I miss them. I honestly do. I wake up at four in the morning and nurse Elijah and I think about how I never got to do this with James and Jake. I think about it with everything that we do, the first car ride, diaper changes, sponge baths, the Mommy-Baby naps on a sunny, Sunday afternoon.
Their loss brings sadness to me. Sometimes, when I have those moments that every Mom has after having a baby, the tears flow because of exhaustion but extra tears stream down for James and Jake.
But with the extra tears are extra smiles, extreme gratitude and moments of peace as the baby sleeps and breaths softly on my shoulder.
In two weeks, we will be honoring James and Jake by walking in the March of Dimes March for Babies walk. The walk is over six miles so I won’t be walking but family and friends will be walking – for them, remembering them. I’ll have Elijah is my arms, thanking God for this day that we have for dedicating to James and Jake. This day that we remember and honor them and hope to prevent anyone else from losing their babies, as we lost ours.
Team James and Jake has raised over $20,000 because of people JUST LIKE YOU. You, my readers, my friends, you people who love and who care and who know how sacred life is and how fragile carrying a baby can be. And maybe you’ve never lost, instead you just get how lucky you are.
Sometimes, I dream about what they would be doing right now, I dream about the relationship they would have with their older brother and sister, I dream about their little toes, their sameness and also what makes them unique.
Today and for the next few weeks, I’ll be asking you for donations to help ensure that ALL babies are born healthy, that all beautiful babies are given a chance to lay comfortably on their Mommy’s chest, to feel the sunshine on their soft skin and to grow up to be healthy and happy.
Every dollar, every single dollar makes a difference, I promise you, it does. If you are able, you can click here to donate. If you are unable to donate, please help me spread the word about Team James and Jake!
*For everyone that donates $50 or more, I will be sending you a Team James and Jake key chain, similar to what you see below as a thank you for your generosity. These key chains were generously made by Cameron at Create Beauty Daily.
*If you live in Northwest Indiana or the surrounding area, we would LOVE to have you join our team on April 24th in Valparaiso, Indiana. Anyone is welcome to join us – this is our day to dedicate to James and Jake! The event is inspirational and beautiful (and there’s fried chicken!) Click here to join our team!
Team James and Jake proudly walks in honor of so many babies who left this world too soon :