Overwhelmed

Wow.

What an exciting time it’s been here lately.  I had a new post about what I like to call the “Babyloss Community” on Still Standing the other day and then this site started getting a lot of traffic as a result.  So many folks have been commenting and sending me messages, and I am just feeling overwhelmed at the outpouring of support and understanding.

And then I also feel sad that so very many of us have this shared experience of losing a little one.  But that was part of the Still Standing post, too.  The idea that so many people experience this particular type of loss and have been for as long as people have been having babies.  And though if you’d asked me three years ago, I’d probably tell you that I could never ever survive such a thing, here I am.  Here we all are.  Surviving and helping each other with understanding and sympathy and sharing our stories and virtual hugs and love.  I can feel it through each of your messages – even from people who have never lost a baby.  The love and empathy is coming right through and it means so much.  So much.

So thank you very much for sharing your experiences with me.  With all of us.  I have read every message and every comment.  Coincidentally, November happens to be a month that is just jam-packed with birthdays and anniversaries for our family and I am also home with my littles all day, so I have been trying to reply to everyone, but haven’t quite gotten there yet.  But I will.

As another little business matter, I wanted to mention that I am limiting my pre-holiday sketches to a total of ten so that I can do all those aforementioned family things and also have time to get sketches done and mailed in time for Christmas.  I will be updating on my facebook page, and currently have seven spots still available, though four or five folks sent me messages yesterday about ordering.  If you would like to order a sketch for Christmas, please place an order through my Etsy shop to secure your spot.  I will close requests for the holidays after December 10 or when all ten places are filled – whichever comes first.  If you don’t need your sketch for Christmas, then it would be so helpful if you could please mention that in your Etsy order and I will put you in the queue after the Christmas orders.  Your sketch will be done and mailed to you in January if that is the case.  Thanks so much for your understanding.

I will be turning 40 this weekend, and am so amazed that this is the path that my life has taken – writing here and drawing your little ones and getting to know this amazing community. I could never have anticipated it, but I know that the Lord did.