The Nicholas and Hodge families founded and continue to organize the Baby Steps Memorial Run each year to support The Amelia Center at Children’s Hospital of Alabama. As two grieving families, our mission is to assist in the healing process for families who have lost children and raise money for The Amelia Center. All contributions from our event allow The Amelia Center to continue to offer services and support to grieving families to let them know that they are not alone on their journey. The Baby Steps Memorial Run allows us the opportunity to bring many families together and set aside a day to remember and honor our loved ones. Although our children are no longer with us, the impact of their short lives has been exhibited throughout the race. We have built new relationships with many grieving families and are there to support each other when we need it the most.
God chose this new path for our lives. We have to trust in Him and he will give us directions. As a grieving mother, I have found what helps me though my loss is reaching out to others who are on this road with me. As a way to honor my boys I have become involved in many organizations within the community relating to child loss and neonatal care! I have reached out to many mothers who have had a loss and do my best to help them along their new journey. I have met many wonderful families throughout the past several years. I am encouraged by the growth of each mother throughout her journey. The Amelia Center has connected me with other grieving mothers who can provide comfort and direction to each other. The key is to remember you are not alone!
The Nicholas family is expecting the arrival of a baby boy, Bryant in May, 2012.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” Psalm 147:3
God has since blessed us with our second miracle, James Hudson Hodge, born on September 21, 2010. We don’t always understand God’s plans for our lives, but His word promises that He will never leave us and He will carry us through the storms of life. It is by God’s promises that we live each day knowing that we will be reunited with Maddox Elise, as a family, one day in heaven.
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain…” Revelation 21:4