Monday, October 24, 2011

Road Trip {Lunch & Memorial}

On Saturday, October 15th we had the lunch that was at another church and was catered by a place called Meatheads. We had BBQ pulled pork and some other things and it was quite good! Of course, Kyndra didn’t eat anything. She’s always picky! The girls did enjoy running around the gym and playing. (Kyndra was playing with the stones she took from our hotel’s landscaping.)

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Here is the pamphlet from the memorial that evening. I unfolded it and scanned it. You can click to make larger.

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The first event of the evening was at Levee Park in Red Wing, MN. We had a balloon release there.

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The next event was the lantern lighting at Central Park in Red Wing. Once we arrived we enjoyed listening to some songs.

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Not long after the ceremony started everyone went up and lit them. I got both a lantern and a luminary for my babies Jordan and Carleigh.

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I took a picture of Heather and her family. I couldn’t help but notice the Comfort Bear from Sufficient Grace Ministries.

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I really like this photo that Heather’s daughter took.

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Towards the end of the ceremony it was time for the speakers, which meant it was my turn!! I admit, I was definitely nervous. I have never spoken in front of anyone sharing our story of Carleigh. Anthony says he could tell I was nervous but I eventually settled into a good rhythm. It prolly didn’t help that I was a little chilly! The air wasn’t real cold but there was a crisp breeze that evening. A couple parts I got a little teary but I made it through! I’m so glad that I got to share.

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After I shared my story it was Amanda’s turn and then Sherokee Isle spoke. If you’re not familiar with her she wrote the book Empty Arms: Coping After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Death. I haven’t read the book but I am sure it is good. She was good at speaking and we were all glad that she had decided to join us that evening and speak. I even got to speak with her after everything was over and I felt better when she said I did a good job speaking.

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Wanted to share also a pamphlet about the support offered by Anchored By Hope.

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5 comments:

lost--for--words said...

I'm glad that you had a good trip! The remembrance service looked really nice - Good for you for getting up to speak in front of everyone and share Carleigh's story. I wish there was an event around here for the 15th... Maybe I need to step up and get something going at some point in the future.... :)

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Karin said...

I am so glad you had a good trip! Thank you for posting the program pictures. I SO wish I had been there with you. We'll meet another day. :)

Our family said...

You did an amazing job speaking Holly!!! It was so nice to meet you in person. So glad you took that picture of our family ... including the Comfort Bear that my kiddos call "Journey Bear". Our littlest two believe that Journey sent it to us to hug and cuddle, since he could not stay here on earth with us. It has been such a blessing ... I only wish there was as easy a way to comfort teenagers *sigh* They understand the realities and all the "adult" stuff in loss, but are not quite adults and have their own difficulties processing it. I so appreciated the way Sherokee acknowledged that the memorial service was yes, for the mothers and fathers, but also for the grandparents and sisters and brothers and aunts and uncles ...
Our losses affect so many.

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

So wish I could have been there to see you speak. I'm sure you did a wonderful job. You are always genuine and speak from the heart...I love that about you. It looks like it was a beautiful and amazing time with some special mamas. I love Sherokee and have often included her book, Empty Arms with our Dreams of You packages. It is a very good book. And, Sherokee is a pioneer in the "compassionate care for grieving families" movement. An amazing lady...and I'm still a bit sad I couldn't be there to meet her and the others. I have to say, though, that when I saw Heather's picture with the Comfort Bear, it blessed me and made me feel that in a sense some small part of SGM was there. So glad that some of the tiny things we do are a bit of comfort to parents missing their sweet babies.

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