The mission of The Colette Louise Tisdahl Foundation is to improve outcomes of pregnancy, childbirth, prematurity, and infancy, as well as aid in the grieving process through financial assistance, education, and advocacy
Well, it’s official…we have a one year old! Our little guy Elliott turned one on July 14 and then we had a very small party with just our immediate families on July 17. We are so lucky to have this little guy in our lives and wow, does he keep us on our toes! He even figured out how to open the childproof gate that blocks him off from certain parts of the house. Elliott certainly enjoyed his smash cake, as you can see from the pictures below.
We also started a new family tradition of pictures on what we lovingly call “Colette’s benches” that we donated to Evanston Women’s Hospital
, where we had both Colette and Elliott. You can see the picture from when we left the hospital with Elliott and our Coco bear, and you can see the picture from this year.
Creating family traditions has been so important to us and often, with an angel baby, it is hard to keep those traditions. We will be having a discussion with our friends at the Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Association
about ways to remember your losses and it will then be uploaded to our You Tube channel
. We would love to know more about your family traditions, especially for those of you who commemorate a loss as well. Share
them with us!
Our family is going to be traveling next week and trying to get away from our street that is undergoing construction and into nature, peace, quiet, and fun! We are headed a few hours away to a cabin in Galena, Illinois
. If you have been, we would love suggestions of activities, places to eat, and things to do.
In the meantime, we are working away. While we are closed to new applications, we are still processing all the applications that were already submitted as well as working on other pieces, like our education and advocacy. We are excited to share more with you as things develop!
We also are looking to grow our advisory board and are looking for people with a passion (and preferably experience) for helping families in crisis who are dealing with high-risk pregnancies or pregnancies with complications, NICU stays current or past, and loss. More details below, but email me
or respond to this email if you are interested and want to learn more.
We have also been creating a new series, Featured Families, which will highlight and tell the story of one of the families we have helped through our financial assistance program. You will find the first ones on our website
or via the links later in the newsletter.
Hope you are all having a great summer so far. We would love to hear about and see all the fun you are having so please share
! Continue to have a safe, fun, and healthy summer!