Monday, April 29, 2013

Prayers for a friend

A fellow autism mama friend of mine had a baby girl this week at 24 weeks and 3 days gestation.  She is so tiny, about a pound, and her name is Ellie Grace.  I've been thinking and hoping and praying constantly for sweet little Ellie to grow and stabilize and thrive.  This family lost a son born at 23 weeks last year, so this is especially stressful and heartbreaking.

Have you all heard of prayer shawls?  They're often made for people suffering from serious illnesses, and the person who makes it will pray for the recipient while they knit or crochet, infusing it with prayer and hope and love.  When the person wears the shawl, they wear the prayers and support of someone who loves them.

Well, little miss Ellie is so very small, I decided to make her a prayer hat.  I crocheted a sweet little preemie hat (pattern here) to send her.  It seems so tiny, but I think there's a good chance it will end up being too big for her!  I also made a name sign, in the hopes that they could use it on her crib or incubator in the hospital.  They'll be spending a lot of time there, so I thought that a little personalization might be welcome.
Look how tiny!!

The hat alongside her sign
Everyone out there, please pray for sweet Ellie Grace when you can.  She and her family need all the love and support they can get.  Micropreemies have many ups and downs, and Ellie's parents are driving back and forth to the hospital (45 minutes away from their home) and trying to balance time with their new tiny daughter and being at home with their toddler son who has autism.  They deserve a break, and a miracle.  Please keep them in your thoughts.


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