Thursday, October 18, 2012

Guest Post: Heather

Today we are lucky enough to hear from Heather from Brace it for Brayden. Take a moment to read her post and visit the websites at the bottom of it. Feel free to leave comments in response on our Facebook page.  Thank you for sharing your story Heather.

I am the mother of a beautiful baby-boy who passed away on December 31, 2011, at the innocent age of 3. Brayden Lee Rodgers was born on August 5, 2008. He was a big, beautiful little boy that touched the hearts and lives of so many. His big blue eyes and a smile that was contagious, made him the spotlight wherever he was. The night he passed, he had begun his usual nightly routine. Dinner, toys, settling down, jammies, brushing his teeth, picking a movie, and laying down in bed. (Mind you, he was VERY independent, "Mr. I do it myself". And for a 3 year old, he was a big boy. Weighing 42 pounds & 42 inches tall.) After kissing goodnight and beginning to watch his movie, we never knew that would be the last time we would get to spend another waking moment with our son. At some point, he climbed up his dresser to mess with his TV, the dresser and the TV came crashing down on top of him, crushing his skull instantly.

After a few days, we realized that we would not let our son be with God without continuing to spread his word down here for him. He is now our guardian Angel, helping us to save the lives of many families, and continuing to spread his love and joy for life. We started a non-profit organization called, Brace It For Brayden. Encouraging families to do whatever it takes to prevent these types of accidents from happening in their home, to their loved ones.

Although the road to healing seems long and never ending, I have found peace in knowing that he is safe, and watching over me from above. I know that I will never be the same; He was my only child, the love of my life, Mommy's little boy. But he has helped me grow, and still continues to do so to this very day. Every now and again, when I am feeling at my absolute worst, I feel him. He gives me some sort of sign to let me know that he is still here with me. He was, is, and will always be my blessing and my angel. Although not a day goes by where I dont wish for him to still be here and miss him more than ever, I know by keeping his memory alive in my heart, and having the faith that I will be with him again some day keeps me going. With him watching down on me, I am not going to let him see Mommy crawl up and quit. I will make him proud, because I am the proudest Mommy I know. 

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