I have lots of mixed emotions this month…. November 18th will be Declan's 2nd birthday. I have been trying to imagine all the things little two year olds are into these days. Trucks, tractors, Thomas the train… he'd be potty training, walking and talking and annoying his big brother and sister…. he would be pulling Murray's tail and laughing at his reaction. Those are the things we are missing out on…. those are the dreams we've lost.
In honor of our sweet boy's 2nd birthday, we decided to do something for someone else. We want to give back to the very place that helped us realize how to take the first steps towards healing and acceptance. A place that we hold so near and dear to our hearts… Faith's Lodge. People have asked 'what about it was special?' and I honestly can't explain. I think a big part of it was being with other people who had experienced a loss… and a sense of completely being able to let your guard down because no one was going to be insensitive or say something offensive… I think it was about not needing to pretend you were ok… I think it was about an understanding of perspectives. Whatever it is, it's not understandable to someone who hasn't lost a child… and for those who have, it is tough to get because it feels so risky to put yourself and your emotions out there, and less face it, it seems almost to "kumbayaish" and not normal. BUT for us, we had no where to go and nothing to lose… and it was a beautiful experience for us.
Please join us in raising our goal of $500 for Faith's Lodge and the families that visit there who are looking to find a little hope again.
Please follow the link below to our very own fundraising page, called "Declan's Dreamers". We will be raising funds now until February 16th… Both Nathan and I sincerely thank you for your donation. I can promise you that every cent earned will make a difference in someone else's journey!
With much love and appreciation,