Welcome to the Sweet Pea Project's Blog, part of the Sweet Pea Project's effort to create a supportive and compassionate community for those of us affected by the death of a child. Here you will find updates on the Sweet Pea Project, as well as anything going on in the world that relates to childloss. If you have a suggestion for a topic you would like to see discussed here, I'd love to hear it. Please make sure you stop by the official website, www.sweetpeaproject.org and feel free to email me for any reason at anytime at Stephanie@sweetpeaproject.org.
peace, Stephanie Cole (Madeline's Mom)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Announcing Sweet Pea Project's Winter Book Drive

Winter tends to feel a little bit colder and a little bit darker over here at Sweet Pea Project.  It is a heavy season for our board of directors.  Nicole's son died in December.  Stephanie's daughter died in January.  Beth's son died in February.  The urge to shut down and hibernate like a big furry bear can be pretty strong this time of year.  This winter we have decided to do something special to honor our children during the months that hold both their births and their deaths.  And we'd like to invite you to join us and allow us the privilege of honoring your children along with ours, through Sweet Pea Project's Winter Book Drive.

Sweet Pea Project’s Winter Book Drive begins on December 1, 2012 and ends on February 28, 2013.  During this time, we will be accepting donations in increments of $5 to go toward our book donation program.  For every $5 you contribute, one book will be donated in your child’s name to a newly bereaved parent.  A special bookplate will be placed in the front cover of the book dedicating it in your child’s honor.  Pictures of these bookplates can be found at www.sweetpeaproject.org/winterbookdrive.  Please feel free to share this website and the flier (pictured above) with your friends and family.  There are many people in our lives, I think, who would love to help but simply don't know what to do or say.  This is a great way to involve them in your child’s remembrance. 

To participate, simply send your donation to Sweet Pea Project by check, credit card or PayPal.  Be sure to note that your donation is for the Winter Book Drive and be certain to include your child’s name just as you’d like it to appear on the bookplate.  As always, your donation to Sweet Pea Project is tax deductible.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Stephanie@sweetpeaproject.org.

Holding all of you and your children close to our hearts throughout this holiday season and wishing you peace,
Stephanie Cole & the Sweet Pea Project team

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Discovery Toys "Party" to Benefit Sweet Pea Project

Make the money you spend on Christmas shopping go further this year. When you do your holiday shopping at Discovery Toys through this event from now until December 1st, 20% of your purchase will go directly to Sweet Pea Project.

Click on the following link to place your order: http://www.discoverytoys.com/publicstore/event/8748/default.aspx

Please call Crystal Meashey at 717-314-9629 or email crystalelaine10@hotmail.com if you would like her to place your order instead of ordering online.

Click on the flier to enlarge.  Please feel free to share our flier and this event with all your friends and family.  Thank you so very much for your support.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Remembrance Day, Gifts that Give Hope & Fueling Good!

I hope your October was wonderful, and you found peaceful ways to honor your child during National Remembrance Month.  We celebrated with our 3rd Annual Remembrance Gathering, along with several hundred of you, and it was a sweet and sacred evening.  The rain subsided, the clouds moved aside to allow a beautiful pink sunset to shine on us as we read each baby's name aloud and release balloon after balloon into the sky.  A video from the evening can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOZkFbqgjvg if you would like to take a glimpse of the event.  All the images from our talented photographer, Valerie Smith of Grace Photos, have been uploaded to our shutterfly album (www.sweetpeaproject.shutterfly.com) so guests can feel free to browse through the album.  Thank you to everyone who helped make our 3rd annual gathering so very beautiful and we hope to see you again next October.

The holidays are now approaching, and that is something that weighs heavy on my heart as a bereaved mother.  The shopping for frivolous gifts is just not something I find enjoyable anymore.  That is why I am so proud to have been asked once again to team up with Gifts That Give Hope for Lancaster's Alternative Gift Fair.  Sweet Pea Project is offering "gifts" at three different price levels, and will be donating books, blankets and offering comfort and support to bereaved families around the world with each dollar spent at this special holiday fair.  If you live nearby, please stop in and join us on Saturday, November 17th from 10am until 4pm.  If you live out of the area or are unable to join us, you can still participate and give the gift of comfort to a bereaved family buy shopping online at http://www.giftsthatgivehope.org/lancaster/index.php?pg=shop.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions at all.

And lastly, a quick favor: Sweet Pea Project has been selected as one of Citgo's Fueling Good Charities, and we are in the running to win $5000.  If you have a spare moment would be please consider voting for Sweet Pea Project?  Voting is simple, they just need your email address and you can opt out of sharing that info with citgo.  You can vote once a day, every day, from now until November 28.  The link is http://fuelinggood.com/rewardinggood?id=1323911

Thank you so much for your support, and for helping us as we continue to strive to create a more compassionate community.

Stephanie Cole