SaMP Kids ~ Middle Ridge Farm

In January and February, SAMP Kids Compassionate Kids Club partnered with Middle Ridge Farm and Rescue in Middletown! Whitney case to speak to our club and the kids decided that a service day at the farm would be a great way to help them!

Last week, the kids got to the farm and realized horses are a lot of work! They worked hard shoveling manure, hay and wood chips, moving full wheelbarrows out to the dumping area and back until one stall was all clean! We definitely want to come back and help out the rescue again!

Other ways you can help the farm is to adopt! While you may not have the space or ability to adopt a horse, they’re always adopting cats and even a pig! Also, like, follow, and share their Facebook page and participate in any fundraisers you’re able to! Currently, they have a fundraiser with Usborne Books & More which are great for kids! Stop by the farm, check out their Facebook page, see Libby at Kids Club, or message them if you would like to participate!  If you’d like to learn more about Middle Ridge Farm and Rescue please visit their website at www.middleridgehorse.com

Our next meeting is scheduled for March 5th ~ we will have a presentation by Make A Wish and hear ways for the kids to get involved. Please stay tuned for a possible location change as we try to find a space that works well for our whole group.

We are still looking for organization to help us close out the school year. If you have ideas or if your organization would like to be involved please send me a message! chrissi @ sophieandmadigansplayground. org (no spaces)

Sophie & Madigan’s Playground at West Side Regional Park

Sophie and Madigan’s Playground is excited to have received approval from City of Frederick Parks and Rec to put our destination memorial park on this property. Just one more step – approval of our MOU by the Mayor and Board to be official! We will post updates as they become available.

More information visit

http://www.cityoffrederick.com/987/Westside-Regional-Park-Task-Force

Five years ago

Five years ago two of our beautiful girls we taken from us. Half our family gone in the blink of an eye. Our sweet and giving Sophie. Our precious spunky Madigan.

Five years ago we lost our pets. Our Kenny and Creedance the cats Jack and I got when we first moved in together. Our Raff the kitten we raised from the time he was born. Our puppy J.Humphrey who we got to help sooth the broken hearts of 3 little girls who lost their big buddy Baxter, our mastiff, just months before.

Five years ago we lost our home and every possession. No more coming home to the house where all of our babies were born.

Five years ago we lost our identity.

Five years ago at this very moment I sat in shock and confusion still covered in soot and ash my hair crisp and tangled struggling to take deep full breaths of air.

Five years ago at this very moment my oldest daughter was in a medically induced coma. The drone of the machines in the PICU helping my tiny girl breath ringing in my ears as I sat terrified we would lose her too.

Five years ago at this very moment I sat desperate to be comforted by Jack but he was all alone in another icu for the burns and inhalation from trying to save our babies.

Five years ago I thought I could never make it through one more moment.

Five years ago I couldn’t feed my baby.

Five years ago our family was shattered, nothing could ever be the same.

Today we are overwhelmed by the continued support of our friends, families, and strangers who have one family along the way. We know despite our devastation the girls are not forgotten. We know that our mission to honor them by helping to build an amazing park, and stronger family bonds through our programs is making a difference in our community and that means more than we can express. This journey has not been easy, there are days when taking one more step feels impossible but we are stronger because of your support. 💙💗