Elliott's Birth Day
Organized by: Caroline Johannes
On November 28, 2014 our family changed forever. We were expecting our collective fifth baby with a mix of joy, excitement, peace, and trepidation. We had managed to figure out how we were going to arrange our things for our growing family in our home. We had made the final preparations in anticipation of the holidays. We were due around Christmas so we had wanted to get as much done as possible in case Elliott decided to show up on a holiday. We had cleaned our home with a fine tooth comb in anticipation of having a new little one and we had just finished the last of the preparations. We were prepared.
It was confirmed by ultrasound that at 36 weeks, our months of anticipation were ending in a way we could have never imagined. Our perfect little boy was no longer with us. The depth of my devastation is impossible to describe. I kept picturing all the things, all the spaces that Elliott would never be. All the nooks and crannies I created for my baby were going to be empty. On 11/28/14 at 9:38pm our sweet angel was born weighing 7 pounds 3.7 oz and 22 inches long. His umbilical cord laid over his heart and gave us the answer we needed. There was a true knot in his cord and nothing anyone could have done could have changed what happened. There was no way to predict and nothing anyone did wrong. It felt both cruel and comforting.
Last year we raised $1700 for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, an organization that gave us the prized possession of family pictures with our sweet angel. We wanted to help an organization that had helped us. This year, we would like to help families in our community by donating funds to LaunchPad Children's Museum in Sioux City. We would like to help LaunchPad deliver on their mission to ensure that families in the community are enjoying time with their children. We are setting a goal of $2000 in honor of Elliott's second Birth Day. If you are local to Sioux City, there will be a fundraising event at LaunchPad on November 12 at 6:00pm.
Thank you so much for your support as we continue spreading the legacy of Elliott through charitable giving. You support means so much to our entire family.
Love and Blessings,
The Johannes/Rivera Family