"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. " -Helen Keller

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Power of Our Love

There are moments in our life when we see something happening and we feel moved to do something, do anything. That happened earlier this year. Earlier this year, my dear friend St. Elsewhere was faced with something no one should have to face. She lost her beautiful baby daughter after only 2 days of life and a long battle to have her. I knew I couldn't make it better. I knew I couldn't remove the pain. But, I felt I needed had to do something to show her we, the whole ALI community, would never ever forget her daughter. I wanted it to be something tangible, something that could carry our love to her, something others could contribute to, something she could wrap around her when she needed a hug. In short, I wanted to make her a quilt. I put the call out and asked for people to contribute in any way they felt moved to...fabric, notes, prayers, or money to help with supply costs and shipping costs. Y'all, I was literally OVERWHELMED with the response. There are truly too many people who contributed to list them here. My email in box was overflowing and, shortly, my mailbox was overflowing. Packages and letters came in from all over the world. I received so many beautiful pieces of fabric that I could only include small amounts from each one and still have the quilt be a normal size. This is the final product...
For those of you who have read my blog or visited before, yes, this is the quilt I attributed to my friend Sheila. It was the only way I could share the progress without letting St. Elsewhere know what we were up to. Due to a long trip overseas and circumstance beyond her control, St. Elsewhere didn't open the package until very recently and SHE POSTED ABOUT IT TODAY. I am truly honored that I got to participate in something that means so much to her. I honestly feel my roll in this was small. Without the love, support, and generosity of the ALI community, this quilt could not have happened. Thank you everyone for helping me do this. I'd like to send out one final tribute to both St. Elsewhere's baby and everyone who helped with this. Here is the slide show I created to go along with the quilt.

Two small notes...1) because of the music that goes along with this, a song by Michael Jackson, the viewing of this video is blocked in many countries. If you can't view it, use the email link in the right sidebar and I'll see about getting you a copy or link that will allow you to view it. 2) the third slide showing fabric has the name Helene K on it. She is the one who shipped the fabric, not the blogger who contributed it. I can't find the email with the correct name. Please let me know if it's from you.

17 comments:

Kir said...

your big beautiful heart is AMAZING TO ME...oh my how gorgeous that quilt is and the love and time you had sewn into it, is making me cry.

YOU. ARE.AMAZING. xo

Lavender Luz said...

I cry every time I watch that video. It's so amazing to be part of this community, where when one hurts we all hurt and we all comfort.

You, Kristin, are amazing. Just what Kir said.

mommyodyssey said...

I'm chiming in on the "you are amazing" chorus. Huge hugs!

kmina said...

Thank you for having had this wonderful idea and for letting us all in. Thank you for making this wonderful quilt. You are indeed amazing.

ASP said...

Hey! Hey! Thanks again for everything you did to make this happen. You truly are incredible for organizing this! Btw, I'm who sent the fabric that was shipped from Helen K.

Amber from playgroupmaterial.blogspot.com

Thanks for remembering to fix that! ;)

AnotherDreamer said...

Kristin, you really are amazing. It was such an honor to be a part of this, and I am so glad you put this into motion. Thank you.

lostintranslation said...

Thank you so so much for having the idea, for inviting us to participate and for making this beautiful quilt. And I'm so glad it made it safely across the oceans and into St Elsewhere's hands.

Cyndi said...

What a beautiful thing. This was an amazing thing to do!

Jamie said...

As has the whole ALI community, St Elsewhere has become very dear to me. It meant so much to me that you organized and created this for her. You ARE amazing. I hope you also feel wrapped in love and appreciation for helping us help St Elsewhere.

Baby Smiling In Back Seat said...

Thank you so much for all that you've done!

Emby said...

Wow! That is beautiful! The quilt is beautful. The hearts of everyone who gave are beautiful. And, it was such a wonderful, selfless act for you to organize something like this!

Thanks for the words of encouragement in your comment on my blog!

Meredith said...

You are so wonderful and you have a heart of gold--you inspire me every day.

luckyme said...

Beautiful idea and beautiful blanket. Thank you for visiting my blog with your kind words :)
ICLW #117

tanyaslifejourney said...

What a beautiful tribute to your friend's baby. I had chills as I watched that video. Absolutely beautiful.

Thank you for commenting on my blog. :)

Kathy said...

Wow! I am so moved after reading this post and seeing what a beautiful gift you helped to put together for your friend at such a sad time in her life. She is blessed and lucky to have you and so many other thoughtful and caring friends in the ALI Community that made this happen to comfort her during this time of grief and healing. You rock Kristin!

Cattiz J said...

Wow, that's really beautiful and thoughtful of you. I'm impressed by the ALI community as well.

Jen said...

You are an amazing example of what can happen when someone takes that "I wish I could do something" feeling and turns it into something beautiful.