3.22.2011

We March Again.





This Saturday is our town's March for Babies (formerly known as March of Dimes).
Those of you who are new to my blog may not know the story behind our support of the March for Babies.

Not long after I met my husband in 2004, he poured his heart out to me. He told me of the birth, and then the death, of his first born son, Johnathon Wayne. He was born prematurely and only lived for 22 days. My heart just broke to see the pain that my husband felt over this loss.

In time, I started wondering what I could do to help him somehow. Obviously, I knew I could never take the pain away. But I wanted to help him honor his baby's memory, and prevent others from going through this pain. So I suggested we join the March for Babies.

We have walked every year since 2006. This will be the second time that my oldest two kids, Tim & Shelbie, will join us. The first time it was when we did the shorter walk. This walk is 8.6 miles. I love that they want to walk with us; I don't pressure them at all, I just ask them if they want to, and they do. My son took the day off of work for this. His girlfriend was going to walk too, but she has to work at her new job. It's going to be a good family event. I am still sometimes amazed that my teenaged kids actually want to spend time with their parents! And then I think....this 'baby' that we're walking for, he would be turning 13 this year. Would he want to hang out with us too? What would he be into, at thirteen years old? What would his life be like; what would our life be like with him in it?

Every year we see the Memory Mile signs, honoring children who did not survive, and then we see many survivors & parents who help to support the cause. It's a very moving experience.

Can you help us help with our March for Babies this year? Truly, every little bit helps. It all adds up to help give babies a fighting chance at life. If you can help with even a very small donation, or by sharing this post, we would be so grateful! Just click HERE or click the March for Babies widget in the right sidebar.

To read more about my husband's son Johnathon Wayne and the story of his short life, please click HERE.

{Linking up for Pour Your Heart Out with Shell @ Things I Can't Say,
and Wordful Wednesday with Seven Clown Circus & Parenting BY Dummies.}






19 comments:

Elaine A. said...

It's so wonderful that you walk in Jonathan's memory, and that you all do it together as a family. Love that.

debi9kids said...

I love that you do this every year. So wonderful, my friend.

Amy said...

I think it's awesome that you and your entire family participate in this event in rememberance of baby Johnathon. There are few things in life that are as heartbreaking as to lose a child, especially so early in life.

Erin said...

This is so awesome that you all go as a family! What a special day!!

angie said...

This is so touching. What a beautiful way to remember his child. XOXO.

Mamarazzi said...

beautiful. what a lovely thing to do as a family.

blueviolet said...

I can't believe a year has passed again. What a wonderful way to remember him.

April said...

I so admire you for the attention you're bringing to this worthwhile cause!

diane rene said...

I think the fact that your kids are walking with you says so much about the kind of parents you and John are.

I'm sorry you have a reason to walk :( keeping you in my thoughts

Brandy@YDK said...

this post is moving.

Stacy Uncorked said...

What a heartbreaking story - but how wonderful your kids join in every year to walk for such an awesome cause. ((HUGZ!!))


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Christina Newman said...

I will be walking in my local March for Babies too.

It's so great that your children want to walk with you. Mine will be walking with us but they are still younger. I hope they will still want to join when they become teenagers.

shortmama said...

A wonderful thing for your family to do together.

I made a donation and hope it gets you a little closer to your goal.

DIAPERS in the DESERT said...

So moving! What a wonderful way to help and keep his son's memory alive!

Shell said...

What a wonderful thing to do in memory of his son.

Renegades said...

What a way to remember his son and support him.

Not a Perfect Mom said...

we support the March of Dimes here
every year Eric's restaurant donates tons of hot food to feed the walkers afterwards...
he always says how warm and fuzzy it makes him feel

Gina said...

I support the March of Dimes and thank you so much also for still doing this in your husband's child's memory.

You guys are wonderful to do this as a family.

hugs n blessings
Gina
http://ginabea32.blogspot.com

Meryl Jaffe, PhD said...

Great cause and good luck!

Meryl
http://departingthetext.blogspot.com