What’s super amazing and awesome is that the evening before the 17th, I thought to myself that I didn’t want to gift just the garland and heart ornament–I wanted to give people some leg warmers to keep their sweet babies warm. I always feel cold in hospitals and feel like my kiddos are cold while they stay there, so something useful was definitely on my radar. I posted on Facebook, just on a whim, wondering if anyone had some to spare and would be willing to donate some pairs of leg warmers. I had 5 pair myself and wanted enough to make 15 boxed gift sets. In no time at all I had many offers to give me some leg warmers! I was so touched by the quick response and generosity of people! This is definitely something that might be an ongoing project–we will see. I’ve been brainstorming. For now, I’m just really happy I actually got them finished and delivered this evening.
We walked into the hospital and it was so great to see a line of people with donations. I filled out the slip that explained the gift and the story behind the donation, along with who it was intended for. Then the sweet lady took this picture of us and printed it then and there. She was so kind and encouraging. I showed her what was inside the boxes and she was excited to give them to the lady in charge of the gifts in the CICU.
We got a snack in the cafeteria and I got to explain to the kids some of my feelings…point out the table I sat at each evening where I cried and prayed, and called family–them included. And my kids all talked about how happy they were that Ruby was doing so well and I got to sit and ponder how it felt to be there last year. The worries, the stresses, the emotional roller-coaster. And then we got back to our van and said a prayer for all the children struggling in that hospital, and prayed for their families and for them to feel peace. It was just a neat experience and I’m so excited to add a meaningful Christmas tradition each year! And oh how I love these four kiddos of mine.