Thursday, April 7, 2011

It's a... Blog Party

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

I have been seeing the 2011 Ultimate Blog Party hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom on several of the blogs that I follow and thought, "what a neat idea to be able to "meet up" with other moms." But since it started I have not been in a party mood so I had dismissed it and decided that maybe next year I would join in.

But as I sit at home reading posts from those mom's blogs that I follow and think about what a comfort they have all been to me in the past two months and  two weeks, I realized I want to share my blog too.

One reason I started my blog after Emily died was to be able to process how I was feeling and have an outlet for my grief. But the other reason is because I had found so much comfort in knowing that someone else in the world was and is going through a very similar experience as I am and if I could help just one person it would be worth while to share so openly.

My hope is that this blog can be a blessing and comfort to someone else.

This is my blog, this is me and all the pain and imperfections of my life.

I am a 29 year old wife and stay at home mother. I have two beautiful daughters, one I have the privilege of raising and one in heaven. Emily Faith was born on January 26, 2011, at 23 weeks and 2 days. She lived for 10 wonderful hours and then left us and went to heaven. Losing a child is the hardest thing I have ever had to survive in my life. I am so thankful for the moments I did have with Emily and will treasure them always.

This blog is in memory of Emily Faith, but this blog is more than just a memorial of Emily. It is the journey of my grief and our family's life after Emily.

We have chosen to live each day grateful for the time we had Emily in our life and knowing that one day we will see her again.

Since the loss is so recently many of my posts are about how I am dealing with my grief. I have good and bad days. But I also blog about our family and our daily life. We have a child here on earth and she is such a joy to have in our life. She keeps us hoping and basically is giving us a run for our money, and she is only 2.

Thank you so much for stopping by. My deepest pray is that my blog will be a blessing to those who read it. I write because I love it, but I share what I write because I want to be a blessing to others.


Wife on the Roller Coaster said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine what you went through and continue to cope with, but I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.

I'm a new follower from the Ultimate Blog Party. Nice to meet you! Hope you can stop by and say hi. :)

Wife on the Roller Coaster

Natasha said...

I'm so glad you decided to do this post Rachel! I joined in the blog party as well even though at first I thought I wasn't in a partying mood. Great post....sending lots of hugs mama!

Lynnie said...

Thank you for posting your story. When you are brave enough to share your experience you have no idea who you will touch and inspire. :)

Caroline said...

Beautiful post and I enjoy reading your blog so much.

Katrina @ They All Call Me Mom said...

Hi there...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your precious Emily. As a mother myself, I cannot even begin to image that kind of loss. The title of your blog is so beautifully perfect.

I am walking in the March for Babies walk on April 30th, in support of the March of Dimes. I walk for all the babies who were born too early, in honor of the ones who wen to Heaven and their mothers who miss them so much, and for raising funds needed to support the ongoing research that helps prevent prematurity. I will think of your Emily when I walk.

Although it is not the same kind of loss, I have had the loss of two little babies at the 10th and 11th week mark in my pregnancy. Miscarriages. Losing those two little ones was very hard, but I do take great comfort in knowing that I am their mother and always will be. I will see them (meet them!) in Heaven one day. The bond between a mother and her child is so, so strong...not even death can break that bond.

I saw your link on the UBP11 (I'm a few down from you on the list) and when I saw the title of your blog...I knew. I knew what kind of a blog this would be. I think it's a very good thing that you have started this blog. I bet you will find not only an outlet for your feelings as you process your grief, but I'm willing to bet you help others along the way.

You are in my prayers!


Jen said...

I'm glad you joined the party!

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