Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Story Behind the Baby Crowns



My Custom Crochet shop is so much more to me than the extra financial blessings it provides. Crocheting for others gives me hope and increases my faith. As so many of my items are the result of a custom request, so was the first crocheted baby crown in my shop. A dear friend was expecting her first grandchild and asked me if I could make one. Making this special crown resulted in the listing that was seen by another grandmother and here is the continuation of why the crowns are important to me.

We lost our oldest son in June of 2013. In my grief afterwards I was going to stop crocheting, but I had received orders and needed to finish them. One of the requests that came in shortly after was for a white baby crown. I agreed to make it but as I was in the intial stages of grief it was a very emotional time for me. Of course making something for a baby reminded me of our son when I was pregnant and his infancy. His life was difficult from the beginning. In the initial months, twice there was the threat of miscarriage, the doctor told us we had a 50/50 chance of losing him. My husbands faith was greater than mine at that point as I had already lost 3 babies during pregnancy in my previous marriage. My husband said - with God - we have a 50/50 chance of keeping the baby and so JP was born! 

The Lord knows what is best for us to be healed. At the time I didn't know the circumstances of the family that I was making the crown for, it was after I sent it she explained to me. The parents were carrying a baby that was not expected to live for very long after she born. The baby's name is Sophia Kyla and her grandmother gave me the link to the blog that Sophia's parents were writing in this journey with Anencephaly. The blog is called Vapor and Mist and here is the link if you would like to read it: 
http://vaporandmist.wordpress.com/celebrating-life-with-our-daughter/

In reading the blog I saw the playlist of songs and of course as only the Lord would have it, the one song that was dear to my heart, that ministered to me with the struggles of our son, that had been a prayer of mine....was on that list! Only God can do these things! So many, including myself were praying for healing, but the greatest healing we have on this earth is to be with the Lord in heaven. When He calls us home, we are healed, given a new body, no more pain. (1 Corinthians 15 and 2 Corinthians 5). This is reassuring to me in that my son is no longer struggling just as Sophia Kyla is in her new body and made whole.

Recently, in thinking about the events of last year, I wanted to see how Lindsey and her husband were, so I searched for the blog, secretly hoping that they were having another baby. I did find the blog again and indeed they are expecting. One of her blog titles is "When the other shoe drops" and so I read it, because since the loss of our son, that is exactly how I have felt...waiting....who's next to pass away...worried...how will I handle it?

My heart sank and I cried and cried, I couldn't believe it. I will leave their story to be read, but around the same time the grandmother contacted me to make another crown. I am honored beyond what I can express. This couple has encouraged me in their faith walk so much. I pray for their new baby, Dasah and the family, that God will do the miraculous and sustain them again as they walk this difficult road. God is with them, the Lord's love shines through them. I am brought to tears and humbled with the blessing of making and praying over the crowns that are being used for their special babies they have been blessed with. 

I don't know why some of us walk what seems to be more difficult paths, but I do know that God is with us, He loves us and brings people into our lives to be His hands extended and that is why I crochet, in the hopes that His love and joy will come forth in the items made with the hands He has given me. I am truly grateful when I can crochet for others.

In His love,
Terri


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