I’m not sure when it all started.
Maybe it was in 2012 when I read Ani Taylor’s winning essay from The Nie Nie Dialogue’s Motherhood Essay Contest. I was pregnant at the time, expecting our first son. I’ve never been able to forget Ani’s little Ruby Jane who passed away at almost 7 months old. I remember trying to envision my unborn baby boy at 7 months old. He turned 1 year old this summer. The thought of losing a child evokes heartache beyond compare.
Or maybe it was last August when I promised AnnMarie that I would learn how to sew. She was determined to make a doll for her sister Carlie, no particular reason. I was living alone with my 2 little girls and newborn son – my husband in a foreign country. I remember thinking that life was pretty hard for me back then…but I had a new sewing machine, and I had a promise to keep.
The first doll pattern I found was The Ruby Lou Doll Pattern by Abby at Sew-Much-Ado. I loved it. AnnMarie loved it. I didn’t think my beginning sewing skills were cut out for it, but love at first sight stirred powerful motivation. :)
And then, I had an idea. I couldn’t shake the connection between Ruby Lou and Ruby Jane…so I contacted Ani, and I contacted Abby.
Now…I’m contacting YOU.August marks the anniversary of Ruby Jane’s passing. Is there a better way to honor and contribute to her legacy then by purchasing a Ruby Lou Doll Pattern in August? I think NOT! It’s perfect. I’m so over the moon excited about this. Abby has also made it possible to purchase the pattern as a gift.
If you’d like to donate your completed Ruby Lou Doll, Ani will be donating them during the holidays to the sweet girls that are in the hospital where Ruby was.
Simply send your Ruby Lou Doll to:
The Ruby Jane Foundation
PO Box 505
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
But most of all, love the littles in your life a little more than you did before. Forget the to-do lists and be present. We never know when the moments we share with our loved ones will be our last.