A Year in Review ~ 2013

Kyleigh’s Gift Highlights from 2013 …

January – We welcomed in the New Year by watching the 2013 Rose Bowl Parade and anxiously waited for the Donate Life Float to pass by so we could get a glimpse at the roses that were donated in memory of Kyleigh and her gift of life …

2013 Donate Life Float ~ The roses that were donated in honor or memory of loved ones are located in the heart at the back of the float.

2013 Donate Life Float ~ The roses that were donated in honor or memory of loved ones are located in the heart at the back of the float.

February – Repost of 5 Things We Love About You

March – Kyleigh’s Easter basket was filled with socks for Blair’s Foster Socks

Kyleigh's Easter basket ~ March 31, 2013

Kyleigh’s Easter basket ~ March 31, 2013

April – Two special events happened during the month of April, both celebrating Kyleigh. The first event was her 1st birthday celebration. We gathered with family and friends to remember and celebrate our baby girl a few days after her first birthday in heaven. Lunch, laughter, cake and tears was enjoyed by all. We also took this time to dedicate the memorial stone that holds Kyleigh’s name at a local park. Following the dedication, we released butterflies. It was a beautiful day for a beautiful girl!

The second event during the month of April was our participation in the March for Babies in memory of Kyleigh. We had over 20 family members and friends join us to walk for the March of Dimes.

We walk for Kyleigh ~ Kyleigh's Gift Team 2013

We walk for Kyleigh ~ Kyleigh’s Gift Team 2013

May

Memorial Day flowers

Memorial Day flowers

June – When Kyleigh passed away, our neighbors blanketed our yard with Easter Lilies. A friend planted the lilies at the front of our house and told us that they would bloom again, probably sometime in June. Sure enough, all of them grew and grew and finally fully bloomed at the end of June. They were beautiful!

easter lilies_1

easter lilies_2

July – Lanterns in memory of Kyleigh were released on the 4th of July. This is the second year that our friends have done this for Kyleigh and a tradition that we hope continues through the years.

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2013_07_04lantern3

August – Repost Even the Smallest of Hearts

September – Repost Flowers for My Sister

October – October 15th is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. It is on this day that the pregnancy/infant loss community asks others to light a candle in memory of babies who have left us too soon. Many people took pictures of the candles they lit in memory of not only Kyleigh, but their own beloved babies. A photo gallery of the candles can be viewed here: October 15, 2013 ~ Candles

November – We met with the Liberty Hospital Foundation in the spring and began working on the Kyleigh’s Gift sleep sack project. In November, we were presented with the sample HALO sleep sack, which will be given to every newborn at the Liberty Hospital Birthing Center. We are very excited about this project and how it is being used to not only bring awareness to safe sleeping habits for babies, but also to keep Kyleigh’s memory alive and bring awareness to pregnancy & infant loss.

Kyleigh's Gift sleep sack

Kyleigh’s Gift sleep sack

December – The Kyleigh’s Gift Fund made the Liberty Hospital Foundation Top 10 Moments of 2013! Check out #5 …

Top Ten 2013

We can’t wait to see what 2014 brings for Kyleigh’s Gift!

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One thought on “A Year in Review ~ 2013

  1. SO beautiful! Proud to say that I knew and loved Blair and that my Noah was honored with a floragraph in the 2014 Rose Parade. I think of you often and wish you all the best!

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