Lost For Words Card Line

With today being the National Day of Pregnancy and Infant Loss awareness day, I wanted to bring your attention to a new card line that I think is incredible, and such a needed resource. Sweet Franchesca was the one who redesigned my blog, and when I got the chance to meet her a few months ago for coffee, she shared details of this amazing new resource. I am so proud of her, and really hope you will spend a few minutes looking around this new site.

There are 26+ categories of cards specializing in infant loss, pregnancy loss and infertility, and they are also designing two 2012 calendars with quotes from bereaved parents including their photography, one by Franchesca and one by CarlyMarie (her partner for this project) that go on sale TODAY!

So many people express the fact that they just don’t know what to say to friends/family who have lost a baby, and I truly believe these cards will be just the thing to say when you’re lost for words.

So proud of you, Franchesca!!! You are going to bless so many people through this amazing resource!

With love,
Angie


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  • Katherine L Page

    I’m so excited and so blessed daily by our friendship Fran!!!!! EVERYONE, CHECK out these cards.

    • http://www.lostforwordscardline.com Franchesca

      love you girl!!! XOX

  • http://profiles.google.com/jamie331988 Jamie Reese

    I found her card line when I ordered a picture of my sons name written in the sand from Carly Marie.  I have bought several cards since then. They are beautiful and thoughtfully written as I think only someone who has experienced this could. I like to know that people remember my baby, and I don’t think I’m alone in that. If you don’t know what to say, these cards will be a great help to let your friend or family know that you remember and care.

  • Laura

    What a beautiful idea! Thank you so much for sharing! I’m having trouble viewing the calendars though, on the website it still says “coming soon”…is this right?

    • http://www.lostforwordscardline.com Franchesca

      Hi Laura, thank you so much for visiting our site. We have been running a little behind on releasing the calendars, hopefully they will be available within the next week or so :) xxxx

  • annie

    As a mom who’s lost two babies I loved the idea until I saw one supporting abortion. I can understand years down the road when the woman might greatly regret it but they don’t appear or sound that way. It really hurts to be grouped with women who’ve aborted their children when my husband and I have tried for so many years to have a baby and these women murder their children.

    • http://www.lostforwordscardline.com Franchesca

      I will not be commenting any more on this issue, but to anyone who reads this I want to make it clear we do NOT support abortion. We hope to provide healing to all women experiencing child loss, even to those who have sadly chosen to abort their child(ren). Carly and I are also bereaved parents, so we too know the pain. We never hope to offend anyone in our decision to include this category in our card line, only to fully support to grieving community. If you visit our site, you will see it focuses primarily on healing to families experiencing the loss of a child by circumstances beyond their control. -franchesca

    • Carly Dudley

      Annie, firstly I am so sorry for the losses you have experienced. With that cardline we are coming from a place of love. I asked myself the old question “What would Jesus do?” He would LOVE and support these women. So I have chosen to do this. I am sorry if that offends you. I always say if people decided to stop rampaging through the streets holding up graffic photos of aborted babies and screaming the words murder at these women and if people spent more time on putting their beliefs and passions into giving these women help and support before they make such a decision you would find that abortion rates would fall dramtically. I created these cards when a friend of ours almost died, her husband had to make the decision to abort their baby or lose both his wife and their child. She lives with this everyday, I want her to feel love. How anyone could ever say that this family murdered their child is beyond me. I too will not be commenting further on this. We are coming from a place of love – that is all.

    • Holly

      This just makes me shake my head. I understand women not supporting abortion but we should be supporting the women and families who have been through this tragedy instead of bringing them down. We should be showing the love of Jesus and not pushing them away. I had an abortion when I was 19 and am thankful that love and forgiveness comes from God and not fellow man. Don’t assume you know what a person is feeling or thinking who has had an abortion. We shouldn’t be judging but showing mercy like God has shown us mercy.

  • Esther Reimer

    My nephew was born this day (Oct 15) and lived for 1 hour.  This is the third baby that my brother and his wife have lost, but the only one to be born alive (1st was stillborn and the other was a miscarriage).  God has blessed them with a healthy little boy who is almost 2 and we continue to praise him for that.  During her first pregnancy she read your blog and it was a great support to her.  This time around she read your book and now all the ladies of my family have decided to read your book.  I look forward to hearing your story and gaining a deeper understanding of theirs.  Thank you.

  • Phronsie Howell

    Ironically enough, our first baby was conceived on Oct 15, and lost 4.5 months later (in 2006). I always feel terrible because I know women who’ve lost babies and I don’t know what to say because, despite the fact that I’ve been there, it didn’t affect me the way it does the women I know. This is a great resource!

