When I took my very brief hiatus (well, five days of no blogging is a long time for me!), I mentioned I was working on a project for Anna's family. It was a big project--but it was gratifying, and I dearly hope her family will be touched by it.
Anna and I originally knew each other from the message boards on BabyCenter.com, and as I was reading the words of moms who were shocked and saddened by her death, one mom's comment stood out. She said Anna's family would enjoy reading her blog to remember her. And I thought, Wouldn't it be nice to put her blog into a book?
Within a day, I found out that Winkflash was having that fantastic sale on photo books (which has been extended to February 3!), and I realized that could be an affordable way to print a book of Anna's blog posts. The girls from our board on BabyCenter were fully behind the project, and so I started it.
Anna had been blogging for almost two years, so I wasn't able to fit all her posts into the 100-page book. But I probably got well over half of them in there, enough for her family to remember in full-color detail these last 22 months.
Her much-loved husband Davide can read what Anna wrote about him on their 11th anniversary (and he can recreate one of her recipes if he wants to!)
Her gorgeous boys will have pictures to help them remember the fun they had with their mom and dad every year at the pumpkin/apple orchard.
And while three-month-old Baby Bella won't remember her mother, she can read Anna's words and know that she held a place of incredible love in her mommy's heart.
The other girls on our BabyCenter message board have been so generous, and because of all the donations from them, we were able to order seven books--one for Davide, one for each child, and one for each of Anna's parents.
Reading the blog posts was a special experience for me. I occasionally read Anna's blog while she was alive, but not regularly, and I got to know her better as I did this project. Some posts brought me laughter; others comforted me; others brought tears again--but even that was an important part of my grieving.
Nothing will take away the fact that this was a terrible tragedy for a beautiful young family. But as time passes, I hope and pray Anna's loved ones will find real solace in their memories of her deep love and vibrant wit--qualities that shine from her writing at My Goofy Life.