For Love of Alyssa, Part 2

Kay P. from Alabama joined our Facebook diaper sewing exchange group and made 30 very beautiful diapers for angel families.  Not having a particular hospital in mind, she generously offered them up to wherever they were needed most!  We matched her with one of our large, high-risk hospitals with extensive bereavement needs.  These diapers have been donated to Magee Women's Hospital of UPMC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in memory of Alyssa Lorelei Moyta.  Kay shipped off her diapers to Pittsburgh and we are very very grateful for her contribution!  THANK YOU, Kay!  

From Flannel Queen to Butterflies

We received a generous donation of darling flannel fabrics from the Flannel Queen!!
Vanessa whipped these soft and gorgeous prints into 100 diapers for On the Wings of a Butterfly, an organization that donates memory boxes, hats, blankets, bereavement clothing, and crocheted butterflies and dragonflies to grieving parents of losses at any stage of pregnancy. Angel mama Holly started this organization in memory of her sons Jonathan Levi and Asher Brennan.  These diapers have been made in their memory and will be given to grieving families in the greater Akron, Ohio area.  You can read Jonathan's story here and Asher's story here.  Don't forget to "like" them on Facebook!
We were able to make large angel boy diapers...
And teeny little angel boy diapers...
Large angel girlie diapers...
And itty bitty angel princess diapers...
Donated in memory of Jonathan and Asher:
The Flannel Queen has an amazing selection of prints, including baby flannel, stripes, polka dots, and ginghams, florals, retro/vintage, and about a bazillion more.  So pretty!

THANK YOU, Flannel Queen, for so generously providing the flannel to that will touch the lives of 50 families in Ohio during a very tender and difficult time of their lives.

Visit the Flannel Queen's shop here!

Follow the Flannel Queen's blog here!

"Like" the Flannel Queen on Facebook!

Lollipops and Notions!

We received a donation of absolutely breathtaking cotton prints from the Lollipops and Notions Etsy Shop! 
Vanessa transformed these beautiful prints into 39 itty bitty teeny tiny blankets for the teeniest angels we serve:
She backed them with coordinating flannel to make them soft and cozy against fragile angel skin.
Beautiful, vibrant patterns like this Happy Panda fabric...
 I'm diggin' these sweet stripes...
Lovely, tender little boy polka dots and little girl polka dots...
Vanessa made 17 blankets that are 11 x 13 inches;  22 blankets that are 10 x 10 inches.
These 39 teeny blankets have been donated to Jordan Valley Medical Center, Pioneer Valley Hospital and Tooele Hospital in memory of Adam, Cayla, and Marley Pollard.
"Thank you for the lovely blankets! I have been looking for something sweet and small for our tiniest babies. These will be perfect and their quality is exquisite. 

It is so important that quality bereavement programs exist to bring closure to parents. It doesn't matter the stage of loss. A baby that is confirmed and expected always brings bereavement and loss issues that are substantial. 

We like to think that we offer a unique and dedicated service to our families that includes pictures, hand and foot molds, pastoral support, and bereavement follow up with SHARE parents of Utah, teddy bears from the Peace Bear organization, and beautiful blankets and clothing, diapers, and bracelets from organizations such as yours that give tangible memories for our families. 

For this I thank you personally from our families because there always comes a time when they stop and look lovingly at their baby wrapped in these beautiful things. They then say, 'Who does all of this? It is so helpful and thoughtful. That is so sweet.' " Bereavement Coordinator

THANK YOU to Lollipops and Notions for your generous contribution to the grieving families for whom these important little tokens will mean so much.

You can visit the Lollipops and Notions Etsy Shop HERE!

See their website and blog HERE!

"Like" their Facebook page HERE!

Teeny Tears in North Carolina

Extraordinary things are happening in North Carolina!!

