Saturday, December 30, 2006


Bev's Charity Challenge 2006 comes to an end today, although the year isn't quite up yet. Tomorrow Bev and Chris will be running totals and deleting the database to make room for 2007 participants. I can't believe it, but I personally made 89 items this year for charity. Many in the challenge made MUCH more, but I'm still a bit proud of myself....if I do sayso myself. LOL!

So...that leaves me with what will I set my goal for 2007? I guess I need to attempt to beat 2006 by 1. Whatcha think? It's going to be wild and crazy year. I'm not sure that I will even come close to making the goal. I was going to wait until Monday to make my "announcement", but I guess now is as good a time as any.

Tomorrow I will be 12 weeks pregnant...again. This is pregnancy #6 if anyone is keeping track. We only have one living child.

We took a huge leap of faith and decided to give one more shot at adding to our family. It's already turned out to be a pretty stressful start, including 1.5 wks of bleeding, some contracting, and 2 fibroids. Although things have settled down now, I'm pretty much on a self-imposed house arrest.

On Jan 4th, I'll have a cerclage put in. After that, no lifting, no bending, nothing. There will come a time when horizontal will be the best position for me as to take pressure/gravity off my cervix. We are in the process of hiring a nanny to begin on Jan 8th. Things went bad with Emma at 21 weeks, so I'm figuring by 17-18 weeks I need to be laying down as much as possible. I am under the care of a perinatologist this time, one that is highly regarded. With cautious optimism, we're praying for the best and will do everything within our power to bring home a baby.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas!

Wishing all of your a joyous Christmas!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

A little looming and more

Not much to report these days. As a change in pace, I decided to try to loom some flat panels and use them as burial wraps which caused me to learn the chain stitch. :-) This white one is my first attempt. I attached some pink roses as a little embellishment.

Jeriksmoen sent this beautiful knit gown from handspun yarn to the Emmazing Grace Foundation. Thank you so very much!!! She's from the LucyBug group. LucyBug has decided to change their shipping policy and the foundation was a lucky recipient of this.

I've decided to learn to crochet. Since I don't have anyone to teach me, I bought at the suggestion of others the Learn Crochet kit from Susan Bates. I can't wait to get it.

A few weeks ago, I had a computer crash. I had been expecting it as it was over 6 years old. I'm now a proud owner of a laptop and LOVING wireless. Now, I just have to get the software I like installed.

And, I'm a proud owner of a Canon Powershot A630. My old digital was an EasyShare that was about 3.5 years old. I had started having to take the batteries out after I take a photo as it was using them SUPER FAST. I figured while we were spending money on a computer might as well get a new camera. I wonder if I'll be able to take pics as well was Wool Winder. NOT! :-)

Friday, December 01, 2006

Long time, No see

Wow! Where do I start? We made our whirlwind trip home for Turkey Day and boy was it a mess. It included with my husband's grandmother being hospitalized, my car giving us trouble, a 12 hour trip home, and a sick husband and child. My husband either had food poison or a stomach bug beginning about 4:30 Monday morning. Hannah got sick Sat night and we were up all night with her. By Monday she had a temp of 105. Pediatrician called it viral and sent us home. Thankfully, by Tuesday my husband was better. By Wed when Hannah wasn't better and still running a temp of 103, I took her back to the dr.....ear infection. Great! She's already had 1 set of tubes. She's still coughing like mad, but did not run a fever today!!! Maybe she's on the mend.

As for crafting, not much to report. Here is a gown that I made the hospital that I posted about a few posts below. Forgive me for not creating links, but time is short. The pattern came from CareWear and I have been wanting to try it for a while.

A friend of mine, Fraun, made these precious caps and donated the disposable cameras to the Emmazing Grace Foundation. This is her first knitting project. I think she did a GREAT job.

These last 2 photos are of donations I'm getting out tomorrow. The bereavement items are for the hospital in need and the hats, booties, and cameras are for Birmingham Children's Hospital. As always, Sue pitched in and did a great job!

