Friday, March 7, 2014

"Above All The Other Voices, She Listened To Her Heart"

I mentioned in my last post, I had
visited with a local funeral home 
about donating Wee Care Gowns.
The visit, as I said was a learning
experience.  What I did not say 
was the funeral home was
a little indifferent to my idea of
donating  gowns to them. They 
glanced at the gowns and began
telling why they were not needed. Let's 
face it, they are a business.  Businesses
need to make money, not giveaway things
they can charge for.

After I left the funeral home, with my 3
example gowns in hand, I was down.
Lower than a snake's belly, down.
Thoughts began to run through my mind.
You know the thoughts....are they not good
enough, why am I doing this, should I be 
doing this?.....on and on.

I came home and later in the evening got 
on "Pinterest".....there was a "pin" that
spoke straight to my heart.
A spoon necklace with these words 
stamped onto it.

"Above all the other voices, she listened to her heart".

I immediately felt a shift in my thoughts,
not everyone has to approve of what I do.
I make those little dresses, because of
the "Golden Rule". 

"Do Unto Others, As You Would Have Them, Do Unto You."

If I had just lost a child and my heart was
shattered into a thousand pieces....I would want to know someone cared.

"Above all the other voices, she listened to her heart".

The next day I took those 3 gowns to a local hospital
and met with the volunteer coordinator.  When she
saw the gowns, she had tears in her eyes.  She said,
  "No one has ever donated such beautiful things".
A few days later, a note arrived from the nurses,
thanking me for the gowns.





Above all the other voices, listen to YOUR heart.

Love to all,
Deb

52 comments:

Tanya @ Bead and Needle said...

PERFECT - I'm SO glad you listened to your heart! The gowns are stunning, and those parents will surely know someone cared. Happy Friday, Deb - keep up the good fight!

margaret said...

Deb these are so beautiful the funeral parlour are wrong here, I am sure those who have lost a tiny baby would so like to lay them to rest in something so beautiful that they know has been made with so much love and care.

Judy said...

Thank you Deb, for being there for the little ones and 'following your heart". We need more people with your compassion and diligence.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

They are so beautiful and carry so much love and prayer. After I read your first post, I couldn't think of anything meaningful to say. I had a few thoughts on where you should have taken the gowns, but didn't think of a hospital. Yours is a perfect solution. Where else could such a loving gift mean more to receive. I'm thinking of how much your gowns will help heal broken hearts.

And then I'm thinking how amazing it is that one phrase could heal yours and that you found it at just the moment you needed it.
xx, Carol

DeeDee said...

That is an amazing phrase.. and I love pinterest it brings so many things to my life aswell.. your gowns are beautiful. Mom mom lost 7 children, I lost one.. to have some one give me this gift would have filed my heart with love and compassion for the world again.. know in your heart you do what you do with your gift as a gift from the heart.... a treasure like no other. . You are such a wonderful soul Deb... keep up the sharing your do.... big hugs for making me cry today.. :D

Karen B. said...

You are such a sweet and kind person and I am so happy you went to the hospital. Your heart is going the right path.
Many hugs,
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Oh Deb - you have brought tears to my eyes once again. That quote is one that will be going into my collection. You have found the perfect niche for your gowns and I know grieving parents will be so appreciative of what you do. As I've said before, you are one of God's special angels here on earth.

Lady Locust said...

Oh thank you, I had a similar feeling yesterday - on a little different level. I needed to hear this. What you do is beautiful. I can't even imagine loosing a child let alone an infant. Know that your thoughtfulness is appreciated by people you may never see or hear from. God knows and you know, that's what is important.
Many blessings.

Lorraine said...

Your posts are always so lovely Deb and today this is truly heartfelt. I'm so pleased you persisted and can imagine those gowns will be truly appreciated during a difficult time for a family. Lovely gift!

Carla Fiedler said...

Deb, Your gowns are beautiful and you did the right thing in going to the funeral home, even if it doesn't seem like it now. You planted a seed, and someday, that funeral home will let a grieving family know about the lovely gowns you make. I'm glad your local hospital accepted them with gratitude! Thanks for sharing your experience!

Mosaic Magpie said...

That is what it is all about, hoping that in their time of sorrow, they will know someone cares.

Mosaic Magpie said...

That was my thought as well....but I guess the hospital is really the better place to send the gowns.

Mosaic Magpie said...

xo

Mosaic Magpie said...

Sweet friend, thank you!

desertskyquilts said...

They are incredible! Your work is more beautiful each time I see it. If I had a granddaughter, I'd commission a dress - and you could buy more of whatever you need to make more dresses! God has put your dresses where they are needed.

Mosaic Magpie said...

Yes, I do think you are right, I have found a good path to travel.

Mosaic Magpie said...

Tears of compassion from your sweet heart. I love that quote as well and I am going to needlepoint it on a pillow!

Mosaic Magpie said...

It is such a great quote and think it will be good to remember at many times.

Mosaic Magpie said...

Thank you friend!

Mosaic Magpie said...

It is funny how things happen, just like seeing that quote, we are lead where we are needed.

Mosaic Magpie said...

I am already thinking of dressing my grandchildren!!!

Mosaic Magpie said...

Future grandchildren, I should say!

ShirleyC said...

So sad, but I know several people who make those gowns and leave them at hospitals. My daughter has a friend whose baby was stillborn, and she received one of the little gowns. They will be such a blessing to the ones who receive them. Bless you too!

