Monday, April 4, 2016

Love You Forever

Have you all read the book "Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch?  We have a copy and it is one of those books that I read when I need a good cry and otherwise don't because it is a reminder of our mortality and how quickly these little kiddos grow up.


What I didn't know until this communication from Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep was that the author wrote the book about his two stillborn babies.  The verse that is repeated is actually a song:

I'll love you forever,

I'll like you for always,

as long as I'm living

my baby you'll be.

I'm feeling extra emotional today, but this song and this book tug at my heartstrings and I feel so sad for the author and his two babies.  A company called Little Orchard Co. in Canada has started the "Love You Forever Project," which includes a line of t-shirts and onesies using a line from this book: "love you forever."  Proceeds from the sale of the clothes go to Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.  From Little Orchard's website, they say the following about the Project:
This tee was inspired by my sister who lost both her precious son and daughter within 10 months. Until that happened, I didn't know much about stillbirth and infant loss.  This tee is meant to bring awareness to the issue of stillbirth and infant loss. To the army of warrior parents, grandparents and family members, who have lost their precious children, I hope it will start conversation, acknowledge stories, and inspire.  This tee was created for every person who has loved a child. Whether it was just 2 lines on a pregnancy test, whether it was before 40 weeks, whether they took them home from the hospital or not, whether they hold them in their arms, or only in their heart.


8 comments:

  1. I've been thinking of you and hoping you are feeling comforted somehow and not lonely. That shirt and story are wonderful.

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    1. Thanks, I appreciate it. I'm doing okay... I don't feel great, but I'm glad to have a path forward. On we go, right?

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  2. Sending many hugs. I actually don't know the book (don't think it's well-known over here) but I have heard about it, including the backstory. The T-Shirt is lovely.

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    1. Thanks for the hugs. The book is a good one (albeit a total tearjerker).

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  3. Hello from Canada! I am the owner of Little Orchard Co. Thanks so much for sharing about the Love You Forever project. Sorry to hear about your own loss. Heidi

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    1. I love the shirts. Glad you found the post!

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  4. My aunt is from the same town as Robert Munsch and gave Ben this book. Now I like to think of it for all 3 of my kids. I love the shirt.

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    1. Heather, what a coincidence. I think about Robert Munsch and how he survived stillborn children twice and how heartbroken he and his wife must be. But what a wonderful book.

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