6 months

It’s strange how you get caught up in your daily life, vaguely remembering the day of the week, because you’re counting down to the weekend, but not stopping to think much about the date on the calendar. And then suddenly a particular date catches your eye, and it knocks the wind out of you.

Today is October 7th. It’s been exactly six months since Madeline Spohr passed away.

Six months since the worst day of Heather and Mike’s life.

Six months since I turned my blog purple in her honor.

Six months since this community of bloggers organized teams across the country to March for Babies and raise money in Maddie’s memory.

Six months. Half a year.

Madeline Spohr

Maddie, we miss you, and we love you.

To Heather and Mike, sending so much love to you and your family (and especially Binky), today and always.

feeling purple

Today is baby Maddie’s funeral. For those of us who can’t be there in person to support the Spohr family, we’re showing our support by wearing purple today.

Catie & me in our purple for Maddie

Would you believe that out of the 10,937 items of purple clothing that Catie owns, the only thing I could get her to agree to wear this morning is a wife beater with a sparkly embroidered kitty-cat on the front?

Catie & me in our purple for Maddie
(Note that I am totally doing the “hide my giant butt behind someone else” move here.)

Catie & me in our purple for Maddie

A lot of bloggers are doing a purple balloon release in Maddie’s honor. (If you watch this video and don’t tear up even a tiny bit? I’m not sure I understand you.) I thought about doing it, but it’s a really gloomy, rainy day, and I couldn’t think of anything more depressing than taking pictures of a purple balloon floating up toward dark gray rain clouds. So no, not doing that.

Heather and Mike, I hope you feel the love around you today, and I pray that you can find peace and comfort. That’s really all I can say.