Saturday, July 2, 2011

Brady's Smile

Stephen received the nicest gift yesterday; a warm, comfy fleece blanket to keep him warm and cozy in his chilly ICU room. And it's adorable to boot!

The blanket was a gift from an organization called Brady's Smile. It came with a little note that says,

"This fleece blanket was homemade with love especially for you by one of our volunteers. We hope that you find it warm and snuggly, and that it provides comfort to you over the years and especially during your stay. Our thoughts are with you. Your friends at Brady's Smile."

And the ribbon tied around the blanket says, "Sweet Dreams, Stay Strong!"

I was grateful for the gift and had never heard of this organization so looked it up online and was touched by this family's story and the organization they have created to help other sick children after their little boy lost his battle. They provide so many sick kiddos with blankets, soothing music, care packages, and meals at hospitals in 7 states. Seven states!! That's so amazing!!

I'd love if you would take a few minutes and check out their website :

I tell myself all the time that I want to give back to the people that have helped Stephen, but I really want to volunteer for Brady's Smile. My goal is to host my own blanket party so we can give other kiddos a blanket to snuggle with and keep them warm in this cold, scary place. I'll definitely keep you all posted about Brady's Smile and how we're able to help.

Stephen is doing great today and finally was able to get something to eat this afternoon. More importantly, I finally got to hold him!! I think the little guy was just begging to picked up by Mommy and Daddy. But we are going to be here in the PICU for much longer than we thought. They are very very slowly increasing his dialysis and it's going to be awhile until we get to 100 cc's of fluid. Best case, we think we'll be out of ICU by Tuesday. But you never know...Stevie Wonder likes to surprise us!


  1. Hi Lindsey,
    Stephen looks wonderful...So glad to hear that things are going well. Thoughts and prayers are will all of you...
    Aunt LuAnn and Uncle Dick

  2. I am glad to hear he is doing well and I am going to check out that website right now! I hope you all get some rest and can stay warm and snuggly and surrounded with comfort! :o)

    Jenifer Odom

  3. What a beautiful gift. Kisses to your sweet boy. I am glad you got to hold him today.

  4. Stephen looks great in his birthday pics! I'd love to help with Brady's Smile too! Keep us updated!