Sunday, December 21, 2008
I wanted to take some time and let you know how thankful I am for the gift the readers of MCK Mama's blog gave to String of Pearls. For those of you who don't know Jennifer set up a raffle on her blog....the money that was given went to 3 different organizations. Over $19,000 dollars was raised and String of Pearls will receive almost $4,000 from the raffle. Each day as I watched the numbers climb...I knew this was not just people wanting to win a great camera. This money was from people who were wanting to make a difference in others lives. These were people who wanted to help families in crisis and to make this heart wrenching journey more bearable, somehow.
The vision for String of Pearls was created out of a need to reach families with another alternative instead of termination when faced with a fatal prenatal diagnosis. This dream to walk with families has been growing in our hearts and is quickly becoming a reality. I can't help but to think of Mary, the mother of Jesus. She knew God had created something amazing for her...but maybe it didn't feel like a reality until she felt the first kicks in her womb. I feel like we are feeling the first kicks of the dream God planted in our hearts. Yes, there is fruit already and families are being reached, but I know there are still big plans in store for String of Pearls. Each of you who donated are part of the quickening I am feeling in my heart as I sit and write this. Thank you so much for giving so willingly. Know each dollar we receive will be used in the best possible way.
This money will be used to provide families with baskets full of items to make memories with their baby for the short amount of time they have them in their arms. The money will be used to print brochures about String of Pearls to leave in Dr's hands who counsel patients following a fatal prenatal diagnosis. Money will allow us to educate staff in hospitals about the concept of perinatal hospice. I want all of you to know what a gift your donation is to these families....we will be able to let them know they are not alone on this journey.
I cannot begin to tell you how this touches my heart. To know that myself and these families are not forgotten is an incredible feeling. I am so thankful and honored I have the opportunity to walk alongside families who have found themselves on the journey of a lifetime. I know I will never forget the generosity of so many.
I also want to thank Jennifer for her precious heart and desire to be a part of what String of Pearls is doing for families. I had the honor of talking with her when they were not sure if Stellan would live or die. Even though our stories ended differently she did not forget those of us who belong to the club, the club of families who have had a baby die. She could have moved on and never spoken to me again. She did not forget and I know I will never forget her either. I am so thankful she has Stellan in her arms today. Both Jennifer and I are the owners of a miracle....hers is in her arms and mine is in heaven. I am honored she has chosen to remember the families who are walking this journey.
Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.