Tuesday, September 14, 2010


So when I first started this blog, it was to update everyone on the progress of the foundation we started in MJ's name: MJ's Memories, which is a Local Project of Project Sweet Peas. At first, that's all I really wrote about, and then slowly it started to become my outlet for my grief. Anyway you look at it, this blog has really helped me in the past year or so.

So since I haven't updated in awhile about MJ's Memories, here is an update :) After our Butterflies and Balloons Rememberance Release, we donated 53 gift bags to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO, in honor of MJ's Angel Day, August 29. 35 were Memory Boxes that will be given to families that have lost their baby while in the intensive care unit at Children's Mercy. In each memory box we included a knit blanket, knitted by my mother-in-law (they are so beautiful!), a broken heart pendant with a poem that reads, " A part of me is broken My heart has split in two A part of me is missing Because you took a piece with you A part of me’s not whole My heart will never be the same And itcannot be mended Until we meet again"  , a wisp of hair bag with a poem that reads, "With your last breath of air, We cry, knowing it is unfair, but the pain I can bare, Because I'll always have A Wisp of your hair"  a disposable camera, a baby cap, a photo frame with a baby angel, and a stuffed animal. Here is a photo of a girl memory box:

We donated 35, one for each day that MJ was alive. We also donated 18 NICU gift bags, 8 girl and 10 boy. Here is a photo with all of our donations that day!

Today we are sending out three more bags. My aunt has a family friend that delivered triplet girls at 27 weeks, 4 days. They have had a rough start, but hopefully are stabilizing. They are expecting a long NICU stay for all of the girls. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers. 

We are also doing a t-shirt fundraiser soon! If you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt, please keep us in the back of your mind, and look for a post soon on our t-shirt design!

We are incredibly honored to be able to do so many wonderful things in memory of our sweet son. To date we have personally delivered or mailed out  215 gift bags or memory boxes to families in need. Next month is our one year anniversary, we are so incredibly thankful for all of the support that we have been given in honoring our son. If you have thought about us, donated to us, or helped us fundraise over the past 11 months - THANK YOU!!!!


Lisette said...

AMAZING!!! So so proud of you. You are doing such a great job at helping so many. ((HUGS))

Lori said...

Those memory boxes and bags and gifts are truly just such a wonderful ministry. I tear up thinking about how much they are going to touch the hearts of families....