I wanted to post about a really great organization that is helping families through their grief of losing a baby. It is called Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (NILMDTS), which is a group of professional photographers who donate their time to take pictures of babies and families after a baby has gone to sleep. The gowns and outfits I have been making have been going to some of these wonderful individuals to give to families who do not have any clothing items small enough for their infants.
If you have a wedding gown or light coloured bridesmaid dress consider donating it to Heavenly Angels In Need (HAIN). They will send it on to a seamstress (like me) who makes gowns, blankets, bonnets, and outfits for these precious angels.
Here is a video of what NILMDTS is all about. Have a tissue handy ....
I managed to get 6 preemie gowns/outfits out of the bridesmaid dress that I was working on. Now onto the wedding dress. Here is one gown that I have finished. The pattern is on the Newborns In Need website. They have many wonderful sewing patterns there. The gown will fit a 2 to 3lb preemie and has a bonnet and bracelet that I made to go with the gown.
After this gown if finished I will be receiving another gown from a young lady who is pregnant with twins. One of her twins has passed away and she has asked for something to be made from her gown as a keepsake to remember her precious little girl. This is so heart breaking and I know there are many, many families who have gone through similar situations.
This post has been a bit (ok, maybe a lot) depressing and maybe even makes you very distraught. This is the reality of life and I only hope that what I do will bring a tiny amount of healing and comfort to these families.
"Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn." Romans 12:15