April 24, 2010

Walking for Preemies

We walked in the Tampa March of Dimes walk today!  I was great to get outside on a beautiful morning and walk for an even better cause!  My Green Beans continue to be my inspiration to do good things and to make a difference.  I’m sure they are pleased to be watching down on us helping preemies have a better chance at life.  The hope is that all preemies will be born healthy one day.

I designed the shirts we wore for the walk and had them printed on bright green shirts.  They say GreenFamily.net on the front and this on the back:

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My parents, Josh, and I walked with a big group of neighbors.  One of our neighbors, Jack, is my boot camp instructor, and he just so happens to have 9 year old quintuplets!  They were born at 27 weeks and spent months in the NICU, but luckily, they are all happy and healthy kids today! 

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The 3 mile walk up and down Bayshore Blvd. flew by and was tons of fun!  Our walk lined the bay, so the view was beautiful!  The walk also took us right by Tampa General Hospital where I laid just a little over a year ago with my babies.  It was just another reminder of why we are doing this.

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A big thanks to my parents who walked with us on our first ever Team Green Bean walk!   I’m already looking forward to next year’s walk!  I hope to have more people participate next year.

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10 comments:

  1. What an awesome turn out by your neighbors and family in memory of the green beans...and it looks like a beautiful day! Hoping our walk is full of sunshine on May 15th here in California.

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  2. You look great! Next year Im hoping to do this together!

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  3. LOVE the shirts! I wish we could have walked with you. If only they were on different days. The Beans were represented at our walk though! Fight Club fights for The Beans and all babies born too soon! Hugs!

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  4. Fantastic! You all look amazing :)

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  5. So sweet, and Im so proud of you xxx

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  6. so proud of you!! i know you made your babies proud! and i LOVE all the bracelets on your arm....so chic!

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  7. Hello my Sweet, Adorable, Friend!

    Look at these pictures....look how many people LOVE you and "honor" The Green Beans. It brings me to tears.

    YOU ARE LOVED :)

    Kudo's to you for continuing to give of yourself in order to help others. Selfless giving is a beautiful thing :) And, I love that your parents are so supporive...

    Here's to "Fight Club"

    xoxo
    Andrea

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  8. I like your shirts!! I'm glad you had such a wonderful walk!

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  9. You are an inspiration to so many Moms, ones that have lost babies and even the ones that haven't. It's amazing how you have turned your grief into something positive. I am so proud of you Lauren!

    PS- Love the shirts!

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    Over the past three years it has been flipped upside down. I am 31 years old, and married to my hubby of three years, Josh. We have 4 beautiful angel babies, who are fondly known as our “Green Beans”. The first of my quads, Heidi, held on as long as she could and was born on January 31, 2009 after pPROMing at 17 weeks. A few weeks later, I pPROM’d with my sweet Lily. Lily, Paige, and Rylan were all born at 22 weeks on February 23, 2009. Just after being released from the hospital empty handed, I returned with a high fever and infection. Two of the nights I spent in the hospital that week, I honestly thought I was going to die. It was the sickest and most hopeless I’ve ever been. I’m pretty sure my diagnosis was a broken heart.

    Our journey to becoming parents has had its share of happiness and heartbreaks. I got through every day by staying close to Josh, friends and family, blogging, and relying on God that my future will be bright. All the love and support I’ve gotten has greatly helped me manage……I am alive and well, and want to be my absolute best as a result of this.

    On May 1st 2011, we welcomed our sweet baby girl, Taylor, into this world. She is our miracle baby and brings so much joy and happiness in our lives. She is such a gift from God.

    I have come out of all of this with a better appreciation of life. I hope to make the best of this situation by helping others who will experience a similar loss.





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