Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Thank You For the Bears!

This week we took down our Christmas tree and I packed up the "Joshua Bears" that were donated for this year. But before I sent them to their new home at Be Not Afraid Ministries, I gathered a large bunch for a group photo. Thank you so much for sending them all: it was a joy to have them. I admit that I am not mailing off one sweet little bear sent all the way from England: he has a "2006" embroidered on one foot, the year that Joshua died. I decided to adopt him for my very own, but the others are going to a ministry that helps parents who have received "bad news" about their unborn baby through prenatal testing. As director Monica Rafie writes, "Not all of these moms have fatal diagnoses -- there is, happily, the chance that the bear will be more than a momento! But, of course, some moms will lose their babies and they will cherish the bears - forever and fervently." Each bear I am mailing is going with a tag reading, "Donated in memory of Joshua Michael." Again, thanks so much for helping Joshua do a little more good on this earth. If you're interested in making an additional donations to Be Not Afraid or for more information, visit


Jim said...

This has brought a tear to my eye. Guess I am an old softie. Stumbled across your site from an article on sacramentals that you wrote. You are an inspiration and I wish you and your family all the blessings - especially to Polly!

Kristyn said...

I love your army of bears... blessing you, blessing others.
Happy New Year!

Mary Poppins NOT said...

Ditto with the tear. *sigh*

Many blessings to you and yours!

Judy said...

A beautiful, inspiring and life-giving response to the loss of your precious son.