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My Sweet Angel

My Sweet Angel
4/6/09 4:45 pm 4 lbs 1 oz 17 inches

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Reflecting on October 15, 2012

I posted last year, after Elise's Event, about my history with International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day (October 15), but I want to take some time to "update" on how I saw things this year.
First of all, I am overwhelmed, grateful, and humbled by all the support I was shown.  People I barely know or haven't seen in years lit candles for me and Elise.  It meant so very much to me.  Friends gathered with me to share their babies over dinner, other friends sent messages, posts, and more to let me know they were thinking of me.  Elise is loved.  Her life is remembered!  How awesome is that?!?!
Second, the number of people who spoke out about the day was completely amazing!  Of course there were those, like me, who speak out often and I "expected" to see their posts and their pictures.  But then there were so many more...People speaking of losses I didn't know about (maybe no one or only a very few people knew)...People who have never experienced a loss supporting those who have...I am still in awe!
I want to thank you for reading this, for sharing in my journey, for helping to keep the memory of my little girl alive.  She was never able to breathe the air in this world, but she has made an impact on it.  I am so blessed to have been given the privilege to be her mommy.  Naturally, I would love to still be ignorant to the fact that not all pregnancies end with healthy, living babies, but if I had to endure the pain, it is somewhat reassuring to know that it is helping others.
I've shared these pictures on Facebook, but want to get it on here as well.  It is Elise's candle from last year, along with others candle's and some "new" names...


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