Thursday, May 8, 2014

Families in Need

This week has weighed heavy on my heart, I have come across three families in need of happy thoughts and prayers and their stories have touched me, deeply.  Hearing about their lives has made me put my phone down, hug Lemon a bit tighter and thank whoever is out there that I have her and she has me.  Life is short, who knows what could happen and at any moment any of our lives could be changed forever.  Always remember that, even though the mundane day-to-day routine of your lives.  These families don't have a chance for a wake up call but we do, let's stay in the moment and be more present for each of them.  And, if you can donate to their cause, please do.

Shari, Bran, Wesley and Charlotte

Shari and Bram were killed in a car accident and left behind their two kids, Wesley (2) and Charlotte (2 months).  You can read about their awesome family here, and donate to their children here.  When I read this story on Julia's blog I lost it, I couldn't imagine not being there to see my kids grow up.  Then I thought of the everyday parts of having kids, like bath time and bed time, and I bet these two are missing their parents, even though they may not remember them when they are older, also heartbreaking.  Over $200,000 was raised for these kids in 8 days, unbelievable ($210,000 as I write this)!  (Pictures are from Julia's blog, linked above.)

Ryan, Jacqui and Dan Saldana

Ryan was hit by a car and killed on Friday while playing at his cousin's house, he was 3 and a half years old.  The loss of a child is something I never want to imagine, and I can't possibly imagine what this mom and dad are going through.  I would want to die, I would never want to get out of bed again and I think of this mama every single minute of the day.  I am sending these two so much love and hope they are feeling it, and that it helps them get out of bed today.

I saw a post for this on Instagram at 6am on Tuesday morning and when I clicked the hashtag #redballoonsforryan about 400 pictures came up.  I went to Alissa's blog, Diary of an Addict, where I found out what happened and what she wanted us to do, and then to Jacqui's Instagram page, Babyboybakery, to screenshot a picture, post about it and tag it myself on Instagram.  She wanted us to lift Jacqui and Dan up, with love and support, by taking a picture of their pages, posting it and tagging it.  Well she did that and so much more.  That afternoon a Go Fund Me page was set up, tomorrow an auction is happening on Instagram with over 600 items and many businesses, including our friend Andy's business, Indie Nook, are selling items where 100% of the proceeds will go directly to this family.  When you search the hashtag now, 33,000 photos come up and over $25,000 was raised for them in 12 hours (and is at $55,000 now as I write this).  Amazing!  If you would like to donate to this family, go here, and if you would like to participate in the auction tomorrow, it is being held here.

Ryker, Amanda, Mason, Kalil and Kate

This is baby Kate who passed away a month ago.  She contracted a virus in the womb, had two surgeries before she died and then just passed away, after her family thought she was getting better.  I read about her story on Amber's Instagram and went to her mama's Instagram page to find out what happened (she also has a Facebook page for Kate).  I had tears in my eyes seeing all of the pictures and reading her story, so so sad.  Carrying a baby for 9 months and then watching her fight for her life in the hospital for months, then not getting to take her home?  Unimaginable.  Please keep this family in your thoughts.

It is hard for me to write about things like this because for all of the families that are put "out there" there are so many people grieving losses that we don't know about, daily, every minute.  So, I am asking you to think of those families too, even if we don't know who they are, because they need our love and prayers too.  So many mamas/dads and babes left behind need us to think of them, remember them, pay more attention and be more present in our families lives, for them, in their memory too.

Love to all of you and yours.  xoxo  :)

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  1. It's so sad that sometimes we don't really know what we have until we hear of someone else losing it. I couldn't ever imagine losing my daughter. Like you said, I would want to die. I would be lost, not knowing what to do next in life. And those poor children without parents. Heartbreaking. My thoughts are with all these families in these very difficult times. Thanks for sharing the stories for more people to hear about and be able to donate to!

  2. It's really all too much to handle or imagine. Thank you for sharing your heart with these stories, Allison.

  3. Thanks so much for bringing attention to Shari and Bram, Allison. These last few weeks have been so hard for so many people, but it is the kindness of strangers like you spreading the word that has been the bright spot. Thank you!