Mosaic Magpie said...

xo

Mosaic Magpie said...

xo

FredaB said...

Deb this is a good and bad story with the good so far out shining the bad. You are doing a wonderful thing and for the parents that will receive one of your beautiful gowns you will be an angel i their time of grief.

Extra Hugs
fredaB

Suztats said...

Those are powerful words to give one strength in times of uncertainty, and they surely led you to the hospital, and to those who recognized your heart-filled gifts. You are one of the silent Angels who bless us all with your heart.

liniecat said...

Utterly beautiful 'sleeping gowns' and Im sure the hospitals are the best places to offer them yes, what a great idea.
Bless your own sweet heart girl : )

Createology said...

Oh Deb your Wee tiny gowns are such a gift from your hands and heart. How very thankful you found such an important message and did not give in to despair. With your amazing stitching and generous gifts the world is a much better place my friend. In the words of my mother, You have earned your Angel wings".
Above all the other voices, listen to YOUR heart...is something I shall remember and try to honor. Thank you dear...

Mosaic Magpie said...

It is the listening to your heart that got me through the bad parts of this story.

Mosaic Magpie said...

It is amazing how a few well placed words can completely change our way of thinking.

Mosaic Magpie said...

"sleeping gowns" I like that name.

Mosaic Magpie said...

I am glad you found the phrase to be worth remembering. It would have served me well as I look back over my life.

Theresa said...

I am so happy to hear that you found someone that appreciates your hard work! Listen to your heart is always good advice:) Sending a big Sunday morning hug your way!

Jillayne said...

And love to you Deb.
It's that same old thing really isn't, hearkening back to our early childhood - it's not about you, it's about them... but I do have trouble with businesses that are in the business of the heart that can't see past their bottom line. Approaching the hospital directly was a truly inspired idea, and I am so not surprised by the nurse's reaction, nor the volunteer's - they will have seen such great grief first-hand and have a knowledge of the impact of your gift that could never be equaled.
I'm so happy for you, that you found that quote...

Wendy said...

I am so glad that you listened to your heart....my oldest daughter gave birth to a stillborn sweet little boy and was given a beautiful handmade gown to be buried in along with several blankets that he was wrapped in while we visited for a few hours with him...all she has left are the blankets and the knowledge that someone cared enough to make a gown for him and the blankets that she will cherish as that is all she had to bring home with her when she left the hospital...do not doubt that what you are doing will bless many lives as your gowns are worn by sweet little angels that left families too soon...may your be blessed in your work and always have the fabric, thread and the desire to create such precious gifts....from a heart that has been on the receiving end of this type of kindness thank you from my heart...

JennyPennyPoppy said...

A beautiful and touching post Deb. Such a wonderful reminder to listen to one's heart. Very glad that you read that quote and went to the hospital with your beautifully made wee care gowns. Sending a hug your way today :)

Mosaic Magpie said...

xo

Mosaic Magpie said...

Did I find the quote or did the quote find me...that is the question....which ever it is, I too am happy it spoke to me.

Mosaic Magpie said...

Thank you Wendy for your visit and for your encouraging message.

Mosaic Magpie said...

xo

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Deb, I got goosebumps when I read this. Of course those precious gowns are much needed and will be so very appreciated. Not everything we do is understood by others and that's okay. They don't need to understand. We do what we do because our heart tells us it is right. Always follow your heart! God bless, Tammy

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Deb. What a lovely project and bless you for your persistence to find the right place for those beautiful gowns. When I see projects like yours it restores my faith in humanity.
best, nadia

Dorthe said...

Oh dear Deb,
your gowns are such beautiful little art pieces of clothes,-and made totally from your lovely heart , -I`m so happy for you, you found a hospital, where they understood and were really thankfull for your donation. Your heart is truly so beautiful, and what you does so wonderful.
Hugs from Dorthe- thank you dear for your kind comments.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

You listened to your heart dear Deb and I can imagine the families whose babies are gifted these exquisite little gowns will be grateful to you for a lifetime.
You have a rare gift of caring with all your heart for these little ones who struggle to hold on to life.
Thank you.
Love and hugs dear friend
Shane x

LesleyAnn said...

Don't let someone halt the talent God has gifted you with. Those gowns are stunning and the quality is amazing. Go where you felt led. Three of my friends have lost children to SIDS. I know the grief they felt and I know they would have felt blessed to have one of your stunning gowns on their babies.

Mosaic Magpie said...

Thank you LesleyAnn, I appreciate your comment and encouragement. This experience did take a bit of the wind out of my sails.....but I still feel the need to stitch more gowns...so onward I will go.

Mosaic Magpie said...

Thank you Shane the encouraging words are so nice to hear. Thank you as well for the lace you sent to use on these precious gowns!
xo,
Deb

Mosaic Magpie said...

I never thought of the gowns as little pieces of art, but I guess they are! That makes me think of adding a bit of a creative spin on them....now you have me putting on my thinking cap!

Mosaic Magpie said...

Nadia, you are a sweetheart for such a kind comment!

Mosaic Magpie said...

Oh girlie, you said it! Why is it we let the comments of others affect us so much? I know our hearts speak to us....but sometimes they whisper, when we need them to yell!

Beedeebabee said...

Deb, I'm so glad you didn't let the man in the funeral home deter you from continuing with what has become your heart's passion. Your gowns are so beautiful, so very special. A most precious gift for each heartbroken family who receives one. You have such a giving, kind heart...truly an angel in disguise. (I think you and Vicki both come from the same mold!) xo

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