Small Offerings of Thanks with a Nest Necklace Giveaway

August 26, 2015

I received no payment or items for this giveaway, both Melody and I just wanted to do something special today. 

One of the things I wanted today was to somehow convey Sam and my thanks to all the people who have loved us through this. There have been so many of you over the years who have stepped up to the shattered edges of our grief and decided you would stay. Family, friends, strangers – even in the midst of not knowing what to say or how to say it, your presence in our lives made these life shattering moments a little easier to bear.

One thing that I’m asked a lot is what to do what a friend’s baby passes away. It’s hard to give specifics because grief is so very personal and unique. Someone might want to talk about it nonstop, another might wait months to bring it up, some may never. Something I know after all this time is no one ever forgets they’ve lost a child – no matter their situation, beliefs, or how many others they may or may not have. It may get pushed down deep when we feel like no one wants to hear or cares, but the memory never goes away.

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So if someone asks what to send or give, I always ask if they like jewelry. Beyond the little items and pictures I have of the boys, the jewelry sent to me over the years are my most treasured items.melodyjoy

Yesterday I texted Melody (MelodyJoy-Designs.com) about giving one of you a nest ring or necklace as a giveaway. Her jewelry has been sent to me several times over the years as a visible reminder of how many children I’ve had. Being the wonderful woman she is, she told me she’d not only do that, but include three winners and a hefty discount code of $15 off – DIANAWROTE – for nearly 50% off all the nest jewelry in her shop if you’d to purchase one.

Her story: “Melody Joy Designs is a handmade shop that began as a much needed creative outlet for me about 5 years ago, but has since turned into more of a ministry for parents who have both loved and lost. I have read stories and woven nests for thousands of women around the world who are so much stronger than they know (even if they don’t feel it), and who are absolute heroes to me. I pray over every single order and nest that is woven in my hands, and my deepest desire is that the parents of these babies (both on earth and in heaven) know how greatly they and their babies are loved, and how much their stories matter.”

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One catch to this – I’d really love to give these three pieces to women who have lost a baby (or babies). If you haven’t, you are more than welcome to enter for a friend, share this post with them for them to enter, or use the discount code to buy your own!

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Anyway – let’s do this. All you need to do is leave a comment:

sharing the story of your child(ren) gone too soon

sharing the reason you’d like a friend to win (just no names or details since it’s their story!) 

OR

sharing something about Kaden’s life that touched you. 

melodyjoy4Please DO NOT feel obligated to share your story publicly if you’ve lost a child, don’t want to talk about it (that’s ok!!), and still would like a chance to win. I want people to feel comfortable and connected doing this – so share whatever comes to your heart.

I’ll choose three winners tomorrow and email you!

Thank you again – for those of you were here before and stayed, for those who found our story and stayed. 

 

 

68 Comments

  • Erin Voshell

    August 28, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Even 3.5 years later, writing this still hurts!
    Dylan was from a pregnancy that we had waited so long to have. We wanted him so badly. He was a pregnancy right after a miscarriage. The doctors watched everything and did all the testing. Even with pre-term contractions, everything appeared to be okay. At 33 weeks and 6 days, it happened. I had a 100% abruption, simultaneously with pre – eclampsia and multiple TIAs. No one saw this coming. No one could have stopped it. We had gone to the hospital for one continuous contraction, only to find out they had to do an emergency C-section. My life bas been forever altered from that moment on. They delievered our beautiful baby, only to have him rushed to the children's hospital across town. I never saw or held him the 16 hours he was alive. No one had told us, at the time, how close to dying that I was. I guess there was so much focus on our little one. I was released from the hospital 3 days later. We went and saw him, with NILMDTS there to capture the precious little guy I had only held in my tummy. I was admitted to the hospital the next day. 2 blood transfusions and 3 more hospital days later, I was released in time to go to his funeral. God wasn't done with me yet and He still is not done with me now. I stopped asking why us, because I think if I knew the answer, I would still ask why. I am at peace about it and I know I will see him again, one day!

  • Roxanne Miller

    August 27, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Our close family friend Ashley just gave birth to two twin baby girls at 26 weeks. I always think of you…
    Our family has been debating for a couple of weeks on what to get her because she is so special. This would be perfect.

    1. Roxanne Miller

      August 27, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      Forgot to mention…the babies died a week after birth.

