I know it must get old, me talking about my miracles, my babies who are not supposed to be here.

It never, ever gets old to me.

In fact, after last week, spending that long, awful night going to the PICU with Kaity, I feel even less apt, if it were possible, to ever take my healthy, thriving children for granted.

This week I have also been burdened with the plight of Stellan, who has been given his miracle, and Berry, the son of one of my best friends, whose miracle is still coming.

And today, I am crying for the parents of sweet Maddie. I didn’t even know about her until after she left this world, and yet now I ache for and pray for her parents every single day. I am not exaggerating. I know God gives us burdens for certain people and situations, and the Spohrs have become one for me. Maybe it’s because Heather and I were pregnant at the same time, that when I look at my Kaity, I think also of that beautiful smile of Maddie’s and wonder why.

You may have read about Maddie before, from this blog or someone else’s. Or you may be utterly confused right now. Let me just tell you: Maddie was a premature baby who lived over a year, and then was taken from her parents. Today is her 2nd birthday. A whole big internet world is weeping and celebrating her life with her family.

You can read about her at her mommy’s blog: http://thespohrsaremultiplying.com

And you can help other parents with premature babies:

– Your donation supplies a family with a NICU baby with a little survival kit that holds things like paper and pens, a disposable camera, lip balm, a reusable water bottle, and a toothbrush & toothpaste.

Let me just say: after my ONE tiny night in the PICU with Kaity last week, I can only imagine how nice it is for parents who have to stay for days on end to receive something like that, to have one less thing to think about.

Heather and Mike (& Binky!), if you read this, please just know.. ‘strangers’ are still here for you, praying for you, pulling for you, remembering that smile that could light a room! They way you are honoring Maddie is incredible!

Whatever you do today, please lift a prayer for Heather and Mike Spohr, as they remember their sweet Maddie.

And hug your babies tight.