But that's not why I'm writing today.
I was thinking about how we truly are all so connected and one of my favorite memories came flooding back to me.
It was 2011 and I was asked to be on the Nate Berkus Show alongside a fellow Shark Tank momprenuer, Nikki Pope. The show went really well and Nate couldn't have been more kind or supportive.
Unbeknownst to me, a very special mom from Texas was watching the day my Nate segment aired in May of 2011 and reached out telling me about her daughter who had passed at a very young age from disease called Leigh's disease, a very rare mitochondrial disorder that is terminal with no treatment or cure. She was asking about possibly creating a memory box for Piper's things (blanket, mementos, etc). We talked about creating such a box and were both excited about it. As happens sometimes, life got in the way for both of us and it was put on the back burner. But it never left my mind.
In June of 2011, I received one of the first messages from a child who passed on and started to realize I had some sort of mediumship gift. I didn't understand it at the time and initially questioned my sanity, but it became clear that my intuition was kicked into overdrive for some reason that year. I nervously passed on the messages to a lovely family from my hometown in Defiance, Ohio. You can read about how that went down here (A Story of Healing - Love Never Dies).
Now, cut to late 2013 and I remembered the memory box again. I reached out to Piper's mom and asked if she was still interested and that I'd love to still move forward with it as a gift. To my surprise, she said she was just thinking about me a few days before and going to reach out again. This time, two years after I started volunteering my time with grieving parents, it was starting to make sense why that beautiful mom and I connected in 2011. I would get chills anytime I'd think about it. I truly believe her daughter guided her to watch the show that day and knew that one day, we'd make it happen. And make it happen for many families who have suffered the loss of their child.
Life happened again and we were delayed. We are finally moving forward with the memory box now that I'm set up to build again and I couldn't be more excited. I don't have anything solid in my head design-wise quite yet but I know I'll get a little help from my friend, Piper.
I'm hoping these handcrafted memory boxes will help ease the pain for families who have endured such devastating loss. Honoring these beautiful little souls makes me smile and I have to thank Piper and her mom for helping make it a reality.
I'll be sharing my progress on memory box designs over the next few weeks and hope to be able to make them available in the near future.
I love how the Universe works and I'm eternally grateful for all of the families I know who are still shining beacons of hope and light, even after enduring the unimaginable pain of child loss.
Thank you for inspiring me daily.