  • Monica Milas

    August 28, 2015 at 2:33 am

    I lost my fourth baby and think about it all the time, especially around what should have been his/her birth month. It's hard to talk about it but I realized that I wasn't alone.

  • Erin K. Butler

    August 28, 2015 at 2:21 am

    I lost my would have been middle child 6 years ago and it still weighs so heavy on my heart every day. Though I have been blessed with two incredible healthy babies I always wonder what would have been. I simply love this necklace so thank you for the opportunity to be considered.

  • Chelsea Levis

    August 27, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    We lost Timothy on Feb 17, 2014 during what we thought would be a normal labor. Since then, our hearts have been mending. We welcomed Zoey into our family this past May, but will forever miss and cherish our sweet son.

  • Sonya Morris

    August 27, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    I would love to give this special gift to my friend who lost her baby shortly after birth last summer!

  • Alisha Windham

    August 27, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    My cousin lost her baby at 39 weeks 10 years ago. The babies birthday is coming up October 5th and this would be something she would love to have for her baby girl.. thanks for the consideration and thoughtfullness to other angel mommies!! 🙂

  • Patricia Ar

    August 27, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our rainbow baby boy a little over 2.5yrs I had a MC. I became a different person I reached out to Diana in search of a community in order to help me heal. I Wish the circumstances were different in why we "know" each other. I'll always remember your boys and pray for your family and send you love & prayers Diana.

  • Beccy Jane Beresic

    August 27, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    I lost twins to a miscarriage at 11 weeks and then lost our son Oli after he lived for a week in the NICU. He was born at 26.5 weeks because I got HELLP and we would have both died if they hadn't delivered him. Miss them everyday!

  • Lizzy Bain

    August 27, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Would love to win this for a friend who held her sweet boy for 4 hours before he went to heaven. Would love for her to have this

  • Victoria

    August 27, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Diana, I have never lost a child, but I grieve with you daily. I am constantly in awe of your strength and courage. To continue expanding your family in the face of so much loss is beyond my comprehension. You are amazing, to say the least.

    I don’t need a nest, but I just wanted to tell you what an encouragement you are to me.

    As I hold my long awaited baby boy (we tried for 10 years before finally conceiving, he’ll be 5 months tomorrow) I think about how hard it would be to lose him. I’m crushed by the mere thought of it, and you’ve survived it 3 times.

    I’ve read your every post since you were pregnant with the twins, and oh how I prayed hard for your boys!

    You’re strength is a constant inspiration to me and I continue to pray for you and your family.

  • Chelsea Morgan

    August 27, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    I have a friend who had twin boys – 1 lb 12 ounces and 1 lb 13 ounces. She and her husband watched their little boys fight, but on day 10, one of her sons lost his battle. Two days later, her other son began to have the same symptoms that the son she lost exhibited, and he fought ferociously and won his battle. That young man will be four years old in December.

    Her husband, an amazing man that I was priviliged to know since we were 19, a two-tour Iraq War veteran said something hauntingly beautiful that has stuck with all of us. "My son lived an entire life in 10 days. He couldn't speak, couldn't walk, but he touched so many lives and experienced so much love in just 10 days. Think of what all of us who can walk and talk can do with love in 10 days."

    Eighteen months after losing her little boy, my friend suffered the tragic and sudden loss of her husband in a motorsports accident. Her resolve and ability to face these tragedies, seek help from loved ones when she needed it, and stay true to herself and her son makes her my nomination for this recognition.

  • Jessi Wallace

    August 27, 2015 at 11:08 am

    A dear friend of mine lost her baby girl at 4 months old to hypoplastic left heart syndrome. I would love to win this for her. She learned of her daughter’s diagnosis while pregnant, so she had to finish her pregnancy knowing what was ahead, terrified of what was to come. The baby had several surgeries, the first of which was just days after birth. She finally went home to Jesus at 4 months old. A piece of jewelry like this would mean the world to her.

  • Leah Outten

    August 27, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    I lost twin babies 6 years ago. They were a "surprise" to us in our young marriage (and with a 2 year old) while we were still in college, but already so loved when we had our ultrasound at 8 weeks. From the first ultrasound we could tell something was wrong, one without a heartbeat and one with a slow heartbeat. I had to have a D&E a month later as they never actually miscarried. It was a very hard time emotionally, but God brought much peace and drew me in closer to Him. We were blessed with our rainbow baby the following year and 2 more afterwards! I am now a mother of 4 here on earth (and the birthmother of 1 that I placed in an open adoption at 16 years old). I would love to own one of these pieces to remind me of the babies I will hold one day in heaven. Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Megan

    August 27, 2015 at 10:23 am

    I would love one of these beautiful pieces of jewelry. I am a mom of three – one on earth and two in heaven. My comfort is in knowing that I will see my two babes again. Thanks for this opportunity!