This is my new friend Elizabeth and her husband, Mark.  This wonderful couple lost their precious son, Ryan Gabriel, to Trisomy 18 in March of this year (2012).  They learned the devastating news of his passing at their 19-week ultrasound.  After their painful loss, made all the more tragic by very minimal bereavement support, she really wanted to do something that would help soften the road for the future angel families in her community that would one day walk the same path.
When they were only a few weeks into their journey of grief and healing, Elizabeth found the Teeny Tears project through Tesha. A self-described "true sewing novice", Elizabeth was determined to sew "just a few" Teeny Tears diapers and itty bitty blankets for the angel families of her community.  
Diaper addiction struck and Elizabeth joined forces with high school friend and fellow angel mama, Keren, to take North Carolina by storm!   This dynamic duo and their team sew tirelessly for the angel families of North Carolina in memory of of their sons, Ryan and Micheal.  (I've got mad love for these gals!)
They soon learned that their hospital of choice would ideally need 600 diapers for their annual bereavement needs.  A remarkable number to be sure, with only one small problem:  the hospital didn't understand the diapers or how/why they would fit into their bereavement supplies.  Undaunted by the opposition and courageous in the face of such a vast need, Elizabeth, Keren, and their growing team of diaper enthusiasts pressed forward in faith to serve the angel families of their community...

Donations began to come in (PS, more donations are needed, ongoing and forever!!)    
Co-workers jumped on board for the project by donating flannel to the cause!
Extended family, friends, neighbors, church friends, old preschool teachers, friends from high school and elementary school -- many came out to support the angel families of North Carolina.  Office space and water bottles were donated for a grand Diaper Drive sewing event where 114 diapers were completed on site and many many more were taken home in various stages of completion!   


Behind the scenes, Elizabeth and I worked diligently to help hospital administration understand the value of these precious gifts.  We prayed for a miracle.  And we got it!  Sympathetic administrators within the hospital carried our cause to victory!  Not only will they be providing bereavement training for their staff using our diapers, but they have also very enthusiastically recommended our project to neighboring hospitals!  Aaaaaaand, while all this was going on, word of the local project spread through the  grapevine, resulting in several more requests from hospitals and bereavement support organizations in NC!  (Back to that part about them needing ongoing donations-- yeah, that!)

They are such an inspiration.  Since May, the inspirational North Carolina team has completed OVER 800 diapers and more than 50 blankets!  I dare you to be unimpressed.  The count changes every day because they have no intention of stopping.


These diapers and blankets have been donated to:
Women's Hospital of Greensboro, NC
Vidant Medical Center of Greenville, NC
Wilson Medical Center of Wilson, NC
Frye Medical Center of Hickory, NC
Randolph Hospital of Ashboro, NC 
project hope

These diapers have been donated in memory of Ryan Hepler, Micheal Johnson, and Everly Allen.  Everly's mama Olivia has also been a big part of the diapering adventures.


This team of angel activists is only limited by supplies, which are quickly diminishing!  If you've got a soft spot for North Carolina in your heart, this frugal and trustworthy team can use any materials,  funding, or assistance you can throw at them.  I can put you in touch with the North Carolina team leaders or you can join their FB group!  Even a little goes a long way toward blessing the lives of grieving angel families!  You can even help them sew if you like!  Can't sew?  Trace and cut!


PS:  General Teeny Tears FB Sewing Group can be found here!


“I left the hospital after losing my son at 19 weeks into my pregnancy feeling empty- both physically and emotionally. I immediately had a strong desire to reach out to other families- to provide them some kind of support. When a friend introduced me to Teeny Tears, I knew immediately that I had found my cause. Creating these teeny diapers gave me something positive to focus on. Though I was only 3 months into my own grieving, providing something else for other mothers filled a good part of that emptiness with the joy and satisfaction of helping others. I've witnessed an entire community rally to help with this cause; people who wanted to do something to help me...but didn't know what to say or what to do jumped right in to buy fabric and trace/cut/sew materials. When we delivered our first donation, I was nervous pulling back into that same hospital parking lot. The nerves quickly faded as I gathered our tiny gifts and placed them into the arms of the volunteer coordinator at our hospital. She offered genuine thanks and I left the parking lot feeling pride and satisfaction knowing that the next mother that went through a loss wouldn't be leaving the hospital empty-handed.” 

