Friday, June 25, 2010

Sufficient Grace Golf Outing

On Saturday, June 19th, Anthony and I participated in the Sufficient Grace golf outing. This was our first year participating and I have to say it was a lot of fun! I have never golfed before so I wasn’t sure how I would do but I can say that I did not suck terribly! lol

In case you don’t know, Sufficient Grace Ministries is a non-profit organization that was founded by Kelly Gerken. SGM ministers to women and families who have lost a child and it is just an excellent ministry. The golf outing is one of their annual events in the summer to help raise money for the services they provide so that bereaved parents do not have to pay any money for things like the Dreams of You memory book and the Comfort Bear. I can attest to how important this ministry is as I am a recipient of their generosity.

The day was just absolutely perfect to have the golf outing. It was warm and sunny with no rain at all in sight. I was going to golf on Team Sufficient Grace (which included Kelly, Rachael, and Becki) and Anthony was golfing with his dad, brother, and friend Andy. Becki and I had never golfed before and we got to ride in a golf cart together. It was my first time ever driving one and it was pretty fun! Wouldn’t mind having one of those at home! lol

We played 18 holes and then afterward had a dinner and prizes were given out. Team Sufficient Grace played hard but we still came in last. But no worries! I thought we did really great and towards the end we were just plain tired and hungry!! We had so much fun and shared a lot of laughs! Thank you Kelly, Rachael, and Becki for such a great time! Kelly’s son James joined us on the second half of the course and kinda carried us the rest of the way. He’s quite a good golfer!

You can read more about the golf outing on Kelly’s blog. Now for some pictures!!!!

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Thank you Kelly for asking me to be on the team! And you can support Sufficient Grace Ministries at any time by going to their website and donating. You can donate through Paypal or by sending a check.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Father’s Day & My Birthday

Every so often Father’s Day and my birthday fall on the same day and that happened this year. We didn’t do anything special for either. We were away for the weekend so we didn’t get to visit Carleigh at the cemetery but you can be assured she was on her mommy’s heart.

It was Anthony’s 2nd Father’s Day without Carleigh. I didn’t do anything like I did last year. (Last year I got him a suncatcher for his car and gave him a letter from Carleigh.) I know he didn’t mind. He did get cards from me and our other girls that he enjoyed.

I’m am now 27 years old. Sometimes I really wonder where the years go. I’m hoping for 27 to be a good year for me. I figure I’ve got nowhere to look but up.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

NILMDTS slideshow

Sometimes I like to go through Carleigh's pictures and slideshows and just look at them. I cherish the time that we got to spend with her and I wish that we could have had more time than what we did. Over 9 months in my belly and just a few days in my arms seems like so little time compared to the lifetime we have ahead of us without her.

I thought I would share the slideshow that our NILMDTS photographer made for us. I remember the first time I watched it I was kinda upset because there are pictures in the slideshow that I don't have myself. I'm not sure why we didn't get them but at least I have them here. So, enjoy a few of the moments that we spent with our little girl.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Photos & Thanks

Thank you to the following people for the photos and gifts that they sent me. It always touches my heart!

Thank you Mia for this beautiful picture!! I love the colors!

Thank you Beth for thinking of my Carleigh and creating this for her!

Caroline's daughter Marie created these for Jordan and Carleigh. Great job Marie!!

Richard & Sarah at Say It With Flowers created a wonderful collage of names for Mother's Day. It's beautiful!

These gifts are from Betty as I won a giveaway of hers.

Maryline made another drawing for me for Carleigh.

From Jennifer for International Babylost Mothers Day

From Ashley in Ohio

From my cousins Bryan & Jayme. Thank you for thinking of us for Carleigh's 1st birthday.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Upcoming SGM Golf Outing

This Saturday, June 19th is the 3rd annual Sufficient Grace Ministries Golf Outing. Proceeds from this event will benefit the local and nationwide outreach efforts of Sufficient Grace Ministries for Women and Families.

The golf outing will begin at 2:00 pm and will take place at Country Acres Golf Club in Kalida, Ohio.

It's not too late to sign up a team if you are interested. Each team should consist of 4 people and the cost is $50 per person and includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, and dinner.

If you can't join us on Saturday, would you considering becoming a sponsor or donating to the event? There are still $50 & $100 hole sponsor levels available or you can give toward sponsoring a family or other item.

Please contact ASAP for details.

We would appreciate your prayers for good weather!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Happy Birthday June Babies!

Today I sent some birthday wishes to several babies who celebrated their birthdays in June by releasing balloons. I also sent up a balloon for a baby who celebrated in May that I didn't get to send a balloon up for.

Happy 2nd Birthday to Tatum Cate who was born on May 15, 2008. Her mommy is Paige at Praise Him in this Storm.

Happy 1st Birthday to Wyatt Nathaniel who was born on June 1, 2009. His mommy is Danielle at Letting Go and Letting God.

Happy 2nd Birthday to Matthew James and Joshua Thomas who were born on June 7, 2008. Their mommy is Sarah at Footprints of Angels.

Happy 1st Birthday to Nolan Michael who was born on June 8, 2009. His mommy is Ashley at A Ruby Family.

Happy 2nd Birthday to Dylan Gabriel who was born on June 11, 2008. His mommy is Kat at In Dylan's Memory.

Happy 1st Birthday to Austin Thomas who was born June 17, 2009. His mommy is Meredith at Forever Changed.

Happy 1st Birthday to Mackenzie Noelle who was born June 17, 2009. Her mommy is Ashley at Missing Mackenzie.

Happy 2nd Birthday to Aubrey Elizabeth and Ellie Alexandra who were born June 24, 2008. Their mommy is Rachel at Waiting for Morning.

I also released a heart balloon for all babies lost in the month of June.

And of course one for my Carleigh! ♥

As you can see, after I released them the wind shifted and they got stuck in a tree. Not to worry though! They only stayed stuck for a couple hours and then were able to break free and float away. I didn't capture the moment but you can be assured it was beautiful!

Happy Birthday to some very special babies!!
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