as the month of april rolls around, i can't help but think of the spohr family.
before i started this little fashion blog, i used to spend my free time reading blogs. i don't know how i stumbled across heather's blog, but i did. and unfortunately, i found it after what is undoubtedly one of the biggest tragedies that could ever happen. their beautiful daughter madeline had passed away.
no, i'm not a parent..but hearing the spohrs' story just struck something in me. madeline was born over eleven weeks premature. i was a preemie myself, but not as drastic. i couldn't grasp how this little girl, with a contagious smile, was taken from her parents. no parent should have to see their child pass away. but that isn't the point to focus on.
i couldn't help but wonder...who else has been a preemie? albert einstein, mark twain, charles darwin, and a few more that may surprise you.
i mean, could you imagine what this world would be like without their contributions? ...but to bring to point home even more, could you imagine what it would be like if your child was born premature?
due to the advances of technology, madeline was able to bring joy to her family and friends for seventeen months.
due to the advances of technology, madeline's sister annabel was able to be born healthy. and due to heather chronicling madeline's life, annabel will never NOT know her big sister. she will always be able to look at pictures, videos, and her mother's blog entries. she will never be forgotten or overlooked.
i usually blog about fashion. and when you think about the context of how we value the importance of "fashion" .. you should also take a moment to realize that there are much more important things out there. one of the best things about the blogging community is that you know you're never alone - something that has helped heather and her husband mike through their darkest days.
heather and mike created friends of maddie after their loss. you can read more about their mission here, but it is very obvious - they want to help families who have to experience the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
i know times are tough right now for everyone, but i DEEPLY encourage you to donate. there is no minimum limit. you would be surprised of how far a dollar would go if everyone gave one. in addition, you can sponsor a family support pack for $25. we saw a cute purse, we wouldn't blink to donate $25.
it took me a while to write this, because it was a very important post to me. probably because i was a preemie myself. probably because many of us overlook what it's like to have family members in the hospital around the holidays. probably because most of us are too busy.
even if you can't donate, please just take a moment out of your day. be grateful for what you have. be grateful for the experiences that you've gone through. and please give a thought about madeline & the spohr family.