Wednesday, October 28, 2015

We Shall Find Our Little Ones Again Up Above: Infant and Pregnancy Loss Awareness Month {October Giveaway Series}

October is Infant and Pregnancy Loss awareness month.

I don't want to let the month pass by without sharing a few resources here on the blog.



~ Bonnie at A Knotted Life offers to pray for people who have lost babies, as a tribute to her son Peter who was miscarried . . .

Let me pray for you, for Pete's sake


~ Mandi at A Blog About Miscarriage has thoughts on naming a baby you've lost, some succinct responses to inappropriate questions, free miscarriage prayer printables (designed by me), and a whole page of pregnancy loss resources . . .

Naming a Miscarried Baby

6 Tips for Responding to Nosy Questions and Hurtful Words

The Child Lives: Wisdom from Mother Angelica (and some beautiful free printables)


~ Mary at Better Than Eden has complied a list of scripture verses that gave her comfort after her loss, and shares the important distinction between angels and saints. . .

Scriptures for Miscarriage

Why Our Babies Aren’t Angels…and Why It Matters


~ Molly at Molly Makes Do has a beautiful take on a mother's body as a reliquary for her lost saints, and a reminder about how easy it is to be corrupted by our desires, even if those desires are for good things . . .

My Superpower

On Miscarriage and Mordor


~ The Giveaway

Because of some lovely artists who also happen to be readers of the blog, I get to offer a giveaway especially for those of you who have experienced infant or pregnancy loss. And because sometimes the best way to heal is to help comfort others, each giveaway includes two items . . . one for you to keep and one to give to a friend.

The first giveaway is from Katrina who blogs at Cedars and Tiny Flowers and peddles her hand-painted wares at Hatch Prints on Etsy.

One winner will receive one 8x10 print of each of these beautiful quotes by St. Zelie Martin . . . 



One to keep and one to give away, plus FIFTY DOLLARS in shop credit!

Katrina's shop is full of really beautiful things.


She says . . .
I love finding quotes that speak to the everyday life and then putting them to watercolor and acrylic paint to create pieces that can hang on your wall and be seen hundreds of times a day. After I paint or hand letter the art, I digitize them and have them printed by a local printer on 100 lb white linen paper for an elegant and high quality finish.

The second giveaway is from Lindsay at Jasper + Jade.

It features a St. Catherine of Siena (patroness of miscarriage) birthstone necklace, which can be customized with baby's birthstone.


And a St. Gerard (patron of pregnancy) birthstone necklace. It can also be customized with baby's birthstone.


One winner will receive both beautiful necklaces, one to keep and one to give away.

And EVERYONE gets a 5% off coupon, to use in the shop! The code is CATHOLICALLYEAR


The giveaway is open ONLY to women who have personally experienced infant or pregnancy loss. Please enter by leaving a comment on this post sharing the name or due date (or whatever you feel comfortable sharing) of the baby you lost. We can all pray for each other, and I'll announce the winners of the giveaway next week.

There's also still time to enter the rosary resources giveaway, which is open to all.

Happy Feast of St. Jude Thaddeus, patron saint of hopeless causes . . .



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160 comments:

  1. Mybabies were all very early losses, but one hit me more than the others. A few days before Christmas I got a nice positive test. It was amazing news as we were about to lose my Nanna and baby would have been due on my husbands birthday. I was so excited and kept it quiet as I wrapped up a big brother shirt for my son to surprise my husband. I started bleeding Christmas morning and knew bub was gone, I always thought of bub as a girl from the very first moment. Later that day my Nanna passed away. She loved her great grandchildren so much I choose to believe she asked for my baby to go with her. Sadly we are still waiting for our earthside baby three years and many very early losses (chemical pregnancies) later

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  2. John Stephen and Aaron Michael

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    1. Oh, and my name is Valerie. I should probably add that.

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  3. What a beautiful giveaway! Thanks, Kendra. Joseph Mary was due in November but died in April. I still remember all those dates.

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  4. This is a wonderful giveaway, Kendra. Very well thought out. Michael Joseph was due February.

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  5. Thank you for the giveaway and the post. The first is Timothy who we lost February 13, 2010 and the second is Catherine who we lost December 27, 2014.

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  6. Thank you for the giveaway Kendra. We lost our baby Michael in February. He would have been due Sept. 27.

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  7. John-Michael was due this past July, but I miscarried over Christmas.

