There are causes that speak to each of our lives for different reasons because, without understanding why, certain things happen to certain people. Erin has so bravely chosen to share a difficult time in her life in order to honor her daughter and help others. We are hoping that April showers will be May flowers so here is our head Kitty:
April’s colorway is special, one that is near and dear, and it had to be April. April 3rd was the day our first child, our first daughter, was born. Stillborn, actually, as a result of extreme prematurity when I went into labor at 23 weeks pregnant in 2012. Little Magnolia is for Amy, our first child, our first daughter. It’s also for all the babies just like her, born too soon, too early, for reasons known and unknown. We are donating every penny of sales of this colorway to March of Dimes, an organization which, I must admit, prior to Amy’s loss, I still thought was somehow related to polio. It’s not, anymore.
The March of Dimes fights against premature births, and even then I wondered, how can the March of Dimes stop biology? And the answer is, by supporting, funding, and sponsoring research into not only finding out why but also finding out how to intervene. Thanks to the interventions and protocols and treatments researched by the March of Dimes, we have been able to have a healthy, full-term son. And, as many of you know, we are actually expecting our third any time now, our second daughter. With any luck, thanks to the advancements in medical care that the March of Dimes champions every day, we’ll get to see her grow up. And so will many other families with similar stories.
Shortly after Amy died, friends of ours called me and said they wanted to get us a tree in her honor. A Gems Magnolia, a Georgia favorite, known colloquially as a “Little Magnolia.” It was perfect. We planted it in our front yard, and when I went outside on that first Mother’s Day, this was what I saw.
It took a lot of courage for Erin to choose to share this. Premature births are difficult no matter the outcome, but there are ways to help, give/receive support, and spread hope. The fiber community is a loving one so, whatever your cause, reach out!
Little Magnolia will be available in the following bases: TML, Pashmina, Tosh DK, Tosh Vintage, and Tosh Sock. If you’d like to make your own donation to March of Dimes, click here.
Thank you so much for sharing your story, Erin. I miscarried my first child at 14 weeks also in the month of April, back in 1990. This is not nearly as traumatic as later-term still-births, such as yours, but still left a painful scar, and worries for subsequent pregnancies! I am happy to report that my healthy son Tom was born 2 years later on April 5, and will be 23 in 4 days!
Erin, you are so brave. This is such a beautiful way to honor Amy’s memory. Many hugs to you & your family.
::hugs:: My eyes are full of tears.
What a beautiful way of remembering a precious life. Where can Little Magnolia yarn be purchased?.