On September 21, 2010 one of our MOPS members lost her precious daughter, Ella, in utero at 40 weeks. Before I had received this email on September 22nd about the death of Ella, I was checking out my blog list and had just come across Tasha's Creations Corner blog post called Tiny Baby Blankets for a Cause. It was the most heart felt post I had read in a long time and remember thinking to myself what an amazing cause . Little did I know God was directing me...
The emails between the MOPS members were ideas and thoughts of what we could do for Ella's family that was grieving the loss of their baby girl. Immediately I made the connection and I knew God was speaking to me. Yes, I believe God can speak to us even through blogland. I had run across Tasha's Creation Corner Post almost at the exact time I received the heartbreaking news. My heart was bursting through my chest with grief and overwhelmed with the intensity that I knew what our group needed to do. We needed to come together and honor baby Ella through a Baby Service Project. We would make baby blankets and donate them to the hospital she birthed Ella. This is how we could help Ella's family heal by "Remembering Baby Ella" and reaching out to others.
Then came the hard part to share this with my MOPS leaders what came to my heart, it was difficult because they didn't know me very well, and I didn't know Ella's mom at all. We had said hello a few times but never had spoken in depth. God is amazing. He gave me the strength to humbly introduce my idea and once it was overwhelmingly agreed upon, I had to talk with Ella's mom. Let me tell you, I have never been more amazed by a single women. I stumbled through what our MOPS group would like to do and she graciously accepted. Not only did she accept she said she wanted to be apart of the Service Project and help.The Service Project was coming together. To implement the project we asked for monetary contributions, fleece donations and donations of time sewing and caring for our little ones. Everyone in our group were so generous! We had a total of 2 sewing dates and were able to make approximately 40 blankets!
Before we started the service project we prayed Ella's mom and family, we prayed for the families who would be receiving these blankets, and our time together.
Here are some of the amazing women sewing their little hearts out. Although the circumstance of us getting together was very sad we had a great time in fellowship with each other.
Even the women who could not sew were put to work. Here was our cutting station.
Ella's mom sewing baby blankets.
Our fearless MOPS leader sewing on my machine. It was great to take some of these women out for their comfort zone and have them sewing. Who knows maybe this will inspire them to start sewing more regularly.
Now this lady was a true inspiration. She is sewing AND wearing her baby! This has led me to believe I can still sew after baby #3 gets here. She was determined to help and having a new born was not going to stop her.
This little guy was happy as a clam. Isn't he cute?
Here is our fabulous sewing group that came together to Remember Baby Ella. Ella's mommy is in the grey.
We made two sized blankets ones that were TINY 13X13" like Tasha did and we also made 26X26" baby blankets. We plan on adding a tag on the blanket with a Bible verse and Baby Ella's name. We want the families who receive these to know they are not alone and are being prayed over.
As I said before, I humbly tell you about this Service Project because it is not about me. I fully listened to God's direction (although scary) and I was used as a vehicle to help another person.
Even in tragedy God is good! Although we don't understand we believe God has plan!