I know it's been a while since I've last written, but in most ways that's a good thing. Life has been busy and moving forward. I am slowly learning how to navigate my way through life without Hailey, while still keeping her a part of me and our family in everything I do.
Part of that everything is our exciting news that Lay's Potato Chips has decided to feature Hailey and her foundation on their Facebook page!!! After Hailey passed away, Sean contacted Lay's and told them all about Hailey and her immense love for their chips. They have been "amayzingly" gracious towards us.
Just click on the following link to see firsthand: http://www.facebook.com/lays
As soon as I saw it posted my heart started racing so fast I thought it would break the sound barrier!!! I couldn't believe it. What an honor! I am so grateful and flattered that such an enormous worldwide company would be willing to feature our little Hailey on a page of over a million users. I don't know how to ever thank them except for promising to buy their chips from now until eternity!!! And that I can do! Even though Hailey is no longer physically here, I'm always out buying little "lellow" bags of their chips to leave at her place...sometimes I even spring for the full size bag on special occasions! (The birds LOVE it!)
Anyways, I watched the video posted of Hailey getting a custom made Lay's shirt on her 3rd birthday from one of her favorite people ever, our neighbor Matt. I've only seen it once before because of the emotion that it brought out in me. And I'll admit, nothing's changed. I cried my eyes out for about 20 minutes after watching that clip. She was so beautiful and happy that day...as I know she still is in Heaven. (She was laid to rest in that same shirt, her favorite!)
After watching the video I went back to the Facebook page and started reading people's comments. Of course, there were definitely some people who had some negative things to say, usually along the lines of questioning why I would feed my child so unhealthily. The funny thing is, aside from the chips, she ate quite healthy. Her last meal was quinoa and broccoli...her favorite. You can't get much healthier than that. Anyways, my point in this is that at first I was really upset that people would be so judgmental and negative, but after a few minutes of reading on, I came to realize that those were the mere few. The majority of comments were amazingly positive and supportive. Gosh, there are so many good people in this world.
Every single little comment of support lifts me up and makes me smile beyond description. You are all wonderful and I thank you again for walking beside me along this journey.