Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I'm going to be busy..... Juanito's Wish is coming around

Everyone knows that I am a 3rd grade school teacher at a local elementary here in Utah. We are a really close knit group and we are even good friends with regular substitutes. I was approached by one of our regular subs a couple of weeks ago and asked if I needed help with Juanito's Wish. I of course said yes without thinking twice. I had no idea what that yes was going to amount to. I assumed she was volunteering her services. Come to find out she is a stake camp director for girls camp this year and they need a humanitarian project that can be done in about 15-30 minutes. We are talking about 100's of girls. To fill you in, girl's camp is run by the LDS church. Girls from the ages 12-17 camp for about 3 days and learn basic survival skills and become closer to the Lord.
So back to the project.... I am in the process of compiling scripture verses, quotes and poems to put into a hope book. I am planning on putting these books in the memory boxes I make and donate.
I will have to have everything copied, cut, and ready for the girls to assemble. Each girl will make one book. Granted I do have a few months before this happens, but I am really nervous. I have never taken on a project this big by myself. I am so excited and blessed. The Lord knew I needed help, but I didn't realize it would be to this magnitude. I will have 100's of these books ready to donate to grieving families. Who know maybe Juanito's Wish is going to become a lot bigger than I ever expected.
So again I am asking for help in sending comforting words for families. I have a pretty good selection of bible verses, but I could always use more and I also need quotes and poems. Send them my way friends. The Lord knows I need all that I can get right now!!!


  1. how amazingly wonderful!!!!!!! this was the very thing that ministered to my heart so deeply when the first baby went home and each time that another one of my babies goes home, i pull out the same box and read through the same sweet notes and poems!!!!

    it's in a box packed up to move but i'll make a mental note and at some point i'll answer your question about my dreams and then send you the best ones from my box!

    xoxoxoxo what a gift you are giving! blessings to you michelle

  2. wow - you are doing such a beautiful thing, and I'm so glad you are getting so much help!

    Other than what I sent you I don't think I have anything, but I will keep my eyes and ears open for more.

  3. That is an amazing project to take on. I will look for more poems for you. I am very proud of you!

  4. That is really awesome that the girls will help put these books together! What a big help that will be!!!

    A Birth Healing Blessing

    Blessed sister, beautiful one
    with broken wings.
    Your journey is a difficult one
    that no mother should have to endure.
    Your path is steep, rocky and slippery
    and your tender heart is in need of gentle healing.

    Breathe deeply and know that you are loved.
    You are not alone,
    though at times, you will feel like a
    desolate island of grief
    Close your eyes.
    Seek the wisdom of women who have walked this well-worn path before you,
    and before,
    and before you yourself were born.
    These beautiful ones
    with eyes like yours
    have shared your pain, and
    weathered the storms of loss.

    You are not alone (breathe in)
    You will go on (breathe out)
    Your wings will mend (breathe in)
    You are loved (breathe out)
~ Mary Burgess
    Author, Mending Invisible Wings, a healing journal for mothers following the loss of their baby through late-term miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal death.

  5. "An angel in the book of life wrote down my baby's birth.
    Then whispered as she closed the book "too beautiful for earth".
    ~author unknown

    As Long As I Live You Will Live
    As Long As I Live You Will Be Remembered
    As Long As I Live You Will Be Loved...Author unknown

    "If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again."

  6. How very softly
    you tiptoed into my world.
    Almost silently;
    Only a moment you stayed.
    But what an imprint
    Your footprints have left
    On our hearts.
    --Author Unknown

    "To Remember Is Painful
    To Forget Is Impossible."
    ~Maureen Connelly

    "Now I lay you down to sleep,
    I pray the Lord your soul to keep;
    Within his arms he'll hold you tight,
    My Heavenly Angel, My Guiding Light."

    "There is no foot so small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world"

  7. "The mention of my child's name may bring tears to my eyes, but it never fails to bring music to my ears. If you are really my friend, let me hear the beautiful music of his name. It soothes my broken heart and sings to my soul."

    "An Angel in the book of life wrote down our babies birth, and whispered as she close the book....."Too beautiful for earth."

    "Some say you are too painful to remember, I say you are too PRECIOUS to forget!"

    Little footprints
    How very softly you tiptoed into our world, almost silently, only a moment you stayed. But what an imprint you footsteps have left upon our hearts. -- Dorothy Ferguson

    "Our hearts still ache with sadness, And Secret tears still flow, Was it meant to lose you, No one can ever know." author unknown

    A moment in our arms...a lifetime in our hearts.

    "A family is a circle of love, not broken by a loss, but made stronger by the memories. We remember."

