Sunday, May 5, 2013

March for Babies 2013

I can't believe it's already May 5. Where did my month of April go? Between the half-marathon, the March for Babies and a big work fundraiser, I barely had time to shower let alone write. Now with the last big event (a Kentucky Derby party for work) over and done with (and hopefully successful!), I am looking forward to the summer months and the gift of time that it brings. I can't wait to take some leisurely hikes with Rhone and Ty and just enjoy my time with my children.

I do want to rewind a little and talk about the March for Babies event on April 20. This year, we walked in Vacaville, CA. We walked not only for Naya but also for Juliet, Logan & Charlie, 3 babies that were taken entirely soon and are the children of some of my nearest and dearest Baby Loss Mommas. I know I have talked about it before but I truly have been blessed to find some amazing women in my local area that have also experienced infant loss. These ladies have saved my life and I am so thankful for their friendship everyday.

This walk was an incredible and surreal experience. It felt so good to be surrounded and supported by friends and family, all who wanted to walk and help us raise money in our baby's honor. There were many times that day that I felt like crying, not only because I was thinking of Naya but also because I felt so lucky to have so many of the people that I hold dear to my heart together in one place. I think that is one of the main reasons that I participate in the March. I like the fact that we are raising money to save babies lives but I love that the walk brings together the people I love to honor my baby girl. I don't think everyone there realized how special and loved we felt. It was amazing and we thank you for all of your love and support.

At this year's event, I was also given the honor of speaking to the crowd before the walk began. I talked about Naya, gave a little background of her story and why we decided to walk. I did choke up a bit while I was speaking but I was able to get through it without bursting into tears (growth!). I am also happy to say that when all is said and done, I believe we will have raised almost $13000! I am so proud and thankful for everyone who supports us by donating to this great organization. Can't wait to get started on fundraising and planning for next year!