And, I can't live my sister out. She picked up some booties and some iron-on appliques for the foundation. She's also trying her hand a loom knitting. Don't pull so tight!! :-)

I can't remember if I've blogged about the 501(c)3 papers or not, so here it goes. A few weeks ago, I filed the Form 1023 to the IRS for tax-exemption. It will take a while to hear back from them. However, as long as I notify donors that it has been filed and we are awaiting word I can receive donations. Assuming that it will be approved, tax-exempt status is retroactive to date of incorporation. It sounds like we're on our way!!! My plan is to thank donors now and once the application is approved I'll send an official receipt for tax-exemption.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. We will be living in a bit for our usual holiday craziness which includes LOTS of time in the car. Among the many things that I am thankful for (and I'm not going to get too sappy today so I won't list), I'm thankful for all of you reading that have chosen to help comfort babies and their grieving families. Many hugs!

Happy Thanksgiving and Be Safe!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

It's Perfect

"It's perfect." said Hannah. And, she's all that counts, right? :-) Here's the handprint quilt that I've been working on. Tuesday I went to Hannah's preschool to print her classmates' hands. This weekend, my husband entertained her while I worked.

The quilt top is complete! Yipee!! I have one more fabric to find to be used as the binding. I have been unable to make up my mind. Maybe now that I have the top complete I will.

If I don't mess it up during the quilting process or while labeling each handprint I think it's going to be great. Maybe it will raise a lot of money for her preschool at the silent auction.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Urgent Request for Burial Gowns

Bev just posted that she was emailed an urgent request for burial gowns. This just pulls at my heartstrings. I really don't have time right now, but you know I'll find some time. I thought I had some 1 lb gowns cut-out, but I can't find them. I must have already used them.

Anyway, if anyone reading would like to donate. Here's the info:

Heidi Croteau/ Birthing Suite
Speare Memorial Hospital
16 Hospital Rd
Plymouth, NH 03264
Burial gowns in all sizes are needed. Currently, we have none.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

So much to do, so little time

I've been feeling a bit over-extended these days. I seem to be having difficulty keeping up with my promises and I know it's only going to get worse over the next few months. I still haven't tried out the pleater that Tracy gave me. I've been working hard on Emma's scrapbook. I have 9 pages done. Can you say SSSLLLOOOWWW?!?!

Bev's Charity Challenge Hat Contest came to an end on Oct 31. I was able to complete 25 hats, both loomed and sewn. Here are a few of the Santa hats that I haven't posted photos of yet.

The wedding gown for HAIN is clean!! I'm so happy. I was afraid it was too soiled to be able to use the lace and beading around the bottom. Clorox does wonderful things.

It took me a couple of days (yikes!) to make these 2 receiving blankets for Crafting Angels. Bev had an urgent need for some blankets. I'm so sorry that I can't get more completed, but I just can't find the time. I'm also throwing in 2 $1 fleece blankets I picked up at Walmart.

Tuesday I'm going to Hannah's preschool to do the handprints for the quilt. May the force be with me. Just keep reminding me that it doesn't have to be perfect.

Lastly, I'm setting a deadline for Nov 27th for the next Emmazing Grace Foundation donation. I personally don't have much done, but I do want to make sure that I get the loomed Santa hats and the few sewn ones in the mail for December. If anyone wants to contribute, let me know. BIG SMILE. Also, we seem to have gotten our computer issues taken care of and I'll be updating the website with some more photos and such tonight. Lastly, the accountant contacted me late last week. He's working on getting our EIN and the 501(c)3 papers completed!

Hugs to All!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The EGF is on-line!!

After MANY frustrating days, I'm soooooooooooo very happy (like jumping up and down, dancing, clapping, and acting like a nut) to have the website finally published. I still have work to do on it because I stopped the design when I realized I was having trouble publishing it. Anyway, when you get a chance please check out the Emmazing Grace Foundation.

Edit: I'm not sure why the link is not working now. It has previously. Just in case, the URL is

Friday, October 27, 2006

Little Miss Muffet

This has very little to do with crafting and absolutely nothing to with charity work, but I just HAD to share with you my Little Miss Muffet.

Yesterday Hannah's preschool had a nursery rhyme parade complete with Mother Goose. The costume is thrown together by the women in my family. My grandmother (Hannah's great-grandmother) bought the dress last spring from Dollywood. The bonnet, believe it or not, was one that either my sisters or myself wore as a child. ((Note to Mom: It is really ok to throw some things out.)) I made the little apron.

As cute as this is, she INSISTS on being a pumpkin for Halloween. That's a 3 year old for you! :-)

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Wedding Gowns

Heavenly Angels In Need has a program where you can donate your wedding gown and a volunteer will use the material to make bereavement gowns. I volunteered and look what arrived.

