For most, Mother’s Day is a wonderful day of smiles and warmth and love celebrating the beautiful babies in your life. But for some, Mother’s Day can be the darkest day of the year. For a mother missing one or more of her children, Mother’s Day is just another heartbreaking reminder of the gigantic hole in her heart.

This year will be the first time since my son was born that I’ve been without one of my children for Mother’s Day. I want to be able to snuggle him, protect him, and tell him how much I love him. I want to see his smile and tickle his belly.

But I can’t. The court battle for him wages on and on.

Instead, Free Bree Foundation has decided to host an annual event called “Up, Up, and a Love” in which mother’s can honor and remember their absent children on Mother’s Day. Join us this Mother’s day as we release balloons for our children who are missing, taken, or passed.

up up and a love

We will write notes to our absent children and place them inside helium-filled latex heart balloons. The balloon release will take place at 3:00 in the afternoon. We put the messages in a heart so they will reach the hearts of our children!

There will be additional activities for other children and to celebrate all moms.

Every mother with an absent child on mother’s day has a difficult struggle on Mother’s Day while they grieve and yearn for their children. I hope this little bit of symbolism can give a small amount of peace to those mothers missing their babies!

Located at Richfield County Park, 6322 N. Irish Rd in Davison, MI  48423 on Mother’s Day, May 11th, 2014 and starts at 2:00pm.