  • Anna B

    August 27, 2015 at 10:11 am

    I would give this to my dear friend who lost her son born too early too survive, and then her four year old due to sudden illness. She is the strongest woman I have ever known and even in her deepest grief has always done what she can to help others.

  • Brandi Jackson Gray

    August 27, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I would love this for myself. We were pregnant with twins but miscarried. This would be a daily reminder of how loved our babies are.

  • Nancy Israel Dugery

    August 27, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    I lost our baby girl almost nine years ago. It was my first pregnancy. It was the most heartbreaking, earth shattering experience I have or will ever have. After several miscarriages and two egg donors I got to have two beautiful rainbow babies. It's complicated grief because she was mine genetically and of course if she'd been born alive I wouldn't have the 2 amazing little boys I have today. I love reading your posts and am thinking about your baby and hoping so hard for a wonderful outcome for you, Bella and Sam.

  • Joanna

    August 27, 2015 at 6:25 am

    I lost two little ones to miscarriage. Both were and are so dearly loved and missed. I often wonder what they would have looked like, what personalities they might have had, and how our lives would be different if they had lived. We recently had our hope-child and this precious life has helped to heal the pain and sorrow but this new lens of loss still remains. Thank you Diana for this wonderful opportunity. Thank you for sharing your story and your sons’ lives with us… For being vulnerable and honest about your struggles through loss and devastating heartache. I found your blog after my first miscarriage and although I know our stories are different, it helped me feel less alone in my grief journey.

  • Paulina Coy

    August 27, 2015 at 3:13 am

    Oh my! I’ve been wanting to get a nest for SO long! After our Evan was stillborn at 37 weeks a friend gave me a necklace with his birthstone it is one of my most cherished possessions! We’ve added two boys to our family since and I would LOVE a nest to show off my three boys!
    I found you shortly after Kaden was born and you’ve always inspired me with your transparency. I’ve been able to relate to you in so many ways throughout my own grief process and it’s helped me to not feel so alone! Thank you!

  • Meg Gampol

    August 27, 2015 at 8:33 am

    I cannot even fathom how painful it is to lose a child BUT I know and I experience everyday how much God loves me and I KNOW for sure that he knows your pain and longing and HE will turn all your sorrows into joy. I pray for you to feel God's loving embrace as you go through everyday.

  • Rachell Hearne

    August 27, 2015 at 12:40 am

    My boyfriend and I had been together 2 and 1/2 years when we got the devastating news that I had PCOS, and that with it becoming pregnant will be complicated and impossible to do naturally. For the next 2 years I did everything I could to be the healthiest I could be. I knew one day I wanted to have a baby with the man I love. Although, I never thought in a million years that I would become pregnant without Dr’s, medicine and months or years of trying, but God had other plans. August 4, 2014 I found out I was pregnant, along with my sister and best friend! My whole world completely changed, everything I did was for my baby! Nothing mattered, even the horrible nausea and vomitting, but my perfect little love. Every ultrasound, heart beat, and kick was completely incredible! I had many scares, I bleed off and on, and went to the emergency room often. I was told by the ER doctor to prepare to loose my child. I immediately spoke to my doctor and he eased my worries, saying that my symptoms were normal and there was no reason to worry. Early on at my 8 week ultrasound I found out that not only did I have one little miracle, but two! They kept telling me they weren’t positive, but that there was a 90% chance that what we saw was in fact two babies! I knew in my heart that I had twins. Every ultrasound after that they could never find a second heart beat, they assumed the babies were too close together. I was about 12 weeks pregnant when I continously felt my stomach tightening. I thought they were Braxton hicks, and brough it to my doctors attention only to be told it was normal. At 20 weeks only my hips, legs, and lower back started to hurt tremendously. I decided to wait till that Wednesday to talk to my doctor about my pain. Again, he said I was fine. That Friday November 28th, 2014 I gave birth to my absolutely beautiful stunning baby boy Emmett Cole! His brother passed away earlier on in my pregnancy, but it was later confirmed that my baby boy was a twin. I will never forget the weight of my son in my hands, his smell, or all of the tiny details of him! He will always be my baby, and the most precious piece of my life! My boys have forever changed me tremendously. I ache deeply for them daily, and I don’t believe it will ever change. Loosing my boys has altered me in ways that are completely indescribable. It will be 9 months this Friday, and I still yearn for them in the deepest parts of my soul just the same as the day I said goodbye. They will always have my heart ?

