Thursday, November 18, 2010

Prematurity Awareness Day: Traveling Wall of Hope

This post originally appeared November 17, 2010 at McGinley Baby Journey.

We were beyond honored to receive a phone call from one of our dear friends that we met through this journey, Crystal Goss, to participate in National Prematurity Awareness Day- November 17th, 2010. The Arkansas March of Dimes asked Walker to come out to a photo shoot in September to participate in their 'Traveling Wall of Hope". This morning, these 10 posters from Arkansas families who were affected by prematurity, joined in the rotunda of the Arkansas State Capital followed by a ceremony at 10:00 a.m. I've told Crystal before and I will share with you that its moments like these (that are few and far between) that I am so PROUD of my twin sons as a whole. Whoever said they still couldn't move mountains together? :)

Please enjoy our slideshow of today's ceremony. (if you are viewing this through your email, you will have to visit actual blog to see slideshow. Click here)

Jodie is a bereaved momma who lost one of her twin sons.  Her blog,, is the full blog of before and after it happened. There is a tab at the top of the blog "Our Story" that tells what happened. They are media advocates for ARORA and Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. Eli also has an upcoming documentary "Project E.L.I. Every Life Inspires, that was renamed after him after his passing that Arkansas Channel 7 KATV former anchor, Julie Mayberry, named after him. It was released earlier this year.

*****Update to bio from The Park Wife****
Jodie is 18 weeks pregnant with Ellie Reese! According to Jodi, she "is HEALTHY. Her head, her spine, her kidneys, you name it. Perfect. By the Grace of God." Congratulations and I know that Walker is going to be so excited to be a big brother!

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