Give. Share. Smiles.

Bailey’s 6th birthday is November 19th. I’d love to see how many Poowoe pillows we could purchase in honor of her birthday to share her smile with kids who are in need of a few smiles of their own.

Bailey and her beautiful, infectious smile have continued to live through The Pink Poodle Pillow Project because of the generous donations of our supporters. Over one thousand kids and their families have been impacted by this project, and we’d love to see that number grow even more.

Will you help us by honoring Bailey’s birthday with a donation to help support The Pink Poodle Pillow Project?

Give. Share. Smiles.

Thank you!

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Three

Three. The next birthday Bailey was supposed to have. The birthday she didn’t see here with us. Three. Three years. She has officially been gone for three years, longer than she was with us.

A lot happens over that amount of time. Time hasn’t stood still, but to me I feel like it was still yesterday. Every memory of that day is still so vivid. Most importantly though, every memory of her is still so vivid, and for THAT I am thankful. I know that she continues to live with us and I love all of my daily reminders of her. I love that her baby brother is so not like her and so much like her all at the same time. I love when he looks at me in a way that is so much like her. I love when he talks to her pictures and videos. I can’t wait for us all to be reunited one day in Heaven.

Three years of grieving takes a toll. Especially when you feel like you still have to take one step, one day at a time to keep it all together. Meeting new people is always so hard because I hate when I struggle with sharing our story. I hate being THAT person. The mom who had a child that died. The mom who may be a little more over protective than others. The mom who jumps out of her skin at every jump and leap and crash of her toddler son. The mom who cries at any crazy moment. The mom who often has to pretend that everything is really ok, when it’s not.

I’m thankful for the people who do completely understand. Friends and family who know Bailey have been so supportive and I know they struggle also. Even people who didn’t know her specifically, but know of her and know our story, are always so wonderful. I’m thankful that she is not easily forgotten!

I’ve befriended so many other grieving moms through our project, and it helps when you can relate to people who truly do “get it” when you just feel like sometimes no one else does.

I’ve often said that I wish our story was just stamped onto my forehead to save myself from the moments where I just don’t have the strength to share our story. It has made me appreciate that everyone has a story, and often that explains so much about them.

God has continued to provide the strength I’ve needed each and every day, and I’m thankful for having faith in Him and seeing His promises in action in my life and in the lives of people we come in contact with through our project.

I feel like I have so many stories to tell as a result of our story and our project, but I struggle with the right words to express them. I guess that’s an area I need to continue to pray about because I know that those stories could benefit so many people who may be walking a similar path.

Thank you for being supporters of The PPPP. We couldn’t do it without the generosity of so many people. I’m still amazed at how many people have “liked” our fb page. It reminds me of how many smiles Bailey has shared with others, and that makes me smile.

Please remember her on September 24th, her third Heavenly Anniversary. It’s hard to believe that she is already almost 6 years old also.

You can find Bailey’s list of “favorites” on our posts from her year one and year two anniversaries. Choose one, two or THREE of her favorites to join us in celebrating her life. Have fun, smile, and do it Bailey style!

We love and miss you so much sweet Bailey Catherine!
Love,
Momma, Daddy & Baby b

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Two Years

This week marks the 2nd anniversary of us losing our beautiful Bailey Catherine. Two years have gone by, yet it still feels as though it was just yesterday. It’s amazing to me really, that she has been gone for that long. The past few days have been a struggle for me. Not a day goes by that we don’t miss her or think about her, but I’ve noticed I’ve been more anxious about the actual day of her death. Not even really the date (24th), but the day of the week, Saturday, and all of the things associated with that day. I know that some of you will understand that, others won’t, and that’s ok too. I have to just keep turning my thoughts over to God, in prayer, and know that He will guide me through again and again!

Bailey Catherine, so much has happened over the past year. You are a big sister, and you would just LOVE your baby brother! He makes everyone laugh and smile, just like you! You have reached so many other children through The Pink Poodle Pillow Project and have brought so many smiles to their faces. I know your smile has been shining through every pillow that has been given away and shipped to all of the kids. I can just hear you saying, “Momma, look at all of those Poowoes!”
We miss you so much and can’t wait for the day we will see you again. Thank you for all of the reminders that you are still with us. Not a day has passed that I haven’t felt your presence, and I am so thankful for that! We wish you were here with us, but I know you are happy, healthy, and smiling. Your friends and cousins are all growing so quickly, and I love seeing them and imagining you right there beside them. Doodie dog misses you and I know you would love Sunny, our new dog. I could hear you saying, “funny Sunny” and “she likes me” as she would cover you in slobber!
You are loved and missed by so many people who will never forget you, your beauty, gentleness, kindness, friendliness, and silly, sweet, funny personality. Keep singing and dancing, little girlie! You are and always will be my sunshine!
Love, Momma

Again this year, I want to celebrate Bailey’s LIFE, so I am reposting our list from last year of Bailey’s favorites in hope that you will join us in celebrating her by picking one or two to enjoy either on Saturday or on the 24th. Remember, enjoy every single moment to the fullest no matter how tiny or how silly the event is! That’s what Bailey would do!