  • Katrina Ingalls Hix

    August 27, 2015 at 6:29 am

    Just over two years ago we lost our much loved and prayed for baby. It would have been our third child. My miscarriage was early enough that I did it all at home and there was no baby to see or hold. I was devastated.
    Five months later Kaden was born and then you lost him also. Your raw honesty about the pain of losing the twins and losing Kaden helped me in ways you will probably never know. The balance between trying to trust God and letting yourself grieve and even be angry helped me in my grieving process. I'm so thankful for your willingness to share it all despite the criticism you have opened yourself up to…thank you!!!

  • Mikenandrea Sterling

    August 27, 2015 at 5:12 am

    I followed your story with the twins while I was on bed rest fighting for my own little man's life. We lost Harrison Michael at 16 weeks- he was met in Heaven by his older sibling Sawyer, and so missed by his big sister Reagan.
    Your posts during your journey- raw, honest, totally transparent- have helped me in so many ways. Kaden's little life and legacy have touched so many, thank you for opening your heart and allowing us to be a part of it.

  • Amanda Marie

    August 27, 2015 at 4:32 am

    You and Melody are so thoughtful! I lost my daughter, McKenna Grace at 27 weeks after fighting a long seven months to keep her safe. We were gratefully for the time we had with her as there will be no rainbow baby for us. I wanted to thank you for choosing to share your story with us. It truly takes one courageous Mama to step forward and share such raw emotions. It definitely makes me feel better as I manoeuvre through the grieving process.

  • manda

    August 26, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    My close dear friend lost two babies this past year during the first 8 weeks. She is a strong woman, but I grieve with her as she struggles to bring a child into her family.

    I already have a beautiful nest ring for my little one. I love the jewelry.

  • Ali Cepeda Martinez

    August 27, 2015 at 4:17 am

    Oh Diana, your writing through your journey has touched my heart so deeply. God has definitely used your words as part of the balm that is slowly mending my broken heart. All three of your sons, and the way you choose to keep their memory alive, have made a profound impact on my life. I would love to win this necklace in honor of my sweet Caleb, who went to Heaven two days after he was born due to his prematurity, however I truly believe this necklace would be perfect for my mom. Our older sibling met Jesus before any of us were born. We grew up knowing that there is someone who looks just like us who is in Heaven and now gets to play and worship with my sweet Caleb until we are all reunited one day. It would be perfect to help her honor her baby in Heaven, her four children on Earth, and her grandson in Heaven.

  • Suz

    August 26, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    I’d love to enter for my friend K who recently lost one of her 11 month old sons, C.

    I also plan to use the code for a 3 egg nest for myself. I’ve recently been drawn more & more to that image as I think back, on what could have been & our baby B.

    <3 you for thinking of your friends & readers as you grieve & survive through this day, Diana, you really are amazing.

  • Casie Sachse

    August 27, 2015 at 4:03 am

    I have a friend who has lost two babies in a year and still has not conceived with a healthy pregnancy since her first 6 years ago. Her heart aches for another child and as a friend all you can offer is a shoulder, prayers and momentos of the ones of lost and hope for the future. Thank you for this giveaway opportunity to bless her and/or others.

  • Kristen Ann Vrba

    August 27, 2015 at 3:28 am

    I would be honored to receive a nest necklace. Our 4th child Isaac Eugene was born still on aug. 26, 2012 when I was 37 weeks pregnant. We now have a rainbow baby, meagan Hope. We have been blessed with 5 precious ones!

  • Sharanne MacDonald

    August 27, 2015 at 3:19 am

    For a friend who just lost baby 3 a couple weeks ago.

  • Laurali Manias-Larson

    August 27, 2015 at 2:53 am

    We lost our second child early at about 8 weeks in the womb. It's coming up on 3 years ago and feels like yesterday. I cannot imagine what it would be like to have him/her in our lives now. Blessings to all those who've lost.