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  8. These giveaway offers are such a lovely idea. My three babies in heaven are Mara Grace, Joshua, and Hope. And I have a very dear friend who I know will love the memento of her own little one, if I win. Thank you Kendra, and all the artists, for offering these.

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  9. Thanks for linking to my posts, Kendra, and for this thoughtful and lovely giveaway. We named the four babies we lost Francis, Julian, Adrienne, and Christian. Our oldest, Francis, would be 17 month right now and our youngest, Christian, would be three months. I think about them so often.

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  10. Thanks for hosting this giveaway. I had babies due in November 2013 and August 2014 that we lost at five and fifteen weeks, respectively. They're named, but for the time being, just for our little family to know.

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  11. Baby Catherine was due August 2, 2012. She was my first child. I talk to her younger sisters about her, even though they are still too young to understand. She would be 3 years old now. Thank you Kendra

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  12. Hi Kendra, Gianna Marie was diagnosed with Trisomy 13 and alobar holoprosencephaly at the 20 week ultrasound. After 36 weeks gestation she was born on October 21, 2009. She died on the next morning after six precious hours with her. Thank you for this opportunity to share and pray for one another.

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  13. I lost my first baby after a year of fertility appointments, refusing IVF and IUI, having surgery, and being told we had a terrible chance of conceiving naturally because my husband's sperm was very poor. We gave God a chance, and got pregnant. Losing that baby was devastating because it felt like a blow to our faith, but I eventually saw it as a sign of hope -- we COULD get pregnant! -- and indeed we did, and now have three children and are expecting our fourth. I would love to commemorate that first child on the bracelet I have with all my other children's names on charms. St Catherine is also my confirmation saint.

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  14. Levi Anthony was due May 1, 2010 but I delivered him December 29, 2009. He would be 5 right now (which is so crazy to me). Now I have 2 more boys, ages 3 and 1, and I always think about what our family would look like if Levi were still with us.

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  15. We lost our child (who I know in my heart was a girl, Marian) on June 30th. She was due January 2016. We are expecting again in May so prayers for both lives would be much appreciated. Thank you for the beautiful resources Kendra.

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  16. Adelphine Michael was lost in September of 2010 at 13 weeks, Francis (or Frances?) died at 6 weeks in May of 2011, and Perpetua Grace lost in a cord accident at 36 weeks this January. What a beautiful giveaway.

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  17. Felix (may 2013), Felicity ( October 2013), Mary Edel (august 2014), Hope (September 2015).

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  18. Thank you for this giveaway and for the opportunity to share my babies' names. They are John Martin (6/18/2014), Agnes Helene (2/28/2015), and Michael Augustine (8/25/2015). The dates are the day I delivered them/miscarried. I lost John and Agnes in the second trimester and Michael very early in the first trimester. Prayers for everyone else in the comments here.

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  19. Katharine Louise was due July 16, 2012 but I delivered her March 3, 2012. Her little brother was born the following February and while I know I couldn't physically have had them both I still think about her. And now you've got me crying instead of teaching a reading lesson, which I suppose is what I get for checking the internet while I should be homeschooling.

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  20. Thank you so much for the beautiful words and printouts. I have been looking for something like this for over a year now. I lost a baby on September 11, 2014 ( we found out about 2 weeks earlier but that was the day I ended up having a D&C). The quote from Mother Angelica and the blog post about why are babies aren't angels are beautiful and very touching.

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  21. Thank you for the beautiful giveaway! Zelie Martin is my favorite saint and I have been waiting 10 years for another girl to name after her!
    We have lost 4 beautiful babies: Marie Therese, Marie Celine, Marie Valentina, and Marie Alphonsa.

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  22. We lost our first baby, Joey (for some reason I just believe him to be a boy). Our first daughter was born 8 1/2 months later and we have 3 little ones. Our kids were so receptive when we told them about Joey this year. The conversation was so natural and started because they saw his name on the little wooden cross that we write the kids names and birth years on the back of. They had so many sweet questions and while it was such a sorrowful time in our lives we can see that much good has come from it and that now our family has a little intercessor!

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  23. We lost two in 2013, we called the first "Lentil" because he was tiny and due during Lent, but he didn't make it.

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  24. This is a beautiful giveaway. Thank you! We've lost five little ones whom we named Mary (Jan '07), Joseph (Sept '09), Peter (May '12), Rebekah (Oct '14), and Tavio Alphonsus (Sept '15).

