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Old 04-08-2006, 07:47 AM   #81
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I have never participated in any of the challenges before. I have always appreciated the work and cased alot. I will try to participate in this one because I have lost 4 babies. I have one beautiful daughter but the whole in my heart for others will always be there. thats all i can share.

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update: sorry im afraid to tackle this one. all the cards in the gallery that were posted for this are perfect but i dont think i can do this one.

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Old 04-08-2006, 01:20 PM   #82
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Old 04-08-2006, 01:22 PM   #83
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Here is mine Jen--Bless all of you who have been through and continue to deal with this loss.
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Old 04-08-2006, 01:36 PM   #84
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Here's my second card for the challenge.
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Old 04-08-2006, 02:48 PM   #85
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My heart and prayers goes to each and everyone one of you that has lost a child. I think that is every mothers worst fear.
I don't know if I can actually complete this challenge. I thought I could but after 3 pages I'm just torn up. Maybe tomorrow.
Thanks to all of you that did step up to the challenge. May we all pray we don't ever have to use these.

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This was hard to do. I was sitting here in tears reading all the posts. My heart goes out to every one of you that has had a loss of a child. I can't image your pain. May God bless you. Like the others I hope I never have to use this card.
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Old 04-08-2006, 06:49 PM   #87
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Definitely a hard challenge. I myself have lost 2 children to miscarriage. My first miscarriage came a day before my niece was born. It was one of the most difficult times in my life. I wanted to be happy for my sister, but at the same time wanted to grieve. I didn't tell my family until after my D&C because I didn't want my sister and niece to be overshadowed.

I am blessed with 3 children today. I still think about the 2 I lost, but know that they are in heaven.

My sister lost her son when he was 6 (7 yrs ago this May). It still is very difficult on all of us. He was a very sweet boy and died tragically. I made the following card for my sister previously. He was a big Denver Bronco's fan, so that is the reason for the colors.

Looks like I need to think about this to send a card to her next month and the following month (his birthday is in June - 2 days after mine). One comfort we do have is that my nephew was very in tune with his faith at such a young age. He talked to my sister extensively about his purpose on earth. As well as his love for Jesus.

Hugs to everyone who has had to deal with a child's death or knows someone who has.

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I can relate only in that my sister lost her son at 5 months. I know it was very difficult for her to think about trying to have another child.
I was able to get a start on this last night. Here is mine: miss you baby.
I have had several friends go through a loss, but never have myself. Reading all these posts has been really difficult and I wish I could say something meaningful to all of you who have endured such a horrifying loss. This card sent me over the edge and I just started bawling! This challenge is going to be really tough but I am resolved to think of something for it. This is definitely a card to have in the premade arsenal. I would never be able to focus on making a card at a time like this.
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I never realized how hard a miscarriage was on a mother until my sister had some. She had one then had a son. She had 3 more and almost died herself during the last one. She was overcome with grief for years and years. Last year, an unwed girl who works for her got pregnant. My sister was so angry! It took her a while to get over the fact that this young girl, not married, was able to have a baby and she couldn't.
I certainly do not want to downplay anybody's loss. Just the thought of losing one of my children stings to the core. However, this story reminded me of a situation I was in while I was pregnant with my son. A friend at work had a complicated miscarriage while I was still trying to get pregnant and I did everything I could to be there for her; she was completly devastated because she hadn't even known she was pregnant (she was trying). A couple of months later we somehow managed to conceive at the same time, our due dates were 2 days apart. Then at 3 months she miscarried again. The grief from the first miscarriage was multiplied 100 times. She had to face watching my tummy grow and was reminded every day where she should have been at. That was so awful for me! I wasn't able to share all the excitement and joy of expecting a little one with my coworkers for fear of breaking her heart. I have never gotten over feeling so guilty that I was a constant reminder of her loss. It created a void in our friendship that has never been repaired, even now that she has a beautiful baby girl. I understand that grief can blind you, but it still hurts to think she is holding that grudge. This challenge is a reminder that I should let her know how sorry I still feel that we could not share the experience together. I hope you all don't think I'm a thoughtless jerk for posting this story...
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Old 04-08-2006, 11:07 PM   #90
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Here is my card. You will all be in my thoughts tonight!
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I certainly do not want to downplay anybody's loss. Just the thought of losing one of my children stings to the core. However, this story reminded me of a situation I was in while I was pregnant with my son. A friend at work had a complicated miscarriage while I was still trying to get pregnant and I did everything I could to be there for her; she was completly devastated because she hadn't even known she was pregnant (she was trying). A couple of months later we somehow managed to conceive at the same time, our due dates were 2 days apart. Then at 3 months she miscarried again. The grief from the first miscarriage was multiplied 100 times. She had to face watching my tummy grow and was reminded every day where she should have been at. That was so awful for me! I wasn't able to share all the excitement and joy of expecting a little one with my coworkers for fear of breaking her heart. I have never gotten over feeling so guilty that I was a constant reminder of her loss. It created a void in our friendship that has never been repaired, even now that she has a beautiful baby girl. I understand that grief can blind you, but it still hurts to think she is holding that grudge. This challenge is a reminder that I should let her know how sorry I still feel that we could not share the experience together. I hope you all don't think I'm a thoughtless jerk for posting this story...
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Mary, You are not thoughtless at all. These situations happen every day. The problem is with your co-worker. Because she was grieving the loss of her baby doesn't mean she should be upset with you still, today. Every baby is a miracle and should be celebrated.

