Held Your Whole Life

Hello Dearest

The call toBe you, Bravelyis concurrently empowering and intimidating. We get that. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start or identify exactly what is calling our hearts toward doing something brave. If you’re not sure what brave thing to do this year maybe it’s about slowing down to listen to your heart, or maybe it’s about trying out a few things, because sometimes it takes getting involved before we know we’re passionate. For those of you in the second category, we’ll be highlighting organizations doing impactful things in the world with opportunities to dip your toe in, getting involved right from your home. (For those of you in the first category, we hope you’ll follow us along inThe Brave Collectiveand that the journeys of other women will inspire and orient you in your own calling.)

is the organization we are highlighting this month at Hello, Darling. It is an organization born out of a painful season of loss. strives to help couple’s grieving the loss of a baby in utero, either through miscarriage or stillbirth, by providing them a piece of jewelry as a remembrance.

Here’s to brave!

Tell us about you and your role at ?

I am Larisa Barth. I am 29, and wife to a courageous husband who is a pastor. I am a mom, advocate, a creative mind and a wild heart that keeps me living intentionally. As I share with you, I am 12 weeks pregnant with my 2nd “Rainbow Baby,” a child born after a loss, and watching my 2 year old, Kamari Morning, dance to Frozen. This is my 5th pregnancy, and in October we hope to have our second child here in our arms.

HYWL also sponsors a remembrance gathering each year in October in honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month.

What was the inspiration behind ?

Our first born son, Asher Finn Barth, came silently into this world on his due date, October 9th, 2011.After a picture perfect 40 week pregnancy, and an active little monkey in my womb, you never expect to hear those words, “I’m so sorry but your baby doesn’t have a heartbeat.” I gave birth to death, and held my warm and beautiful 5lb 5oz baby boy and begged God to give him breath. I thought my life had ended that day and I would never smile again.

The journey to joy is a long and difficult one, and sometimes time seems to stand still even though the world is flying by. It was almost a year after my greatest heartbreak that my husband and I founded to support families whose babies never took a breath on this earth. We want to acknowledge the lives of the children who die before they are born and are only ever “held their whole lives” in their mother’s wombs.

I firmly believe in different love languages and I receive and give love through gifts. Asher’s life was such an amazing gift to me and I am honored to parent him by giving beautiful tokens of remembrance to other grieving families. I am not afraid to say my son’s name, and I hope to empower others to break the silence.

What has Larisa’s story inspired you to do?