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  25. I have experienced two miscarriages, Lucia and Fabian. I have a sister who has experienced three in a row, Jonas, Paul, and Justin. She is currently pregnant with her fourth and we are praying we get to meet this one 9 months from now. I think these are great memorial gifts for our mothers of children in heaven.

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  26. Andrew, April 2012, and Ian, July 2015

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  27. What lovely items :)

    I lost my son Gregory Joseph last summer. He was born on June 6th, 2014. His due date was October 23rd, 2014.

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  28. Poppy would have been born March 2015. Ruby would have been born August 2015. Anna would have been here December 4th, 2015. Praying for all of you ladies who have experienced loss! (And asking our little saints to pray for us, too!)

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  29. After having two healthy boys, we lost two girls, one at 16 weeks (4/2/14) and one at 20 weeks (3/4/15). My 5 year old occasionally talks about Baby Mary and Baby Sarah and asks when I'm going to have another baby in my belly. It's definitely been a lesson in patience and understanding.

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  30. Peter Christopher (1/2011) and Adrian (7/2011).

    Eleri

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  31. We lost our Sam in March, and I was due in September. I absolutely love Katrina's art. The quote from Zelie Martin is so beautiful.

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  32. I have lost three girls. Pearl Night (8/7/09), Gianna Marigold (11/14), and Jordan Apple (4/15).

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  33. First of all, thank you for this.
    My family history is full of miscarriages. My Great-Aunt Lois, whose wedding ring is my engagement ring, lost at least eight babies and never had one to hold. My mom lost two, and had three to raise. My aunt's first-born died not long after he was born due to heart defects. My brother and his wife lost their fourth child to a mid-term miscarriage. My husband and I lost our honeymoon baby (who would have either been Henry or Lois, depending on which name was needed). That was two years ago. We haven't been able to get pregnant since. I'm glad to see so many people responding. I know that our griefs are all different, but I hope that we will all find peace in the knowledge that our smallest saints pray for us. May we remember to pray for each other as well.

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  34. I miscarried Thomas Giovany on July 3, 2013, when my daughter Jacinta was 4 months old. Jaci is now 2.5 and we have been unable to conceive again since losing Thomas.

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  35. We lost our Thomas Raphael at 8 weeks in 2009; he made me a mother, though I was left with empty arms as he went to Heaven. I want to give great encouragement to all here who lost their first and are still waiting on an answer from the Lord; it was 3 more years before we conceived our little girl, and now we have 2 little girls. God bless each of you in your loss.

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  36. Olivia, miscarried at 7 wks, Memorial Day weekend, 2011

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  37. I just discovered Hatch Prints and she has some really lovely prints. We lost Joan at 40 weeks on the morning I went into active labor.

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  38. We lost Francis on Christmas Eve 2012. He would have been due in July 2013. He was our second baby. He has a big sister, little brother and a new little sister due in January.

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  39. I have lost 5 precious babies to miscarriage. They were my first five babies & we were told that we may never be able to have babies of our own. Fortunately, God had other plans & we now have 3 children with us here on Earth.

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  40. We lost our little boy, Cillian Joseph, on 5th April 2012. He was stillborn due to placental abruption. He was a twin to his beautiful sister, our survivor, Roisin Faith. They were born at 26 week 6 days. He is our little star.

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  41. I've lost two sweet children very early on. I felt sure the first was a boy and named him Michael (for Who is like God?). I lost another about a year ago and asked God to grant me a vision of my child so I could name them. Just last month God showed me a vision of a little girl with a little boy behind her. They were SOOOOO beautiful. I felt sure God was showing me the child was a girl. The day before I had been thinking what a nice name Mary Therese was. So the child was named Mary Therese. Praise God for my intercessors!

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  42. Theophilus, due February 2011, born July 2010.

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  43. We lost our first baby, Aloysius Marion, who was due this Sunday, Nov 1. I love the prayer by Mother Angelica and the St. Zelie quote. Both are so beautiful and have been very comforting to us.

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  44. Columba Maria, lost June 2014.

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  45. Christian, due June 13 2009, born October 14 2008. Armis, due September 19 2011, born January 31 2011.

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  46. Christian, due June 13 2009, born October 14 2008. Armis, due September 19 2011, born January 31 2011.