  • Lynn Worley

    Carly’s the one who writes babies names in the sand! If you look at me on FB right now I’ve got the pic up of James’ name in the sand. It’s such a special thing to have, especially for those of us who miscarried and don’t have anything to remember our little ones by. Her site is: http://namesinthesand.blogspot.com/
    And through Carly’s site I learned about a very special woman who specializes in cremation jewelry. What she does is amazing. I obviously didn’t have any ashes, so in that case she can put sand from Christian’s beach (where Carly writes the names) in it. They’re both in Australia but that shouldn’t stand in anyone’s way. Sue mails things out quickly and it doesn’t take all that long to get here. These two resources fill such a special and unique need.
    Know that I’m praying so at this end!
    Revelation 7:16-17 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
    Prayer Bears
    My email address

  • Kasey Krawiec

    I am so happy to have found out about this site. I have a nearly 4 year old son who is a leukemia survivor and after he was healthy, we made the decision to move past the fear we experienced when he was a baby and try for one more anyway. I miscarried the pregnancy and it was a year ago this past October 10th. Since then the Lord has revealed peace and contentment to my husband and I and we have excitement about meeting “Baby Faith” when we get to heaven. I look forward to telling my son that he has sister in heaven waiting to play with him. But during this time last year when I lost the baby, I could feel the awkardness that those around me felt in not knowing what to say. I’m happy that folks now have such a beautiful resource to give their heart words. I’m going to post this on my own blog to keep spreading the word. XOXO

  • JillT

    Haven’t looked at the site yet, but as grandma to an angel baby I want to thank these ladies too.  I don’t fully understand the awkwardness. . .but certainly know that it is definitely a problem for people to call or write.  This is a wonderful option for those who want to care for a friend but don’t know how to.

  • Alyson

    Beautiful.

  • Shandee

    Angie,
    I’m so glad you’re giving a shout out to Franchesca and CarlyMarie.  I ordered my first cards from them over a year ago and have been painfully privileged to give them away to grieving families.  Thanks to these girls for giving us a way to show our support to those who are hurting even when words don’t come easily. Blessings.

  • MG

    I really hope I don’t have to use these cards but I’m sure the time will come (again).  I am such a “card” person that this is truly a resource that I would be thankful to have.  I’ve actually tried making my own and they never seemed right, so I never used them.  Thanks for pointing us to this site.

  • Adinda

    As a woman who found out only 2 weeks ago that my husband and I will not be having a May baby, I couldn’t tell you how many people have not known what to say to me/us.  But at the same time we have had many who have wraped their love around us in this time of great sadness. When we found out, out of just trying to make sense of it all, I looked to see if there were cards that dealt with infancy loss and found none in the stores so I can say that yes, this will be a huge blessing for people like me and so many others that have walked this painful road.  Thank you Angie for posting the links.  They are much appreciated.

  • http://differentparent.com/ Wick

     A difficult topic for sure. We had some close friends who lost a newborn a few years back, and I drove the church van as many wanted to attend graveside services.  An unexpected blessing happened when I got the van stuck in the mud, and flung it everywhere!!!!  It broke the silence, and we talked openly about not knowing what to say.  It was a healing time of sorrow, prayer, and love.  May God bless these cards to do the same…

  • Keels McGee

    I had to terminate my pregnancy due to medical reasons. He was a much loved, wanted and needed baby boy but he was very very sick. It was the hardest decision I ever had to make in my life. I am no less of a person and I should not be punished. My son had such a severe case of Hydrocephalus,  Short limbs, heart issues, Cleft lip and palate, Lung problems and the list could go on. I love him dearly and he was so very wanted. Terminating a pregnancy is not always for the reasons that you think. Think first before offending others.

    • J.

      I too had to terminate, as the pregnancy was not viable for many reasons. I miss her just as fiercely now as I did when I had to make the painful decision four years ago. After that, I don’t judge women who make that decision. Whatever their reasons are, they too will have to live with the loss, and it isn’t up to us to judge them because of that. I will never tell a woman to ‘go for it’ if she suggests abortion as a route for her pregnancy, as I would never wish anyone to go through that pain, but if she decides to, I won’t shun her pain and say her loss is different from anyone else’s. In the end, a child is lost and a parent is left behind.

  • karenk

    Angie,

    Thank you so much for sharing this site w/ others.  I’m sure that it will be heartwarming to many parents who have suffered a pregnancy loss for whatever the reason.

    Blessings to you and yours.
    karenk
    (from WOF, Pittsburgh, PA)

  • Krisnrodman

    Thank you for sharing this site! I just lost my second sweet angel through miscarriage on Oct. 12th. Such sweet words bring so much comfort and healing.

    Kristen

  • Shelly

    Angie, just heard you speak at WOF yesterday…Wow!!!   I have followed your blog for a long time and brought my friends to hear your story in person… thank you for having the courage to be authentic and challenge us all to depend on God when the waves seem to engulf us.  The night before you spoke I was sharing with two of my friends that I felt as though I was drowning due to some circumstances in my life.  Needless to say, your words could not have been more timely!  You are an anointed woman and I bless you as you continue to walk in obedience to the call God has on your life!  

  • Jess

    I was at Women of Faith in St. Paul this last weekend.  Your session was so very inspriring.  Almost 4 years ago I gave birth to a very sick baby boy.  We didn’t think he would survive.  But he did!  And he is perfectly healthy.  I wept as you spoke, remembering those painful moments.  Thank you for being brave enough to share this story. 

  • Leslie~BUG

    I too attended Women of Faith this last weekend in St Paul, MN.  Your story was poignant, and VERY close to home for me.  In March of 2003, at almost 20 weeks, an ultrasound revealed that our Destiny Nikole’s little heart had quit beating some weeks earlier.  My body just hadn’t rejected the pregnancy yet.  Our doctor recommended a DNC and her “remains” were sent to Rochester, MN where they determined the cause of death to be Turner’s Syndrome.  When neared the end of your session with expressing how very much you miss your daughter everyday…I wept with you.  I never got to hold Destiny or bury her, but she was VERY real and dear to my heart as she always will be, and I too miss her everyday. Thank you for sharing.

  • Holly

    I love the card line! I haven’t gotten anything yet but def plan to!