  • Katherine in VA

    August 26, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    2 weeks ago today we lost our sweet Camden Andrew after open heart surgery. We are also parents to his twin, Hudson, older brother, Nolan, and an angel baby between Nolan and the twins. I began reading your blog when you were pregnant with the twins and many times over the last 2 weeks have been comforted to re-read some of your posts and know the feelings I’ve been feeling are ok, and normal, and part of the grief process. Hugs to you and SO many prayers for your sweet Charlotte.

  • Journey Elder

    August 27, 2015 at 2:44 am

    These are absolutely stunning. I was pregnant at the same time you lost Kaden, but had been following for longer. I watched woman after woman go through the pain of losing their child, never truly understanding their pain but helping any way that I could. I have Hyperemesis Gravidarum (it was worse with my first pregnancy and better managed this time around with the PICC line being placed much sooner). HG is what most likely caused me to lose one of my twins at 8 weeks, I am 12 weeks now and Baby A is doing great. We loved our babies before we knew there were 2 and are having a harder time adjusting to the fact we never had the chance to meet our little one than we were to the fact we were having twins. I've been struggling with the grief of losing one child but I am still pregnant – not many understand that, let alone me. We've watched Baby B shrink smaller and smaller during each sonogram, still there but not there. I've followed your blog and Facebook longer than I have been a Mom, cheering on each positive update and mourning each loss. Mourning, but never truly understanding the depth of the loss. I draw strength from reading and reading your blog has given me the strength to speak up now. I want to start healing. Thank you for your time.

  • Diane White

    August 27, 2015 at 2:42 am

    Hello, what a beautiful giveaway! We lost our firstborn at 24 weeks. I developed HELLP syndrome and had to induce labor. It was completely heartbreaking, traumatic and we grieve for our son still today – 3 years later. We mamas never forget. Thankful I get to meet Caleb in heaven. It's not an easy road.

  • J Callahan

    August 26, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    I have a friend at work who is currently pregnant with her 3rd daughter. She was told fairly early in her pregnancy that her baby would not survive. Bravely, she chose to carry her baby regardless of the devastating diagnosis. She is due to deliver in the coming weeks. I’m praying for a miracle.

    As a mom of 5 (3 on earth, 2 in heaven), I would love to honor her three daughters with this sweet gift. Thank you for considering.

  • Katherine Fromm

    August 27, 2015 at 2:35 am

    I have a nest necklace and I cherish it! But I would like to enter on behalf of my dear friend who lost her baby at 5 months pregnant, and she almost lost her life in the process. She is still recovering.

  • Carolina Brinkman

    August 27, 2015 at 2:26 am

    I have a nest & it is precious to me as it has my princesses here on earth but also the one that was lost as well. I have a sweet friend that had a difficult loss & I think the best would be a precious remember since to her.

  • Rebekah Bush Muller

    August 27, 2015 at 2:17 am

    I have had 4 miscarriages, one pregnancy was twins. So there are 5 babies waiting for me in heaven. My twins loss has been the loss that made me feel the most connected to you. I thank God each day for my 2 blessings that are here on earth – Asa (7 yrs) and Charlotte (4 yrs) 🙂

  • Rachel

    August 26, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    We lost 2 babies to miscarriage and thank the Lord for the three healthy ones with us now. Praying for you with your sweet girl now and thank you for the many things you have shared through the years. You are a blessing to so many.

  • Stephanie Moddison

    August 27, 2015 at 2:09 am

    We lost our sweet Sophie Abigail at 33 weeks. She had HLHS, club feet, a cystic hygroma, and fluid in her lungs. We knew our chances were slim at our 20 week ultrasound, but we wanted to give her the best chance possible. After we found out that her heart was no longer beating, I was induced. Four days later, I finally gave birth to her… Breech. My hospital experience was traumatizing and I ended up with eclampsia, had a seizure, and couldn't immediately process everything because I was fighting for my life. Once I was back home, I found your story online about your twin boys… Diana, you gave me hope. You made me feel not alone. I have followed you since, and I pray for you constantly. Thank you for being so vulnerable and honest, I admire you for that.
    I would like my comment to count for an acquaintance who just recently lost her sweet baby because her placenta stopped functioning. She is in a very similar boat as I was when we lost Sophie, she doesn't want to talk to anyone… She's isolating herself (from my observation), and is love for her to receive a token of hope.
    Thank you again for sharing your story, and I'm praying for Charlotte and ALL of you every day! ❤️

  • Ruth Tessier

    August 27, 2015 at 2:05 am

    I haven't lost a baby, but my sweet friend did just last month. She lives out of the country currently away from family and friends and this would be the perfect gift for her. Thanks for the opportunity to win this for her!