    The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched, but are felt in the heart. *Helen Keller*

    Your Name
    © Shelby Ann Arthur
    i put your name in the sand.
    but the waves washed it away.
    i put your name on my hand.
    but i washed it away the next day.
    i put your name on paper.
    but i accidentally threw it away.
    i put your name in my heart and forever it will stay

  8. we do not remember days, we remember moments.`

    Sometimes love is for a moment.
    Sometimes love is for a lifetime.
    Sometimes a moment is a lifetime.

    "What we have once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us." Helen Keller

    “We have suffered, but we have survived;
    We are hurting, but we are enduring.” -Ben Van Vechten

    "They gave so much to be so little, but Angels always do..."

    "Dear Lord, I would have loved to have held my babies on my lap and tell them about you, but since I didn't get the chance, would you please hold them on your lap and tell them about me?"

    "Loved with a love beyond telling,
    Missed with a grief beyond all tears."

    "A Life may last for just a moment....
    but memory can make that moment last forever..."

    "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
    but by the moments that take our breath away. "

    "Gone yet not forgetten,
    although we are apart,
    your spirit lives within me,
    forever in my heart."















    In perfect peace

    What the heart has once owned and had, It shall never lose......

    A family is a circle of love, not broken by a loss, but made stronger by the memories.

    The one who put gentle footprints on our hearts leaves a story worth telling

    God has given us memories, that we might have roses in December

    Each new life... No matter how fragile or brief... Forever changes the world.

  9. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted Matthew 5:4

    So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost Matthew 18:14

    For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:13 are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you Isaiah 43:4

    Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. 1 Corinthians 13:7-8

    I am going to send an angel in front of you, to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared.
    Exodus 23:20

    Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs. Matthew 19:14

    He will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more. Revelation 21:4

    A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall asee• me, because I go to the Father. John 16:16

  10. She was planted on earth to bloom in Heaven

    - by Unknown Author

    The Child is the father of the Man.

    by William Wordsworth

    The death of a baby is like a stone cast into the stillness of a quiet pool;

    the concentric ripples of despair sweep out in all directions,

    affecting many, many people.

    --by De Frain

    We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us.

    by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Children reinvent your world for you.

    by Susan Sarandon

    My hope for my children must be that they respond to the still, small voice of God in their own hearts.

    by Andrew Young

    Children are God's Apostles, sent forth, day by day, to preach of love, and hope, and peace.

    by James Russell Lowell

    My life before children I don't really remember. I've heard references to it, but I really don't remember.

    By John Malkovich

  11. Let your children be as so many flowers, borrowed from God. If the flowers die or wither, thank God for a summer loan of them.

    By Samuel Rutherford

    Sweet Child

    by Unknown Author

    God made a sweet child

    a child who never grew old

    He made a smile of sunshine

    He molded a heart of pure gold.

    He made that child as close to an angel

    as anyone ever could be

    God made a Sweet Child

    and He gave that dear child to me

    Then God saw His wonderful creation

    growing very tired and weak

    so He wrapped the child in His loving arms

    and said, "You my child I keep"

    But now my Sweet Child is an angel

    Free from hurt and pain

    I'll love you forever, until we meet again

    So many times I have missed you

    So many times I have cried

    If all my love could have saved you

    Sweet Child you never would have died.

    Young Life Cut Short

    By Unknown Author

    Do not judge a song by its duration

    Nor by the number of its notes

    Judge it by the richness of its contents

    Sometimes those unfinished are among the most poignant…

    Do not judge a song by its duration

    Nor by the number of its notes

    Judge it by the way it touches and lifts the soul

    Sometimes those unfinished are among the most beautiful…

    And when something has enriched your life

    And when it’s melody lingers on in your heart.

    Is it unfinished?

    Or is it endless?

    A Gift for such a little while

    by Unknown Author

    A gift for such a little while,

    your loss just seems so wrong,

    you should not have left before us,

    it’s with loved ones you belong.

    No farewell words were spoken

    by Unknown Author

    No farewell words were spoken,

    no time to say goodbye, you were

    gone before we knew it, and only

    God knows why.

  12. I’ll Lend you for a little time a child of mine

    Edgar Guest

    “I’ll lend you for a little time a child of mine,” He said.

    “For you to love the while he lives and mourn when he is dead,

    “It may be six or seven years, or twenty-two or three.

    “But will you, till I call him back, take care of him for me?

    “He’ll bring his charms to gladden you, but should his stay be brief,

    “You’ll have his lovely memories, as solace for your grief,

    “I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return,

    “But there are lessons taught down there I want this child to learn.

