Tuesday, March 31, 2009

SIDS Walk for Babies 2009


Last Saturday we had the honor of walking in memory of Tucker (December 19, 2006 - March 27, 2006), a very special baby whose mommy is pictured here in the middle between me and Lori. Tucker passed away two years ago this March from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Laura, Tucker's mommy, and I met through my sister, and she has come to mean so much to me throughout my entire journey this past year. When finding out Magdalena's diagnosis last March she discussed so many things that we would never have thought of before, and it is because of this sweet lady that we are a part of March of Dimes. She talked about how it helped with the healing process to do something in honor of Tucker's life, and just a month after Magdalena's diagnosis, before she had ever met me, she was out there with us at March of Dimes' March for Babies. Magdalena blessed so many people on this earth, and all of you continue to write me about it. This helps me to deal with so much of the pain of losing her. However, it is through the precious life of Tucker that has helped give our family the strength to share Magdalena with so many.
When I first approached to enter the walk, I wondered if I would make it through it. People wore SIDS light pink (for girl) and blue (for boy) shirts in honor of the baby that they had lost, and I feel the same pain that so many of these families feel. Laura agreed with me when I said I really had to just step outside of myself while I was there, and as Easter approaches we both celebrate that Jesus is no longer dead and our children are with him, but we also cry because our heart misses them.

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful and well meaning!

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  2. I am still so sad for you. A precious woman at my church just lost her 3 month old. My heart bleeds for her.

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  3. It's such a sweet thing that you did the walk to honor another special baby. I hope you are feeling well.

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  4. I'm thankful for this woman who can help you through and that you two can understand things about each other that many of us can't. Carter and I wore our Magdalena's Feet shirts yesterday as soon as they were out of the dryer and we talked about her a lot.

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  5. I've been walking at the March for Babies for 4 years now in Texas because my cousin's granddaughter was born premature. It was and remains to be such a wonderful event not only to sponsor but to actually be a part of. Families from all over wear t-shirts in honor of the children and in Fort Worth, at the end of the walk they have signs posted in a area of all the babies they are specifically "marching" for. It is very moving indeed. I will be thinking of you and little Magdalena also as we walk this year.

    Love and prayers!

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  6. Anonymous10:19 AM

    Hi Julie! So, I am starting a March for Babies team up here in NC for our walk on April 18th. I was wondering if it is OK to call my team Magdalena's Feet NC?? I am walking in honor of your beautiful girl. She has inspired me to do something for this wonderful organization. Is that OK? Is there anything I can do to help you guys out? Thanks! Holly Claire Howard
    hollyclairehoward@gmail.com

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  7. what such an honor to remember both babies! it's amazing how God puts a little certain people in your life. it really is amazing. i am still praying for you my sweet friend.

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  8. That is so awesome! God is so good - it is good that you have the opportunity to share with others how you feel and KNOW they truly understand.

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