We make a contribution to a non-profit organization.
(Disclaimer: I don’t mean for this to sound self-righteous, but I thought I’d mention it in case any of you are looking for ideas on how to honor a loved one you have lost through monetary gifts.)
Last year, we donated to Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. They do such amazing work for parents who have lost a baby. We were in such a daze when I delivered Andrew and only managed to get 6 or so pictures on our camera, so we really treasure the pictures taken by the NILMDTS photographer. This year, we decided to donate to the Isaac Delisle Golf Tournament. The funds raised from this event will benefit the Isaac Delisle Foundation, which provides support provides support for bereaved parents who have lost a child through miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death; to parents who have chosen to continue a pregnancy despite a poor or fatal prenatal diagnosis; and to other organizations and institutions who care for such parents. It just so happens that some of the money they raise from this event will be going to NILMDTS as well. If you can, please be praying for the tournament that is coming up on August 19th!
While there’s always part of me that thinks we should do more to celebrate and remember our little boy on his birthday, I have to remember not to be too hard on myself. The reality is that Andrew is missed each and every day. And while his birthday is certainly special to us, celebrating it with him in heaven will never feel “normal,” no matter how we choose to celebrate. But, in the meantime, Savannah gets to enjoy birthday cake at least twice a year!