On August 4, 2010 our hearts broke as we heard the Dr. say "she has anencephaly...these babies don't live" at our 19 wk ultrasound. The Dr. is wrong. Our precious daughter's time on earth may be short, but she will live for eternity with our Lord in heaven. During the few months we have her here with us, we intend to make the most of every second of it. Our hope is that she will leave behind more than a few short memories, but that she will leave a legacy of what it means to hope in Jesus.
Not me! :) But now that I have your attention, please read this!!
It's that time of year again... Rachel Alice's 4th birthday is fast approaching and I have some exciting things to share!
God has presented us with another opportunity to celebrate life and share the love of Christ. We have been led to a young girl from our local high school who is expecting a baby boy in March. We have never met her, the girls who work at the gas station around the corner told us that she is in need of help preparing for her baby and doesn't have much support. Her name is Lindsey and I hear she is almost done high school, will be graduating in January, has a job too and is a hard worker.
I gave her the option of us having a shower with her in attendance or just gathering and donating items to her. I told her I am pretty good at throwing parties and she accepted. :) I admit this feels awkward to me. I am nervous about it being a flop and her feeling disappointed or let down. But God put it on my heart and so I am going with it and I'm hoping you will help me!!
I have been having fun helping her pick items and making the invitations. It's such an honor to remember Rachel this way... by pouring my love on others. I have to say the thought of having your first baby so young and not having a time where people gather and celebrate sounds sad to me. I'm pretty sure she would not have had a shower if it wasn't for Rachel. I think this young lady needs to know that choosing life doesn't leave you alone....and I want her to feel the love that God so freely gives through us. So if you are local and can make this, I would be ever so grateful if you stop by and show your support even if you cannot bring a gift.
We will be having her baby shower at our home (email me at RachelsMama@ymail.com if you need our address) on Saturday December 6, 2014 from 2 - 4 pm. I hope to make this a relaxing and fun time... and of course there will be caramel in some form to enjoy. Please join us!!!
I asked Lindsey to set up two registries, which she has. She is registered at Walmart and on Amazon.com. They have my address as a "ship to," so if you are far away and want to pick something to be sent, it can be sent straight to me and I will wrap it and give it to her. If it's easier, you can also send a gift card to Walmart or Amazon (or anywhere, really), a check or a donation to our Paypal. I will use these to purchase items off of her registries and will wrap them for her special day. She has a couple of bigger items she needs and I can use multiple donations to get them, so please don't think any amount is too small! Even $5 or $10 will really add up and could make a big difference for her and this new bundle of joy.
If you will be helping us from a distance, please send items to arrive no later than December 1 so I have time to wrap them. Also, if you are sending a donation, I will need time to order items after receiving it as well, so please take that into consideration.
Thank you so much for being part of Rachel's beautiful legacy. It's hard to believe it's been 4 years since she came and went. I still miss her every minute of every day... and yet I look back over these past 4 years and am blown away by how many lives this little girl has touched.... how many handprints she has left on hearts... how many people have been renewed in their relationship with Christ... how many kids have be given extra kisses or an extra dose of patience... all because she lived and died. It's been the most blessed years of my life. *Thank you* for walking this journey with me. Thank you for loving my girl.
If you have any trouble with the links, you can search either site by using her full name, Lindsey Seale in NH. Thanks!!
This is the invite I made for Rachel's family and friends
And here is a peak at the invites I made for Lindsey's family and friends. Obviously I didn't cross out the address and phone number on hers :)
P.S!! Thanks to all the support we had at Rachel's Race in August, I am almost done purchasing items for care packages that we will deliver to Maine Medical on December 3rd. Matt has requested the day off again and we plan to do what we did last year - to drive up to where Rachel spent her 43 minutes alive outside of my womb, show the kids where she was born, and donate care packages for other families who lose babies unexpectedly - families who find themselves leaving the hospital with a memory box instead of their baby.
I have had the chance to talk to a mom who got one of the boxes last year and she was so blessed by it. She even sent me a picture of her baby's tiny little foot as she was taking his print with the ink and paper we sent. It is a gift to be able to provide for others in this way... to help them bring home keepsakes they will always be so glad they have.
Rachel's boxes already have a reputation for being very nice, but these just got even better! :) Once I have everything here, I will share the items with you!