Wednesday, July 13, 2011



During our stay at the NICU with Ella we received so many loving emails, phone calls, notes and CaringBridge messages.  We started our CaringBridge to help keep all of our friends and family up to date on the daily and sometimes hourly changes that were happening to our little girl in the NICU.  It is a wonderful organization that helped us tell Ella's story while having others give us hope through their messages. 

Now even two years later, I go back to her CaringBridge site and re-read our experience and our story.  Not to mention the many encouraging words, notes of prayers and well wishes.  It still can bring tears to my eyes remembering where we were and how far we have come with Ella's Halo.  Ella's CaringBridge site is sort of like our baby book.  It is where we documented everything in our baby girl's short life and is such a special reminder of our time together as a family.

CaringBridge offers a free website service to help people connect with others during a health situation. It was started back in 1997 by a woman whose friend had a premature baby in the NICU and after 9 days in the hospital passed away.

CaringBridge has helped so many of our friends share their own personal stories about a loved one, about other preemies in the NICU, or about facing their own battles of cancer or other health issues.  I find myself coming back to CaringBridge to check in on so many people, even sometimes people I don't know, just to read their inspiring stories of strength and bravery. 

We are so honored to have a link to CaringBridge on our website under our Ella's Friends!  But we are so thankful that CaringBridge has Ella's Halo as one of their Nonprofit Alliances.  What a beautiful partnership between two organizations wanting to help others and that were both started in memory of two sweet preemie girls.

Thank you CaringBridge for letting us tell our stories and for giving us a place to encourage others along their journeys too.


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