Abby’s Light has Brightened our Lives!
A few months ago, I posted in a local Facebook group. My fiance, my 7 year old daughter and I were trying to figure out a way to make our yearly Wildwood vacation tradition happen. We are in the middle of a very unfortunate, difficult and frustrating time in our lives. The purpose of my post was to ask for suggestions for cheap places to stay, or even us doing housework, babysitting, petsitting, etc. in exchange for a discounted rate on somewhere to stay. Mike, who I later found out is very rarely on that page, somehow came across my post and asked me to message him. What happened next is nothing short of a miracle.
He told me about Abby’s Light, this wonderful and beautiful organization that was created in loving memory of his beautiful daughter. We started chatting and briefly getting to know one another.
After talking through Facebook, we eventually talked on the phone and then had the pleasure of meeting him and his amazing wife, Meg, in person.
Thanks to Mike, Meg and every single person who was or is in any way involved with Abby’s Light, we are now able to take our daughter to Wildwood this summer. We had already told her that it most likely wasn’t going to happen, but that we’d try to at least stay for a night. She was extremely sad, as it has been a tradition since she was born that we go to Wildwood every summer for a vacation.
When we met Mike and Meg in person, our daughter received a gift from them, two packs of Season 4 Shopkins. She was so happy. We waited until after dinner to tell her that we would, thanks to Abby’s Light, be taking her to Wildwood this summer for a week. I will never forget the look on her face. It brought so much joy to her that it brought tears to my eyes.
Most importantly, Mike, Meg and Abby’s Light has made all three of us look at things from a much different (and much better) perspective. Our current situation is dire at best, but now we try to focus more on the positive than the negative. We cherish every moment a little more. Not a single day goes by where I don’t think about Abby’s Light and everyone involved.
On top of this extremely generous gesture and gift, we became the first family that Abby’s Light has adopted. They had been considering launching a new addition to the foundation, called Abby’s Adopted Families, and it is now up and running.
I will never be able to find the words to thank Mike, Meg and all of you for everything that they have done and will be continuing to do for us. We are so overwhelmingly grateful and appreciative that a seemingly coincidental Facebook post turned into such a blessing. This foundation has restored hope, faith and happiness that was missing from our family.
Thankfully, our situation is temporary. At some point, most likely (and hopefully) in the relatively near future, we will be taking steps towards getting ourselves stabilized. Once we are back on our feet, we will most certainly be contributing to this foundation.
I am so incredibly thankful that we have had the pleasure of meeting Mike and Meg. Although we never had the pleasure of meeting Abby face-to-face, all three of us carry her with us in our hearts on a daily basis. During a time when things seemed so dark and so hopeless, Abby’s Light truly did bring light into our lives.
May God bless you all, and may Abby continue to live on in spirit forever. We will most certainly make sure to spread the word about this foundation and give back in any way that we can.