Saturday, February 25, 2017

Happy 5th Birth-day Moroni!

I had an strong desire to get back to creating items to donate.  I know it has been a while, but I didn't realized it has been 3 years since I made a donation!  No wonder I was so ready to get back to it!  I have really enjoyed working on these items over the last few weeks!  Almost all of the diapers were already in my collection, created by a young woman in my ward, and her leader.  I just hadn't made it over to the hospital, and then they were placed in a box and put on the 'back burner' for a while.

I was excited to find that I had fabric remnants that matched the diapers, so I could make matching blankets.  I loved working on the blankets!!  So, in all, I donated 4 small boy diapers with matching blankets, 4 small girl diapers with matching blankets, 4 large boy diapers with matching blankets, and 4 large girl diapers with matching blankets.  I also created 5 girl ribbon angels and 5 boy ribbon angels.

I went this evening to deliver the items to Mountain View Hospital in Idaho Falls.  Brad and Sean Jr came with me.  I loved the reaction of the nurses!  They were all so sweet, and very excited to see the items.  I think each one said, "Thank you" to us.  ♥  It was slightly overwhelming and completely humbling.  I held back the tears as I walked away.

There are a few reasons I do this.  It originally helped me find meaning in Moroni's death.  It helps me find peace in my experience to know that other people can have some treasured keepsakes if they even find themselves losing a baby.  I never would want anyone to suffer losses like I have, but if they do, I want them to know that they are not alone, and that their baby was/is very loved!!

So, here are some pictures of what I donated:

This one might be my favorite!  I love the big stars and little stars!

A thought that I printed out to go along with each diapers/blanket set.

A special note created by the group that started the diapers.

And a special note honoring Moroni.

And the angels. ♥

Friday, May 9, 2014

In honor of my angel babies

Life has been busy.
Things have been a little slow lately, as far as making donations.
I didn't get the chance to make any hospital donations for Moroni's 2nd birth-day.
Yesterday was Nicholas' 12th birth-day.

I went through my things and found that I actually have a lot more to donate then I thought.
I hope to make it to the hospital tomorrow to donate these beautiful items!

Here is what will be donated to Mountain View Hospital:

5 large girl diapers
3 small girl diapers

5 large boy diapers
3 small boy diapers

7 hats of varying sizes
1 set of girl booties
The 5 hats in the background came from my friend DeeDee Quigg.
She crocheted them, as well as the booties.
The two hats up front came from my sister Steph.
They were hats given to her for two of her babies when they were born at the hospital.

Up close of booties

9 beautiful quits made by my sister Emily!
4 small
5 big
I LOVE the minky fabric!
So, soft!!!

The small ones are about 14 in. X 14 in.

The big ones are about 18 in. X 18 in.

6 memory boxes

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Beautiful Email

I received a beautiful email in June from a photographer.  It really meant a lot to me that she would take the time to write to me.  I do believe that the work I (and many volunteers all over the world) do makes a difference to those who experience the difficult tragedy of losing a baby.  I wanted to share this email with anyone who reads my blog.


Hi there!
Last Thursday at 2:00 in the morning, I headed into Mountain View Hospital to photograph a stillborn for a grieving family.  He was 38 weeks.  I've been doing this for a year and have photographed numerous lost babies.  The reason that I'm writing is because your little package touched me so much.  So much thought and care was put into that little box.  But the best part?  The sweet little stuffed bunny that was included.  Normally, when I go in to photograph an infant demise, The baby gets dressed up in a little outfit (that was donated to the hospital by incredible people like you) and I pose the baby and take as many pics that the baby's condition will allow.

The little stuffed bunny allowed me so many more options with photographs!  I was able to clasp the baby's teeny little hands around the bunny - which brought out even more innocence in his photos.  The parents had actually requested that the bunny be photographed with their little guy.  I can't remember all that was in the package - blanket, outfit, stuffed toy, and I think even some crocheted shoes, and of course the little note that led me to your blog - but I wanted to encourage you and tell you thank you for all you do.  I read through your blog and see why God has put it on your heart to do this.  You have been able to come through your own painful losses and use those experiences to help others that are dealing with this devastating blow.

Your work and care are touching so many lives, you are very appreciated by me, the hospital staff and the families that otherwise wouldn't know where else to turn.

Again, I am so thankful that she send me this email.  It truly touches my heart.  And I am so thankful that sweet bunny (that was donated over a year ago) was able to bring some comfort to this couple.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Bingham Memorial Hospital

I had plans made to make a donation to Bingham Memorial Hospital back in February, near Moroni's birth-day.  But, we had some terrible weather the day I planned to go, and then life got busy again.  But, I finally made the trip today.  In honor of Moroni and Nicholas.

I was able to donate:
Teeny Tears Diapers
*4 small boy
*4 small girl
*4 small neutral
*4 big boy
*4 big girl
*4 big neutral

*7 boys
*3 girls

Stuffed animals
 *1 dog
*1 girl bear
*1 boy bear

*8 mini quilts
*5 crochet mini blankets
*8 mini blankets

8 Memory boxes

Are here are the pictures.
The whole collection:

Teeny Tears Diapers
I decided to have a selection of boy diapers, girl diapers and neutral diapers.

My dear friend Rose made these beautiful outfits a while ago.
I sent some of them to Madison Memorial and saved these ones to send to Bingham Memorial.

Beautiful crochet blankets made by my sister-in-law Trisha

Lovely blankets made by a family in my ward

 Amazing quilts made by my sister Emily

These are the newest ones she made in honor of Nicholas, whose 11th birth-day is this Wednesday!
Believe me!  They are even more gorgeous in person!

I didn't take close-ups, but I did get the stuffed dog from my sister-in-law Katie.
And I have had the two stuffed bears for over 10 years, and I thought they would make good memory box items.

I cannot say thank you enough to everyone who loves and supports my project!
It is so important to me to help others find comfort and support in their time of loss.