It's November! Can you believe it? I really didn't anticipate this month being something that makes me sad, but I just can't help but remember this time last year was when she was due. *If* she would have been born on or near her due date, she would be turning one this month. I had resolved not to dwell on the *ifs*...but they just pop into my mind with out warning.
Becuase this is the beginning of the Holiday season, I wanted to share what we, as a family, will be doing in memory of Shyla this Christmas. Last year, we did Shyla's Stocking and had it filled with wonderful random acts of kindness done in her memory. It was so very beautiful to read all of these on Christmas morning! This year, if anyone wants to do it again, they are more than welcome, but we are taking a little different approach.
This year, we will be collecting books about pregnancy and infant loss and grief and donating them to the local public library. I am also planning on talking with a local funeral home about starting a resources lending library with them. I know everyone is not like me, but when Shyla first went to Heaven, I was in desparate need to read, to connect and to know I was not alone in my grief or crazy for feeling the way that I did. This blog and the blogs I read were and are an important part of the puzzle for me, but so were all the books I read and now have on my shelves. I will also be making a recommended reading list to include in the care packages that are being delivered to the hospital.
I am only one person in one community...but one person can make a difference. If you feel so lead to start a similar project in your area, please let me know. I would love to see how many communities could be touched by just having these resources free to whoever needs them.
Much love to you all and tidings of comfort and joy your way this season!