Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Blood Donations for Amelia

Greater love has no one than this:
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  
John 15:13

July is officially here!
Just wanted to put out a friendly reminder that we would be honored if you would consider donating blood  in Amelia's memory anytime in the month of July.  We can think of no better way to celebrate her life than giving life through the donation of blood. We're hoping you agree and donate!
You can call to schedule an appointment or to find a drive near you 1-800-RED-CROSS 
or go to

Please let us know if you were able to donate in Amelia's honor,
we would love the chance to say thank you!

Actually my heart broke a little as we turned the calendar over to the month of July.
In the same way Wednesdays have become "hers" in our home;
July belongs to Amelia.
Just one short year ago we faced the turning of the calendar knowing Amelia would soon be in our arms 
and then all to soon, that she would leave us.
This year the month takes on a new bittersweet,
as we prepare for both Amelia's 1 year heavenly birthday 
and our little Sam's birth day.
My anxiety level is high. My heart hurts so deeply.
My grief feels so raw and new...
I am attempting to ready our family for so much joy 
while navigating a thick fog of heartbreak.
I'm not sure I can put into words where I am at emotionally.

I can't believe it's July.
I miss my girl.
I'm anxious to meet my son.

I'm tired.
I'm hopeful.
I'm broken
and I'm relying on my Lord to carry me
yet again
through the storm
and deliver
a beautiful rainbow.


Kara said...

Oh, Hun - I don't know what to say. Just going to send you a HUG I guess. I love your idea of blood donations in Amelia's honor!

Chrissy said...

Thinking of you. It is so hard to mix such a happy time with such a hard, sad time. Sending you a (hug)).

Rachel's Mama said...

crying with you... this post is beautiful and shows your amazing mother's heart along with the heart of our amazing Father. I'm not ready to be where you're at (preparing for Sam's birth while preparing for Amelia's birthday), yet I know the day is coming...and with it much joy and sorrow. Sounds a lot like last year, doesn't it? Thinking of you every day. Wishing I could bring Amelia back to you and looking forward to "meeting" Sam. Storms do bring beautiful rainbows.
love you.
♥ Amelia ♥

Jennifer said...

You have been on my mind all week. I have been praying for you my sweet friend. Wish I could just give you a big hug. I know how bittersweet life is right now. I'm always here if you need to chat. Big hugs your way and many, many prayers for you! Love you!

Mel Sargent said...

My friend Stacy posted on her blog about donating this month in memory of Amelia and I was hoping to be able to give blood this Saturday at our church but just realized they don't allow pregnant moms to donate. So instead I'm looking into donating my cord blood in October, in her memory. Such a sweet way to remember her and help give life to others!
<3 Mel Sargent