When my dear friend Carrie told me that her little one had passed away at 16 weeks gestation and that she was going to be induced for delivery, I knew of course that I wanted her to have a special diaper set and blanket -- extra small, extra special.
It was 10:30 at night and I was in a panic. I had given away all of my favorite fabric that very morning to a friend for cutting. I did the only thing I could think of in that moment. In my pajamas and bare feet, I raced next door to The Green Family to take a peek through their fabric stash cupboard so that I could make a teeny little set of diapers for the coming angel of an unknown gender.
As I tearfully explained my conundrum, J.R. led me over to their kitchen table that was, characteristically, strewn with teeny diapers. She reached over to some diapers set off to the side and said, "I made these diapers tonight. Once I pulled them off the sewing machine, I realized I had accidentally made them extra small. I don't have many, just one set of boy diapers and a one set of girl diapers."
Of course she did. Because Someone knew they would be needed. And she listened.
Benjamin North came silently into the world 24 hours later; perfect, precious, and dearly loved.
The Green Family provided a collection of 130 diapers in memory of sweet Benjamin to:
St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin
Mercy Memorial Medical Center in Ardmore, Oklahoma
Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and
Memorial Health Center in Medford, Wisconsin