Samara Ann

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November 23, 2014 was the day that changed my life. I gave birth to my breathtakingly beautiful daughter, Samara Ann. She was perfect. She had ten fingers and ten toes, oh so kissable rosy lips, the sweetest dimple in her chin and a full head of dark hair. The only thing she didn’t have, was a heartbeat. My precious girl was born sleeping, but I was wide awake. I never knew the agony of saying hello and goodbye in a single breath until that moment she was placed in my arms.

It has been three years since that life altering day. At first, I almost drowned beneath the ever-rising tides of my sorrow, but slowly (so very, very slowly) the waves began to ebb and I got fleeting glimpses of the horizon. The day finally arrived in which I could think of her and smile instead of cry. I finally realized her birth was not just a day of loss, but the day I received a gift of immeasurable value. And SHE gave it to me.

She gave me the gift of understanding. I now understand the importance of living for today because we are not promised tomorrow. I now understand the unimportance of the little things that, in the end, won’t matter at all. I now understand that my love for my children has no earthly boundaries. I now understand that I am much stronger than I ever imagined I would ever need to be. I also understand that I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I wasn’t Samara’s Mom. What does it mean to be Samara’s Mom? It means I was chosen. Her life was meant to leave an imprint on this world and I was chosen to carry her. I was blessed with the opportunity to hold her for every second of her life and I will love her fiercely for every second of mine.

I am thankful for each child God has given me to bear, be they here on earth beside me or up in heaven with Him there.

~ Megan, Mom to Samara Ann

The NILMDTS Remembrance Walk, “Our Journey Together” is for parents, family members, and friends to come together to remember a precious baby who has died due to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, neonatal or any type of pregnancy or infant loss.

The NILMDTS Remembrance Walk includes a presentation with readings, music, and speakers to honor your baby. During the event, each baby is honored by having his or her name read aloud with the optional release of a butterfly. Following the presentation participants will journey together for an optional one-mile reflective walk.It is an opportunity to bring honor to our babies and healing to our hearts.

The Remembrance Walk also ensures future support to families who will sadly walk in our shoes one day.

Find out where our 2018 Remembrance Walks will be this year or join our Virtual Walk www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org/remembrancewalk