Chris V. sent her wedding gown from 1997, a wedding gown from 1970 (her Mom's I think, but not sure), and a prom dress from 1993. This is going to be quite a project, but should be fun.

Monday, October 23, 2006

We're Incorporated!

I just got word! The Emmazing Grace Foundation is a registered non-profit corporation. We can start helping others. Yipee!!! We still have to apply and await for tax-exempt status from the IRS, but we're on our way.

A Good Weekend

I went shopping ALONE on Saturday and did good at JoAnn Fabrics. I only spent $30 and some change. Remnants were 75% off the already 50% off price. I didn't realize that until check out. I should have shopped a little harder in the remnant pile. The fleece, the eyelette, the pink satin, and the white muslin for the quilt were all remants. I spent my 50% off coupon on the butterfly fabric (center of above photo) for the quilt. The batting was 60% off. I also picked up some knit which was 50% off the clearance price.

Check out these cute hats made from the knit. They are super easy and super fast!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Braggin' on the Ladies

I just wanted to brag on the ladies of my hometown for a moment. After the meeting that Mom and Sue had with a local group of church ladies last week, I asked that Mom wait to mail the items so that I could see them. I snapped a few pictures.

I think the participates for this donation were Sue, Sue's daughter Sherry, Shirley, and myself. I only contributed the smocked gown and the loomed hats. They are headed to the Children's Hospital in Birmingham, AL:

8 positioning snakes
6 crochet buntings
3 sewn buntings
10 crochet hats
7 crochet booties
13 bereavement gowns
my smocked bereavement set
my 17 knit hats

I particularly like the crochet pouches.

Also, some wraps were sewn. You can see another style of the crochet pouch in the background.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

October 15th

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is October 15th. Please help raise awareness by lighting a candle at 7pm for 1 hour. If everyone all over the world will light a candle at 7pm, there will be a wave of light circling the globe.

I have talked openly about the tragic loss of Emma Grace, born 15 weeks too soon. In addition to her death, I have had 3 first trimester miscarriages.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Traveling and Rambling

I had a GREAT time on my Mommy Get-A-Way. I have not laughed that hard in ages, certainly not in the last 1.5 years. Hannah and I found last minute tickets for cheap so we're flying home this weekend. All this travelling doesn't leave much time for charity sewing, though. I did, however, get 3 or 4 hats loomed last weekend.

Mom and Sue met with another group of ladies from a local church this morning. The brief report that I received was that several seemed interested. I can't wait to see Sue's buntings and Shirley's gowns. I'll take some pictures when I'm home and post them. Mom said that a few of the buntings were really tiny. Sue, if you're reading, babies come in all sizes. I had to remind Mom that if Emma had been born at 21 weeks when I first entered the hospital she was estimated to weigh a very tiny 12 ounces. It seems to me that many babies are lost in that 19-21 week stage. They deserve to be dressed, too.

The Emmazing Grace Foundation is moving along. The Articles of Incorporation has been filed in the county courthouse. They will now be sent to the Sec of State. After that, the 501(c)3 papers must be completed and filed with the IRS. It will take some time to get them processed.

I began working on a website, but I'm having difficulty getting it published. I'm not sure what the problem is other than my old computer. The help line can't help. In the 2 hours I spent trying to get it published somehow under their direction I've messed up the index page of the site. I'm too aggravated to work with it anymore right now.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006


I have a hodgepodge of topics for the day! I'm going on a Mommy Get-A-Way with 22 mom's tomorrow for the entire weekend, but wanted to get a post before leaving.

I finished my 2nd smocked gown yesterday. I'm not going to get the set completed with the bonnet and blanket before I leave, but will go ahead and get this in the mail to Mom. She and Sue are talking to another group of church ladies on Wed. I want her to have this as a show and tell.

I'm not entirely happy with the neckline. I think I'll email Nancy when I return and she if she can give me some tips. She's an awesome seamstress and I'm sure she can set me on the right track. The neckline looks kind a big mouth bass or something. LOL!

I've been busy looming a few hats as you can tell. I also completed one for the Dulaan Project. I think this is going to be about a 2T size because it's a bit too small for Hannah.

And, yesterday I received the Handprint Quilts book by Martha Layton. Cheryl suggested it to me and it's WONDERFUL. It includes sooooooo many cute ideas. I think I have some gift giving in mind, too, once I finish the silent auction quilt. Thanks, Cheryl!

Ok, gotta run and get packing! Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006


It's done with neon green ribbon. Now if I can only talk Hannah into letting me cut the sleeves off so that she won't burn up.

