Monday, October 26, 2009

NMU 2009

This weekend I met up with some wonderful babylost moms. Jenny (mommy to Kayden), Danielle (mommy to Wyatt), Nicole (mommy to Logan), Mary (mommy to Amiee), Mary Ellen (mommy to Grace), and myself came together with our families and had lunch together. I originally planned for Anthony and I to go down and visit the National Memorial for the Unborn and then it turned into so much more.

Before lunch, several of us met up at NMU and spent some time there. Our kids sure enjoyed playing together!!

The items we left at last year's visit, which includes a stuffed animal, a certificate of life, and my poem that I wrote.

Jordan's plaque on the wall.

Anthony, me, and Kyndra standing with Jordan's plaque.

Mary, Dusty, and Jacob

Nicole and Chloe

Here's a couple of videos of the kids playing together at NMU:

After we were done at NMU we went to The Acropolis to eat lunch and meet up with everyone else. I wasn't sure how it was going to go since I hadn't met most of these people except for Josh and Jenny, but I had a good feeling after meeting Mary and Nicole at NMU. Everything flowed when we were all together. There were no awkward moments and it felt like we had always known each other. Our time together went by so fast. It was hard to believe we were there several hours. I wish we would've had more time!

We ate lunch and just talked. We talked about our babies and shared pictures and keepsakes. (I brought my massive scrapbooks. I stayed up until 2 am before coming to Chattanooga to finish it.) We are forever connected by our sweet babies. I was so happy to finally meet these mommies in person and I definitely want to get together again. Danielle has some great pictures on her blog from that day.

Josh and Jenny

Mary Ellen and her son James

Cute little Chloe!

I was also able to visit with a few moms that lived in the area. Sandie and Erica were in the same due date group (April 2009) on Cafemom as me for our babies. It was so nice to meet and visit with them!!

Sandie, me, and Erica

Thank you Danielle, Mary, Nicole, Mary Ellen, Jenny, and families for coming and making it such a wonderful day! I was so glad to meet you all!! And thank you Nicole for the goody bags!! (You can see/read more of the trip here.)


Just Breathe said...

What a wonderful Memorial. Glad you were able to go. I saw the lunch on Danielle's blog. Glad you were all able to meet in person.

Trisha Larson said...

Gosh, that is so cool! I just love that you guys were able to meet. I know how much it helps to be with other people that "get it". It feels so good and I'm glad that you got the opportunity to experience that!


Rikki said...

Wow that sounds like you had an amazing day. I love meeting up with other baby loss mums. It is probably the only place that i feel like i belong and i can be myself.

Ms. Sarah said...

Sounds like a wonderful day

My Very Own Angel said...

This is so awesome. I wish I could have came, Hopefully if you do it again next year and my hubby is not deployed. I'm glad all you ladies got to meet and honor all the lil angels.

~J's Mommy~ said...

How fun! What a great way to talk about the babies even more!!! I love that. I wish I could find people "like me" around here, but no such luck!

Glad you had a good time!

April said...

How wonderful that you all were able to meet in person. I know that you would have rather have become friends under different circumstances, however there will be wonderful comfort and support found from these women. How special of a day!

Lauren said...

Looks like a great memorial. Glad you were able to meet up with other Mommies and have a good time together and to honor your babies.

Anonymous said...

How wonderful you were able to get together and meet! How comforting it must have been to be with others who understand your feelings. Loved all the photos.
Blessings, Sarita

Bree said...

What a special weekend. That is so neat. Our precious babies have brought all of us together. And, it's neat that we have each other to lean on.

Kari @ p.s. said...

What a very special time you had together. You have met so many wonderful people through all of this. So nice to have such a huge support system and new friends.

Once A Mother said...

I think it is absolutely beautiful the way that your babies have helped you to find eachother and help eachother through this loss.

Also the NMU is beautiful, what a loving way to honor these sweet little babies. God Bless

croleyc69 said...

I think it's so neat to get to meet and looks like you had a great time. Thanx for sharing all those pictures and everything.
Caroline :)

Franchesca Cox said...

That is so awesome, it looks like you'll had a great time! It's so special the bond that comes after such a loss.


Ali <3 <3 said...

I want you to know that this flippen wonderful! I am so glad you got the opprotunity to experience the heartfelt compassion of having many people around to share emotions that they completely understand. I cried reading the posts about it, its beautfiul. The pictures are amazing, and it looks like the children had a terrific time!

Danielle said...

The video of the kids playing was so cute! Thanks for sharing! I wish we had driven up to go to NMU with you... we were worried about imposing :) Sign me up if everyone wants to meet up again. It was a great day :)

MommyIvy said...

I really wish I could have made it. We were in MO about, 4 hours from you.

Nan & Mike said...

What a special day you all had, it really is amazing the support we all give eachother, online and (if we are lucky), in person. I wish we were all closer! Thanks for sharing :) Hugs, Nan xo

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

So glad you did's just awesome that you guys were able to meet and share that time together. Love it! Wish I could have been there...another time maybe?

Love to you...

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