Merry Christmas from 27 Miracles

Merry Christmas from 27 Miracles!!!! Hoping that this Christmas season you are able to be with those that matter to you the most, friends and family. Today’s Christmas blog is a very special and dear one to my heart.

On October 13, 2009, I had a baby boy weighing in at 1lb 10oz.  He was 27 weeks at birth.  He life was not guaranteed, in fact daily we were told he may not make it.  We had an up and down rollercoaster with him for five months.  We thrived on hearing the good days when he had a great day in the NICU.  We lived on milestones, when he is 3 lbs he can wear clothes, when he is 4 lbs he can go home.

Kaleb reached 4 lbs right around December 1st, daily we trusted God and asked if he was going home and all we were told was, “we have to wait until the doctor determines how he is doing.”  Kaleb still had episodes where he would stop breathing right in my arms.  The news came around the 2nd week of December that Baby Kaleb was not going home.  I became very depressed at the thought that my little one would not be with us for his first Christmas.

The Child Development Department sent someone to talk to us and involved my teen age daughter in the process to help us cope.  The nurses right away embraced us and said it is okay, this too shall pass and you will have that special little boy in your arms in no time.  Throughout the weeks that followed, a few of the nurses bought Kaleb toys and some clothes to wear.  It was so funny as each nurse came by to see whenever he had their outfit on.  He did not lack for love.  On Christmas day they allowed for extra visitors and I remember my parents, Marcus and my two kids came to visit Kaleb. They showered us with hugs and love.  But most of all,  what I remember was receiving a book for myself, a toy for Kaleb and an umbrella for Marcus.  You might say what is so special about that, nothing really.  It is what it meant to us, someone remembered that we were there in the hospital on Christmas day hurting because our baby was hurting.

We brought some cookies for the units that took care of us, Labor and delivery, NICU 1 and NICU 2 as well as the high risk OB Unit.  I remember bringing the NICU an Ornament that said Hope and remember them hanging it on the tree.  DSC01737 DSC01149 DSC01155 DSC01156 DSC01401 DSC01459 DSC01516 DSC01530

Christmas night after my parents and kids left, Marcus and I returned to the NICU to spend more time with Kaleb.  I remember praying in the Chapel at Florida Hospital for God to intervene.  I felt so alone, but at that moment we went upstairs to the NICU and I saw the very ornament that we gave the NICU that said Hope and I felt like that was a sign from God saying, I hear your prayers, have Hope.

We finally did bring Kaleb home March 24, 2010 after 163 days of being in the NICU.  Why am I telling you this story on Christmas day?  The reason is that the following year we returned in 2010 to deliver cookies again to  the NICU and to bring Kaleb so that the nurses that took care of him could see him and his progress. In 2011 we went back and again brought some cookies.

In 2012 I met a woman at Good Samaritan Village, she had a most interesting ministry.  Her name is June Bainer and at that time she was about 91 yrs old I believe now she is around 92 or 93.  She is full of energy and with a heart as big as can be.  She went on TV 98( the village tv channel) and spoke about Bears ( this was about in October) she indicated that they had all these bears and the women of the village ranging in age from 68-90+ years of age made the bears.  The only problem was that they were not internet savvy and did not have the connection to the right group to donate to.

Immediately I contacted her and scheduled time to listen to her ministry and see how I could help her out.  I shared my journey with Kaleb and asked if we may purchase the bears on behalf of 27 Miracles so that we can donate them to the babies parents at the Florida Hospital NICU.  She said that she will donate them to us as the story touched her heart.  She indicated that they are called Love Bears and given to children who are hurting or sick, physical or emotional.  Mrs Bainer indicated that this was the first time that she has done this for the NICU and was very excited.  She donated 125 bears.  On Christmas week 2012 we donated 100 Bears to the NICU.  The staff took the bears and handed them out to the parents and we were so happy for that.

2013 Came and we got to see the bear exchange( this is the time when ladies all over the village and snow birds bring their precious bears to give them away.  These ladies kiss their bears good-bye some of them as they literally put their love in to making them. No two bears are made the same.  They all look different  and are different sizes with different facial features.  We left the Village that October day with 100 bears.

We were in contact with Florida Hospital and the date they selected for delivery of the bears was Dec 17, 2013.  Sara Channing, Media Relations, Nussi Afraz, Child Life Special Events and Chantelle Child Life as well, orchestrated my coming to visit the NICU.  I was able to meet with a few parents and explain to them the reason for my being there.  I let them know that I know what they are going through now while they are there during the Christmas season.  I provided them with hope and encouragement but most importantly not to lose faith. These parents were very touched by the gift of a bear.  The first mom, had twins and only one survived.  The second mom had triplets and only two survived.

