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
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 :)