Sunday, May 4, 2014

Many Thanks for Your Patience

Thank you all so much for your patience during these last few months! While the arrival of Aaron's little brother was certainly a joyous occasion, these last few months have certainly presented a number of physical and emotional challenges. My family and I feel that things have settled enough that we are once again ready to begin making and shipping items in memory of your little ones.

The order forms are now available once again!  There are several important differences that I'd like to point out -

  • First, unfortunately USPS has raised their rates so the base price on all orders will now be $3.25 but fortunately, no other prices have changed!  
  • Second, you will also notice that I have included a note that orders may take up to four weeks to be created and shipped.  I don't anticipate most items actually taking quite so long, but with three children and two jobs my "spare time" is fairly limited, I'd like to allow myself time to continue giving each item the time, attention and reflection that it deserves. 
  • Third, if you have a special date coming up and four weeks is simply too long...please don't hesitate to email me at OneAngelsJourney@gmail.com and I'll do my best to work with you. :) 

Thank you all again for your support and your patience! 

 Katie

Friday, December 20, 2013

My Request

I have had something on my heart these last few days and have been struggling with just the right way to approach it...I'm not sure that this is exactly the best, but here goes:

I've recently made several announcements about the sponsorship funds that were so very generously donated to allow us to reach out to grieving families, particularly during this holiday season.  I even briefly lifted our "one per family" guideline to allow for two keepsakes, in hopes that each parent would be able to choose something.

Unfortunately, I had no idea that those announcements would cause me so much heartache that I have considered closing down our project altogether.  I have been positively astounded by the number of people who have tried to take advantage of our donor's generosity by submitting requests under multiple names/addresses or by disregarding the limits altogether to receive more than what the guidelines would allow. (Those of you who have worked with me know that I often send out extra items anyway for those who simply explain their circumstances or are kind enough to ask.)  I know that everyone grieves differently and could have easily overlooked one or two incidents, but this goes beyond that.  :(

Please know that the limits exist only to ensure that the funding goes to help as many families as possible - it isn't so that I get to "keep something for myself."  I am meticulous about tracking donor money so that I know where every cent is going. 

I have absolutely loved the opportunities that I have been given in the last nine months to connect with grieving families from around the world and I so badly want to continue doing so.  In return, all I ask is that everyone is respectful of the process we have in place to allow us to keep doing just that. 

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Aaron's Story

Our third child was diagnosed in October 2012 with anencephaly, a fatal neural tube defect. Aaron Michael, our first son, was born sleeping February 19, 2013. He was such a handsome little guy and forever changed the lives of those who love him.

Shortly before Aaron's funeral, his daddy wanted something special to wear in memory of his only son so Aaron's momma made him a royal blue paracord bracelet with a Saint Michael medallion woven in.

There are so many memorial items available to the mommas of angel babies, but all too often the grieving fathers are left out. Aaron's Arms wants to help bring some small measure of comfort to those daddies.

You can also find us on Facebook: Aaron's Angel Arms on Facebook

If you'd like to read more about Aaron and his story, we invite you to visit his mommy's blog at One Angel's Journey