As I walked around the NICU with Nussi and Chantelle, I shared with them that this is the first time that I stepped foot inside the patient room in the NICU since I left.  It gave me goosebumps and brought tears to my eyes to see where we are now and where we were then.  Nicholas, Photographer for Michael Anthony Photography, offered to take a few photographs for Florida Hospital, to remember this day by. Nicholas was also able to relate to this, as in South Florida,  a few years ago, he too had a preemie in the NICU.  His preemie is okay now.  So he understood where we were and where these parents are.

I share this testimony not to give myself any glory for what I did, but to give Glory to God who is the Master Planner and Healer.  Sharing some hope and encouragement provided me with the greatest feeling of hope and love remembering the days that I was there with our baby hanging on to a thread.  If I can show a little love and take a moment to bring someone a little Love Bear donated by the woman of Good Samaritan and those parents feel love, then I have done my job of support.

These bears were all stuffed in little white bags with their individual cards by Chad Morrison, Patrol Leader for Boyscout Troop 826. He spent several hours stuffing bears in a bag and stapling cards to the bags. If not for people like Chad who volunteer and other people like June Bainer and her ladies from Good Samaritan that make the bears this could not be done.

I thank God for giving me the ideas and allowing this dream to be born in my heart. For Mrs Bainer and the ladies from Good Samaritan for taking the time and effort to make these Love Bears.  My husband Marcus who allows me to do this type of work to help others* yes even during the busy Christmas and wedding season) and my daughter who helped transport the bears in her car there. To Nicholas Sabatino of Michael Anthony Photography, for taking pictures to share with me and Florida Hospital.  To Bruce from Treasured Moments for making this photo Montage on Christmas eve at the drop of a hat.  Finally to the NICU staff at Florida Hospital, Chantelle in Child Development, Nussi Afraz, Child Life Special Events and Sara Channing in Media Relations, for allowing me to share a little love with other parents and babies and Give This Christmas Away this year!

I will leave you with these words. please visit our web page about the Story of Faith, it will let you know how we are trying to get the word out to parents, to loved ones going through Breast Cancer, to single moms, to people in love and to people longing for true love.  If you read through it will provide you the information needed about the up and coming movie, ” A Story of Faith”  http://www.27miraclesbyrosie.com/services/community.php

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27 Miracles Countdown to Christmas Day 17

“Celebrate the Quirky”

“Learn to chuckle over the silly slip-ups that happen every holiday.  You’ll find that happens every holiday.  Then write them down.  You’ll find that these mishaps often become the fondest memories of all.  “Some of our most memorable moments are the least expected, says Ronald G Nathan, an Albany New York, clinical psychologist.”

What was your fondest Christmas mishap?

I remember being super excited to bake cookies with the kids( mind you I can cook and bake cakes, but cookies, even the slice and bake don’t come out right!!).  One year we are slicing and getting ready to bake the cookies and we pulled them out of the oven and they were flat as a pancake and not done well at all.  I remember my  older son saying, Santa won’t eat those, I said we have store-bought cookies and my son said , “Santa only eats baked cookies, mom not the ones at the store”  Out of  the mouth of babes!!

We have a new tradition that we can share with Kaleb the baby of the family, Dad makes good cookies!!!!!!!

Make Christmas memories with your loved ones and kids, they grow up too fast!

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27 Miracles Countdown to Christmas Day 16

“Imitate Saint Nick”

“There’s nothing like a good belly laugh to make you feel the joy of the season. Need some help tickling your ribs?  Here are some great family holiday movies for inducing laughter. A Christmas Story, Olive, the Other Reindeer, The Santa Clause, and Home Alone.”  Better Homes and Gardens

Those are some great movies noted above.  I have not watched all of them but Home Alone is sure a funny one if you have not caught it.  You are never too old to visit with Santa and get a good chuckle out of him but even as parents we have to laugh because kids do the cutest things!Downtown Disney 2013 3 Downtown Disney 2013 Downtown Disney 2013 2

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Merry Christmas!!!

 

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27 Miracles Countdown To Christmas Day 5

“Dig Out The Holiday CD’s”

“The holidays are stressful.  If you are tempted to knock a partridge out of a pear tree, turn on some music.  Your whole system begins to slow down when you listen to familiar soothing music.”  Suzanne Hanser, chairwoman of Berklee College of Music’s Music Therapy Department in Boston.

Funny, as I was sitting here writing this blog, what song should come on?  But of course the 12 days of Christmas.  I had a good chuckle.  Now I am listening to my favorite ballet, the Nutcracker, after years of dancing it and watching it, I never grow tired of it.  I have a lot of work to do at my desk, but listening to the Christmas music took me back to many memories and it uplifts your mood.

