A great reason to visit Chatsworth, GA

Every year in either October or November, a beautiful group of ladies residing in Chatsworth, GA, put together an event called "Remembering our Babies: A Walk to Remember." It is sponsored by the local AOG-Assoicates in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

This 5K fun run and 2 mile walk is for pregnancy and infant loss awareness and to raise money for the March of Dimes. If you live within driving distance, let me encourage you to put this on your agenda for next year!  It is a perfect way to remember/honor babies lost too soon, celebrate their lives, and enjoy time with family and friends. In addition to the 5K and the walk, attendees have a chance to experience a great raffle for tons of awesome prizes, shop multiple vendors and delicious concessions (They had funnel cakes!), and participate in a balloon release.

It is the fourth year in a row I have traveled an hour to attend this event. Every year, it grows in attendance and in activities. This year, I brought my entire family with me. My girls, ages four and eight, had a great time in the bounce houses, and my youngest had her face painted for free!

One of my favorite things about this event is the raffle. Every year I have come, I have taken home a prize, and this year, I took home three prizes!!! I won a bag of Disney princess toys for my girls, and I got some great new Christmas decor.

My friend Tricia, whose husband and youngest son joined us this year, also won a prize - a beautiful Christmas wreath!

Tricia is holding her wreath next to her hubby Keith. My hubby, Michael, is on the right.
Tricia and Keith joined me this year to remember their five year old son, Christian, who they lost just last month. This was their first opportunity to attend a remembrance event for Christian.

While I usually run the 5K in honor of our Angel (lost to an early miscarriage), I opted to participate in the 2 mile walk with Tricia and our kids in memory of both Christian and Angel.

Me and Tricia
Our husbands ran the 5K (a wonderful, mostly flat course), and I'm happy to report that Keith finished first overall with Michael finishing third overall! Their outstanding performances honored both our children, and I was especially overjoyed that Keith was able to win a race for Christian - something he had been wanting to do since the loss of his precious son. 

Following the race and the walk, everyone gathered together for the balloon release. What made this moment extra special was the balloons themselves. After pressing a button on the top, the balloons lit up! This made for a uniquely beautiful balloon release.

It was a night to remember in Chatsworth, GA, and I can hardly wait to do it again next year! The drive there amidst the beautiful fall colored trees and the festivities at the event are totally worth the time! And if you are privileged to be able to attend next year, let me recommend the Chatsworth restaurant Open Range Steakhouse. Best post race dinner EVER!

Today's forget-me-not: This great event in Chatsworth, GA, remembering Christian, Angel, and all babies lost too soon!

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