  • Hildy

    August 26, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    I’d love to gift a necklace to a dear friend who lost her son at 28 weeks. Thank you for sharing your story so openly, Diana, and for giving us guidance and specific ways to comfort our friends who mourn for losses.

  • Allison

    August 26, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    I also know the pain of losing a precious child. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of my sweet girl. I know that I serve a mighty God and He does all things according to His purpose. I find peace knowing that I will see her sweet face again. I began to journal not long after Ann Marie went to be with Jesus. I wanted my other two daughters to someday know how a mother truly feels about the loss and love for one of her children. Journaling has really helped me with my grieving-I can see my pain in the beginning of my writing as hurt and anger but now I see joy through my writing.

    I just wanted to say that I feel this is a wonderful way to show honor to your precious ones memory. May God bless you.

  • Frances Baker Engle

    August 27, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Mom of three, two here on Earth, one in heaven. My first pregnancy was id twin girls, born at 27 weeks. One spent four tortuous months in the nicu before coming home to us. Her sister held on for five and a half months befire going home to our Creator.

  • Carrie K.

    August 26, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    I would like to nominate my best friend Sarah who lost her son, Carson Robert at 37 weeks. He was stillborn and it was an absolute shock to say the least. I feel she is deserving for many reasons, many that I will never understand because losing a child is something you cannot speak to if you have not experienced the pain and heartache first hand. Frankly, I admire the way she never forgets her son. She always speaks his name, his pictures are around her home, along side the other children. Every holiday there is a family photo in front of his memorial tree (that they had moved to their new home) and she decorates for every holiday at the cemetery. No parent should have to lose a child and she feared that others would not remember him. When we were in jeopardy of losing our daughter just after birth, she drove 7 hours to walk out of the hospital with us to ensure we were not alone. Even though she (my daughter) was in the NICU, Sarah insisted she be there, because only she knew the feeling of leaving the hospital without a baby in your arms. That deep level of compassion and kindness, after the tragic loss of her son, is something I will never forget. Please consider awarding Sarah a nest, she is the mother to angel Carson (6.20.06) and three children on earth. Thank you for your consideration.

  • Angela

    August 26, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    My son went to Heaven on April 24th, 2014 at 2 years old after overcoming many, many obsticles as a result of a chromosomal disorder. He was a fighter, in the form of sweet boy. He taught me what love and sacrifice are all about. I love better because he was here. And I tell his story more courageously, because of you, Diana and your family. Never stop being the brave sister that you are.Thank you for giving a voice, and grace to our journeys.

  • Andrea McConnell

    August 27, 2015 at 1:35 am

    We have three children…our oldest boy is 4, after he turned two we found out we were pregnant. I always have to use meds to carry through first trimester but for our Christian Ainsley it didn't work. We saw his strong heart beat at 7 weeks but he looked small…carried until 10 weeks. I consider myself a mom to three but God chose to allow me to raise 2. Our third child was born 8/28/14 through very traumatic c section followed by a blood clot and icu stay for me when he was 3 weeks old. Our rainbow baby came with all sorts of drama but has been one of our greatest joys after losing Christian.
    The grief for my baby was so strong I could see myself in your blog through it all. It helped to know I wasn't alone in feeling such a great loss.

  • Kristen

    August 26, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    What a wonderful, healing idea. In our family, this past year, the 5 sisters in law all became pregnant and due within 4 months (totally unplanned between families). The first 4 babies, including my son, arrived safely. Then my final sister in law, lost her full term son. We think of him every day. I would love to give her this gift.

  • Megan Bruch

    August 26, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    I got pregnant the first month we tried and had a beautiful brilliant son. When he was a year and a half old, we started trying again, but this time it wasn’t as easy. After 9 months of trying, we were so excited to find we were pregnant. A few weeks later I lost the baby. It took another 6 months to get pregnant again. We lost that baby too. A while later I got pregnant again – with twins. Some have told me I got my “two babies I lost,” but I know – I have 5 babies. It’s just that only 3 are here running circles around me while the other 2 watch from above.

    I’ve been praying for you. I don’t know what to say except that – my prayers are with you. And Sam. And your girls.

  • Kayla H

    August 26, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    It was exactly 2 years ago today that I said goodbye to my unborn angel. Thankful for the opportunity to remember, especially today, even if only by coincidence!

