Ryley was born through an emergency Cesarean. Her heartrate suddenly plummeted, and a rush of people came into my hospital room and started prepping me for surgery before I even knew what was going on. Of course, all the emotions and ‘what ifs’ start racing through your mind, while trying to trust in the Lord and have peace that everything will be okay. I can barely write this wihtout choking back the tears even to this day. She was born 20 minutes later, and I’ll NEVER forget the feelings of relief and GRATITUDE that washed over me the moment they brought her over that curtain to introduce her to me……. many aren’t so fortunate. I can only imagine the agony I would have experienced if it had gone the other way.
With that knowledge, and the immense gratitude that I feel each and every day for having my daughter, I decided to use my photography to bless others in need. I was honored when NILMDTS reviewed my photography and accepted me into their organization!
Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep is a non-profit organization that sends a professional photographer to hospitals for families experiencing the loss of an infant or child. This service is completely free to the families we serve, and we do not receive any monetary compensation for our work. The NILMDTS photographers provide each family with a beautifully designed, black & white slideshow of the photos they take at the hospital. The images are truly priceless, and greatly help families through the loss of their infant/child.
I am honored to be involved with NILMDTS ….especially knowing the profound impact it has upon the families that need this service!
Please keep reading & consider the gift of preserving a family’s few brief moments with their precious little baby…… for a Lifetime! YOU can help provide that!!!
Love & Blessings,
FROM NILMDTS HEADQUARTERS:
With an average of 2-million hits per month on our web site, imagine if everyone contributed just $5 to the organization!
Your donation truly will make a significant difference in the continued success of NILMDTS.
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep is recognized as an IRS 501(c)3 charitable organization (Tax ID#77-0656322) and your donations are always entirely tax deductible. When you donate, you will receive a thank you card that serves as your receipt as well as an enclosed card you may to send to the family of whomever you made the donation in memory of.
With the Month of October being recognized as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, The Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation holds its Annual Fund Drivefor six weeks starting in mid-September and ending in October.
President Ronald Reagan enacted Proclamation 5890 in October of 1988 to recognize that each year, approximately a million pregnancies in the United States alone end in miscarriage, stillbirth, or the death of a newborn child. Reagan stated, “A national observance offers us the opportunity to increase our understanding of the great tragedy involved in the deaths of unborn or newborn babies. It also enables us to consider how, as individuals and communities, we can meet the needs of bereaved parents and family members… ”
If you are in a place to make even a small contribution to NILMDTS, please know that doing so will continue to allow the organization to provide improved resources, training, communication, and other tools necessary in support of our amazing contingent of professional photographers who provide the gift of free remembrance portraiture to families in need.
Our next project we are working on is an online, interactive webinar version of our Formal NILMDTS Training taught by Co-Founder Sandy Puc’ allowing anyone in any country with access to a computer to complete the course online. Donations help make programs like this a reality!
Your Donations Support the Organization in Many Ways –
* By supporting the continued education of our volunteer photographers
* By allowing us to further our outreach to hospitals and hospices across the world
* By offsetting the costs associated with outreach efforts including Formal NILMDTS Traingin Seminars
* By supporting the Family Forum which creates a productive and supportive haven for healing
* By supporting the Photographers’ Forum which provides a helpful environment for our member photographers to express their feelings and receive advice on the various issues that they face in this noble work
* By supporting the day to day operations of our Headquarters Offices
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July 12th ALREADY!!??? Who pushed the hyper drive button!?
Jerry & I want to thank everyone for your prayers while his mom (Karen Ecklor) is in the hospital. She was moved to Iowa City this past week, and the doctors are determining the next steps, while family anxiously waits & prays.
Since the 4th of July was Karen’s birthday, Ryley and I created some special photos to help brighten her spirits…
In the photos below, Ryley was talking to her daddy on the phone, saying the typical toddler “No Daddy!” She says that a lot recently, because she wants to say, sing, & do everything herself. She cracks me up! We’ve noticed her putting together 3 words pretty frequently now, so she’s able to give us a more accurate piece of her mind!!! She isn’t even 2 years old yet – are we in for it?
The sheepish look is because she is about to close the phone, knowing that will hang up on her Daddy!
THIS is my FAVORITE!
Love & Blessings,
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