War Eagle!

Yesterday while hunting for the neon green ribbon (which I found, btw), I picked up some yarn. The colors don't show well in the above picture, but the hats are orange and blue!! War Eagle!!! My husband and I are Auburn University grads. I thought I'd make a few Auburn hats for the Alabama hospitals. I'll send these to Mom for their next shipment. It's Bernat Softee Chunky and I hope it's soft enough for preemies. It was the only yarn I could find in the right colors.

I also picked up some Red Heart in deep purple and a bright multicolor. The red is some leftovers from I have no idea when. :-) I'm going to use these for some loomed hats for the Dulaan Project. I keep hearing about this and want to send a few hats.

Bev, as in Bev's Country Cottage fame, is having an October hat challenge. I'm going to participate and needed to get ready. I have a feeling it's going to be a busy October.

Also, I keep forgetting to ask advice. I've volunteered to make a memory quilt for Hannah's preschool. I'll let the kids put their handprints on a square and make it into a quilt for the silent auction fundraiser. Only problem....I've never made a quilt? Do you have a good beginner quilting book to recommend?

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

What A Day!

Yesterday was quite a day in the my world of charity crafting!

The pleater that WoolWinder soooooooo generously gave to me arrived. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!! It looks brand new and is in great shape. It was her Mom's and used only a handful of times. I googled the name brand and I won't have any problems getting replacement needles. Again, your generosity is amazing and inspiring. Thanks so much!
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Speaking of smocking, over the weekend I worked on this. I knew the pleater was in the mail and wanted to use up the 2 pieces that I already have pleated. I'll do this as a raglan sleeved gown, too. That leaves me one more and I think I'll picture smock it. I think I have a duck, train, plane, and maybe a couple more things appropriate for a baby.

Back to yesterday....I signed up a week or so ago to donate to Heavenly Angels in Need. A volunteer was listed in my area and I had hoped to make contacts and do some sewing with someone that has a passion for this like I do. That hasn't happened, yet, BUT another door has opened. Yesterday Mary posted on the forum asking for a volunteer to use a donated wedding gown to make bereavement gowns. Isn't that a neat idea?? So, I volunteered and one is on the way to me. Plus, Kristen, another HAIN member PM'd me saying that she wanted to donate her own personal gown. Wow!! I'd be absolute HONORED and hope that I can do it justice!

What else? Oh, Mom and Sue have another date set to speak to some ladies at a local church. They are scheduled for Oct 11th. I checked plane tickets as I had hoped to make a trip back home in October, but I can't find any deals right now. I would love be able to coordinate a trip with their meeting.

Oh, Oh, Oh.....I got the SWEETEST thank you note from the lady that I sent part of my Mom's stash of material. Remember me telling you about it? Not many people handwrite thank you notes anymore and that's a shame. Her group calls themselves Stitches of Love and makes various charity items including quilts and bags. If you have some old material that you do not want, send it to:
Helen Templin
245 Safford Mill Lane
Wildersville, TN 38338
It really touched me to receive a note from her complete with pictures.
Quilts sent to the babies at Jackson General Hospital in Jackson, TN
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Zipper Bags for the VA Hospital in Nashville, TN.
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Ok, I'm off to run some errands, including a trip to the PO to mail the package to The Preemie Project and JoAnn's to look for some ribbon for the Halloween Outfits.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

For The Preemie Project

Hannah decided to take a nice long nap this afternoon, so I made a couple of blankets for The Preemie Project. Btw, when she naps, we're up VERY late that night so a nap isn't necessarily a good thing. :-)

They are 30"x30" and I'll pair them with the miscarriage wraps I made a few days ago. I think I'll send these to the Iowa chapter this time.

Yellow or Purple?

I've been working on this outfit, one for Hannah and one for Lizzie, my niece. It's nothing fancy, just some Halloween material attached to some of the cheap Walmart shirts and pants. Hannah really needed a short sleeved one, but I couldn't find one. I may cut the sleeves off.

Anyway, I'm having a hard time deciding. I really want some hotpink or neon green ribbon, but Hancock didn't have any. I may go to to JoAnn's Tuesday and look there. If not...


Purple.....or none at all?

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Emmazing Grace Foundation

I haven't talked about this here, but I have so much running through my mind now that I thought I'd blog it a little big.

