Another first

Thanksgiving Day, 2016.

We got through Thanksgiving this year.  Another first on a whole list of firsts marked off for us.  To anyone who saw us yesterday, we looked OK, right? And we were OK.  We enjoyed seeing our family and eating good food.

But we also desperately wished that our son was with us. What I didn’t tell anyone was that the night before, on Thanksgiving Eve, I had an emotional breakdown.

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In this season of giving and thanks, we have done a lot of reflection on the importance of giving.  Whether it is giving your time, your energy, your money, resources, or your presence to others.  Or whether it is giving to family, friends, co-workers, a stranger, an organization, or even giving a new home to a rescue pet.

During the most difficult time in our lives, we were surrounded by others who gave so much to us.  Continue reading “#GivingTuesday”

Angel Tree Ornaments


As part of the Angel Tree Project, a picture of each ornament that was made is uploaded here in the Angel Tree Ornaments Photo Gallery.

Check out our blog posts about making the tree:  The Making of a Tree ,  Another First, Feathers, Glue Dots and Sparkly Beads,  Feeling Connected, and The Completion of the Angel Tree.

We hope these ornaments provide a bit of comfort to the families who have lost their children.

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The Making of A Tree


This weekend I have been busy working on the Angel Tree and it has been a very healing process. As I headed into the weekend, I had a list of things to get started on.  I first had to find an angel tree topper. Check. Then buy crafts and supplies. Check and check.

I also was on the lookout for various items that reminded the moms of their children (e.g., bear, butterfly, angel, feathers, stars, hearts).  I ended up finding a lot of these items that fit the bill perfectly.  I was happy to find these because it will make these ornaments that much more special to my angel mamas. Another check. Continue reading “The Making of A Tree”

The Unexpected Beginning


Hello.  Thanks for reading our story.  This blog is in honor of our baby boy, Jensen James.

We never expected to create a blog, let alone a blog about our baby who was taken far too soon. But, I have come to learn that life is full of the unexpected.

Our son Jensen was born on August 5th, 2016 and died 43 hours later. My pregnancy leading up to his birth was full of unexpected news, unexpected worries and an unexpected turn of events.  The life that we are living now is an unexpected outcome, which has led to an unexpected beginning. Continue reading “The Unexpected Beginning”