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  47. What a beautiful giveaway. Thank you for these resources...I teach Creighton and work with couples that have miscarried as well as experienced 2 myself in January 2012 and August 2011. We experienced almost 6 years of infertility and had our biological daughter june 2010 and conceived before she was 1 year, it felt like such a miracle but we miscarried. Our fertility journey is filled with great joy and great sorrow, lessons we have needed to learn. I am comforted by our 2 saints in heaven frequently. We adopted a beautiful baby boy Sept 2014. God is so good in our joy and sorrow.

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  48. Thomas Gianna - miscarried in March 2014. He would have been 1 this Saturday according to his due date. Thank you for remembering with me, and for hosting this beautiful giveaway.

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  49. Olivia/Oliver (12/8/2011), Joel (5/24/2015)

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  50. I have lost Julia, Rachel, Leo and Francis.

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  51. Quinn Michael - 12/7/14 and Grace Michelle 9/21/15. Thank you for this post.

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  52. This is so beautiful. Thank you. We lost a baby at 9.5 weeks on 11/12/09. That baby's due date was our second anniversary, and it ended up being the day of the anatomy scan for our eldest daughter. Super bittersweet, providential timing.

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  53. This is a very fitting post Kendra. We are nearing the date we lost our baby to miscarriage, October 31, 2011. We named him Maximiliano in honor of St. Maximilian Kolbe.

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  54. Thank you for this beautiful giveaway! We lost our sweet Samuel Nicholas on 1/16/15

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  55. My first pregnancy ended too early at 7w4d in Oct 2006. I didn't even know what miscarriage was, my husband and I were absolutely crushed. Then our third pregnancy came and went so fast, I was pregnant on Monday and not by my Fridays dr appt, June 2008. Last year I did the St. Jude Novena, became pregnant, and on Thanksgiving I lost the baby. Then earlier this year on Valentine's Day I got a BFP, so excited, and on March 1, I had a ruptured ectopic pregnancy. So now we are down to one tube and our faith that God will see us through.

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  56. We have lost 4 sweet souls - 10/07, 3/08, 11/08, 8/14. Each loss has taught me about living, faith and grieving and I am a stronger person for these losses ( though each one was heartbreaking)

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  57. We were due with baby #4 on May 11, 2016 but found out at our 8 week ultrasound on September 28 that the baby had passed away a week prior.

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  58. My husband and I lost our 5th child, May 22, 2015. He was 17wks, we named him Quinn Michael. We lost our 6th child, October 15, 2015. Baby was almost 6 wks. I believe in my heart she was a girl and her name would've been Celeste Marie.

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  59. Gregory, June 2005
    Gertrude, December 2013

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  60. We were due with our first baby in February of 2013. We lost the baby at 8 weeks and named him Alex Francis.

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  61. Thank you for this giveaway. Phillip Mary would have been born last Christmas, but I miscarried at 6.5 weeks.

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  62. We lost our fourth on Easter this year. They were due next month.

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  63. Francis, October 4, 2009. I've had three boys since and I always wonder if he looks like his brothers. Someday I hope to find out!

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  64. Thank you for this post AND for your excellent blog! We get to have three personal intercessors for our family: Sarah and Ruth (2011) and Frances (2013)

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  65. Thank you Kendra for doing this. I lost 2 early preganncies before my third was born. Due dates of October 10, 2011 (my grandfather's birthday) and February 2nd, 2012 (started the loss on my daughter's first bday.) Losses at 6 weeks and 8 weeks. I pray to see them again one day.

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  66. We lost our second in June 2003 and our third August 15, 2006. ONe thing that another mother told me that helped was, "Don't ever think you will get over a miscarriage; you just have to find the place in your heart for that baby." We have been fortunate enough to have more children, and that has helped me heal more than anything.
    I also have a friend who lost her first baby, unbaptized, six days after birth to SIDS. If it's possible, I find that loss more difficult to handle than my own miscarriages. But then, I'm not being given the grace to handle that loss--she is.

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  67. Graham Mark, due July 2013, delivered December 2012.

    Thank you Kendra for hosting this, and so many prayers for all the women here and their families.

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  68. Lucy Anne Marks, born Sept. 2, 2015 at 11 weeks, her due date was March 21, 2016, which is the Monday of Holy Week and a week before our son's second birthday. The Passion is going to have a very different meaning for us this year, as is our son's birthday.