    “I’ve looked the wide world over in my search for teachers true,

    “And from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes I have selected you.

    “Now will you give him all your love, nor think the labor vain,

    “Nor hate me when I come to call to take him back again?

    I fancied that I heard them say: Dear Lord, Thy will be done!

    “For all the joy Thy child shall bring, the risk of grief we’ll run.

    We’ll shelter him with tenderness: we’ll love him while we may,

    And for happiness we’ve known forever grateful stay.

    “But should the angels call for him much sooner than we’d planned.

    “We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.”

    The mention of my child's name

    By Kim Knapp

    The mention of my child's name

    May bring tears to my eyes,

    But it never fails to bring

    Music to my ears.

    If you are really my friend,

    Let me hear the beautiful music of her name.

    It soothes my broken heart

    And sings to my soul.

    ~~~~author unknown

    Do not tell me I am strong

    You only see my days

    Filled with details and work

    You have never shared my nights

    Long evenings empty

    Except for memories and tears

    My despair is sacrificed

    to responsibility

    You would be strong too

    If you had no other choice

    The Cord

    By Unknown Author

    We are connected,

    My child and I, by

    An invisible cord

    Not seen by the eye.

    It's not like the cord

    That connects us 'til birth

    This cord can't been seen

    By any on Earth.

    This cord does it's work

    Right from the start.

    It binds us together

    Attached to my heart.

    I know that it's there

    Though no one can see

    The invisible cord

    From my child to me.

    The strength of this cord

    Is hard to describe.

    It can't be destroyed

    It can't be denied.

    It's stronger than any cord

    Man could create

    It withstands the test

    Can hold any weight.

    And though you are gone,

    Though you're not here with me,

    The cord is still there

    But no one can see.

    It pulls at my heart

    I am bruised...I am sore,

    But this cord is my lifeline

    As never before.

    I am thankful that God

    Connects us this way

    A mother and child

    Death can't take it away!

  13. Lullaby

    by Tara Simms

    What I wouldn't give

    To have you in my arms again,

    Breathe your scent

    And snuggle close to you.

    I want to watch you sleep,

    See your chest rise and fall

    In peaceful slumber.

    Let me lay my hand

    Over your heart,

    So I can

    Feel it beating

    Beneath my touch.

    I want to be

    Lulled to sleep

    By its rhythm.


    By Unknown Author

    The sky is filled with Angels

    With puffy lacy wings

    The remnants of God's beauty

    With treasures they now bring

    Each one of them a Guardian

    That travels in the sky

    To watch throughout eternity

    Their parents from on high

    Smiles that come from Angels

    They fall like crystal rain

    Eases earthly burdens

    Lifting all life's pain

    Halos so astounding

    That glitter gold each day

    Following their loved ones

    In such a perfect way

    Wings in gentle breezes

    That fall from up above

    Kissing every parent

    With everlasting love

    Angels soar through heaven

    With everlasting light

    Looking down from heaven

    Saying their "goodnights"

    Kissing all who loved them

    So gently on the face

    This life's tender mercy

    Each parent can embrace

    Wings and shiny halos

    Travel from on high

    Surrounding all their loved ones

    They never say good-bye.

    The Child-Angel

    by Rabindranath Tagore

    They clamour and fight, they doubt and despair, they know no end

    to their wrangling.

    Let your life come amongst them like a flame of light, my

    child, unflickering and pure, and delight them into silence.

    They are cruel in their greed and their envy, their words are like

    hidden knives thirsting for blood.

    Go and stand amidst their scowling hearts, my child, and let

    your gentle eyes fall upon them like the forgiving peace of the

    evening over the strife of the day.

    Let them see your face, my child, and thus know the meaning

    of all things; let them love you and thus love each other.

    Come and take your seat in the bosom of the limitless, my

    child. At sunrise open and raise your heart like a blossoming

    flower, and at sunset bend your head and in silence complete the

    worship of the day.

    A Peek Into Heaven

    By Callie Sanders Thornton

    Just one little peek into heaven,

    Is all I'm asking for today.

    I just want to know how she's doing,

    And heaven seems so far away.

    Is she playing on the clouds with angels?

    Is she laughing and running today?

    Does she miss me?

    I guess only she knows.

    Oh why does heaven seem so far away?

    If you just let me look for a moment,

    To catch a glimpse of her sweet smiling face,

    I promise I won't try to take her,

    I know, she's in a better place.

    Just one little peek into heaven,

    Is all I'm asking for today.

    I just want to know how she's doing,

    And heaven seems so far away...

