Soaking Up Life: Support March of Dimes

Please welcome Jessica of Four Plus an Angel, who is sharing her personal story of why she supports the March of Dimes each year.  I hope you’ll consider making a donation to her team. 


As I write this post another holiday is coming to a close.


I want to love the holidays, I really do. But since our daughter passed away, I tend to dread them more than I look forward to the next.


Four and a half years ago, I carried triplets until my body could not carry them any longer, and gave birth to three miracle babies at 28 weeks gestation.


Two of my children survived the many ups and downs of being born severely premature.


One did not.


Life has been bittersweet ever since.


Holidays bring with them a deep appreciation for the precious lives we have been given, but a painful reminder of the life that should be here too.


As I dressed my daughter in her Easter dress, it took everything I had to concentrate on the moment, to give it to her.


My mind kept drifting to her sister, who should be standing next to her, anxiously awaiting for the bow to be tied on her frilly Easter dress and wiggling in her seat as I attempt to braid her hair.


I have learned so much in our journey through infertility and high risk pregnancy and prematurity and infant loss.


I have learned that, in order to survive it all and not grow into a bitter old woman before I even hit 40, I must concentrate on the lives before me and do whatever I can to honor the life that is no longer here.


And this is where my work with the March of Dimes began.


We formed a family team as soon as our preemies where given the okay to be out in the world and walk in honor of our survivors and in memory of our daughter each year. Every dime I raise makes me feel like I am doing something.


Losing a child, spending day after day in the NICU willing her siblings to survive, wheeling home oxygen tanks and heart monitors just so your survivors can begin a life in your home, all of these things make you feel helpless as a parent.


Raising money for the March of Dimes, an organization that plays a huge role in the advancements in prenatal and neonatal care, takes away a bit more of that helpless feeling every year.


I may not have the chance to buy one more Easter dress or dig for one more ponytail holder, but I can fundraise my butt off each year.


Each year I spend the walk appreciating every step my survivors take, every dollar we have raised, the family and friends who have joined us and I reflect on the tragic turn of events that has brought us all to this place.


A place of soaking up life, holding its hand and treasuring just how precious it truly is.

You can use the button below to donate to Jessica’s March of Dimes team. She’s getting so close to her goal- let’s help her reach it! Any little bit you can donate counts! One person who donates will be given a $25 gift certificate to One Hope Wine as a thank you.

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  1. Shell, thanks for giving your space over to Jessica today for her drive to raise funds for March of Dimes. Such a wonderful cause. Jessica, I hope you’re closer and closer to your goal!
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  2. It makes me smile to see Jessica here fundraising. I know she can reach her goal for such a worthy cause.
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  3. Posting this on Facebook, tweeting it now…and looking toward a day when birth stories are only sweet.
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  4. Thanks for sharing this with us, I do love to share this on my pinterest… 
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  5. The March of Dimes is near and dear to my heart too.
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  6. My heartfelt sympathy to you, as you are also a survivor. I hope you meet and break your goal. It looks like you’re well on your way.
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  8. OK, so my e-mail address is wrong above – I’m having to fool the WP comment thingie, which is determined to mess me up.
    Here (on the fourth try) is my comment.

    My heartfelt sympathy to you, as you are also a survivor. I hope you meet and exceed your goal. It looks like you’re well on the way.
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  9. Jessica, your story continues to inspire me. I hope you meet and exceed that goal! Love to you (and Shell, you rock for sharing your space with Jess!)
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  10. I am so glad that you continue to raise funds and awareness Jess. Thank you
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  11. Good luck, Jessica. I support you in this, in every way. 
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  12. I don’t have much to give, but I will give what I can….good luck to you guys. <3

  13. Good luck, Jessica. I love seeing the pictures of all of you walking. Besides the money you’re raising, you’re teaching your kids so much.
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  14. Thanks so much for donating your time and space to featuring Jessica and the March of Dimes. I am a March of Dimes Ambassador mama too and we are huge supporters as we also had 28 weeker twins who both made it but like you Jessica have spent more time in NICUs, Hospitals, Drs. Offices, and with medical equipment in our home than I ever care to repeat and for which I hope fewer and fewer families will have to endure due to the work of the March of Dimes. Good luck on your fundraising Jessica, I am right there with you and every single dollar counts! P.S. your pictures are beautiful and just amazing to see those beautiful faces today.
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    • Good luck to you as well Shannon, we were an ambassador family two years ago and I loved it (except for the public speech part).
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  15. I wish I had magic words to help, but I don’t.
    I hope you meet your goal, fundraising is hard work! I’m currently helping a friend with her charity and it is not as easy as I thought it would be.
    Best to you and your family.
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  16. I hope you are able to reach your goal.  I walk yearly in Light the Night in honor of my mom. :)
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  17. Jessica always makes my heart ache and my eyes well…how I love her…
    so happy to see she’s so close to her goal!
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  18. Love your passion for this cause and I’m proud to partner with you (at least $$ since I can’t walk more than 5 feet without getting tired these days, lol!).
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  19. March of Dimes is such a worthy organization.

    You are an inspiration. Turning heartbreak into change. Mommies and Babies everywhere thank you.
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  20. March Dimes newly sounds good to me. And I found it interesting.
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  21. I have no doubt that you will reach, and even surpass your goal, Jessica. March of Dimes is one cause I never hesitate to support. 
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  22. This March of Dimes is newly heard. But it sounds interesting to me.  Thanks for the great post.
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  23. Thanks Shell for giving Jessica this platform to spread her word!!! This is such an important cause!!
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  24. Your story is touching, and  heart-wrenching at the same time.  What a wonderful cause you have chosen to support in life.  You are to be so admired. 
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  25. You should totally enter my contest! I mean all you have to do is get comments! And Moments in Frames is putting up the cash! And this is SUCH a great cause! Good luck!
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  26. Your post is truly beautiful and inspiring.
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  27. Love it Shell – I did support Jessica through her page.
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  28. I love that the two of you are here together, using your voices and hearts for good.

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  29. An incredibly worthy cause and one that is clearly very near and dear to your heart. Thank you for doing all you can to raise awareness and thank you Shell for featuring Jessica here. Xoxo
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  30. Shell, you are so kind for giving your space here today to Jessica and her amazing cause. This is what I love most about our blogging world. xo
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