Sunday, January 30, 2011

A special gift



Valentine's Day is quickly approaching. Write about something special a friend, family member, or other loved one did for you after your baby(ies) died that really touched your heart.

So many people did kind and loving things for us before and after I gave birth to Carleigh, but there is always one that stands out among the rest. I have shared this before on here but I would love to share it again.

On April 3, 2009 we had an evening visitation at the funeral home for Carleigh. Anthony and I got there a bit before the visitation started and just spent some time with Carleigh by ourselves. People came to show their love and support. Many family and friends traveled several hours to be there, which we greatly appreciated.

When our pastor arrived he had a package for me that had been sent to our church. The package was from Sue from My Forever Child. Apparently Sue had been following along with our journey as I blogged and was touched by our faith and devotion. Sue gave us her sympathies and had enclosed a gift for me. I just couldn't believe it when I opened it up. She had sent me a bracelet with Carleigh's footprints on it and with her name and birthday engraved on it. I was floored. Here, somebody I didn't even know had sent something so wonderful and meaningful at I time I really needed it. Sue had taken her footprints off the blog and put it on a piece so that I could take her with me wherever I went. I think I showed everyone that walked in the door my bracelet that evening because I was so excited about it.

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In addition to my bracelet, Sue also sent a small bag of pins for our family members to wear. The pins have the logo of My Forever Child and the saying "Always in my ♥". I passed them out to our family at the visitation and also kept one for myself . My parents still wear their pins every Sunday to church.

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Ever since that moment, Sue and My Forever Child has held a special place in my heart. I'm so glad to call her my friend. I've since purchased several more remembrance pieces from her and given away many pieces. I've even become an affiliate where I earn money from every purchase through my link, which I use to help buy remembrance jewelry for other loss moms or to giveaway here on this blog. Sue has shown me how much it means to be the recipient of a small act of kindness. I only hope to keep paying it forward.

13 comments:

brigette said...

This is beautiful... I would love to have one for Kael.. Im going to check out the website what an amazing gift to get during such a hard time!!

New Year Mum said...

How lovely of her... I found My Forever Child via a support group here in Australia and have just ordered a pendant with our little ones footprints on it. There is nothing like her business here. She does amazing work and must be truly unique... in many different ways :) xo

tomandcheryl said...

Gosh that brought tears to my eyes. So beautiful, Holly!
~Cheryl

Betty said...

I knew you and her did a lot, but I had no idea you had such a close relationship. How awesome that she did that for you! That was so very sweet. I have a few of her pieces that I would love as soon as Landon gets a job ;) Lol! I keep dropping hints. She is such a wonderful woman...as are you :)

Antoinette said...

I dont know how I didnt know about this blog?? I may have and it just doesnt come up on my blogger, ill click follow again, hopefully that will fix it...

the blog is SO PRETTY!!!!!!! love the colors!!! and the necklace is so sweet..xoxo

Jennifer Ross said...

Love that necklace!! That is the one thing that I want so badly. I want to share Isaiah's footprints daily. I can only share the ones on my back in the summer. lol

When I read about your parents wearing their pins to church every Sunday I just couldn't believe it. What wonderful sweet parents and grandparents!!..... I thought that last summer when I met all of you. ;)

Caroline said...

That was so sweet of her to do. I love it. They have a lot of beautiful things on that site.

Sarita Boyette said...

I remember that post, Holly, and thought what a wonderful woman Sue must be. What a blessing this was to receive it just when you needed a huge lift. The necklace is beautiful.

AKD said...

Just absolutely lovely. It means so much when your baby is remembered and loved.

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

So beautiful. Sue is such a beautiful blessing....and I'm so grateful for her. Thanks for sharing this.

Amy von Oven said...

My doctor that delivered Bethany went to Isreal not long after Bethany's death. While she was there she went to the town of Bethany and got me a hand carved cross from an olive tree in Jesus time. She gave it to me when she got home. I love it and it means the world to me that she did that. She has always gone above and beyond what any doctor would do. I was so blessed to have her.

elena said...

Beautiful and how sweet of her to send those to you and your family. Very precious! :)

Hannah Rose said...

I just read this after I ordered my own engraved piece from my forever child like 30 minutes ago! Darn it, I wish I would have purchased it through your link :(

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