In Her Shoes

This is my daughter Olivia

She turned two in December.

She is my princess, my baby girl.  She is spunky and tough, and so full of joy and love it makes my heart burst every time I hear her laugh.

This is Belle

She turned two last summer.

She is full of spunk and life, she loves her pretty shoes and her Elmo doll.  She has a strong spirit, and fills a room the moment she walks in.  She is that little girl you remember well, even if you've met her for only a moment.

My sweet baby Olivia is currently running around with her Papa, she is probably tearing up the aisles of Target or playing at the play place at McDonalds.

Belle's day isn't going so well

Three days after Christmas Belle was admitted to Hasbro Children's Hospital
Three days after Christmas the doctors told Belle's parents Belle has Leukemia.

Every time I sit and play with Livvy, every time I fight with her tangled curly hair I think of Belle and I think of her mother Melissa.

I wonder how I would handle it if I were in her shoes.  How would I step up?  Would I manage, would I fall apart?

I wonder would anyone stand there with me?  Would friends step up for me?  Would I feel alone in my fight?

I am so happy to call myself a friend of Belle and Melissa, and proud to be a part of a wonderful group of bloggers who has stepped up to raise money and make sure they know they are not alone.

Starting tonight for 48 hours, members of the Rhody Bloggers for Good will be sitting on their backsides to raise money and show our support for Belle and her family.  We are working together to lessen their burden, and, maybe just as important, let them know we are there. 

If you are anywhere within driving distance of Warwick, RI please stop by La-Z-Boy stop in this weekend.  All day Saturday and Sunday, during business hours, there will be activities, raffles, a bake sale, and even a yard sale.

If you can't make it there this weekend, but still want to support Belle's family consider popping onto the fundraising site and making a donation. Every little bit helps.

I don't know what I would do if I was in her shoes, if my baby was sick, but I would like to think that my family, my friends, and my community would stand there with me.