Wednesday, September 14, 2011

My Ministry Blog!

Welcome to my special ministry blog!

A year ago, I started a blog called Boys, Buttons, and Butterflies

It was a place for me to find a place to express my grief a year after the birth/loss of my daughter Jamie Lynn.

That blog started evolving into a crafting sewing blog.  I tried to share it with her, but I found that as time went on, there was less and less grief posts and more and more crafting/sewing.
Which was great for me!  But maybe not for the rest of the baby loss community!  It caused me such angst that some mommas would not be ready to see me "moving" on if they were fresh in their grief.

I also struggled with what I could "do" for others.  I knew of many organizations and other bloggers that made quilts and such for other charities.  I know of a very dedicated baby loss momma that makes outfits and blankets for those that need them HERE.

I just didn't know what I could do. 
Quilting is very time-consuming and I didn't want to take on something that could not only take time away from my family and my own sewing/crafting plans for them.  But I also did not want to disappoint families if it took me too long to complete quilts!


I am so thankful that I started that blog because in January (2011), I introduced Jamie's quilt in her "before" state. 

I was going just show my AFTER of her quilt.  It was TWO days later, that I received one of those "taps" on my shoulders.  I have always said that God taps me on my shoulder.  

Well, sometimes it takes a SLEDGEHAMMER to catch my attention.  
And on that day, I was walloped good.  As I was introducing Jamie's quilt, I realized that I finally come up with something I could actually do for other baby loss mommas/parent!

I introduced Butterfly Kisses on January 13, 2011.

I have been so blessed to embroider so many blankets/quilts for others.

Unfortunately....too many.

Too many that I have had to start this separate blog.  

But I think it is for the best!  If you'd like to follow me on my crafty/sewing/quilting adventures as I try to live life after loss....please do!!  
I still plan to talk about her and my grief there, but will confine the more serious issues here.

And, of course, use this space to introduce each baby blanket that I am given permission to share with you.

And help those that might have been in a similar situation as myself!


Nurse Heidi said...

It's been a while since I looked at photos of Jamie. I absolutely adore the one in this post - she is just gorgeous! I love those chubby cheeks, the wisps of hair. You're a lucky angel mama indeed :). Heidi, you're doing little miracles in your corner of the world. Keep it up, my friend! It's worth it!

Heidi said...

I always debate about my favorite photo, but I have always liked this one! A mommy with her little girl. Thank heaven for NILMDTS!!

Thanks for the encouragement! You have no idea how much I needed it this week!!!!

Mattie said...

I love that Butterfly kisses has this space. I just love what you do with the blankets. One day I might get up the nerve to send mine to you to do Shyla's prints. There is just something about having it so far away from me...