Hello everyone, in the spirit of Abby’s Lane this is a day late 😉
In our house we do celebrate Christmas, and we wish a Merry Christmas to all of our customers who have supported us this year and any of the 7 years past. We also wish a Happy Hannukah, a Happy Kwanzaa and a peaceful Winter Solstice to our customers as well 🙂 While this holiday season is full of peace and joy, there are many of our customers where this season may be full of sadness and anxiety, and I want to offer a special prize for those families. This may be the first year the holiday season is experienced with a divorce or separation, the first season where a special family member is not present due to a death in the family, unemployment, loss of a home, a shaky outlook for 2012. Miscarriage and infertility is present in the homes of many of our customers, your emails and notes over the years drives home how many of our wonderful families suffer with secondary infertility or repeated loss of pregnancy.
I would like to offer a $25.00 gift certificate to one person who comments below, you can share your story of why this season is different than those past, or if you wish to not share, simply comment below with a “entering” so we know to include you. My hope is a mom or dad who enters can use it for diapers if they have one in them, shoes for an older child, or if your babies are done with our store products, a little CJs gift pack to pamper yourself for a few minutes in the next few weeks.
On our tree, I have bought a little silver “My First Christmas” ornament for each of my 5 children, and I love to hang them close together in the front, their names and year of their birth is engraved somewhere on the ornament. Also in this group of 5 little “Firsts” are 3 little ornaments without a name or date. The first is a very cheaply made angel ornament, it is meant to be a pin to fasten to a sweater or jacket, but with a string on it passes for a Christmas ornament. When I bought it, we had no room in the weekly budget almost 8 years ago, so a clearance priced Christmas pin was all I could do, that was for our first pregnancy loss in January of 2005. Another angel would follow a few years later, a little silver ornament with a glass bead dangling from the wings for loss #2, and a third wooden angel joined the tree two years later for loss #3. We have been blessed with 5 beautiful, healthy and spunky babies, and as the years have gone by the pain of the losses isn’t as sharp, but those little ones will always have a special place in our hearts. As our family Christmas card has the pictures of our children, here I want to acknowledge the little ones who didn’t get a chance to be held, nursed, worn, have a fluffy little bum and make it on that card. To Max, Mary and Apryl we love you very much <3
We wish you a beautiful holiday season, and a peaceful and healthy winter time, thank you for your support for close to 8 years now. From myself and the mamas who work with us:
Stephanie (there are 2 of us!)
We wish you a beautiful Christmas and Holiday Season 🙂