When I first found out about Lanee's Legacy and that many LDS wards would volunteer to do box making nights to help with all the manpower of putting together these boxes I knew it was something that I wanted my ward to participate in. Then not too long after we had 2 families in our ward experience a loss of a baby. I definitely knew we needed to do it because it wax hitting so close to home for our ward. I am not trying to take any credit for them coming. I think somehow they would have ended up here anyways. I just got the info to our Humanitarian leader in our ward and I am grateful for them and getting it all set up.Last night Lanee's Legacy came out and we put together some boxes but first a few of us Angel Mommy's told our story to everyone that came to help out.
All moms love to talk about their children and what they are good at and there sweet qualities. So anytime us Angel Moms get the opportunity to talk about our babies that most people are afraid to bring up (even though we would love for you to bring them up) and share them with anyone that will listen.
For me this was the first time I would be talking about Kooper and actually telling his story to a group of people. I have told many people, even strangers of my story, but I have never stood up and actually told his story. I didn't have a lot of time so Tuesday night and all day Wednesday I kept trying to decide what I wanted to share what I wanted to say and I thought I had it pretty much planned out. Because I was kind of all over the place at the beginning. I was so nervous! Maybe I should have practiced, especially since I am not a good public speaker. I really dislike it. But I jumped at the chance to talk about Kooper.
So as soon as I get up here all the thoughts I had left my head. I rambled and I had so many thoughts jumping around that so did what I was talking about. I had to stop myself and pretty much start over. It started out pretty rocky. But as soon as I started over I felt like I got out what I wanted to. I actually don't even really remember what I said or if it made sense. There were so many things I wanted to tell but I knew that I didn't have the whole day, because I could go on and on about my .
I am so grateful that I got to share Kooper with those that were there. I thought there would have been more of a turn out considering the size of our ward. But it really didn't take that long to get all those boxes packed with the size of group we had!
I look forward to more opportunities to share Kooper's story and more opportunities to help Lanee's Legacy.
They are always accepting donations and you can even donate monetarily on their website.
Here are a few pictures from the Humanitarian Project:
|Baby Girl box|
|Jessica's little boy Broc's mementos|
|My little monkey Kooper's mementos|
|Cheri's baby girl, Addison's mementos.|
|Christy's little boy Declan's mementos.|
They even let me have a box to put Kooper's things in. It's already full!
Thank you Lanee's Legacy and thank you to all the wonderful ladies that came and helped out! The families that receive these boxes are going to appreciate more than you will ever know!