#Giving Tuesday

Black Friday…
Cyber Monday…
Give back on #GivingTuesday
This year, on Tuesday, November 27, a new initiative of giving will begin.  #GivingTuesday is a day dedicated to giving – charities, families, businesses and more will come together to create a new movement to celebrate giving and encourage more, better and smarter giving during the Holiday season.
#GivingTuesday will create a movement to celebrate giving during a time when consuming is so prevalent.  I challenge to to be a part of this new tradition.
Let me take a minute and share my story with you.
These are my daughters: Nora and her big sister Kamilla.
December, 2005
Nora was only able to celebrate one Christmas with us.  Just days after this next photo was taken (May 2006) she lost her life to SIDS.  She died just 10 days before her first birthday.
Every year at Christmas and on Nora’s birthday, we make a donation to First Candle.  First Candle is a national non-profit health organization dedicated to helping grieving parents, the research of sudden infant death, and awareness of infant fatalities as well as educating others about how to reduce the risk of infant death.
First Candle is a charity that is close to my heart.  We have established a fund in memory of sweet Nora that is dedicated to finding a cause and hopefully a cure to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.  (Nora Elisa Kristvaag Pedersen Fund)
Whether you choose a charity like First Candle to make a donation to, the Red Cross, or a Salvation Army Red Kettle, you could give $1, $10, $100 or $1000 – know that every little bit helps.  I challenge you to dig a little deeper into your pockets this year and participate with me on #GivingTuesday.


  1. WOW thanks so very much for sharing this I will be joining the "giving" :) (((HUGS))) to you and yours!!!

  2. Your girls are absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing this. My prayers and warm thoughts are with you and your family. I just "lit" a candle for Nora. :) Thank you for sharing that link. You are an inspiration! I love the idea of a give back Tuesday!!
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  3. I love those beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing about this wonderful charity! You are a strong woman! Love you Kathleen!

  4. Thanks for sharing. What a timely reminder. I will be sure to share this with others,

  5. Thanks for sharing your beautiful story Kathleen! Your story is very inspirational and I pray touches many hearts. Thank you for the reminder of the reason of the season...a season of giving.
    <>< Crystal

  6. What a wonderful effort to come from your unthinkable loss. You have done a sincerely brilliant thing in educating others today.

    My heart is with you at this time of year. I can only imagine that even years later you must ache is seeing these incredible pictures. It is a brave thing to share them with the wider world.

    Consider yourself hugged. You remind everyone to hug those near and dear to us -- on every occasion we have the opportunity.

    Debbie Clement

  7. Thank you for sharing your story Kathleen- and the photos of your two beautiful girls. It is amazing how God has turned a tragedy into a way for you to bless others, and help spread awareness about SIDS. I love the idea of Giving Tuesday and will pass it along!

  8. Love you, sweet friend! Thank you for sharing your story with us. Nora is beautiful and I KNOW she's looking down on you and your fabulous family. You are such a great mommy!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE YOU!!!!

  9. Kathleen--I think about you and your sweet family often. Nora is so, so beautiful. Thank you for sharing this with us. We just lit our candle for your Nora.
    Much love to all you,

  10. Thanks for letting us know about this! I just donated to First Candle. Prayers to your and your family.

    Swimming into Second

    1. Thank you Courtney!! So sweet of you! HUGS!!

  11. Hugs to Kathleen and your beautiful daughters! Thanks for posting and sharing with us. I donated in memory of Nora.

  12. I think about you and your Nora often, Kathleen. So much love to you, friend.