See, when we went home for Christmas, we got to see Emma's cemetery monument for the first time. I designed it and it was something deeply personal for me. It was like it was one last thing I could do for my Em.

Emma is buried in a cemetery across from my Grandmother's house, a cemetery where members of both side of my family are buried. I've walked that cemetery MANY times, but last Christmas it was different. One difference was that I had a daughter buried there. Another difference was that I noticed things I'd never noticed before. I saw several unmarked graves. Judging by the ceramic figurines they were of children. My heart broke. A family member apparently frequented one particular grave as it had probably 15 little figurines placed on it. After just a little bit of research, I confirmed that they were graves of children and I assumed that the reason for not marking them was financial (although I know that isn't always the case). My heart broke again.

And, so, the idea behind the Emmazing Grace Foundation began. It started with wanting to do some cemetery restoration like marking some unmarked graves and has evolved into helping to ease the financial burden of funeral expenses for bereaved parents. For now, I would like to help address the immediate needs of parents, whether it be a cemetery monument, funeral costs to the funeral home, or burial clothing.

Today I received the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws from the attorney. Those papers will now go to the accountant and he will file for 501(c)3 for us.

So much work to do! My mind runs through a gazillion things....How do I make a website? How do I fundraise? How do I determine "need"? How to I recruit help? Can I really do this? Have I lost my mind? :-)

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

For the little ones

I guess I've had the little tiny babies on my mind again. That and needing something that wouldn't use much brain power led me to do a few miscarriage wraps.

This pattern came from Threads of Love. I made 4, but some blonde little girl swiped one for her baby dolls. I still haven't decided where to send them, maybe a local hospital off the CareWear site.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

SAGA's Wee Care Program

I've had some questions about the smocked gown and wanted to address them as a new post and not a comment. The gown pattern is copyrighted and I purchased it from Ginger Snaps Designs. See my link in the post below.

However, SAGA has some free smocking designs here in their Wee Care Program. I wish I had a pleater and I'd try these out. My Mom's friend pleated 3 raglan sleeved gowns for me a while back, so I still have 2 more to work on before a pleater is "needed." :-(

Friday, September 15, 2006

For LucyBug

I finally have my donation complete for Lucybug. It's a raglan sleeve gown that I smocked. The pattern came from Ginger Snaps Designs, Baby Daygowns, Book IV. I paired it with the bonnet from the June 2006 CareWear newsletter. I will get it in the mail Tuesday.
~Remembering Little LucyBug~

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Senior Citizens

Mom just called after giving their little speech at the Senior Citizens Center. She said that 4 ladies signed up and that 2 are taking the project to their churches. Many had no idea of the need for burial and NICU items. I'm thrilled at the response. Probably for many of you reading, 4 seems like a low commitment, but I'm from a very small town so I think it's actually a good response. Sue took the list of volunteers and will distribute patterns and probably collect the donations. Mom will pay the postage to mail the items to the hospitals.

Flexilooms & Balloons

I finally got the flexilooms that I ordered from In the Attic. I paid for them via paypal on Aug 12th, so I was starting to get pretty worried. Even though it was very slow shipping, they are really nice looms, much nicer than the Knifty Knitter. I got the mitten set and will be able to to make baby booties, too. I think the hat size is about at 2-3 pounder, whereas the smallest Knifty Knitter is about a 4-5 lb size.

Sunday was the one year anniversary of Emma's death. It's been a pretty emotional last couple of weeks, to say the least. Here's a photo from the balloon release we did on Sunday.

Hannah had a high speed come-apart when we released the balloons. That's what we call a toddler meltdown. :-) This wasn't the first balloon release we've done so I wasn't expecting it. As we were getting back in the car, she finally decided to tell us that she wanted to release the pink balloon that I had held back for her to take home and play with. So, here's her solo pink one going up. There's something about seeing this one pink balloon going up that tugs at my heart.

Mom and Sue meet with the Senior Citizen's Center today at 11:15am. I can't wait to hear how that turns out. I hope several are interested in volunteering to make some baby items. It seems that so many people enjoy making baby hats and booties, but I wish I could find someone to help make bereavement items. I know it's not easy to think about, but there's a real need out there.

Lastly, my goal is to finish my smocked gown for Lucybug. It's way over due. Then, I'm working on Emma's scrapbook. Can you tell that I'm procrastinating?