  • Kim

    August 26, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    I have a beautiful 3 year old daughter and just recently lost my twins Piper and Troy at 21 weeks on May 13. As I approach my due date in September I often find myself on your blog at night, reading your posts. Reading through your grieving process has helped me sort through many of my own feelings and feel that I am not alone.

  • Kaylah Ferguson

    August 26, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    I was thinking about Kaden this morning, and how his journey continues to touch my life. I always cry upon reading your posts. They are breathtaking, and help me to get thru my own breathtaking days.

  • John And-Kati Linn

    August 26, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    For my sweet sister who let go of Eden way too soon.

  • Susan Busche Crivella

    August 26, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    I would love to give this to a dear friend who has lost 2 baby boys (one at 27 weeks) she is one of the strongest people I know and she would love this!

  • Stacy Aron Grady

    August 26, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    A dear friend of mine lost one of her twins after 16 days to NEC. She has the surviving twin and an older sister. Like all parents who have lost a child, she still grieves, and has days where she is bereft with tears and sadness. She is so very young, not even 25, and is an amazingly strong mom & wife. I'm proud to know her.

    And as far as Kaden goes? Everything about him touched me. When Erin was little, elephants were our "thing" too. Elephants are so strong, so smart, and so gentle. Just as he was.

  • Lesley Davis

    August 26, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    I would like to enter in memory of my Aubrey who we lost in August 2008. You're so right. It gets easier but it never goes away. Thank you for sharing!!

  • Andria Wagaman Cogley

    August 26, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    We lost Ellis at 16 weeks, finding no heartbeat at a regular check up. Eight months later, Truman was still born at 20 weeks. Again, no heartbeat, no answers after multiple tests. Fours months later we were pregnant with twins! At 18 weeks, Baby B, who we named Rhys, had no heartbeat. The doctors were baffled and our hearts were so weary as we prayed for our sweet living twin, Wyatt. We had two dr appointments weekly and finally delivered him perfect and healthy at 38 weeks on December 17, 2014! During my c-section the dr discovered a true knot in his cord. Only God knows what would have happened if we had waited till 40 weeks. We praise Him every day for our precious children, here on earth and in heaven.

  • Kendra

    August 26, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Kaden deeply touched my life. I was about 6 months pregnant with my son when Kaden was born, I remember praying all night for a miracle. 2013 was a difficult year as I was so happy to be pregnant with my second child and I had five friends who lost their unborn children. Diana, I have followed your story since before you were pregnant with your twin boys. My heart was broken, even though we haven’t met, my sympathy was with you.
    I would like to gift this to my dear friend, Sarah. Her precious son, Joseph, died early in her second trimester.

  • Anna ‘Kratochvil’ Toutant

    August 26, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    I'd like to enter for my sweetest friend, who unexpectedly lost her 3 month old daughter. It was 6 months yesterday & I think about her more often than she knows.

  • Meaghan

    August 26, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    What a beautiful gift! We lost our Charlotte 2.5 years ago and it still feels like yesterday. I’m eternally thankful for all the time we had with her, but the pain is still present. Much love to you, sweet Diana!

  • Niki

    August 26, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    I haven’t lost a baby, but I’d love for this to go to my friend Holly who just lost her little boy Alex at 37 weeks.

  • Samara Bagley

    August 26, 2015 at 10:18 pm

  • Niki Hansmeier Hawkins

    August 26, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    I haven't lost a baby, but I'd love for this to go to my friend Holly who just lost her little boy Alex at 37 weeks.

  • Samara Bagley

    August 26, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    I would like to enter for a friend, Sarah Cenedella. She lost her baby, and is trying desperately to get pregnant again

  • Kelli Wood

    August 26, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    I would love to win this for a wonderful friend of mine. She lost her baby just this past weekend 8/22/15. She was stillborn. I would love to give her this gift to remember her sweet baby girl along with her 6 year old daughter. I am actually getting ready right now to walk out the door for the viewing. Thank you so much for the chance.

  • kasmith03

    August 26, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    I did lose a baby in a miscarriage in 2008…but I really would love to gift this to my friend Mel. She has 1 daughter and it has been just 1 year since she had a miscarriage as well. She has struggled to get pregnant and this loss just really hit her hard. I’d love to honor her little one with a necklace that represents not only the daughter she has here but the sweet angel in heaven.

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