Laura from Project Hope and her blog Bits of Splendor contacted me a few weeks ago. I knew of her through just blogging but she found out about our story with Preston and Julian through a mutual friend. She lost her daughter at 23 weeks and has started an amazing process with Project Hope. Remember how I told you all that nurses gave us little memory boxes for the boys the day they died? Some women (and I know a few of you reading this will know it to be true) never get anything. Nothing. They leave with no memories of their little ones. Please – read on and share Project Hope with everyone. Maybe you too believe no woman should lose a child and a memory – just because of money or a law.
Hi there! I am Laura, the girl behind a blog called Bits of Splendor. I am so honored Diana has allowed me here today to tell you about a Project that is very close to my heart.
The dream for Project Hope was born on the same night, we lost our sweet girl Faith Marie at nearly 23 weeks. In a dark hospital room I held onto a box handed to me by one of the nurses. I picked up a little pink bear with angel wings out of the box, and right then I knew that one day, I would give that bear to my next daughter. It was a symbol of hope for me to hold on to.
Our daughter, Mia Glory was born and months later, I would hold her and rock her in my arms with that little angel bear and each time I did, the Lord whispered into my heart about all of the other moms out there, who needed to know this same kind of hope. Who needed to know that there was a God who loved them and had a plan and a future for them and that saying goodbye to their sweet babies was not the end. There is hope.
I wanted to be able to minister to these women in some way, so I searched out the organization that donates these boxes to the hospital and found out about Threads of Love. This is a nation wide ministry that reaches out to many families in numerous ways including those who have lost a baby due to stillborn or in the early stages of life. These memory boxes are based completely off donations and hand decorated by volunteers as well. [Read more...]