Sunday, September 18, 2011


After the KUTV news segment aired on Wednesday, I have been inundated with so many wonderful offers to help.  I am thrilled!  This little grassroots project of mine that I took on five years ago as a way to honor my daughter  is ready to grow into something great.  With your help, we can do amazing things and serve far more angel families than I have been able to up to this point.

 Elizabeth Jane is the reason I started all of this.  We didn't know whether she was going to be a boy or a girl because the complete lack of fluid made ultrasound imaging very difficult.  I finally got up the guts to purchase boy and girl outfits to take to the hospital about a month after the initial ultrasound, feeling an urgency to have something on hand.  Once she was born, I realized that I wanted to keep the clothes she wore while she was alive, which meant that immediately after we were discharged from the hospital, we had to stop off at Babies R Us to look for a burial outfit.
 No one should ever have to do that.  Period.  The closest thing we could find that fit her petite little less than three pound frame was a newborn size sweater that fit her like a dress, and we had to roll the sleeves inside.  The pink shirt underneath is a newborn size undershirt.
 Wrapping my beautiful girl up for the last time.  My older kids helped me choose the flannel for this blanket, and I made them matching patchwork blankets in the same size.
I am eternally grateful to Julie Williams, for taking these photos for us at the funeral home.  


It's going to take me a few days to get things really rolling on this blog, so I hope that you will subscribe or check back in frequently.  My intention is to post links to patterns, as well as resources about how to start a sewing group in your own area.  I have had dozens of offers for help from people that live outside of my geographical area, and I would love to see you all serve in your community.

The wonderful thing about this sort of volunteering is that it can be done entirely at your own speed.  If you have a lot of energy and time on your hands for a few days, then work your little heart out.  If life gets busy and you need to set it aside for a few months, no worries.  The need is constant.  We'll still be here when you're ready to come back.

What I can tell you from personal experience both as the mom of an angel and from my service as a Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep affiliated photographer is that the items you provide can literally turn the worst day of someone's life around into one of peace and closure.  Having something beautiful to dress and wrap their baby in is a gift of immeasurable value.  Particularly in the cases of sudden stillbirths and micropreemies, the parents are unprepared with anything appropriately sized.

What you contribute will make a difference, and my belief is that everyone can be taught to do at least some aspect of the crafting.  So round up a bunch of friends, go shopping for supplies, and set to work making clothes for angels.  You will be blessed for your efforts.


  1. Heidi,

    It's been awhile, and life never slows down, does it. :) But I was checking some blogs tonight, and came across your news story. It really touched me, and I was amazed at all you have managed to do. Your service has been invaluable and I would love to be a part of it all. I would love to be able to help! I am excited for you to post your patterns so I can try and get started! You are a great example to me of selfless service. Thanks for all you do!!!

    Becca (Elena's mommy)

  2. LOVE YA!!!
    Will add to my blog roll!!!

  3. Becca!! So nice to hear from you again! I love all my little Potter's angel friends :). I figure they've set up a little convention in Heaven, waiting for the rest of us to hurry up and join them.

  4. I thought I posted on here. I just think your awesome. You have a beautiful spirit , you will be blessed in heaven when you get there. I wanna be like you when I grow up.

  5. Well i have just gone through your blog and read the entire thing. Your daughter is amazingly beautiful. I am an angel mum myself. My beautiful girl, Ellie-Rose, was born sleeping at 23weeks. I have felt this desire to give back and help others who experience loss of a baby, but i haven't known what to do. I crochet and have been struggling to find cute patterns to make up. I am so glad i found your blog. There are so many great links to beautiful patterns.
    I am hoping to round up some lovely angel mummy friends of mine and start a regular catch up and creating session to donate items to our local hospital. Thank you so much for the inspiration and for sharing your story with us all.