Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Memorial - Month One - April 21st, 2011

In honor of the one month anniversary of Xander's birth, I have something very beautiful to share with you.

In August 2008, the Dudley family in Perth, Western Australia started a project called "To Write Their Names In The Sand" to memorialize their son Christian who was born still 19 months prior.

To date they have written the names of over 10,000 children who passed too soon. What an AWESOME way to honor their son!

Xander now has is own little slice of their Heaven on Earth. Grab a box of tissue and click here. Make sure you come back here when you're done.

Isn't it beautiful and full of all sorts of awesomeness?!?! I put Xander's name on the waiting list last week and today the photographer Carly Marie posted it. I have been so excited to see it and share it with you.

I have spent endless hours reading and crying while looking through all the children's names written in the sand. It has touched me in a way I never thought possible. Seeing Xander's name in such a beautiful place, written and photographed by someone who does not know us but knows how much we've lost is such a powerful emotion.

I will treasure this photo for the rest of my life. It is one of the few we have to remember him by. It will be a constant reminder that he was real and that we are not alone. He is with the children who have gone before him and he will be there to welcome those that arrive after.

It brings me so much peace knowing that someone selflessly inscribed Xander's name in such a beautiful place on Earth.

What a gift!

Who knows....Maybe we'll get to visit Christian's beach some day.


  1. Mandy, that is so so beautiful!

  2. Wow...what a beautiful thing that family is doing! And the photo with Xander's name is truly a treasure. Thank you for sharing this.

  3. I saw that site when you "liked" it on FB and was hoping you had put Xander's name on the list!! Such an amazing photo! Can we get copies made? I would love one for our home.

  4. Yes! I made a donation after it was posted today and I should get the file via email soon. I have plans to get it printed and will make sure you get a copy.

  5. So beautiful and peaceful. I wish for everyone whose ever lost a baby to feel such beauty in the writing of their name. I am in awe.