1. Eat macaroni and cheese
2. Drink a cup of milk
3. Sing (with a pretend microphone, of course!)
4. Dance
5. Make a “cheese” face
6. Wear “flop” flops (flip flops)
7. Wear “skinny pajamas”
8. Wear make-up
9. Pile on multiple necklaces
10. Stop at 7/11 for an icee
11. Read Pinkalicious, the last book Bailey read with her daddy before her nap
12. Read any Curious George book, her favorite
13. Play in the sprinkler
14. Water your plants or garden
15. Go to a garage sale
16. Hide trinkets in your purse
17. Eat fruit snacks
18. Wear boots, especially galoshes
19. Ride a scooter or tricycle
20. Take a bubble bath
21. Cook
22. Play with a fire truck
23. Play with your dog
24. Throw a ball
25. Watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Dora or Yo Gabba Gabba
26. Fly a kite
27. Slide
28. Eat cheese
29. Win a toy from the crane machine at Wal-Mart
30. Eat goldfish
31. Swim in the bathtub
32. Eat a banana
33. Eat Cheese-its
34. Cover your arms in stickers (lots of ’em!)
35. Play a game on your iPhone
36. Call someone
37. Follow directions and rules
38. Smile and laugh
39. Eat spaghetti
40. Eat at Chick-fil-a
41. Visit a goat and a donkey
42. Go to Costco
43. Blow bubbles
44. Draw on the driveway with chalk
45. Snuggle up
46. Wear pink
47. Fly a balloon
48. Buy something for $2.00
49. Eat a little cutie (orange)
50. Drink Capri Sun
51. Be kind to someone
52. Play with rocks
53. Wear a big t-shirt to sleep
54. Paint your toenails
55. Eat chocolate pudding
56. Pretend you are a cat
57. Sleep with a flashlight
58. Make bread pudding
59. Eat banana walnut bread from Starbucks
60. Finger paint
61. Color
62. Tell everyone you are five years old
63. Flash “hook ’em, Horns” with both hands
64. Yell, “Hotty Toddy”, “Geaux Tigers” and “Chomp, Chomp” when football is on tv
65. Wear sunglasses
66. Go to the beach and play in the sand
67. Wear a cape

Feel free to leave a comment of any other favorites that remind you of Bailey, and we will add to our list.

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers as well as the support you have shown of The Pink Poodle Pillow Project over the past two years. We couldn’t do it without you!

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Poowoe Postings

So much has been going on lately with work, Baby B and The Pink Poodle Pillow Project, that I realized I hadn’t made a blog post lately. Facebook is so much easier to update with one hand on my phone while snuggling our tiny little guy! Where would we be without the luxury of technology?

Our last delivery was in December at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. Thank you to the friends who were able to help with the organization of those pillows, and a HUGE thank you to Stacey and Grayson for being our delivery elves that day!

Our newest shipment of pillows will arrive this week, and we will deliver them next week to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. This will be this year’s Poowoe Gras since my sis and her family will be spending Mardi Gras with Baby B and me instead of us venturing down to Louisiana! Poowoe Gras will be a little smaller this year (I loved the turnout last year at OLOL!), but will be just as full of love and hope and smiles!

We won’t have Poowoe Gras t-shirts, but we decided to do a regular PPPP logo t. Be on the lookout for details on those. It will be very soon, and we will be able to ship them this year. I don’t know about you, but my last year’s shirt is WORN OUT! 😉

It has made our hearts so happy to ship out all of the requests we’ve received over the past month. We have a “waiting list” and I can’t wait to send those out on Saturday! I’m also glad we have our next big deliveries planned as well. I will be heading down to Baton Rouge during our Spring Break and plan to do a delivery to OLOL during that time. My brother-in-law is working on having his preteen group help us. I love seeing the excitement kids have when working on this project.

I’m so thankful for the MANY blessings God has provided for The Pink Poodle Pillow Project. My prayer is that others will hold on to the HOPE and faith that we have in Him. There have been times when details of The Project just didn’t seem to be going the way I wanted, but when I look back, I know that it all worked out exactly as it should. I thank God for that!

