DAY XV // WAVE OF LIGHT

Yesterday, October 15th, was a joyful and painful day all at the same time. It is a day we remember and recognize all parents - healing and grieving - who've lost their precious little ones to birth defects, miscarriage, still birth, and infant loss. Yesterday, as I do everyday, remember my Haven Faith. I remember her story, celebrate her life and share her legacy with the world. The whole world was to light candles at 7pm in all of their times zones as there will be a continuous "Wave of Light" for 24 hours. We used hashtags --#HonoringHaven #WaveofLight2016 #H #PAILawareness #October15th to share the love and light of our angel and the many others to the world. 

Our first "Honoring Haven" candle light service for Wave of Light 2016 was beyond moving, emotional, and beautiful. My angel, your presence and the presence of your many precious friends were here with us tonight. Thank you for filling this place and my heart with so much of your radiance and beauty. Mama and daddy think, love, and miss you everyday and we promise to live our lives in -love and light- in your honor for all of our days. We saw and felt you, our sweet girl. 👼🏻 

Below are some tidbits from our event. 99% of all decor was happily DIYed and prepared in love by my sister, niece, and I. The setup and all things nailing and hanging were done my amazing husband, Paul. With a heavy, heavy heart this whole week for various reasons -- there were many tears shed, lots of crying and breaking down. I instead wanted to channel out my pain and heartache and exert my time and energy into the planning + the creating of Haven's event. I found myself at peace, in love, and with a much lighter heart -- almost instantly some of the weight had been lifted. I found my daughter in all the work I did and in every single detail, both big and small. If you're stopping by and reading, I hope you smile and perhaps cry as you can evidently see our Havey - bright, brilliant and so brave at her own party.  💕

 DIY floral garland runner done my niece & I. Customized donuts created by California Donuts and were such a hit! "H" mint celebration cake purchased by Haven's Mama Meg and baked by SusieCakes. 

DIY floral garland runner done my niece & I. Customized donuts created by California Donuts and were such a hit! "H" mint celebration cake purchased by Haven's Mama Meg and baked by SusieCakes. 

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 My niece and I DIYed a pink ombré backdrop using the GreenWeddingShoesDIY tutorial found on Pinterest. DIY floral garland for the backdrop was also done by us. Floral arrangements created with love by Haven's mama.

My niece and I DIYed a pink ombré backdrop using the GreenWeddingShoesDIY tutorial found on Pinterest. DIY floral garland for the backdrop was also done by us. Floral arrangements created with love by Haven's mama.

 Falsa/ Mexican blankets were collected from my siblings and niece -- which we all already had in our homes. My sister & brother in law's old pallet bed was used for our table and created the bohemian theme we wanted to have. All pillows were something we already had as well.  

Falsa/ Mexican blankets were collected from my siblings and niece -- which we all already had in our homes. My sister & brother in law's old pallet bed was used for our table and created the bohemian theme we wanted to have. All pillows were something we already had as well.  

 White tablecloths were rented from a close family friend and her rental/ party supply company. 

White tablecloths were rented from a close family friend and her rental/ party supply company. 

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 Paul did such an amazing job with the lights. I was brought to tears when I saw it all lit up the night before!  

Paul did such an amazing job with the lights. I was brought to tears when I saw it all lit up the night before!  

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 The wooden signage in Haven's name was done by our cousin in law's girlfriend. We have it hung above her memory box in Haven's nursery but wanted to share it and bring it out for the event.  

The wooden signage in Haven's name was done by our cousin in law's girlfriend. We have it hung above her memory box in Haven's nursery but wanted to share it and bring it out for the event.  

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 Not the typical, average family but gosh how I love mine so much.  

Not the typical, average family but gosh how I love mine so much.  

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 All candles were purchased from Moskatels, Target and the Dollar Tree. We even DIYed mini lanterns using wax paper but the night was chilly and the wind was not on our side so we didn't get a chance to use them all.  

All candles were purchased from Moskatels, Target and the Dollar Tree. We even DIYed mini lanterns using wax paper but the night was chilly and the wind was not on our side so we didn't get a chance to use them all.  

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 We DIYed mini lanterns we made using wax paper. My sister and brother in law saw these during their honeymoon in Thailand and suggested we make them. They were so cute and added to the feel of the evening. 

We DIYed mini lanterns we made using wax paper. My sister and brother in law saw these during their honeymoon in Thailand and suggested we make them. They were so cute and added to the feel of the evening. 

Special thank you's and so much love to our family and close friends for joining us and being present with us. I know Haven smiles at how much love she sees and feels from us all.

Havey, I hope our party was just as amazing as yours are everyday up there in Heaven. Keep shining and keep dancing our precious, sweet girl.  💕