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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Baby Kate and something you can do!

Sweet Baby Kate

I love this baby girl and her family.  I attended her funeral last Saturday.  It was sweet and heartbreaking.  I spent a lot of time with my friend and it was really nice.  We cried together and we laughed.  Such a difficult part of life dealing with death.  And no one should ever have to deal with the death of their child.  They are doing well, all things considered.

I know many many of you prayed for Kate.  Many of you follow Amanda on instagram (@rykerandamanada) or on Facebook (Kate Cherrington Conway).  Many donated, sent gifts and cards.  I feel awkward saying thank you as it isn't really my place..but I'm just so grateful for the outpouring of love Amanda and Ryker have received.

Last week I auctioned a quilt on instagram, all the benefits went to the Conways.  Lori from SewPsyched! was the highest bidder.  She has an AWESOME idea I'm very excited about.  Here is her post.  Make sure if you want to participate you MUST go to SewPsyched!.

Quilt by Quilt Story Meg

I am going to sign the back of the quilt with my name and place of residence and a brief message.
Then I am going to send it along to the next person who would like to sign it. And on it will go.

Because Ryker and Amanda lost little baby Kate.  Less than two brief months is all they got with her.  You can read her story here on a Quilt Story's website, and on Instagram under user @rykerandamanda.   
I won this quilt in an Instagram auction to benefit Kate's parents because they had recently lost her and were experiencing devastating hospital bills. They did not know about the auction. They haven't asked for money from anyone.  The only thing that is holding them together right now is their love for each other and  the love of  family and friends.  
You can share in this mother's grief and send her kind words and thoughts by viewing her instagram profile @rykerandamanda .  It is startling, heartrending, incredibly brave. I honestly do not know how to help her other than to show her that she is not ALONE. That there are others out there who understand, or want to, and who care.
Let's try to get as many signatures, from as many places and people as possible. So that when Amanda wraps herself in this beautiful quilt, she will think of her beautiful baby, and know that we are all there thinking of them, too.
It doesn't have to be fancy. Mine's not. I'm not a fancy kinda gal :)

And so, I am starting a Send Along with this quilt. For Kate. For Ryker and Amanda. For us all.

To enter the Send Along:
  • Leave a comment on this post with your name.  If you are a no-reply blogger, please email me at
  • I will make a list, by country, of folks who would like to sign the quilt.
  • I will send the quilt out to the first recipient. I will send them the next recipient's email. You can then exchange addresses, or even get together over coffee. Wouldn't that be nice?
  • I will add two fat quarters of some luscious fabric that I would not normally give away.
  • Won't you please do the same for the recipient after you? I believe that receiving a thought/gift from another signatee will bring us all together, and also maybe help defray the cost of postage.
  • I will pay postage to the first Non-USA recipient, and the return postage to the USA, through Paypal.
  • I will post where the quilt is, every time it moves.
  • Please take a pic of your message on the quilt, and link it here. If you don't know how to do that, just email it to me, and I will post it for you.
  • I am going to include a notebook so that you can record a message for Ryker and Amanda, or thoughts, if you wish to do so.  

Let's all get together and no something kind for a mother who we do not know, but can surely understand.

Thank you Lori!!!!

PS Winners from First Friday Giveaway are HERE.  Check it out to see if you won!!!



Anonymous said...

Wow I'm so touched by your idea and would love to participate. Please include me on your list. I live in Mission Viejo, CA.

Unknown said...

I read your story and thought how wonderful it would make me feel to know others, even those that don't know me, are sending their love and thoughts to my family at such a hard time in my life. I would love to join in, I'm in SLC, UT.

SewPsyched! said...

Thank you so much, Heather and Megan!! I am so looking forward to sending the quilt along to be signed. Lori

Lucky Duck Dreams said...

I think this is a thoughtful way to send support to a grieving family. Im in Lewisville, NC and would like to participate.

Little Penpen said...

Oh my; I missed this story somehow and had no idea baby Kate went to heaven. When I saw the picture of her, I knew she was sick and I just stared at her picture, takig it all in. I was staring at her sweet eyes, wondering what she was thinking. Knowing that she didn't have the adult mind to think, I am sure those little eyes were saying "LOVE"....simple and ((Hugs)) to all.

Shannon Wallace said...

Thank you for sharing! This act of love will indeed bring some joy to their hearts. I'm honored to help. :)

Donna@AllthingsMing said...

My heart goes out the family . This is an amazing idea and I just signed up to participate !
Be well !

MsMidge said...

What a beautiful, beautiful thing to do xxx

Frau Hiltrud said...

I read about Kate's Story only by Chance and it broke my Heart. This should have eben one of the happiest Times of their lives... I World Love to participate. Please inclusive me in your list. Greetings from Germany, Martina
P.S. I should be a reply-Blogger, but just in Case: mhoeltiatyahoodotcom

Unknown said...

I would love to be able to participate! I am so sorry to hear about this. I know another family in China that lost their 8 month old little girl. I know how hard it must be, but what a blessing for them to have her, even for a little time :)

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