Friday, February 06, 2009

By Kids...For Kids

(warning...long post ahead!)
Happy Friday!!
I'm excited to finally show you what my girls and I have been working on this week--valentines and treats to take to the kids at the Ronald McDonald House and Pediatric Center in Bend. The house was such a blessing to us when our youngest was born and we try to find ways to "give back." (note* If you want to skip our story and jump down to the cards, feel free!)

Maddy was born 6 1/2 weeks premature at 4.5 lbs. and had to stay in NICU for almost a month. The McDonald House was our "Home away from Home." First, here is our little miracle baby, the day after the tubes were removed... ...



she looks so happy, doesn't she? But we had to wait 6 long weeks to get that picture! Here she is in NICU, as she looked most of the time
The day before I had to have an emergency C-sec. she was moving so much that she got herself all tangled up. When they took her out, she had her legs straddling her head with the cord wrapped 3 xs around her neck and feet, she was a little blue, and the knot was full of clots-hence the anemia. She also was jaundiced, couldn't breathe on her own, couldn't maintain her own body temp., almost had to have a blood transfusion, but luckily with the IV we managed to escape that. She seemed to have needles attached everywhere including both sides of her head, hand, and foot. But, the Lord gave us strength, family and friends, and a wonderful support staff. Our little miracle is now 8 years old and has been healthy, thank God! Some babies were 2-3 lbs and one was even 1 and had to be air-lifed to a special hospital. So, I'm very thankful and I know God's hand was in it all.


Giving Back...
The RMH of Central Oregon is run on donations, and they only charge between $0-$20 per night, depending on your situation etc. Families like us who stay there for extended periods of time really don't have the time or money to do "normal" things. Our older daughter was only 18 months old, and living away from home was very different and hard. Thank goodness for volunteers!! Ladies bought laundry soap, even came to help do the laundry for everyone in the "house", brought meals, made quilts and stuffed animals for the siblings of the babies in the hospital, etc.
So, for a few years after she was born, we tried to "give back" when we got our tax returns. (With it being about an hour away, it's too hard to get there to volunteer on a regular basis). But now that our girls are older, I think it's a great idea to get them involved in giving, so we took a bunch of stamped images to a rec night at church, and a couple of the girls' friends (and some ladies--kids at ♥) helped them color and glitter the images. Then I brought them home and have been attaching them to cards. I still have a half a dozen to get done before we deliver them tomorrow morning!
Here are the images the kids stamped:
and here are some up-close shots of what we did with them:

and here are most of them, along with a basket of v-day Puzzles and suckers, and some tins for a couple of special people.
I bought some of these heart-shaped tins at our local dollar tree, and decorated them with some images the girls colored. The elephant one actually has a bunch of silver glitter on him, but it didn't show up in the photo.
(all stamps except for the Magnolias are Stampin' Up!)
and now I really need sleep! Lol. After we go to town tomorrow, the girls are racing their cars at the Awana races. I'll show you those pictures later. WOW, I'm surprised you read all that! LOL. Guess I just needed to write our story. So, what are you inkin'?

31 comments:

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Oh these are all just soooo sweet!!! What wonderful cards and gifts for some special people for sure!!!

Kathy said...

Sooooooooo cute! You all have been busy over there! I love the pic of Maddy after all the tubes are out--she does look peaceful and so beautiful! Miles spent the first 24 hours in NICU since he couldn't stay warm and I really felt for the moms who had babies in there for an extended amount of time! I thought my little guy was little at 5 lbs 7 oz but there were babies in there who weren't even a pound yet!!!!!

Debbie Pamment said...

What a FABULOUS idea - and I bet there were lots of laughs along the way too! Congratulations to you and all your little artists.

Marcia said...

What a beautiful post ... thank you for sharing this with us today. It's nice to be able to give back from time to time.

:) Marcia

Mothermark said...

Thanks for sharing....a wonderful heart warming post! What a sweet baby! Big Hugs.....

Bunny Zoe's Crafts said...

Hi Kristine, what a beautiful post i love all the little gifts and cards the children have made. Hope you have a great weekend. Hugs Nikki x

de said...

How sweet and tiny she was! And what a great way to give back! Beautiful cards and beautiful idea!

Katy said...

What a lovely idea Kristine :)

xx

Diane said...

Oh wow,that is amazing,that your daughter has come such a long way!
You are raising 2 fine young ladies,to get them involved like that is wonderful!!! You are one amazing family!!! TFS your story!

Cindy Haffner said...

What a great way to give back Kristine, love all your projects.

*Vicki* said...

Oh wow Kristy!! This is just fab!! I really love your little artists here!! So fun!! Congrats on the adorable little bundle too!! :) Fabulous idea to give back!! TFS this! :)

Helen said...

You're so awesome and such a blessing!

Lorie said...

Ohhhh...what a blessing you three are for the Ronald McDonald house! Aww...big hugs!

Sparkle said...

How lovely! And what a great way to give back.

Kelly - KL Stampin N Scrappin said...

Awww, poor little Maddy. What a precious picture though with her tubes out. You girls have been stampin' up a storm!! So proud of you ALL. Great projects for a GREAT cause! :) Hugs, Aunt Kelly

Shirley said...

What a corageous little girl and parents too! She is just so cute and special. Thanks so much for sharing Kristine. Bless you for all you do in return.

Sarah {SCS: Sairabee} said...

Great idea! Love the cards, and you little one is a doll!

Lisa Hjulberg said...

What a beautiful story, Kristine! Thanks for sharing. And I am really touched by what you are doing to "pay it forward." I believe that's important and what the Lord wants us to do. What a blessing you are!

Rose Ann said...

Maddy looks like a little angel in that first picture...and it's such a wonderful thing you are doing now!! Hugs!!

Heather P. said...

What a touching story... You are such a testimony! :) Thanks for making me cry... LOL

I love what you guys are doing to give back! :)

Kathy H said...

Wow...thanks for sharing that wonderful story!!! What a great way to pay it forward!!!

Kathy Winter said...

Great story Kris...the cards are soooo cute. What a wonderful idea for the kids at RMH!

Sue from Oregon said...

Wow I see you have been busy! Thanks for sharing your story...it does tend to put life into perspective!

Trina said...

This is such an amazing story! You are so blessed to have her!! What you are doing is awesome..and those cards look nicer then most of the stuff I make!
Good luck to your girls at Awana's! (sigh**brings back memories of when I was in the Awana races...I even have a 3rd place trophy around here someplace to show for it!)

maddy hill said...

oh wow didnt they do a fabby job on the images ! and you made them into some wonderful makes - love love the heart box ! well done for thinking of others ... xx

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

This post is so touching. It is so nice to share your love and talents with those in need. Great job!!

ribenaruby said...

What a beautiful way of giving back! Gorgeous pics.

ribenaruby said...

What a beautiful way of giving back! Gorgeous pics.

Jessica G. said...

Precious baby photos and what an amazing way to give back to the RMH. Everyone did a great job on the cards -- the smiles are a fun (and appropriate)touch! I'm sure they will be appreciated!!

Jane said...

What a great way to give back. My oldest son is a sole surviving triplet - a 25 weeker. We spent 3 months in the NICU before he came home. It was a LONG three months! We live an hour away and I made the drive every day for the 3 months he was there. But the RMH is still one of my favorite charities because I know how it feels to have a little one in for an extended stay.

Jane
SBS4

Seleise said...

great idea and wonderful story! Glad it had a happy ending! RMH has been a Godsend for several family members and friends. Glad your story had a happy ending! TFS!