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Our son Maxton was diagnosed with left-sided congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) at his 19 week ultrasound. Maxton was born on 3/3/09 at Vanderbilt University. He fought hard for 18 days but earned his wings on 3/21/09. Maxton was an inspiration to many during his brief time on earth and has forever changed our lives. If your child is diagnosed with CDH, please feel free to contact us. Maxton may no longer live here on earth, but he will live forever in our hearts...

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Project- or two... :-)

Alright, so I have been talking about wanting to do something for CDH families with angels. (and maybe just CDH families in general, but right now I only have enough money to focus on angels) Thanks to David's cousin Ashley for giving me this idea. She sent us a beautiful painting as a memorial for Maxton. Anyways, I wanted to do the same for some of my Angel friends. I have already sent out a few and have a few more ready to go out soon. (like when i get to the post office to send them and stop being lazy :-) ). So here is a picture of one of the ones I have done... Some are picture frames and some are on canvas. I forgot to take a picture of the canvas ones before sending them.. but you get the idea. :-)



I am planning to order turquoise bracelets with Max's name on them to raise CDH awareness and to sell for $5 to help fund this project. The more I sell, the more people I can send these too. I would really like to send them to all CDH families in the future! My project is titled: Maxton's Memorable Moments. The painting has been very therapeutic for me and I feel it is a way to keep Maxton with me always (not that I have problems with that, but you know. hehe) So, if you are interested in donating to this fund by getting a bracelet let me know. I am trying to gauge about how many bracelets to get. It costs me about $7.50 to do the project, so by buying 3 bracelets you will be funding two paintings! (that includes me mailing the person their project). All the future ones will be on canvas. Email me at ashleynaye@aol.com if you are interested in this.

Also, some of you may already know, but there is a new project being started to raise CDH awareness. (if you click on the blue envelope in the top right corner you can read more about it/get updates) I vaguely mentioned it on my last post. Basically, it involves mailing blue envelopes to several different places in hopes of getting on a TV show to raise CDH awareness, or having more articles done, etc. I am planning to buy a bunch of blue envelopes (they come in packs of 100) and will work on getting anyone who wants to participate some envelopes if you need them. Just think for about $10 you could mail 20-30 envelopes out! If you don't want to take time to mail the envelopes but would like to help by sending me $10 to mail yours for you, just email me that as well! :-)

Much love guys!
Ashley

8 comments:

Owain's mommy said...

You are Amazing!
What a wonderful idea.
I know Maxton would be so proud of his momma.

Amber

Jaime's World said...

Ashley,
These are beautiful!
You are a true gem! Maxton must really be proud of his Mommy!
Please let us know how Tom and I can help! (email us your mailing info-pjtrost@yahoo.com)
Oh, and I have to laugh...you are our blog stalker aren't you? The minute I post, you have read it!
Thanks for being so supportive of us and Jaime!
We love you!
Sheryl

Liz and Shane said...

Beautiful work! Maxton is so lucky to have you as his mommy.

Marion said...

You are so amazing and I love the gift that you made for me. I have been meaning to take a picture of it and post it. The gift really touches my heart and helps to me to think of Addison.

Lisa said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE mine! I will cherish it forever.

XO,
~Lisa

Craig and Kristi Kuehl said...

You can definately count me in. I will contact you after I get thru today. I feel your hugs all the way for TN. I really don't know what I would do without you :) You are truly an amazing Mommy.

Ashley said...

I think they turned out beautiful. I am so glad you like the one I made Maxton. Let me know if you ever need help with materials or anything.... believe me I have experimented with everything :) Let me know when the bracelets are available....I would love to buy some. xoxo

Jean ashner said...

What an amazing and awesome thing you are doing! How wonderful! Maxton is just smiling down on his momma and telling all the angels above-"Hey, see that beautiful, wonderful, amazing, awesome lady down there, SHE'S MY MOM!"

God Bless!
Jean