We spent the early weekends of October getting our house ready for the Holidays. We are so excited to be hosting all of my family, who will be traveling from California and Chicago! We have been planning this for nearly 18 months now. We transformed Jeremy's bedroom into a "Big Boy" Room and totally redid the spare bedroom. It's amazing to see the pictures I had in my head actually turn into reality.
October 15th is International Pregnancy & Infant Loss Rembrance Day. It's a special day that honors all of the babies who died too soon. It's a special time to raise awareness about the issues surrounding miscarriage, stillbirth, and neonatal death. This year, it was the Saturday of a busy weekend.
On Friday, October 14th, Jeremy attended a birthday party for his best friend, Hayden, at a bowling alley. It was a lot of fun and Jeremy got to take home a beautiful yellow smiley face balloon.
On Saturday, we drove the 2 hours up to Charlottesville to visit Carter Mountain Apple Orchard. It was a great fall day and we had a great time picking apples. No matter where we are, Jeremy always wants to remember and blow kisses for his Sissy up to Heaven.
Afterwards, we decided to take a detour home and drive an additional 90 miles to Fredericksburg, VA to visit the only Steak 'N Shake in the state of Virgina. This is my husband's favorite and just seemed to be the icing on an already fantastic day. I guess you could call us Steak 'N Shake Groupees. We are planning to attend the opening in December of a new one in Richmond!
We arrived home shortly before 7:00pm which is when we are asked to light a candle in remembrance of our loved ones and all the babies. The goal of the project is to light a candle and leave it lit for 1 hour in every single time zone across the world so that there is a continuous wave of light. Jeremy also decided that he wanted to send his yellow smiley face balloon up to Heaven for his Sissy.
The next day, we had yet another Birthday Party to attend ~ this one for his friend Novalee. Jeremy, Novalee, and her cousin Henry have all been good friends since they were very little. They were all in a program together and it's been such a blessing to see the kids grow and prosper and outgrow any delays or challenges they've faced. Their moms and I are all such good friends and it's been such a blessing that we've all been able to stay close. Eric even said we look like we could be sisters!
I cannot believe that Halloween is upon us already! Jeremy is super excited to wear his costume. We purchased it back in August so he has been looking at it in my closet waiting until the very moment he can put it on.
Tomorrow, we will be attending the Walk to Remember, hosted by Mary Immaculate, our local Catholic Hospital. It is a great event that we attended last year and we are looking forward to attending again. Afterwards, we have a Halloween Party to attend!
I will do my best to be better about blogging. Since every single blog I write has to do with Savannah and how she is still alive in our hearts and incorporated in everything that we do, some days are harder to write than others. It has been 2 years, 5 months, and 11 days since we lost her and 2 years, 5 months, and 10 days since we last held her in our arms. Although we miss her dearly, she is absolutely still with us and still part of our family and we look forward to the day when we can all be together again.
Until next time,