A Slice of Heaven – Mandy Long
On this episode CS interviews her friend Mandy. Mandy and her husband Scott lost their little boy, Crew, about 2.5 years ago. Born on August 31, 2014, Crew was a surprise in every way possible and continued that element of surprise to his last breath. During pregnancy and at birth there were no concerns at all. He was a blessing to his family as a third beautiful boy and everything seemed to be perfect. They quickly learned however, that not everything was as it seemed. Crew was never able to talk, walk, sit up on his own, eat by mouth, and was never given an actual diagnosis. But his presence brought an insurmountable deal of comfort and happiness to everyone who ever met him, and to simply know him was to absolutely love him
The Longs set up an amazing foundation called “Crew’s Crew Foundation” in honor of Crew and in an effort to help his brothers. The Crew’s Crew Foundation supports the emotional well-being of children whose brother or sister has died. Their goal is to always keep their loved ones memory alive forever. You can learn more at the bottom of this blog!
This episode is jam packed with inspiration. Some key points we hope you take away are…
- Sometimes not being able to see the bigger picture is how we get through the hard things that are thrown at us.
- The lessons that we learn from the hard things are the most important lessons we will ever learn.
- Hope is real, and it is something we should all hold on to.
- Sometimes all you can do is put on your banana jams, tuck in your big foot, and you handle it. You do it. You get through it. One day at a time.
Mandy. Neither one of us can imagine losing a child. We cannot fathom being in your shoes and yet we are so inspired by you and by your love for Crew. Thank you for sharing your heart. It will no doubt help others and above all, it will help to continue keeping Crew’s memory alive and beautiful. What a little slice of heaven.
Meet Crew and his amazing family!
Crew’s big brother’s Charlie and Cooper were so excited to welcome another to their tribe!
Sweetest little angel with the most amazing mama.
Crew was blessed with the most wonderful parents. God knew exactly what he was doing.
Best. Brothers. Ever.
And even though he’s gone, his love lives on and keeps them strong.
and his beloved banana jams!
Learn more about Crew’s Crew and see how you can help!
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