Our 15 Seconds of Fame

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What an amazing weekend.

Last March, our local ABC station filmed a segment about our Care Bag drop off for Team Abby.  They never aired it, and I assumed it was because the earthquake in Japan happened so there never was a “slow news” day.

Nope, they had accidentally lost the footage.

Amazingly, we got an email last week saying they just found it.  Exactly a year after we filmed it, they aired the piece about our mission to drop off 100 Care Bags to the NICU where my daughter spent her first two months of life.  While I don’t yet have a ‘professional’ newsclip from the station, here’s my lame attempt at taking a video-of-the-video:

I’m taking deep breaths and trying not to focus on the fact I was still hanging onto 20 extra baby-weight pounds, which clearly can no longer be called baby weight since Bee was 8 months old at the time.  A year later, I still have 10 pounds to go, friends.  Of course it’s not about me, but… well… sigh.  It’s not about me.  I need to get over it.

You know what made viewing this even sweeter?  Watching the segment with one of my best friends from college!  She and her daughter (Noodle’s BFF) were visiting for the weekend, and the two girls giggled and hugged while watching it.

Oh yes, I melted.

We are wiped out from a fantastic weekend of eating, zoo-visiting, bubble-blowing, clock-changing, mojito-ing, BFF-kissing, and news-watching.  Have a wonderful Monday, and if you take away one thing from the video I hope that it’s to accept help when you need it, and know you’ll pay it forward when you can.

There were days we’d never thought we’d see sunshine again, and now we’re proof the sun can indeed shine even after the most terrible storm.

Some of you reading this right now donated items, so I wanted to be sure you saw the impact you had on those NICU families.  I’m forever grateful.

Many, many thanks to 6ABC and anchors Nydia Han and Walter Perez for the lovely story.  You did us proud!

For more information on how you can help, be sure to visit the Team Abby website.  We love donations of new books, blankets, and monetary gifts so we can help as many heartbroken long-term NICU families as possible.



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  1. SO wonderful! and you look gorgeous- do not sell yourself short!

  2. I used to work at Jeff doing research in their NICU. Seeing this reminded me of the ‘good old days!’ Anyone who has ever had a child in the NICU can’t fail to appreciate just how important the work Team Abby does is. I encourage others to ‘pay it forward’ as well. Support Team Abby and everything they do. Kudos to you and Team Abby.

  3. Oh my goodness!!! I cannot believe they lost/found it – AWESOME!!!! Such a wonderful charity you’ve created! And, I agree with Cassie above..you look fabulous!! GREAT JOB!

  4. Congrats congrats!!! …and quit worrying about weight!! You look fabulous and you did something Goooooooooood…you rock girl!

  5. That was awesome! You are so beautiful! I have a friend who just had a little boy with a heart defect about six months ago, and they started doing the same thing – delivering care packages to the NICUs. What an amazing way to give back. I’m so glad your story has a happy ending!

  6. What a wonderful story. You never want to think of yourself in that situation, but you’ve turned your story into a ministry for others. How beautiful.

  7. I needed to “stumble upon” your Twitter page and them your blog today. Thank you for the message — “to accept help when you need it, and know you’ll pay it forward when you can.” I receive that advice. Thank you.

    1. One of the hardest things about our ordeal was asking for, and accepting, help. It feels so good to come out on the other side of it and be that person for others. Thanks for your wonderful comment, and know that whatever it is you are facing you are not alone!

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