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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Blankets of Love

This beautiful blanket was knitted for our precious Caroline.
It has become one of my greatest sources of comfort now that she is gone. 




     I am so excited to introduce you to a project that that is very close to my heart. I have been praying daily since Caroline was born, asking God to show me something that I can do to help others who are experiencing the loss of a baby. A way to honor my precious Caroline's life.
    On Friday night, God answered my prayers! While searching online, I came across a ministry called the Sweet Pea Project (more about them below). After reading about their ministry, and being very excited about it, I decided to begin collecting baby blankets.  These blankets will be donated to local hospitals around Michigan, and given out to families who have lost a baby, either through still birth or a neonatal death. One of my most cherished possessions after losing Caroline, is a blanket. It was given to us as a gift before she was born. This blanket was lovingly knitted together by ladies in the knitting club from my church. I was able to wrap Caroline in this blanket while we snuggled her close. Now that she is no longer here with me, I have found the blanket to be a great source of comfort. When my arms feel so empty, and as I lay awake in the darkness of night, I hold that blanket close. I can still faintly smell her sweet baby scent as I hug it tightly. That blanket has caught many of my tears, but somehow, holding it always makes me feel closer to her.
     I had also received a very soft blanket that a good friend of mine made for Caroline. This blanket fit perfectly around little Caroline's body, and I now find so much comfort from it. It is amazing that something as simple as a blanket, can make a heartbroken mom feel just a little bit closer to her baby.
     Knowing how important that blanket has been throughout these dark and empty weeks, has made me realize how important it is for other mothers to have a special blanket as well. I want to make sure that all moms who must leave the hospital with empty arms, are able to have a special blanket to take home as a reminder of their precious baby. They will be able to swaddle their baby in the blanket at the hospital, and then be able to take it home to keep.
     If you have been touched by Caroline's story, I would like to invite you to participate in our blanket donation program. The baby blankets we receive, will be given to local Michigan hospitals. They will then be distributed at the hospital to families who have lost a baby before or shortly after birth. We would love to give beautiful blankets that these families can cherish forever.

Below is some important information:

* Please donate only new blankets. They can be handmade blankets, or store bought. We would love to provide knitted blankets, fleece blankets, or any special store bought recieving blankets.

* We will start accepting blankets right away!

* You can drop off or mail your baby blanket donations to my house. Please email me at amaliamulder@yahoo.com for the address, or to make other arrangements. I will always accept them in person as well!

* Depending on how many blankets we receive, we may send extra baby blankets to the Sweet Pea Project. This ministry became my inspiration. They collect blankets from people, and then donate them to hospitals all across the country. It is a wonderful ministry. Please check out their website,  http://www.sweetpeaproject.org/

* I will keep everyone posted on how many blankets we have received, and also post about when and where we bring them.

* If you know of any hospitals that would be interested in receiving a baby blanket donation, please let me know. We would love to provide blankets to as many families as possible. Especially some of the smaller hospitals that are not as equipped to support families who have lost their baby.

These are some pictures from the Sweet Pea Project website. The pictures show blankets that they have given to hospitals to be used for families who are experiencing the loss of a baby.








     I am so excited about this project! I truly believe that God has placed it on my heart in response to my prayers. This will be an opportunity to bring a small amount of comfort to those who are walking down the incredibly painful and heartbreaking journey of losing a baby. Please help me to make sure that every mom has a beautiful blanket to swaddle her baby in during those short precious moments they have together, and then to take home as a special reminder.

This project is done in honor of Caroline Joy Mulder.


Thank you in advance for your support and prayers as we begin this project. If you ever have any questions please email me at any time, amaliamulder@yahoo.com

This soft blanket was made for Caroline by a good friend.
We were able to take some beautiful pictures of her wrapped in
this blanket that we will treasure forever.
               

2 comments:

  1. Dear Amalia and Josh,
    I've been following your blog for months and praying for you often. Our kids (Laura, Brian, and Becca) know both of your families well. We've all been touched deeply by your depth of faith and courage in the face of a most difficult situation. Just this week I started knitting a baby blanket with plans to bring it to one of the hospitals in Grand Rapids. I wasn't sure how exactly to make that happen, but figured by the time it was finished God would provide an answer - and now here's your post!! As soon as it's finished I'll bring it over - we live just around the corner from you.
    Blessings to both of you as you continue to heal and learn what God has in mind for you.

    Sheryl Van Eck

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  2. Hi Sheryl,

    Thank you for reading my blog. It truly means so much to me to know that you are walking alongside of us on this journey. I am always so inspired and strengthened to know that our story has touched the lives of others. It means so much to know that Caroline's life has made an impact on others. I pray that I can continue to honor her life through my words, and also through this baby blanket ministry. What an answer to prayer that you saw my post!!! God truly knows what he is doing! I am so excited to receive your blanket. I know right where you live, and both Josh and I know your children. Feel free to bring it over anytime your finished. Thank you so very much!

    Blessings,
    Amalia

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