just so friendly, kind, compassionate. While on stage Colin shared his U.S.A. map and how he only needed North Dakota. I made the comment if anyone in the crowd knows anyone...we were just walking off when Colin was greeted by a walker with a $5 donation for North Dakota. Just how all my MOD friends are so willing to donate to your team when they are fundraising themselves, MOD employees. You have to truly believe in the mission to do that. I am so glad I found this organization.
Scott would be 5 in one week. It's birthday season in our house since my husband and boys birthday are all in one week. After birthday week is when my emotions will run rampant until June 20. Then I will reset till the next year. That's one thing I have learned to come to expect. The flashbacks are starting, how I can remember with such clarity certain events that happened this time of year before it all fell apart.
We are doing something different this year for the husband and C's bday. Traveling to Colorado to see friends. We are excited. C gets to go whitewater rafting on his birthday. What an awesome way to turn 8 years olds rafting down a river in Colorado with one of your best buds. We come home the day before Scott's birthday.
After my super bad day of the year 6/19 we go to the U2 concert. That is C and husbands birthday present. So I like how we are starting and ending June with fun family activities. I am hoping it takes some of the edge off having things to look forward too.
Hugs and Love
I love that C got to share all his hard work with his map.
I am so cheering you on right now reading that you spoke not once, but twice that day sharing your story and talking about your sweet boys. Love that North Dakota was there to represent and came forward to help meet the goal! Love that! I'm thinking about you and sending you hugs and love as this is such an emotionally charged month filled with so many memories and celebrations. My heart hurts that Scott isn't here with all of you. I love though that through the pain, you find ways to honor him.
I bet you and C are both looking forward to summer and that U2 Concert sounds like SO much fun! Achtung, Baby! Summer here you come!
Sending more hugs and love,
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