Monday, June 24, 2013

Prayer Flag Project, August 19

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August 19 is the annual International Day of Hope. I will participate in the prayer flag project for the first time this year. I'm glad there is plenty of time because, right now, all I know is that I want a bunny on there somewhere. I guess that's a start! If you think you might like to participate, here is some information:

Day of Hope is a day that is held internationally each year since 2008. It was created to help break the silence surrounding the death of babies and children. It is a day that brings healing to our community as we unite together to speak openly about the babies and children who are no longer here. Part of this very special day is The August 19th - Day of Hope Prayer Flag Project which is a profoundly moving, poignant and peaceful way to break the silence surrounding the death of babies and children. It is also an incredibly touching way to honor their lives. 

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This year, Day of Hope will include those who have experienced infertility. I have a dear friend struggling with infertility and my heart has broken for her over and over again while she has ridden the roller coaster of fertility treatment. Grief is often strongest because of the loss of expectations... infertility is certainly that. It's the death of dreams. Perhaps she will participate with me.

I think I want to decorate the just-developing memory garden and display my prayer flag there. Lindsay and Kyle put up some string lights at their house and I like the look so maybe I can pick up some lights to put on the fence in that corner of the yard. And the cute bunny garden ornament I saw at a local plant nursery. Autumn will probably enjoy doing this with me! We could even make a couple of stones to represent God's movement in our lives, like birthdays and the adoption fundraiser total from last year.

As I typed, it dawned on me that I should put a pinwheel on the flag. Does anyone craftier than me have any ideas on how to do that? 

Last, but not least, here's a video that they made for last year's Day of Hope:

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