It has been 4 years since that April 7th when Maddie Spohr left this world. 4 years. I just can’t put into words how sad and unbelievable that is. You are missed and remembered Maddie.
Today I will honor Miss Maddie by thinking about Heather, Mike and Annie and sending lots of love to them on this very difficult day. I will honor her by remembering what a wonderful little girl she was. I will honor her by wearing purple and thinking about all the lives she touched in her short life and all the lives she still touches on a daily basis.
Please take a moment on this Sunday to think about the amazing Maddie and send some love to her parents and little sister. Lets surround them with love so they know we all remember their special little girl.
Happy Birthday, Sweet Maddie!
You would have been 5 years old today. It is easy for me to remember your birthday and how old you would have been because my daughter, Maya, was born just a few days before you. I wonder what you would have been like at 5. What sorts of fun stories would your mom be sharing with us on her blog? What would you have loved?
Today, I am sad that you are not here to celebrate your birthday with your friends and family. I’m sad that your mom and dad and little sister spend this day without you. Today, I will also smile because it is impossible not to see that mega watt smile of yours and not smile back.
Holding you and your family close in my heart on what would have been, what hold have been your 5th birthday.
Today marks 3 years since the beautiful Madeline Spohr passed away. Today I am taking some time out to remember the delightful, beautiful Maddie and surrounding her mom, dad and little sister with love and peace as they mark this sad anniversary.
Maddie, you touched my heart in a very special way. I wear purple for you and remember those big blue eyes and that infectious smile that often lit up my computer screen as I read your Momma’s stories about you. You touched a lot of lives in your short time on this earth in a very deep and profound way. You will never be forgotten.
Heather, Mike and Annie, I hope today you find some peace in knowing there are a lot of us out here remembering your sweet girl right along with you and holding you all close in our hearts.
Please head on over to Heather’s blog today and let the Spohrs know you are thinking about them.
It has been 2 years.
2 years since a Mom and Dad lost the most amazing thing in their lives, their daughter.
2 years since the world lost the light and life of an incredible little girl.
For 2 years we’ve been missing Madeline Spohr. We’ve been supporting her family in every way we can. Lifting them up when the weight of a world without her seems too much to bear. 2 years.
On this April day, 2 years ago, we said good-bye to Maddie.
On this April day we remember the beauty, light, love and strength beyond her years that was the Amazing Maddie.
We love you. We miss you. We will remember you always.
Please stop by Heather’s blog and let Heather, Mike and Annie know that you are thinking about them today. They need love on this day. Please consider making a donation today in memory of one truly awesome little girl. Heather and Mike are raising money for the March of Dimes this year in preparation for walking in Maddie’s honor again this year or you can make a donation to the charity set up in Maddie’s name, Friends of Maddie.
Every year almost 550,000 babies in the United States is born premature, that’s 1 baby for every 8 babies born. That is too many. Today, November 17th, is National Prematurity Awareness Day. Today is about giving a voice to those tiny lives who don’t have a voice of their own. Today is about showing our support for the parents of those tiny babies born too soon. Today is about supporting an organization that is trying to end prematurity, the March of Dimes.
Premature birth is the leading cause of death among newborns worldwide and results in $26 billion in health care costs each year here in the United States alone. The goal of the March of Dimes is to help each pregnant woman have a healthy pregnancy and help each family welcome a healthy, full-term baby at the end of that healthy pregnancy. That may seem like a lofty goal, but it is a goal that has resulted in a recent decline in premature births by more than 3%. It is a goal I am proud to support.
As the mother of a little girl who was born full term I know the joy and relief that can come from knowing your baby is healthy. Every mother should know that feeling. I have also seen the pain, frustration, helplessness and agony that can come from watching your child fight for their life from the confines of a NICU. My youngest brother was born 8 weeks premature. Today he is a healthy 19 year old, but in those early days it was scary. No parent should have to stand back and wonder if their child will make it, or worse watch as their baby loses their fight for life.
I support the March of Dimes and I fight for preemies on behalf of children like Maddie Spohr who sadly and heartbreakingly lost their fight, and on behalf of children like my brother who thankfully won theirs. Each child deserves a fighting chance and I want to help give them that.
Please, if you can, support the March of Dimes in their efforts and show those tiny babies fighting for their lives that they are not fighting alone.