Thursday, March 31, 2011

I'm walking....yes, indeed!

Guess what I'm doing?

I am walking on April 30th in the March for Babies 5k which will help raise money for the March of Dimes!!

I am walking in honor of my niece, Layla, who was born on July 31, 2010 at just 26 weeks gestation.  She spent 13 long weeks in the hospital, many days fighting for her life.  Day by day she got stronger, and then sometimes she would have setbacks.  It was a hard time for her family.  But thanks to the skilled medical team that worked with her and all the research done by the March of Dimes, Layla got the care that she needed and was able to go home with her family on October 26, 2010.  It was a wonderful day!  Layla is now a very happy and healthy 8 month old who brings her parents (and her 3 brothers and 3 sisters!)  much joy.

Our sweet Layla

While we celebrate Layla, we also sadly remember all those little ones who never made it out of the NICU...or those who did make it out only to suffer from prematurity-related complications.  Premature births are not always as successful as Layla's.  Babies such as sweet Madeline Spohr, who was born at 28 weeks gestation, spent many weeks in the hospital, and then grew and got strong enough to go home with her parents.  Such a joyous day!  Maddie brought so much happiness to all those who came to know her, but especially to her parents, who cherished her so much. But due to her prematurity, Maddie's lungs were weak, and on April 6, 2009, she came down with a respiratory infection, and then suddenly passed away the very next day, April 7, 2009...when she was just 16 months old.  

Happy, happy baby...sweet Maddie
November 11, 2007 ~ April 7, 2009

I am walking in celebration of Layla, and I am walking in memory of sweet Maddie...and all those other sweet babies that passed away due to being born too soon.  The March of Dimes continues to do more research that will hopefully, one day, prevent premature births all together.  Wouldn't that be a great day!  

I know we all have our favorite charities that we like to support (there are so many good causes out there!)  and if any of you happen to support the March of Dimes, will you please consider helping me reach my goal of $1,000 ?   It's very simple to donate!  You just go to my March of Dimes webpage and  enter a donation amount  (any amount, no matter how small, is helpful and very much appreciated!)  and then choose your method of payment, enter the information....and that's it!

Here is the link to my  webpage:

Thank you very much!

This weekend I am linking up with...

Tailspin Hop Beauty Brite Weekend Gathering Hops

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  1. Found you via the blog hop. What a beautiful family you have-- such blessings from above! Way to go with the March For Dimes.

  2. Gorgeous family! It's such a great cause you're walking for, too! My baby girl was born at 33 weeks gestation and I felt so blessed she had/has no major complications!

    Thanks for following me from the Welcome to the Weekend blog hop.

  3. Such a great cause! Thanks for linking up to Terrific Thursday Blog Hop! If you are having trouble with the blog link- please grab the code from the right sidebar. Have a great weekend! :)

  4. What a wonderful post - best of luck with your fund-raising for an amazing cause.
    I'm proud to be following you back!
    More 4 Mom's Buck

  5. Following you back from the blog hop.


  6. I am praying you raise double what your goal is! Thank you for walking in such an important cause - my heart rejoices for your niece and grieves for Maddie's family.

    Thank you for following my blog, and I'm very happy to be following yours back. You have a beautiful family!

  7. Great post, wishing you happy walking for such a wonderful cause. We support March of dimes too. Hugs!

  8. Thank you for following my cat cartoons blog. I'm here to return the favor ;-)

  9. Hey there! I am your newest follower from the weekend blog hop (I am one of the hosts!)!! I am trying to play catch up on all the people to follow! What a wonderful blog! I cherish every minute that I have with my little boy (3) and know that I am blessed to have a healthy child! Good luck on your walk! God bless you! :)
    Anyway I wanted to stop by and say hello! I have three blogs I hope you will follow back if you are not already! ! hopping one)

  10. Good luck with your fundraising, such a worthy cause, found you from the bloghop and I am now following. Drop by my blog at when you get a chance. Have a great week!

  11. What a great cause!

    Thank you for joining us for the Finding New Friends Weekend Blog Hop and for posting our button! I'm now following you! Please remember to join us again next Friday to find great new blogs and make new bloggy friends!


  12. Thanks for the follow, I am also now your newest follower. Yes 28 days can be a super long time and I do feel for the military wife's out there. I guess one good thing I can make my own schedule and stick to it lol.

  13. Hi, Thanks for sharing over at ADD Some Chaos. You have a beautiful family.


  14. You have an absolute beautiful family!!! I love how big it is!! I think that if I wouldn't have waited so long to have my first I would have lots more. I am sooo excited to be your newest follower, cant wait ti get to know you and your family!

  15. Hi! I'm a new follower of your lovely blog on GFC.

    Have a nice day!

  16. Good luck with your walk! I'm following from the Blog Hop. Come visit me back!

    Michelle @ Things Sent My Way