Monday, August 22, 2011

Love, Annaleigh

Two years ago today we said goodbye to our beautiful daughter. It feels like ages ago, but at the same time it feels like yesterday. I think both Joe and I could recall for you just about every second of Annaleigh's last day with us. In fact, I bet we could recall just about every second of her entire 8 week life, because those memories are all we have left of our precious Annaleigh, and we cherish them dearly.

Last week Joe and I were talking about today, the anniversary of Annaleigh's death. It is so important to us that this date mean something, not just to Joe and I but to Charlie and Lily as well. We want them to know their sister as they grow. To know that they are two of three. To never forget her. We want her memory to live on.

And then we had an idea. An idea we are very excited about and can't wait to move forward with. So, allow me to announce our new organization, called Love, Annaleigh. Love, Annaleigh will be dedicated to supplying the NICU at St. Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ with items they need to continue their exceptional care of premature and sick infants, such as blankets, clothing, hats, toys, etc.

We're still in the early stages of planning and are currently talking with the St. Peter's Foundation to get the ball rolling. The idea, however, is for the NICU to supply Joe and I with a list of items that they need. We will then seek donation of these items and on August 22 each year our family will deliver them to the NICU. We will be helping the St. Peter's NICU, which as you all know is dear to our hearts, especially since it was the only home Annaleigh knew, and we will be helping Charlie and Lily to remember their sister and honor her each year.

We are so excited about this endeavor! A friend is currently working on a logo for us, and we plan to set up a website and lots more. We'll keep you posted on our progress.

Annaleigh, you will never be forgotten, and we will continue to remind the world how special and amazing you were. You've already touched countless lives, and we know you're not done yet. We love you with all our hearts, today and always.


16 comments:

MJP said...

What a beautiful way to honor your angel.

Lauren said...

A beautiful tribute, Brooke - perfect for your beautiful baby.

The Mommy said...

Fantastic idea. She is the reason that I started crocheting preemie hats and blankets to donate. I sent the first donation to your NICU and since then I've given them locally (and sent one set to another bloggy friend). I have a boy set made right now. I'm in. Make a button and it will go up on my blog in a hot minute.

Thinking of your loss today. Blessings.

Anonymous said...

Thinking of your family today, especially your beautiful angel. I will definitely be helping to support this wonderful tribute to Annaleigh and I will be keeping tabs on your blog for more information!! You are just such an amazing example of strength and love!!

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sue said...

What a wonderful way to honor your Annaleigh! I'm sure the NICU at St Peters will appreciate being the benfactors of this tribute.

Momof1 said...

great idea!

Jill and Mike said...

That is such a wonderful idea! Keep us posted here and I'll donate anything I can for you and your family.

kristin said...

Wonderful idea and way to tribute Annaleigh and help other babies along the way. Keep us posted on details - I'll be sure to donate!

Anonymous said...

That's a beautiful idea and gift to Annaleigh. I'm in... I love you forever my sweet pumpkin.

All My Love, Auntie :) xoxoxoooxo

carrie said...

What a great idea to honor your beautiful girl. I always remember sweet Annaleigh.

JoLynn said...

I absolutely love the idea! I still remember very vividly 2 years ago today, sitting at my laptop, tears streaming down my face, and my heart aching for you. I'm sure that hole will never be filled. I respect how you have handled the journey every step of the way.

Blessings...

Anonymous said...

I have been reading your blog since just before your babies were born. I think of Annaleigh often and I was thinking of you on the 22nd. This is a wonderful way to honor and keep her memory!

Abbey said...

Brooke, Brian and I think that "Love, Annaleigh" is such an amazing way to honor Annaleigh and help others in her name. Please keep us posted as we would be so honored to make a donation when things get up and running!

Anonymous said...

You are amazing people...to take a unimaginable event in your life and turn it around to GIVING and something positive for your community. Lily and Charlie are so lucky to have you both as their examples of love and role models. I have been reading your blog since the triplets were born and you are inspiring. (and Charlie and Lily are beautiful little toddlers). Love to your wonderful family.
Stephanie from Wisconsin

Ava said...

That is a spectacular idea!