Recently, I met a new friend, Melissa, on my facebook page. She asked me to make an iPad Mini sleeve for her. The transaction started out just like all of my transactions do--with email exchanges filled with details about fabric, colors, and sizes. Melissa asked if I would be willing to put a removable strap on her bag, so that she could carry it as a cross-body bag. I was happy to oblige. Plus, it was such a great idea! I'm actually going to start making these for my Etsy shop.
After we got all of the strap ideas worked out, she made a special request for the flower embellishments. She asked if I could put a taller purple flower in the center, with a pink and a blue flower on either side. She explained that the purple flower would be for her, and the shorter flowers would be for her two angel grandbabies.
When I read her request, I was so touched. What a beautiful way to memorialize two special babies that were surrounded by so much love, even though their time on Earth wasn't long.
The pink flower is for Ryleigh Marie and the blue flower is for Ryder Michael.
These are Melissa's words:
I have 3 sons who are in the military. My oldest is married and they became pregnant twice. They lost their daughter at 20 weeks along in June of '11. Her name is Ryleigh Marie and they lost their son at 22 weeks along in Feb. of '12. His name is Ryder Michael. we were able to be with Ryder for about 1 1/2 hours before he went to heaven. Ryleigh never a took breathe. I miss them and think of them every single day. I am looking forward to another little token in their memory.
I'm so happy that I could play a small part in remembering little Ryleigh and Ryder. My prayer is that God will bless Melissa and her family abundantly on this Earth, until they are reunited in Heaven one day :)
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”