Yesterday it was my privilege to attend The Field of Sunflowers Balloon Release. It was done for the memory of my friend Hannah's daughter, Sadie Mae, who was born and died last year. The event raised money for Perinatal Comfort Care, an organization which helps families who receive a fatal diagnosis for their child during pregnancy.
It was both a moving and joyful event. God decided to bless us with a reprieve from the rain for the duration of the event. Within two minutes of getting home, the sky opened up and it began pouring (and I had lingered for a long time after the official ending.)
|Tammy from Perinatal Comfort Care|
|the tag for my balloon; see how Hannah put a sunflower seed on it in hopes it'll land and a sunflower will sprout.|
|the very first balloon being released|
|balloons sailing into the sky|
|My balloon; I added my business card to my tag and Hannah's because I'd like to know if someone finds mine|
|Hannah and TJ with a special bunch of balloons for their sweet girl|
|the balloons released for Sadie Mae|
|Hannah with a mug someone gave her, and Tammy from PCC|
|aside from balloons, they also sold stickers and tshirts, with all proceeds going to PCC|
I laughed like a maniac, then I babbled to my ride all the way home. He marveled at the speed I spoke so I did something I haven't done in years; I grabbed something to read and said it to him at auctioneer speed. People always accused me of talking too fast as a kid, so my reaction was, "You think that's fast?" And I can speak at an incredible rate... but it was silly to do, because then he looked at me like I'd lost my mind and that's when I really realized I was on a sugar high.
|the donuts and cupcakes|
After getting off the phone with Ryan, I made sure I had real food to eat and took time to pray before I made a very important phone call... which took like five minutes. The rest of the day was pretty routine.
All this, unfortunately seems to be taking away from the balloon release. I could write this over, but I'm trying to be authentic, and a large part of my day was all that so I guess I'll leave it and add "and the rest of Saturday" to the title... okay, perfect. ;)
|says it all|