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

To the Post Office

It's a day of mailing. Hannah's in school so I have time to wait and wait and wait at the Post Office. :-( No matter what time I go, the line is ALWAYS l-l-l-long. Anyway, in the mail are:

1 - 3 loomed hats and 2 burial wraps donated to Ochsner Clinic Foundation in Memory of Angel & Marisa Rodriquez.

2 - The box of old material that I posted about below. It's "busting" at the seams, but I got it all in a flat rate box.

I was going to send the following, but Mom, Dad, and my middle sister are getting cheap tickets to fly out this weekend. Yipee!!
3 - A box to Mom including 4 loomed hats and a burial wrap. Sue, the nice lady from back home that donated so many hats to the Remembering Emma Grace Project, called and asked Mom to come with her to speak at the Senior Citizens Center. Sue is going to coordinate a group to knit and crochet items to be sent to various hospitals in Alabama. She wanted Mom to join her at the initial meeting to talk about Emma and the struggles that a preemie faces. I packed up some photos of the gowns I've made in the past, some statistics, and some patterns. I'm so excited. My sweet girl will touch more lives than I ever dreamed. After the meeting, Mom is mailing the hats and wrap to Citizens Baptist Medical Center in Talladega, AL.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Hats and a Wrap

Right before our vacation, I bought a Knifty Knitter set of looms to take on the plain. I only got one hat done on the trip, but have since made a few more. They quick and fun. I can make one of the preemie sized ones in about an hour.

Plus, I picked up some orange and green yarn the other day at Walmart to do some pumpkin hats. So far I think I like the Caron Simply Soft yarn for the price and softness.

Today, I decided to use some satin in my stash to try a burial pouch. These are used for babies too small to dress.

It was so quick and easy. I think I'll whip out a few more of these. My husband and I decided that adding lace around all edges was a little too much, but after seeing one of Hannah's animals in it, I think that lace is needed along the upper 2 edges.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Old Fabric?

What to do with the old fabric in your stash?? Check out page 2 of the June 2006 CareWear newsletter! A lady in TN coordinates a group of women that make lap quilts for nursing homes. I just cleaned out a stash of old fabric from my Mom. When I started sewing, she decided to pawn off (and I mean that in the loveliest sense of the word) a large tote of old double knit fabric. Much to my dismay, I found myself going, "Well, this I might can use for an applique accent." What is up with that? Why can't I just donate it all? Regardless, I cut the stash in half or close to it. I'll see how much I can get into one of the flat rate boxes at the post office.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

And, it's off (Part II)

All 46 lbs of it!! This one should arrive at Woman's Hospital on Sept. 5th. Thank you all sooo very much for the overwhelming generosity you've shared! This has been an incredibly moving experience for me. Thank you for touching me so deeply.

The Remembering Emma Grace NICU Project 2006 Totals are:
32 Blankets & Quilts
73 Caps
12 Bereavement Sets
1 Bunting
13 Isolette Shirts
7 Stuffed Animals
13 Baggies for Locks of Hair
8 Hand/Foot Mold Kit
21 Journals
20 Pens
19 Disposable Cameras
2 Sets of Booties & Caps
1 Preemie Drape & Cap
6 Sets of Special Cards
$50 Amex Gift Card
8 Snugglies
3 Crossword Puzzle Books

God Bless the Babies and Their Families!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Hats and Socks

Look at these beautiful hats and socks from Mama Bear. They just arrived and are the last, but certainly not least. Thank you so much for this donation with everything you have going on right now.

I've been so touched and moved by these tiny socks. They really are the tiniest I've ever seen. You see, Emma was given some booties but they were wwwaaayyy too big. Seeing these little ones really brings back memories of my tiny girl. Below is a photo of her footprints next to these that Mama Bear sent.

Thank you for remembering the tiny babies!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

First Day of School

It's here. The first day of school is here. It's hard to believe that Hannah is old enough. She's going on T/Th from 9-2 and is sooooooo excited. She was just about to explode this morning. Here she is in the overalls I made for her first day.

I'm gonna take a break from sewing for just a bit. I haven't done Emma's scrapbook yet and before another year has passed (has it really been a year?), I've got to do it. It's going to be an emotional project, but one that I really need to do. I can't stand not being able to open a book and look at her pictures.

Before the end of September, I'll finish the LucyBug gown and I have some flannel I want to turn into blankets. I'll probably end up doing more sewing that I realize.

Oh, and I picked up some Caron Simply Soft in orange and green yesterday to loom some pumpkin hats. See...I will be busier than I expect. :-)