Christmas is only here for a season, enjoy the music as you shop, sing Christmas songs even if you are off-key with your kids, with your spouse or spouse to be and make memories!

Of course Kaleb’s favorite song to sing is Jingle Bells, he has the two dogs as captive audience!

20 days left until Christmas!! Wow with weddings in-between will I be ready?? I better get some of Santa’s elves over to help!

Merry Christmas!!

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27 Miracles Countdown to Christmas Day 2

27 Miracles wants to share today’s countdown to Christmas advice:

“Wrap Happily”

“Wrapping gifts can be a real pain in the backside-especially if you do it on the floor, which strains the neck and lower back.  The more comfortable way to wrap is to stand on a mat in front of a counter top and wear good shoes,” says Chris Adams, a professional ergonomist.  Better Homes and Garden

Rosie Moore, Master Bridal Consultant was guilty of that year after year wrapping on the floor.  When she married Marcus, he noticed that on their first Christmas together and said, this is crazy to wrap sitting and bending over on the floor.  He pulled out their “use for all”  6 foot table and Santa’s Workshop was in business.  Guess who discovered that they had amazing gift box wrapping talent?  Yes sir, Mr. Marcus himself was very good at wrapping and he got the chief elf wrapper job every year after that.  While Rosie uses the gift bags (she did not tell him that she secretly hated wrapping gifts to begin with and if she could get away with a gift bag she would, lol!!!)

Anyway take care of your backs ladies and gentleman, you will need it for all the holiday dancing under the mistletoe!

Here is a picture of Rosie and Her son Kaleb having fun while taking the family Christmas pictures! Making Memories with family and friends is what Christmas is all about and celebrating the reason fro the season, the birth of our Savior!

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World Prematurity Day

Today is World Prematurity Day.  The March of Dimes describes it as “November 17 is World Prematurity Day when we focus everyone’s attention on the global problem of premature birth. Join us in raising awareness.”  Wear purple in support of pre-mature babies and raising awareness.  Many people who have never been affected by having a premature baby or know anyone that has had one, really do not know or understand the challenges that these parents and little ones endure.  Some of these babies do not make it due to the complications that they have.  Some make it and have so many disabilities that they are dependant on care for the rest of their lives and others do make it with minimal to no disabilities.

27 Miracles and A Story of Faith are supporters of World Prematurity Day to raise awareness about prevention of premature birth whenever it is possible.  But when it is circumstances beyond one’s control, what we want to ask is that you be sensitive to parents of preemies and offer love and support.  Sometimes the unspoken word means more than the spoken word.  A simple hug, a meal delivered to the home, an offer to take the siblings to school or for an afternoon of play time.

Rosie Moore, Master Bridal Consultant and event planner for 27 Miracles knows this first hand.  On October 13, 2009, she delivered a baby boy by emergency c-section, due to the health of the baby and her own.  Rosie had stroke level high blood pressure without a single symptom or abnormal lab test.  She is lucky to be alive and that she received the prenatal care needed or the high blood pressure never would have been detected until it was too late.

Today Kaleb, born at 27 weeks, 1lb and 10oz, is a growing boy.  He receives speech therapy and occupational therapy to be assist him with feeding aversions from long-term intubation and tube feedings via a gtube.  He has one kidney and still has issues with his lungs when he gets a simple cold.  But God has blessed him with energy, health and intelligence.

Rosie Moore, wrote a book called A Story of Faith.  The story of Rosie Moore, including the events preceding the miraculous birth of her son, Kaleb. Barely 1 pound, 10 ounces at birth, Kaleb is a LIVING MIRACLE from God. Readers will enjoy this short story surrounding this love story built on prayer, God’s intervention, and the wonderful gift of faith given to people of ordinary means. How God intervenes in a person’s life and how our current troubles may be a hidden blessing in your life, coming directly from the master planner. Part of the proceeds from the book goes to an organization called Nathaniel’s Hope which is a special needs ministry, to help children with special needs. Today her book is being read world wide in the United States, Mexico, Germany, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and more.  Purchase your copy today to read the whole story.

The latest project that 27 Miracles and A Story of Faith are working on is the production of a Movie called A Story of Faith.  Please visit their website to learn more about the movie and how you can get involved in the movie and learn more about it.  Click on the link A Story of Faith the Movie to learn more.

You can also watch Kaleb’s Journey Here

Most recently, Lauren Johnson from Fox News interviewed Rosie and the doctor at Florida Hospital that took care of Kaleb when he was born .  Watch the video to see what they had to say: Click on the picture below

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To See the live interview with Kaleb at the Fox Studios Click on the picture:

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Many Countries today, are honoring World Prematurity Day by going purple in their buildings.  Honor a preemie today wear purple and reach out to someone if you do not know anyone, take a moment and say a prayer for them.  Make a difference!

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