Thursday, March 24, 2011

Messages for Abby

My sister's daughter, Anna, was dedicated last week and Amy asked family and friends to write messages for her at the reception.  It was a really sweet idea and I would like to do something similar for Abby, so I'm shamelessly stealing my sister's creative concept.  (She knows, so I guess it isn't stealing...borrowing, perhaps??)

Abby's dedication will be on May 15th and we are so excited for it!  Unfortunately, because of the risk of infection, we won't be able to have a reception or party for her.  This makes me so sad because there's nothing I want more than to show my girl off and celebrate her life with family and friends!  It's just not a good idea for her to be around a lot of people, and especially not kids.  We just can't take the risk when she's still so susceptible to germs.  Some of you might think we're crazy or a bit over-the-top, and that's fine.  But I know that we need to do whatever we can to protect Abby, and there's nothing over-the-top when her health is at stake.

So because we're not going to have a reception, I wanted to invite you wonderful blog-readers to send Abby a message to help us celebrate!  My hope is to put these into a book and give it to her on her dedication day.

If you're not sure exactly what to write, here are some ideas:

*  a favorite verse, quote, or saying
*  a letter to Abby
*  something about what Abby means to you
*  lyrics to a song

(These are just some ideas.  If you have others, we would love them too!!)

If you have a message you'd like to send to Abby, please email them to me at juliebleach@yahoo.com.  We would love to hear from as many of you as possible!  Even if you don't know Abby or us personally, it would mean a lot to us to hear about what Abby means to you.  We love that our brave little girl is affecting the lives of so many people!!!

In order to get these into a book to have in time for Abby's dedication, I will need all messages by April 8th.  Feel free to send them any time between now and then--I will be starting her book right away!

We're excited about this and hope that Abby will enjoy reading the messages for many years to come!  Thanks!!!

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