Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Remember




Update:

If you haven't already, you can visit Heather Spohr's blog here. The site crashed because of all of the visitors. If you would like to donate to the March of Dimes or donate to the family to help with expenses, you can go here for all of the information you might need. This is a reminder that the March of Dimes provides a valuable service to parents who have preemies and need help wading through the maze of confusing information. Support is so important when you feel you are alone, and even though I have (thankfully) not had to experience a preemie birth first hand, I think we all know someone who has. Tomorrow (Tuesday, April 14th) the Spohr family has asked that we all wear purple to honor Maddie. Even if you never heard of the Spohrs before now, I hope you will put on a little purple in honor of Maddie and all babies who come into the world a little early.

Speaking of good causes, another foundation that is near and dear to my heart will be getting some publicity today. Matt is going to be on Oprah TODAY for her show honoring outstanding fathers! If you can, watch it or tape it. I'm sure Matt will be sporting his unique fashion sense and Madeline will be as cute as ever!

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I was going to post about how crazy life has been, lately. House hunting, house selling, child raising, pregnancy and school were all topics that took up my every day life. As I sat down to check my Twitter account this morning, I read the devastating news about Maddie Spohr. Many of us learned that many of the things you take for granted in life are gifts. I don;t take for granted that getting married = having a baby on your time line. Now, I realize that taking a healthy child for granted is just as foolish. I never think about whether Luke's next cold will mean a hospital stay or if a stomach bug will put him in ICU. I so take for granted that he will get over his sniffles and other small ailments that come and go. Yet, for so many families, every sniffle and cough is a cause for real concern. My heart breaks for the Spohrs. I can't imagine having to leave the hospital without my baby. I can't imagine coming home to a child's room that is filled with toys but missing laughter.

I'll always try to remember how lucky I am.


You can donate to Maddie's March of Dimes fund here.

9 comments:

darcie said...

A sad day for a lot of us parents that is for sure ~ It is much too easy to get frustrated by the every day mundane tasks yet by now, we should all know that tomorrow is promised to no one. I realize all too often how much I take for granted...
Hug Luke just a little bit tighter tonight - as I will be doing the same with my little munchkins!

G said...

Very beautifully written! A reminder to us all. Thanks for sharing that!

ryanandjoesmom said...

when i woke up joe this morning to take him to my parents for the day. i spent some extra time snuggling him. and ryan got an extra hug - much to his 12 year old horror. so worth getting to work late today. my heart is broken for them right now.

Delenn said...

Reading this while feeding Willow. I am just dumbstruck. Was feeling bad today (bad mood, AF, etc.). Now, I know I am lucky and should enjoy my time at home with my precious child.

serenity said...

I am coming in late on this, and the blog has been "suspended." Perspective is such a good thing to have. I just wish that, as humans, it didn't take tragedy to remind us how good we have it. Cause I do the same thing too.

Whatever happened, (reading between the lines here), I will keep the Spohrs in my thoughts.

xxx

Karen said...

I'm also not able to access the other blog, but am reminded to appreciate my life. Isn't it funny how when we're overwhelmed by the details of life, life sends a reminder of what is important? Thoughts and prayers for the Spohrs!!

Courtney said...

It was saddening to hear about Maddie's passing. Hearing something so heart wrenching really does put things into perspective. I have been thinking a lot about their family.

Thank you for passing on the updates, and for sharing that wonderful picture of you and Luke. I hope that all of the things going on in your world right at this moment will smooth over and everything falls into place exactly as it should. :)

La La said...

So, so heartbreaking.

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