My Name is Brandi Jo Flemings and I am a mother to a angel. My son Angelo passed away at the age of 2 months 6 days old on Dec 10th 2015. He had gone to the sitters and passed away during his nap. This is the hardest journey I’ve ever been on in my life. Losing a child is the worst pain you can ever feel. After my loss I got pregnant but it all came to a end on Nov 10th 2016 I was told I was having a ectopic pregnancy. Although it was very early it still was a hard loss. My already broken heart shattered into a million pieces. Feeling like I was never going to be able to be a mom in person I became pregnant again. I thought could this really be it. 6 weeks 4 days later my world came crashing down as on April 2nd 2018 I had a miscarriage. Feeling like I had nothing left. Like the biggest loser. Like god hated me and didn’t want me to have children (which I knew wasn’t true). My husband and I decided that maybe we needed a little help. We went to CNY fertility to have my ovarian tubes checked September 2018. All clear. Planned a IUI but was told to try on our own for the coming month because sometimes it’s just happens for people that way. And sure enough it did!! And with the help of CNY and a plan they set up for me they helped keep me pregnant. I came across a friends post on Facebook about Lincoln’s Angels Inc. I had heard the story of Lincoln’s loss and it broke my heart. I liked and joined the page. I wanted to reach out to Lincoln’s mom and share my story with her. Our stories had so much of the same similarities to them. One day on Dec 11th 2018 I knew it was time. I shared my story and felt like our angels brought us together. She told me about Lincoln’s Angels Inc and that they were giving three owlet socks away. I applied for a chance to win one and was so grateful when I received a letter from Jessica in the mail from Lincoln’s Angels inc that stated I was picked to receive a owlet sock. It meant the world to me and my husband. I cried so hard that day. Knowing I would have peace of mind when my new little man to come goes down for naps and bedtime. Yes Angelo is getting a baby brother due June 4th 2019. With this pregnancy comes many emotions and worries. When all you know and understand is loss. The fear you have in unreal. That’s why being picked was like a miracle for me really. To have that peace of mind and the idea of not having that extra financial payment. As we all know babies are expensive (totally worth every penny) so it’s so nice when you can receive help. But what is also nice is being able to be apart of something so beautiful. Being apart of a mother’s love for her son. Being able to help Jessica in her journey. To keep her son’s memory alive. I know that feeling as my husband and I do as much as we can to celebrate Angelo’s memory. We plan on always paying it forward and supporting and helping Lincoln’s Angels Inc as much as we can in the future. What they are doing is a true blessing and they will help a lot of future mommy’s out. Lincoln’s Angels Inc. truly will help change our lives because of their kindness. We are forever thankful. Sincerely Brandi Flemings
I, sadly, had my world turned upside down and heart forever shattered on Thursday, May 17, 2007, when my 5 week and 3 day old son, Liam, passed away of SIDS. There are no words to adequately describe the feeling that remains in you when you lose a child. It's one that remains, as I've learned, day in and day out for years upon years. We had our son, Lev, over 7 years after Liam had passed away and we found comfort in having a Snuza monitor. However, when Lev would roll or move certain ways, it would remove the censor from his skin and send a panic through us as the alarm sounded. This happened more frequently than not, causing extreme stress and anxiety in addition to the fears and anxiety we already had after losing Liam so unexpectedly.
We heard about a local family, who had lost their previous little boy, Lincoln, just as we had Liam. Our hearts broke for Lincoln's parents and we followed Lincoln's story. We were so happy to see that out of Lincoln's passing, Lincoln's Angels had been started. What a beautiful way to transform tragedy into something positive!
I found out in the fall of 2018 that I was pregnant with the baby that will be the final addition to our family. This time, a baby girl (after 3 boys!)! I was shocked and absolutely delighted when I received a letter in the mail saying that a good friend of mine had applied on my behalf for an Owlet monitor for this baby, through Lincoln's Angels and that we would be receiving one to help give us that peace of mind when our sweet girl makes her arrival this summer.
Words can't express how much this means to not only myself and my husband, Adrian, but also to our son, Jayden, who remembers the death of his brother Liam, and was present the morning of Liam's passing. His world was torn apart that day as well, and he shares in the anxieties that come after an experience like that. To sum it up in one word, I would say that the word to describe what we feel for this gift from Lincoln's Angels is: GRATEFUL.
"After trying so long to have a baby..."
I had seen Lincoln’s Angels pop up on my newsfeed when a friend of mine shared their story. My heart instantly melted after reading the post about what their organization was about. A member of my family had lost their baby due to SIDS. That’s a hard loss to go through for any parent. I followed the page I wanted stay posted about anything going on so that I could possibly help, because it’s close to where I live. In the end Lincoln’s Angels helped me.
When I found out I was pregnant it was a big surprise. We were nothing but excited to finally, after trying for so long to have a baby. When I was about 7 months I decided to apply for the smart sock through Lincoln’s Angels. My husband is the only income, and we barely make it by sometimes but we keep pushing. I thought the worst that could happen is my app wouldn’t be accepted. I know if it wasn’t me it would of been someone else who could really use it, and that would be just as much of a blessing.
I wasn’t expecting a letter back so fast. My husband brought up a big yellow envelope, and I was confused because I want expecting anything that day. When I took the letter out I instantly broke into tears, because my application had been accepted. I received a letter, business card, and 2 refrigerator magnets. That are currently on my fridge, and I keep the business card on me. My husband was like why are you crying, and I told him. He didn’t know what to say besides that’s amazing honey, and smiled. Receiving this gift is something that not only will bring us peace of mind at anytime we aren’t with him, but a reminder that someone out there cares to do something so amazing for someone else.
I thank this organization for helping families like us, and families that have suffered loss have that comfort. It means more than words can describe. Thank you Lincoln’s Angels, thank you Jessica you are a strong woman, and I admire you for all that you do. Your story will never be forgotten, and everyday I look at my smart sock I will know the incredible gift you have given to my family.
With much love and gratitude,