My co-workers know they don't have to walk on egg shells around me. And I try really hard not to be a nuisance when I'm checking up on them and their growing baby. Just recently, a teacher across the hall hadn't been feeling well for a couple of days. She was 31 weeks at the time. She had been having low back pain. I asked her a few questions and advised her to call her doctor. It was a Friday afternoon. The nurse said she should have called 2 days ago. That sent her into a panic, but the nurse said the same thing I did... It's probably nothing serious, but have it checked out. She spent an uncomfortable few hours in triage at the hospital because it was after hours, but the peace of mind was worth it... Braxton Hicks. I would have been so concerned had it been preterm labor.
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Old 04-09-2006, 08:00 AM   #92
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I've not yet made a card for this challenge. I haven't sent anyone a card for this occasion simply because I don't know what to say! Thanks for giving good advice for what to say and more importantly, what not to say!

I'll see what I can come up with!

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Old 04-09-2006, 09:12 AM   #93
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Colors play a big role for me when making sympathy cards. I made this very simple card using the colors white for innocence and purity, blue for peace, and lavender for unique or extremely special.
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Old 04-09-2006, 09:19 AM   #94
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My heart and prayers goes to each and everyone one of you that has lost a child. I think that is every mothers worst fear.
I don't know if I can actually complete this challenge. I thought I could but after 3 pages I'm just torn up. Maybe tomorrow.
Thanks to all of you that did step up to the challenge. May we all pray we don't ever have to use these.

Hugs to you all~
I'm with you. After reading all these, I can't bring myself to do this one. I have never had such a loss, and pray I never know what it's like. I pray that this thread touches someone who needs this kind of support right now.
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Old 04-09-2006, 12:30 PM   #95
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I'm working on this one, but I keep getting teary and having to start over! After 5 miscarriages, this one is hard!
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Old 04-09-2006, 04:47 PM   #96
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I will upload my card tomorrow. But today I'd like to share a poem I found..
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Daddy Please don't look so sad, Momma please don't cry
’Cause I am in the arms of Jesus and He sings me lullabies
Please, try not to question God, don't think he is unkind.
Don't think He sent me to you, and then He changed His mind.

You see, I am a Special child, and I'm needed up above.
I'm the Special gift you gave Him, the product of your love.
I'll always be there with you, and watch the sky at night.
Find the brightest star that's gleaming,
That's my halo's brilliant light.

