For Love of Emma

Facebook is a funny place; it's where my 1st-cousin-once-removed Chuck found me. He's one of our Seyferth family historians, up my biological father's side of the genealogical bush. He's a great man and I'm proud to call him family. He recently reconnected me with his daughter, my long lost 2nd cousin Crystal, and it's been wonderful to follow each other's blogs and visit over email!  From the time I was eleven years old, I haven't had much association with extended family and I find myself marveling sometimes to have found such kindred spirits in the family tree.  (Sending a loving shout-out to the whole Midwestern Seyferth extended clan; you know who you are!)

Crystal and I have many things in common, including a stillborn child.  Emma Catherine would have been 11 years old this past February.  In memory of their special angel, Crystal and her girls sewed their first batch of diapers, donating these 16 beautiful little treasures you see below to Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Michigan.  The good folks at Genesys took care of Emma and her family during the beginning of their journey 11 years ago.  I know that the angel families at Genesys will really appreciate the special donations made in honor of their lovely, beloved Emma.

"Just before taking the diapers up to the hospital, the girls and I sat and prayed for the families that would be receiving a diaper. As I was walking out the door Sissy said, "Wouldn't it be neat if a family needed one of these today?" The innocence of a child right? Of course it would not be "neat"...sadness, grief and destroyed dreams accompany these diapers, but yes, it would be neat to fill a void for one of those families. My biggest prayer is that God provide comfort to a family that suffers an infant loss and if the family is not a believer, that somehow, God uses their experience to draw them near to Him."

1 comment:

Chuck Seyferth said...

I feel that God had His hand in bringing both you and Crystal together after all of these years. I was just His instrument. I couldn't be more proud of you both for putting in the time and effort to do what you can to help other grieving families who've lost a child. I'm very sure that Dex and Emma are equally as proud of you.