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  69. My baby was born on August 13th, 2009, about 8 weeks gestational age (13 weeks in the womb, though). He or she was due on February 20th 2010. We never named our baby and though I have had five more living children since, I will never forget that tiny person who lived his too-short life inside me. I regret not choosing a name right away because years later, it feels so awkward it just never happens even though I often think we should choose a name.

    I like that you are giving away two of things. I have two friends who have lost a baby in the past year.

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  70. What a beautiful gift :) we should have a little girl, Catherine, who would be turning 4 on Nov 29th, this year. Sadly, she died two days after we found out about her. A faint positive, much excitement, a "gentle" (well, physically gentle) miscarriage two days later. It still hurts 4 years later. God DID bless us with a very healthy pregnancy shortly thereafter and we delivered a beautiful boy into the world the following year.

    But someone is always missing.

    Rachel Grubb @baby_pink_roses44@hotmail.com
    Facebook.com @rachelkastelicgrubb

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  71. We named our baby Vianney. S/he was due April 22, 2016.

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  72. We lost our first on 1/25/2012 - his name is Gabriel. We just buried our fourth in July. Her name is Bernadette Marie. Thank you Kendra!

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  73. We lost our first and only child on May 7, 2014 and we named him David Christian. Thank you so much for this!

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  74. Love this post.
    Joseph Fidelis Enriquez
    "Little Joe"
    Miscarried October 27, 2014 (anniversary was yesterday).
    Buried November 1, 2014.

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  75. Thank you Kendra and all of the bloggers who are sponsoring the giveaway. We have five precious souls in Heaven. We lost Peter Joseph in August 2008, Rose Marie in January 2009, Mary Joy in August 2012, Anne Jean in April 2013, and then most recently Francis Mary in June 2015. My heart aches some days by the sheer pain of it all, but I have great hope that I will be reunited with them in Heaven. I ask them to pray for various special intentions, most importantly the health and safety of their two sisters that are alive here on earth.

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  76. I lost Lars Anthony last month. It was a very early miscarriage.

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  77. Theodora Aurea was due May 2016. We lost her at the beginning of October. Our first miscarriage after four healthy children.

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  78. Well today is the first day this went public, we lost our little Mary Bernadette just over a week ago. Still trying to feel out this whole process.

    Here's the thoughts right now: http://underthyroof.blogspot.com/2015/10/a-catholic-grief.html

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  79. Lucas Emeth. Miscarried last week. Due June 24th, 2016
    St. Lucas, pray for all of us.
    http://talesoftheelders.com/2015/10/26/redemption/
    (Sorry if this is a double post)

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  80. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Our baby is Hope Catherine, due April 16, 2015, delivered September 30, 2014.

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  81. We just buried our dear Raymond on Monday who was due May 7, 2016, and we lost our first child who I could never bring myself to name. I think after this most recent loss, it is time.

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  82. Norman Martin, due 1/25/07, born 7/7/06. Thanks for this beautiful giveaway.

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  83. I lost my first child at 8 weeks in October 2010. Every October when they play re-runs of "Back to the Future" it reminds me of sitting on the couch, "finishing" the miscarriage, crying and watching that darn movie. Nothing is the same to a woman who has lost a child, even one as tiny as our little one was.

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  84. Mara Celand. Born into eternal life March 1, 2010. Due October 22, 2010. Last week would have been her fifth birthday.

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  85. It's been almost 3 years since we lost our angel baby due July of 2013. It was too early to really know the gender but we think we have a son up there watching out for our 2 precious baby girls here with us.

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  86. Brennan. Born January 23, 2008. Thank you for this post and these giveaways.

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  87. Brennan. Born January 23, 2008. Thank you for this post and these giveaways.

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  88. Brennan. Born January 23, 2008. Thank you for this post and these giveaways.

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  89. We lost John Louis in July of 2013. Two years later (almost to the exact date of our loss), his brother was born alive and healthy. I'd like to think it was John interceding for us!

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  90. Five of my childrens' faces were never seen but they are forever imprinted in my womb & heart. I pray for Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Teresa Agnes, and Maria Luisa.

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  91. Anneliese Katherine was due December 2008 and miscarried in May 2008. She was our last baby.

