April 11, 2008


I was surfing other blogs a few days ago and I came across a post about an amazing non-profit organization called,"Now I lay me down to sleep Foundation".

The Now I Lay me down to sleep foundation (NILMDTS) administers a network of nearly 3,000 volunteer professional photographers in the United States and eight International countries. At a family's request, a NILMDTS Affiliated Photographer will come to your hospital or hospice location and conduct a sensitive and private portrait session. The portraits are then professionally retouched and presented to the families on an archival DVD or CD that can be used to print portraits of their cherished baby.

My heart pounds at the thought of being able to bless a family in their time of grief with images of their precious life lost. I am going to prayerfully consider this opportunity as it is my hearts desire to have photography glorify God and be a means to not only bring joy but also comfort others. I experienced an early miscarriage between my first and second child. I have also walk with several friends and relatives who lost their precious babies within days and even moments after birth. I have also been raised in the knowledge that if my two brothers before me had survived, I would not have had a chance at life. My parents only wanted two children, so I and my older sister, where the chosen two, to survive out of four pregnancies.

I don't know if I would be strong enough to get through this kind of a photo session, but if God willing...He would give me strength. I just wanted to share this info for any fellow photographers who might want to volunteer their talents at such a tender time.

Below is excerpt from there website:

"The Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation is there for parents & Families to help aid them in their HEALING bring HOPE to their future, and HONOR to their child. It is through REMEMBRANCE that a family can truly begin to heal."

Pregnancy and birth are miraculous journeys. This amazing time of life is full of mystery, anticipation, joy, hope, and wonder. Feeling the powerful energy of birth and new life, watching as a new family is born unto each other. These things humble and amaze. These are the things that we celebrate when a baby is born.

But there is another aspect of pregnancy and birth. There is an unexpected place in this journey where some families may find themselves. When a baby dies, a world is turned upside down. There is confusion, sadness, fear, and uncertainty that cannot be explained. There is sorrow where there should have been joy. During this time, it might be impossible for families to know what they might need in order to heal in the future.

Our entire network of affiliated professional photographers graciously donate their time and talents to our families and we are proud to be able to offer our services at no cost.Your Donations are greatly needed and greatly appreciated.

For more information follow the link below. The images are tender and the song is sure to touch your heart. http://www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org/

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