” …a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. They are the real heroes, and so are the families and friends who have stood by them. ” Christopher Reeve
On Sunday I was blessed to spend time with a roomful of heroes–local military families of NICU babies. Their stories touched my heart and their faith, my soul. As a military spouse, I understand many of the challenges associated with service life. And as a new mother, I’ve experienced the joys and pains of parenting. But my children have never been hospitalized in the NICU. Their fingers have never been so tiny–or lives so fragile. And, I can’t begin fathom what the road these parents have traveled has been like.
It was an honor to listen to their stories of joy of sorrow and hope, and to witness their faithfulness and courage. We were brought together by an organization that offered support and encouragement by hosting the baby shower these families never had because their babies were born too sick or too soon. And, I left hopeful that I will be able to continue to serve many of these families in the upcoming months.
Operation Shower is a non-profit organization that recognizes and honors the sacrifices military families make by producing unit-wide baby showers and “showers in a box” for pregnant or expecting military families in a deployment or high stress situation. This weekend they partnered with the March of Dimes to shower families at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth with love and baby gifts.
The day was meticulously and lovingly planned–perfectly decorated, deliciously catered, generously sponsored and heartwarmingly programmed. Actress Wendy Davis, who plays the role of Lt. Colonel Joan Burton on the Lifetime Television show “Army Wives” emceed the event.
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