Love for Maddie from the FireFamily

Yesterday was a hard day. Monday was a hard day. Sunday was particularly rough. I woke up this morning almost dreading another day of Grumpypants in the FireHouse. And then I read about Maddie.

Heather (@mamaspohr) from The Spohrs are Multiplying (blog currently being re-hosted) had a string of normal tweets yesterday. Followed by some in the hospital as Maddie was being treated for RSV. And then a quick tweet that she was being intubated. And then the awful, unexpected news that Maddie had passed away.

I dripped tears into my coffee as I thought about how I started my morning today. Maddie was only thirteen days older than our LittleBrother. I couldn’t take back the Grumpypants from the past few days. I couldn’t magically make my headache disappear. But I could hug those two little boys (and send love across the miles to a Munchkin). I could change my Grumpypants today and give thanks for all that we have in our home, in our family and in our lives. And I could say a prayer for Heather and Mike at this horrible time.

The FireFamily will be donating to March of Dimes in honor of Maddie as the family has requested in lieu of flowers. They have also requested that people wear purple (which BigBrother happens to own) for the services. A PayPal account has also been set up for donations for the upcoming expenses. You can donate to via PayPal. More information can be found via Meghan’s blog while the Spohr’s site is being relocated.

In the meantime, please go follow @PrincessJenn on twitter as she is the loving, awesome person who took over when Bluehost refused to put the Spohr’s site back online due to bandwidth issues. I spoke to them on the phone and am appalled at their lack of compassion. Send @PrincessJenn a tweet of thanks for certain. Right now, watching the mom blogging community pull together for one of their own, I am reminded why I love this place, this blogosphere, so very much. Kudos to all those who pulled together and who will continue to support this family in their time of need.

The FireFamily sends our condolences, our prayers and our grief to the Spohr Family.

Edited to Add: Mirror site is now live. Please visit Remember Maddie.

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