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A New Little Sister: Willa Gwendolyn Strong

January 15, 2017 by Victoria Strong

I love birth stories. No matter how long ago, a mother beams as she recounts that special day. Every detail seared into our mothering bones. Regardless of how the child arrived, the day you first hold your precious baby becomes a fingerprint on both of us. Our child’s first story. Our first...

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Gwendolyn’s Birth Story

January 08, 2017 by Victoria Strong

Gwendolyn DeBard Strong was born the morning of October 4th, 2007. It had been a warm autumn, with me wearing tanks and skirts most of the pregnancy. We had recently purchased our first house, a sweet 1921 Craftsman right in the middle of Santa Barbara, and spent my pregnancy moving in, fixing...

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Holidays After Child Loss: Incorporating Your Loved One Into Special Occasions

December 11, 2016 by Victoria Strong

The holidays can be extra hard after loss -- especially this time of year. But there are many ways to incorporate a loved one by creating new traditions. For us, holidays are now painfully incomplete and what has become clear is the only way to make any special event tolerable is for Gwendolyn...

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Team GSF Raises $1Million

November 16, 2016 by Victoria Strong

Team GSF has now officially crossed the $1Million raised milestone. $1 M.I.L.L.I.O.N. from running. Yes, the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other, sweating, pushing oneself... has truly made a difference.

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9. Nine. Happy 9th Birthday Darling Love

October 04, 2016 by Victoria Strong

9. Nine. A big nine-year-old girl. Oh, Gwendolyn, my darling love, it seems hard to believe. It seems you were just born. You were just here. You were just blossoming into the self-assured young lady I knew you'd be. And, yet, this is our second birthday without you in our arms. Time has a way...

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