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  93. Thank you Kendra for recognizing this month and showing love for us Mamas who grieve the loss of our babies. My first pregnancy was my first loss. We were only married a short time and decided right away to have children. When I started having funny cravings I took a test. We were so excited to be pregnant. By calculation I was not very far along and scheduled an appt for the next week. We went ahead and told our parents over the weekend. The night before my appointment I woke in excruciating pain. Before I could be seen I had lost the baby. It was May 6, 2009. Something told me it was a boy so his name is Mason. As a tribute I planted 6 lilies. We went on to have 2 boys and considered the possibility of more but are leaving it up to God. I didn't know for sure I was pregnant the fourth time until I had the same symptoms at work on October 6, 2013. I'm a nurse and couldn't take a break from my critical patient so I worked through the pain. This was my girl I believe so we chose the name Emery after a long time of reflection because the name means Work Ruler. For 2 years I wore a necklace with charms with the name and birthstones of all 4 of my babies. Since healing from Emery, surrounded by friends having babies with a few losing theirs I started making discrete birthstone charm necklaces for them. My babies needed names for my coping and I now strongly encourage others to name their lost children. Thank you for allowing me to share MY loss.

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  94. Thank you, Kendra. Jane Elisabeth was lost in August; she would have been due in March of 2016.

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  95. Thank you for sharing this, Kendra. My Daniel George was lost in April...Due October 26, 2015.

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  96. remembering in love 6/11/13 ... due date of 2/5/15 <3

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  97. Joseph Maria who we lost August of 2011

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  98. Kendra, thanks for doing this giveaway and simply acknowledging these lives. I havr had one miscarriage but welcomed three babies in to my home as well (very newly expecting the next). The prizes are really lovely but I would prefer not to win. So many of these comments and the losses they express have broken my heart. I want someone else to have these gifts, not me. We pray for and with our little vianney everyday along with our living children and that is gift enough.

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  99. Along with the others, thank you very much for this post and give away. We lost Gabriel Marie at 11 wks on September 24 (last month), Gabriel would have been due on April 11th. The hardest thing right now is when others that are due the same month have their milestone events like ultrasounds etc. I am happy for them but it touches on our loss.

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  100. That quote made me tear up. This is a beautiful giveaway, though I'm sorry for everyone who is in this club. My babies are Turtle Dove (10 weeks) and Ponya (8 weeks). I have a 4 year old and a 5 month old. When people ask how many babies I have, I always think 4. Because that is the answer.

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  101. We lost our first child June 2012, he/she was due January 3, 2013. We lost another child December 2014, he/she was due August 13, 2015. -Kathi J

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  102. We lost three tiny baby boys from May 2013-April 2014. Two of their due dates were in October. They are buried in the same plot and I think of them and miss them every day!
    +John Paul
    +Ambrose Gene
    +Simon Benedict

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  103. Thank you for doing this giveaway and remembering with us our sweet babies . Rose 7/19/14 and Isaiah 11/22/14.

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  105. We lost our first three children in the fall of 2007 just a few months after we married. We named our children Grace, Gianna, and Job and we honor them on Sept 16 each year.

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  106. We lost our first three children in the fall of 2007 just a few months after we married. We named our children Grace, Gianna, and Job and we honor them on Sept 16 each year.

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  107. What a beautiful giveaway. So hard to read the stories in the comments but so good to know that the lives of these little children were treasured.

    I've lost two:

    Leanbh Lómhara (Precious Child in Gaelic) was 10 weeks along on 10/16/2014
    Leanbh Milis (Sweet Baby in Gaelic) was 8 weeks along on 9/9/2016

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  108. Baby Therese, lost on the feast of St. Therese 2005. Thank you for this and prayers for all the rest of you.

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  109. This is a great post. Thank you for putting this topic out there. The links are extremely helpful. We lost Mary Francis on December 12, 2013 (feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and now our family has a strong devotion to her, it has become way to honor our baby and grow from our loss) and James Gerard in October 2014. They are our personal saints, and I thank God we got to love them every minute we had them.

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  110. This is a great post. Thank you for putting this topic out there. The links are extremely helpful. We lost Mary Francis on December 12, 2013 (feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and now our family has a strong devotion to her, it has become way to honor our baby and grow from our loss) and James Gerard in October 2014. They are our personal saints, and I thank God we got to love them every minute we had them.

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  111. Lucy James. Due in October but only made it to April.