'In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven'. Matthew 5:16  

Elizabeth
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"An old friend/classmate asked for support on this part of her journey and I wanted to be there knowing that for some the beginning is the hardest. I knew it would be a lot of work. I knew it would bring some healing to her heart. I knew these little gifts would touch families in a big way. What I didn't know was that it would bring some healing and wholeness to my heart too! I also didn't know that it would connect so many from both of our circles of support. I didn't know it would give me the chance to share the stories of both of our little ones. My son Micheal lived with me for 34 weeks and 2 days... He was still born 2 days later on April 13, 2008. Four years later, I am apart of this project because my son lived and because the beginning of the rest of my life without him was rough and anything I can do to help another mother's journey be easier....I'm down!" 

Keren

Paying it Forward for Angel Babies

Being a part of Teeny Tears has been such an honor and a privilege.  I have met some of the most magnificent people through this project.  I have witnessed miracles.  I have been astounded by the generosity and goodness of so many.  

I recently received pictures and a very beautiful email from an angel mother that adopted Teeny Tears for an annual memorial service project:

"Three years ago I gave birth to my beautiful boy via emergency c-section. I was bleeding and the doctors were concerned when they couldn't get the contractions to stop. Easton's heart rate was dropping and we felt that the safest choice was to deliver him early. He was only 34 weeks old but he was strong and doing really well! I loved holding my tiny baby and softly singing to him- precious moments that have been etched in my memory forever. 

 On the third day of my hospital stay, a nurse came in to my room early in the morning to wake me and my husband up. She told us that there had been a change with our son's health and that they had been performing CPR on our son but they were afraid that they were going to lose him. We quickly rushed to the NICU to be with our little boy. I remember holding his tiny hand and watching as the machines recorded his final heartbeat. I was heartbroken. For unknown reasons (the autopsy came back without answers) my son only lived for three days. 

 Shortly after my son passed away, ladies from SHARE and NILMDTS came to offer their support in the hospital. They took priceless pictures of my angel, molds of his hands and feet, and offered words of comfort and guidance. Their support during this trying time was so greatly appreciated. 

While preparing for the funeral, I was overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support from family, friends, and strangers. Dinners were delivered to our home, flowers were delivered, ribbon corsages were made for the family to wear at the funeral, burial clothes were donated, blankets to wrap around my sweet angel were made, anonymous envelopes with money were delivered to help cover the cost of the funeral, and so much more.  My husband and I knew that we could never repay every act of kindness, so in memory of our Easton we decided to "pay it forward" each year on his birthday as a gift to him. 

When I came across the Teeny Tears website, I immediately knew that this would be the project that we would support for Easton's third birthday. Word quickly spread to family and friends that we were in need of fabric, safety pins, thread, etc. Our goal was to create 100 diapers. Again, the outpouring of support was amazing! Two friends took the donated material and began cutting, ironing, and pinning the fabric together so that it would be ready for our sewing day. Many friends showed up on the Saturday to cut, sew, turn the material inside out, iron, and then sew some more. It was amazing! Many of the participants had angel losses of their own.  Some recent, others more than 20 years ago.

 We had countless yards of fabric donated so many hands took the fabric home to continue making diapers. A few short weeks after our sewing day, we met again to sort and pair up the diapers and then package them for delivery. All together we made 220 diapers! The diapers were donated to SHARE of Davis County

Word has spread about this project and now many other groups of women will be getting together to create more Teeny Tears diapers in the next few months. It was an honor to make such special diapers in memory of my sweet angel. 

The diapers were made in memory of: Easton L. Kroeger, Eden Peterson, Emery Crookston, Jeffery Nilsson, and other babies gone too soon."

Deborah




Baby Easton's foot.