You'll see me in the morning frost, that mists your window pane.
That's me, in the summer showers, I'll be dancing in the rain.
When you feel a little breeze, from a gentle wind that blows.
That's me, I'll be there, planting a kiss on your nose.
When you see a child playing, and your heart feels a little tug,
That's me, I'll be there Giving your heart a hug.
So daddy, please don't look so sad, momma don't you cry.
I'm in the arms of Jesus, and He sings me lullabies.

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I will upload my card tomorrow. But today I'd like to share a poem I found..
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Daddy Please don't look so sad, Momma please don't cry
’Cause I am in the arms of Jesus and He sings me lullabies
Please, try not to question God, don't think he is unkind.
Don't think He sent me to you, and then He changed His mind.

You see, I am a Special child, and I'm needed up above.
I'm the Special gift you gave Him, the product of your love.
I'll always be there with you, and watch the sky at night.
Find the brightest star that's gleaming,
That's my halo's brilliant light.

You'll see me in the morning frost, that mists your window pane.
That's me, in the summer showers, I'll be dancing in the rain.
When you feel a little breeze, from a gentle wind that blows.
That's me, I'll be there, planting a kiss on your nose.
When you see a child playing, and your heart feels a little tug,
That's me, I'll be there Giving your heart a hug.
So daddy, please don't look so sad, momma don't you cry.
I'm in the arms of Jesus, and He sings me lullabies.

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That's a beautiful poem. Thanks Maryanne.
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Old 04-10-2006, 05:51 AM   #98
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Everyone's grief is individual. My card may not be appropriate for all, but I believe it may comfort some. I had a miscarriage 24 years ago and was not able to tell anyone. I didn't want to tell anyone just to get their sympathy - but oh how I wanted it.
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Here is mine. Thank you for this challenge, Jen. It is good to have one of these on hand.... certainly easier than making one in the moment.
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I know most people have done baby cards, & I need to still do one of those for my stash. I chose to do one for an older child. Our neighbor's 12 yr. old neice was sent home from the hospital on Friday. She has a very large, cancerous tumor & all medical treatment has been exhausted. So I made this specifically with her family in mind.

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OK... This is a hard challenge. I understand. But it's so important. Because this means so much to me, I will be randomly drawing a number from the uploaded cards and sending a surprise in the snail mail
And the random winner, selected by my DS, is hugabug! Congrats! Please PM your real name and snail mail address!
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Sadly, I needed to make one of these cards for a friend this week. Thanks Jen for including it in the challenges. I was able to find great inspiration here and CASED ruby-heartedmom's card, with a few alterations.

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Jen,

I am so sorry for the loss of your dear son Blake and your neices Amelia and Leah. I too have lost a child. My son Noah was born still on 9-28-2007.

A good friend shared this thread with me recently as I'm getting back into stamping. I have found so much inspiration here! I am going to start making cards and keepsakes to donate to my local hospitals for bereaved families.

I had to make a card last week for an angel mommy who just lost her second baby. It was hard to make and yet theraputic at the same time. It was as if I was making it for myself too. I have uploaded the card to my gallery here. I will add it to this thread as soon as I figure out how.

Thank you for starting this challenge - not just for the inspirational cards, but for spreading awareness of miscarriage, stillbirth and early infant death.

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I am so sorry for the loss of your dear son Blake and your neices Amelia and Leah. I too have lost a child. My son Noah was born still on 9-28-2007.

A good friend shared this thread with me recently as I'm getting back into stamping. I have found so much inspiration here! I am going to start making cards and keepsakes to donate to my local hospitals for bereaved families.

I had to make a card last week for an angel mommy who just lost her second baby. It was hard to make and yet theraputic at the same time. It was as if I was making it for myself too. I have uploaded the card to my gallery here. I will add it to this thread as soon as I figure out how.

Thank you for starting this challenge - not just for the inspirational cards, but for spreading awareness of miscarriage, stillbirth and early infant death.

Hugs to you and your family both here and in Heaven
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