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  112. This is such a beautiful giveaway. Elijah James (due May 2014), Lucas Michael (due August 2015), and Bea (due April 2016, but only made it to October). Difficult but so beautiful to remember with everyone here.

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  113. We lost our first baby at 6 weeks. We don't know the sex so we call the baby Mary Benedict. He or she was due August 17, 2013. We have since gone on to meet two beautiful babies here on earth, praise God. My sister miscarried triples a year after my miscarriage. I would love to give her one of these beautiful gifts. Thanks so much for hosting the giveaway!

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  114. thank you for this. We have lost Augustine and Karoline.

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  115. What a beautiful giveaway! It is always helpful to remember with others who have also experienced loss. We have lost 3 babies: Kelly (5/07), Blaise (5/15) and Gabriel (8/15). I will keep you all in my prayers.

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  116. Today marks one year since we learned that we lost Agnes Marie, who would have been due on Mother's Day this past May, and I would have been due with John next week.

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  117. We called him Noah, and got a Christmas ornament for him. Husband and I like thinking about our loss, at least when we decorate the Christmas tree, but much more often than that. He prays for his siblings now.

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  118. We lost our little baby Kevy Paul last year on the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.

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  119. Joshua Michael Halpin, born still on Sept. 29th 2015

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  120. June 2011 and July 1, 2015. Sweet of you to do.

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  121. This is beautiful to recognize this month with such love, thank you for your devotion to the unborn. 5 of our children are now in eternity. 4 of them we lost between *Oct. 2012-June 2013, and most recently our 5th joined his siblings on *May 28th, 2015. We recently have a new life growing within and pray God will allow this little one to stay with us as long as He wills it!
    *Tateum, *Grace, *Trinity, *Hope, *Emerald ~pray for us

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  122. Thank you for posting about this, and providing so many resources. It is hard to read so many stories and names, but I know it helps me to share. Miscarriage can be such a private hurt! We had two healthy little girls, and then lost two babies before we had another baby that made it to term, born this September. The first, Jacob, was lost at 15 weeks, on August 7th, 2014. I will never forget how wrong it felt to hold such a tiny baby, when he should have been safely tucked away for so many more months. The second we lost at 6 weeks on November 21st, 2014.

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  123. David Michael, born full term on 8/24/2015. Baptized into the Church on 8/26/2015. Passed from this world from an inoperable congenital heart defect 8/28/2015. While I know I am now a mother to a saint, the ache for him in my arms is tangible.

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  124. We lost our first son, Benjamin, at six weeks about two years ago. Thank you for your kindness in this post, and I hope all of the other parents entering this giveaway know of my prayers tonight!

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  125. Joshua Michael Halpin, born still on Sept. 29th 2015

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  126. Joshua Michael Halpin, born still on Sept. 29th 2015

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  127. Isaac Matthew- January 27, 2014. He is our 5th son, and was stillborn at 17 weeks. His brother Matthew James was born December 16, 2014 and he is snoring beside me right now. What a blessing!

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  128. Thank you for offering this, and acknowledging the losses that so many families experience. We lost our 3rd child, Kolbe Marie, on Sept. 23, 2003, was due on May 12, 2004, the very day that my sister in law delivered her healthy twin boys. Kind of surreal that they were born on my due date, a month early of their own! We still think of our little baby often, my children all know they have a sibling in heaven, and we ask our baby to pray for us! We have since had our 4th, a son who is now 8.

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  129. This is such a lovely post, Kendra. And truly, thank you, for creating a place for us to share. It has been so very touching to read through these comments. I will be passing it on to many of my friends and family.
    Our first, Hagen Finley, passed on January 2, 2013 at 17 weeks. Due June 10, 2013. His name, to us, means "high son" or "little warrior". His little sister is two and a half and his brother is due St. Nick's day. Grieving through the loss of my first son was the sweetest sorrow I have ever known, for God bound me so closely to Him. :: Amanda Waggoner

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  130. Thank you for this beautiful post, my baby was due Dec 18,2015. Which is my son Andrews birthday. After 4 perfectly textbook pregnacies I was completely shocked, I never thought it would happen to me. Now as I sit here 23 weeks along it is a fear thats always in the back of my mind.

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  131. Thank you so much for your post. All too often we suffer in silence and don't get the support we need. Your post reminded me I need to stay more open to receiving help and prayers from others. I miscarried my little one, named Francis Michael, on October 20, 2010. Even though it was five years ago, sometimes it still feels just as raw as the day it happened.