A special thank you to Vivien Jordan for designing our logos for our project;
Allison Andrews for designing our pillow cards and our new business cards;
Molly Pennington and family (you too, Glynis!) for printing our t-shirts; Angel Dear, specifically Kim, for being a supporter of The PPPP and for quite possibly finding some long lost poodles for us!

Also thank you to my family and friends for supporting this project and for being patient with me through it all! Every day is a journey, and I pray that we will live each day to the fullest and that our lights will continue to shine through it all. Oh, how Bailey Catherine would love it!! Roar, Bailey Cat, roar!

Thank you, to YOU, for taking the time to read my posts, and for supporting our project in honor of our sweet girl.
Please remember to pray for the families that our project reaches. Each pillow that we donate represents one child in need of a smile and a prayer.

Shanda 🙂

Isaiah 40:31

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Inspiration

So, it is 4:25 am and I am moved to tears because I just checked my Facebook messages after feeding baby B and saw that a mom responded to a message I had sent to her about sending her daughter a Poowoe. I had “liked” her Facebook page after seeing friends had liked it, and at the time didn’t really think about the impact Facebook has. This morning, after then going to check our Pink Poodle Pillow Project Facebook page notifications, I noticed 22 new people had liked our page and we were only 3 away from having 500 “likes”. Two of those people “liked” a few of my older posts and photos, and they brought back such sweet memories for me. God knows exactly what we need at any given time. Thanks to Him and to MEM’s mom for sending a little encouragement my way…That brings me to my thoughts about inspiration…

Over the past few months (ever since the summer) I have been a little less enthusiastic about the project. I didn’t quite have the same fire as I did in the beginning. I noticed that fewer people were responding to helping with the project, and I was feeling a little deflated about it. Looking back, I know that a huge part of my problem was just being pregnant as well as dealing with a complication of my pregnancy.
While at home with our baby B for the past fee weeks and during my late night Facebook surfing sessions much like tonight, I came across three other pages and people that have helped to inspire me. Over the past few weeks I noticed how their posts and their impact and amount of people they have reached continues to grow and grow, and I have been just amazed by that. I’ll let their stories speak for themselves, and hopefully you will feel the same inspiration.

What I’ve always liked about our project is that it has continued to flourish little by little because of that first drop, and I get so excited when I find out how the number of views or “likes” has increased, or when I am contacted by someone who has been impacted by our project, or I see a picture of a recipient with their Poowoe. We may not have the highest numbers, but I KNOW we are making an impact. Bailey is making an impact! Thank you, God!

Here are the four pages that have inspired me to keep going and have given me encouragement:

MEM’s Journey
Peach’s Neat Feet
Prayers for Emma
Eileen’s True Hope Project

They, along with tonight’s recent activity on our page, have reminded me how one little drop can create a huge wave of inspiration. One little pillow can create smile after smile. One little girl can continue to shine her light so brightly.
We love you, Bailey Catherine! Roar, Bailey Cat, roar!

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 9,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 16 years to get that many views.

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Birthdays

Today is Bailey’s 4th birthday. The last birthday we were able to celebrate with her was her 2nd, and it’s really hard to believe that here we are already at her fourth. I feel like I can imagine her at four, how tall she would be, how long her hair would be, what she would talk about from school, the new friends she would have…I am saddened that as the years go on, it will be harder to imagine what she would be like because it will be farther away from the age she was when she died. We miss her terribly, and I often wish we could just wake up and she would be here. I can still hear her little feet coming down the hallway to our bedroom to crawl into our bed. I can still hear her voice and the way she would say “milk”. Thankfully Bo and I are able to use her key phrases on a daily basis, and I think that almost makes us feel like she is here with us. It’s difficult to say Happy Birthday, Bailey, because she isn’t here with us, although I do hope and know she is having a happy birthday. Happy Birthday, sweet girl, I hope you are surrounded by thousands of balloons!!

I’ve had big plans over the past few months for the PPPP, but we’ve had our very own special delivery in our lives that has become our priority. Our son was born a little early on October 29th, and we have been enjoying every minute of the joy that he has brought to our lives! I am so thankful for him.

Once the cold and flu season tapers off, and we adjust to life with our little bundle, we will be back in the Poowoe delivery business! We have 12 boxes on hand and waiting to go, so if you have any special requests, please feel free to message me, as those smaller deliveries are easier to manage right now. We love special requests, and we especially love hearing of the progress of the children who have received a Poowoe.

Thanks for your prayers and continued support,
Shanda 🙂

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