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Remembering Baby Afton Jean {my Christmas Wish}

There are a few moments in life that make you want to pull your sleeping kiddos out of bed and squeeze them as tight as you can ~ for as long as they’ll let you. Recently I had a moment like that.  It happened when I got the call that my friend Kami’s precious baby had died….

Kami is a fellow crafter, blogger, and a sweet friend of mine.  You might recognize Kami as she has guest posted many times on Tip Junkie, and we’ve been roomies at several blogging conferences.  Kami is a in-real-life friend, and her loss feels like my loss.  My heart breaks for her and her family.

Kami spent nearly a month in the hospital on bed rest before baby Afton was born at 26 weeks gestation, weighing in at less than a pound.  Baby Afton spent a week in the N.I.C.U. before passing away.  As you can imagine, their medical expenses are massive and their hearts must be broken.

Kami has written about baby Afton on her blog and her memories are beautiful and heart wrenching and tear jerking and optimistic.

Her words had the power to emotionally move me and compelled me to take those needed moments to love up my children.  It’s times like these; that as your heart is bleeding for someone else, you take the time to recognize your own blessings and things that you may take for granted.  It is my wish this holiday season that all the hurting hearts will be comforted, and that all their physical and monetary needs will be met.  {We can all do our part to help!}

You can read all about baby Afton Jean over on Kami’s blog, No Biggie.  It’s important to me that you hear baby Afton’s story in Kami’s words.  {grab tissues}

If you are looking for a family to help this Christmas season, a PayPal fund has been created to help the Biglers, and donating is easy.  Simply click here or on the button to donate.

The Christmas season is a time of love, charity, generosity, and a celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savoir, Jesus Christ.  Therefore, if you are looking for a family to serve as a “Secret Santa” or want to help a grieving family who’s loss is greater than riches…  feel free to click here or the click the button above and donate to the Afton Jean Bigler fund.

Huge hugs to any who can help!



  1. Sarah

    My heart breaks for this family. Sadly my own family knows what they are going through at this very time. My sister delivered her 3rd daughter on Friday, stillborn at 21 weeks. Much love to the family!

  2. Laurie

    Oh Sarah! I’m so sorry to hear that your sister had to endure the same heart ache. My sister died when she was 6 weeks old, and my mother still tears up to this day. It’s such a tremendous loss. {hugs}

    Laurie {Tip Junkie}

  3. SusanB

    My heart goes out to the family. Dec. 13 was the anniversary of the passing of our second child (god rest her soul). The only thing that gets me thru it each year is: we had also just lost my grandfather (first family member my first child remembered losing) and he said dont worry mommy god must have taken her to keep grandpa company cuz he must be awfully lonely up there without any family!
    My prayers are with the Biglers. Being unemployed, thats the best I can do.

  4. Missy

    Oh Laurie, my heart just breaks for this precious family…..I just cannot imagine the loss they must be feeling right now. You know, I had plans to clean the house for Christmas today, but after reading this, I’ve decided to stay in my son’s room all day today and just play…and cherish the moment. Heading over to Kami’s blog to read the story in her words…..God bless her heart. 🙁

  5. amy

    You are a wonderful friend. You all our in my prayers..and I hope all your Christmas Wishes come true. Merry Christmas.

  6. Alanna

    Nearly 2 years ago my niece passed when she was 6 days old. It’s heartbreaking and it definitely makes me want to go back to bed and snuggle with my girls. The family is in my prayers.

  7. becky f

    thank you for sharing. Each heart break after a death of a child is SO hard. Here is poem I found comforting (not the year I received it because I was too heartbroken still but in the years past):
    Tis Christmas in Heaven what a beautiful sight!
    I want you to know everything is all right.
    The crib is adorned with the brilliance of the star;
    Wisemen have come from near and far.
    I’ve met all our dear ones who preceded us here;
    the reunion was lovely, an event full of cheer.
    Tonight we’ll all gather , in reverence we’ll kneel,
    Fr the babe in the cradle up in heaven is real!
    I think of my family that I’ve left behind,
    And I pray that your Christmas is as blessed as mine.
    Please shed no more tears for my soul is at rest,
    Just love one another and live life to it’s best.
    Yes, it’s Christmas in heaven, so I’ve heard them say.
    Yet Christmas in heaven happens every day!

  8. Skylar

    We lost one of twins a year ago this month, the pain doesn’t go away but with supportive friends and family it does get better. With our girls we amassed a NICU bill that was twice as much as our house. That was with a really good insurance. It’s wonderful what you are doing to help this family !

  9. brooke

    tHere is another great way to help her out , there is a ton of great stuff for sale , I have some things listed on there already sold a few I’m so happy to help ! http://aftonjeancharity.bigcartel.com/product/lucky-penny-keychain

    Lucky penny keychain — Afton Jean Charity
    This item was donated by Brooke at Get outta my head : http://www.getouttamyheadplease.com/ $10 value Keep a little luck in your life with these…

    Laurie is there a code for that button so I can add it to my sidebar?

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