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  132. We lost our third baby in Sept 2011, I was only 6wks along and only knew about him for 1 wk. And still we felt his loss greatly. It is such a comfort knowing that little Patrick is in heaven waiting for us to meet him once again.

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  133. I think it's wonderful that this has become a topic for open discussion and healing. For so long this has been a taboo subect. We lost our second baby at just 7 weeks. It's comforting to know God is in control and that all these babies are wrapped in His arms.

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  134. Cecilia - lost Fall 2014
    Pax - lost Winter 2015
    Mary - lost Spring 2015
    I'd share this with my mom, who lost six babies.

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  135. In May 2008, our Frances Mary was conceived and passed away. I asked God to reveal to me if our baby was a boy or a girl, and just a couple days later, my daughter lined up three dolls and said the words "sisters. 3 sisters" for the first time. That is how many sisters she has if our baby was a girl! We were just talking about Frances Mary today with my 6 and 4 year old. May God bless all families who have lost little ones!

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  136. We lost our first baby Matthias Joseph on May 21st, 2014. I now believe that our baby was a girl, but at the time naming her Matthias felt right. I was given a beautiful mind image of her while praying at the Boston Cathedral; I saw her with long black hair on a swing in heaven. We were changed forever even if she was not born in this world.

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  137. Romey Sell, Mother's Day, 2013.

    https://householdmanagementblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/15/repost-i-am-1-in-4/

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  138. Thank you for this giveaway, and for sharing all these wonderful resources.

    We lost little Francis/Frances in May 2015 - due date was January 2016.

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  139. Lillian Terese due on my husband's birthday, but lost on the 4th of July, 2010.

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  140. Lillian Terese due on my husband's birthday, but lost on the 4th of July, 2010.

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  141. This is a very sweet giveaway--thank you so much. My husband and I have lost six babies: one in 2010, two in 2011, two in 2012, and one in 2013. We didn't name any of them--they were all very early, and we just didn't have any resources for families who had been through it, so we didn't even realize we could or should name our babies. But maybe we should, even now. Thank you!

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  142. Cecilia Esperanza Crow due date September 12, 2012. Thank you for this Kendra. I know so many women who have lost babies too. These are some great resources.

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  143. William Thomas on July 30, 2015. He was so perfect on the day he was born. I miss him dearly . . . Thank you for this giveaway and the resources.

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  144. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway. I know of a few friends that I would love to share these gifts with. The two babies that I lost were lost in early miscarriages. One, at five weeks, I lost in early December, and the second, at 7 weeks, at the end of January. Their names are Joan and Anthony. I have since had a full term pregnancy and am almost halfway through another pregnancy. Praise God!

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  145. After 5 babies and no previous miscarriages, we had two miscarriages earlier this year. They were pretty early, but my husband and I were devastated and the hurt is still a bit raw. I am 21 weeks pregnant now and things seem to be going quite well, but as I pass what would have been milestones for the other pregnancies and deliveries, it is a strange feeling. We named our babies Mary Joseph and Angel. I like to think that they are looking after us all, and especially the one that I carry now.

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  146. We had two miscarriages this year. Michael Albert on February 22 and Madeline Gale on September 20.

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  147. Mary, miscarried 2/18/2002 at 9 weeks, our first. My three children talk about her regularly and pray for her every evening.

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  149. Thank you for this. I replied earlier, but it looks like it did not take. Our family lost our daughter, Anna Catherine, when she was 8 days old. She was born in Boston and stayed at Children's hospital the whole time she was alive. She had mosaic trisomy 14 and her anomalies ended up not being able to live. She was not made for this Earth. She died in my arms just over 4 years ago. Her birthday was October 13th, 2011 - Feast Day October 21st, 2011. We miss her so much and I am always looking for ways to incorporate her into our lives. This giveaway is a very nice way to remind us of her life. Thanks again!

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  150. I named our list baby Ava, she was due September 30, 2007. We had a son prematurely on Ava's due date, the kids refer to her as his lost twin.

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  151. Thank you for doing this, Kendra. My husband and I lost two babies this year: Joseph Paul would have been due 1/29/16 and Elizabeth Jane was due 4/28/16. Hopefully some day we will be be blessed with a baby that we will get to take home with us. God bless you and your family :)

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