    With Time

    Callie Sanders Thornton

    "The pain will go away, with time"

    "It won't be so bad, after awhile"

    So say these friends of mine...

    But they have never lost a child....

    The pain will never go away

    Yet it softens some, with time

    My child is gone, it hurts to say

    I'll never be "just fine"

    Tho another year has come and gone

    I hold your memories in my heart

    They dance there, as if to song

    From that I know I'll never part

    As time goes by year after year

    And the pain begins to soften

    I know that it's alright to tear

    And live with my memories, more often.....

  14. When God calls our children

    By Unknown Author

    When God calls our children

    to dwell with Him above,

    We mortals sometimes question

    the wisdon of His love.

    For no heartache compares with,

    the death of one small child.

    Who does so much to make our world,

    seem so wonderful and mild.

    Perhaps God tires of calling

    the aged to His fold.

    So He picks a rosebud

    before it can grow old.

    God knows how much we need them,

    and so He takes but few.

    To make the land of heaven

    more beautiful to view.

    Believing this is difficult

    still somehow we must try.

    The saddest word mankind knows

    will always be Good-bye.

    So when a little child departs,

    we who are left behind,

    Must realize God loves children.

    Angels Are Hard To Find!!

    Little Angels

    Author Unknown

    When God calls little children to dwell with Him above,

    We mortals sometime question the wisdom of His love.

    For no heartache compares with the death of one small child

    Who does so much to make our world, seem wonderful and mild

    Perhaps God tires of calling the aged to his fold,

    So He picks a rosebud, before it can grow old.

    God knows how much we need them, and so He takes but few

    To make the land of Heaven more beautiful to view.

    Believing this is difficult still somehow we must try,

    The saddest word mankind knows will always be "Goodbye."

    So when a little child departs, we who are left behind

    Must realize God loves children, Angels are hard to find.


  15. A Mother’s Lament for her Son’s Death

    by Robert Burns

    FATE gave the word, the arrow sped,

    And pierc’d my darling’s heart;

    And with him all the joys are fled

    Life can to me impart.

    By cruel hands the sapling drops,

    In dust dishonour’d laid;

    So fell the pride of all my hopes,

    My age’s future shade.

    The mother-linnet in the brake

    Bewails her ravish’d young;

    So I, for my lost darling’s sake,

    Lament the live-day long.

    Death, oft I’ve feared thy fatal blow.

    Now, fond, I bare my breast;

    O, do thou kindly lay me low

    With him I love, at rest!

    The Child Is Father To The Man

    by Gerard Manley Hopkins

    'The child is father to the man.'

    How can he be? The words are wild.

    Suck any sense from that who can:

    'The child is father to the man.'

    No; what the poet did write ran,

    'The man is father to the child.'

    'The child is father to the man!'

    How can he be? The words are wild.

  16. Just For Today For Bereaved Parents

    By Vicki Tushingham

    Just for today I will try to live through the next 24 hours

    and not expect to get over my child's death,

    but instead learn to live with it, just one day at a time.

    Just for today I will remember my child's life, not just her death,

    and bask in the comfort of all those treasured days

    and moments we shared.

    Just for today I will forgive all the family and friends

    who didn't help or comfort me the way I needed them to.

    They truly did not know how.

    Just for today I will smile no matter how much I hurt on the inside,

    for maybe if I smile a little,

    my heart will soften and I will begin to heal.

    Just for today I will reach out to comfort a relative or friend of my child,

    for they are hurting too,

    and perhaps we can help each other.

    Just for today I will free myself from my self-inflicted burden of guilt,

    for deep in my heart I know if there was anything in this world

    I could of done to save my child from death,

    I would of done it.

    Just for today I will honor my child's memory

    by doing something with another child

    because I know that would make my own child proud.

    Just for today I will offer my hand in friendship

    to another bereaved parent

    for I do know how they feel.

    Just for today when my heart feels like breaking,

    I will stop and remember that grief is the price we pay for loving

    and the only reason I hurt is because

    I had the privilege of loving so much

    Just for today I will not compare myself with others.

    I am fortunate to be who I am

    and have had my child for as long as I did.

    Just for today I will allow myself to be happy,

    for I know that I am not deserting her by living on.

    Just for today I will accept that I did not die when my child did,

    my life did go on,

    and I am the only one who can make that life worthwhile once more.

  17. Holly gave you some awesome stuff!! I think its great that you have help!! Its hard to ask for, but SO worth it! I did Kasey's 1st fundraiser all by myself conception- 12 weeks preggo, few... Next year I will be more adamant about help! I love your project and I know that families will appreciate it!